Crunchy and flavorful, these Easy Vegan Croutons are the perfect topping for soups and salads. Make them quickly in the oven, toaster oven, or air fryer.
- 4 slices bread of choice (use gluten-free if desired)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tbsp dried parsley
- Water, in a spray bottle is easiest
- First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (or 177 degrees Celsius) if you’re using the oven method. Line a baking tray--I like to use silicone baking mats. They are more cost effective and they are reusable!
- Now slice up your bread into squares. I find it easier to use a serrated knife for this task so I don’t squish the bread. You can also just tear it into pieces. Leave the crusts on or remove them according to your preference.
- Get your spices ready: We don’t want to be fumbling for the spices after we’ve wet the bread. Using your spray bottle, finely mist the bread a few times on one side, and quickly sprinkle the spices and herbs on top. It’s ok if some gets on your baking tray. If you wish, flip the bread and repeat the process, but I find there’s enough flavor just doing one side, plus I’m really lazy, to be honest.
- Oven Method: Bake the croutons at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (or 177 degrees Celsius) for approximately 10 minutes. Check on them halfway through, as everyone’s ovens differ. You may choose how brown you want your croutons. Barely browned will be a little softer, while more browned may be crunchier.
- Toaster Oven Method: Similarly, lay your croutons out on the baking rack of your toaster oven. If you only have a rack instead of a solid tray, you may want to cut your croutons slightly larger so they don’t fall through the gaps. My toaster oven has an oven setting so I can bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit like I would with my oven. If yours does not, just toast it like you do any other bread!
- Air Fryer Method: Arrange your croutons in a single layer in your air fryer basket and cook for about 5-7 minutes at 350 degrees degrees Fahrenheit (or 177 degrees Celsius) or until they are browned to your liking.
- Storing the croutons: Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Make as many or as few as you please.
- Note 1: Any bread will work--I’ve done this with french bread, whole wheat bread, white bread, and sourdough! You could even get fancy and make vegan challah bread into croutons. You can also use gluten-free bread if you need to.
- Note 2: For more protein, you could use this method with chickpeas instead of bread! You may need to cook them a little bit longer, but the prep work is the same.
- Note 3: You can customize these croutons with any spices you like. Make them cheesy with nutritional yeast if you like, or you can even make sweet croutons with a little sugar and cinnamon!
- Category: Ingredient
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Vegan, Oil-Free, Soy-Free, Nut-Free, Sugar-Free, Can Be Gluten-Free, Vegan Croutons, Oil-free Croutons