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Vegan Garlic Bread

  • Author: Liz Madsen
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 22 slices 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Quick and easy, this Vegan Garlic Bread is super delicious and flavorful. Make this classic side dish in 20 minutes with only 5 ingredients!


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  • 2 foot baguette (use less of the other ingredients if shorter) (see note 1)
  • 1/2 cup melted vegan butter or canned coconut milk (see note 2)
  • 7-8 cloves garlic, grated (use as much or as little as desired)
  • 1/3 cup vegan Parmesan cheese, grated (see note 3)
  • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped finely (or any herbs)
  • Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste, optional
  • Pinch of sea salt, optional (see note 4)


  1. Prep the oven: This recipe comes together quite quickly, so preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (or 190 degrees Celsius) before you begin.
  2. Grate the garlic: I highly recommend using a microplane to grate your garlic (or the fine side of a box grater), but you can also mince it. Grating it turns the garlic almost into a paste, which helps it blend well with the other ingredients and coat the bread more evenly.
  3. Grate the cheese: Grate the vegan Parmesan cheese if not already grated (some comes that way).
  4. Melt the butter: Melt the butter in a medium bowl. If using coconut milk, you want the white part of the canned coconut milk, not the clear stuff at the bottom.
  5. Mix it up: Mix together the melted vegan butter (or coconut milk), garlic, vegan Parmesan, herbs, and salt/pepper (if desired).
  6. Slice the bread: Using a serrated knife, slice the bread in 1-inch sections, but don't cut all the way through. Think of it like a hasselback potato. Slice it most of the way down. This will help the butter from seeping out during the baking process, and keep all that delicious flavor inside the vegan garlic bread. Place the loaf on a very large sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil (use enough to wrap the entire baguette).
  7. Add the butter mixture: Using a small spatula or spoon, add a generous amount of the mixture into each crevice of the bread, spreading it around the inside walls of each slice. It may help for someone else to hold open each piece, but it can be done alone too. If you have any leftover butter mixture, use your hands or a basting brush to rub it all over the outside of the bread.
  8. Bake: Wrap the bread up completely, place on a large tray (diagonally if you have to) and bake in a 375 F (or 190 C) oven for 5 minutes covered. Then remove the tray, carefully unwrap the edges, and bake for 5 minutes or until crispy to your liking. We like our garlic bread on the softer side.
  9. Like it crispy? For really crispy garlic bread, try broiling these for a minute or two--follow the directions that came with your oven and make sure to use a pan meant for broiling.
  10. Eat: Serve and enjoy!
  11. Store: Refrigerate leftover garlic bread in an airtight container (or you can wrap it in the foil it was baked in) for up to 3 days. Reheat in an oven or toaster oven.


  • Note 1: Use gluten-free bread if needed. It is my opinion that the best garlic bread is made from French bread, but you could also try sourdough, multigrain, ciabatta, or anything you like!
  • Note 2: So... vegan butter contains oil--and yes I am a mostly oil-free food blogger. But I still use oil on rare occasion and I think it's worth it for this recipe. You can use any vegan butter you'd like--I used Miyoko's vegan butter and it was delicious. HOWEVER I have definitely tested this with canned coconut milk and it absolutely works. You might want to add a pinch of salt and turmeric to the coconut milk or cream and then spread it into the bread.
  • Note 3: While not a necessity, this adds a lot of delicious flavor and gooeyness to the vegan garlic bread. Highly recommend. I love Violife Vegan Parmesan for this, but Follow Your Heart is quite good too--those are the only brands I've personally tried.
  • Note 4: If your vegan butter is unsalted, or you're using coconut milk, add a pinch of salt to the mixture. If using salted vegan butter, there's really no need for this.
  • Note 5: You'll need a very large sheet of aluminum foil to properly wrap the garlic bread for this recipe. I highly recommend using heavy duty aluminum foil. If you don't like aluminum foil to touch your food, then wrap the loaf in parchment paper and then in the foil.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Bread, Baking
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American, Italian

Keywords: Vegan, Nut-Free, Can Be Soy-Free, Can Be Gluten-Free, Vegan Garlic Bread