Quick and Easy Cheesy Vegan Croutons

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There are some foods and dishes that I don’t think are worthy of a recipe- foods that are all essentially the same with small variations in the spices or flavoring. Among these foods are croutons (also known as toasted stale bread)- mix the bread with some oil and bake. Not exactly a great culinary achievement. However, after making these cheesy vegan croutons (and eating almost half of them before I finished typing this post) I began to change my tune. Yes, they’re just croutons. And yes, they’re only bread, oil and spices. And yes, they rely heavily on nutritional yeast, basically the cheapest vegan trick in the book. But they’re also fantastic- cheesy, salty, crunchy, chewy on the inside- and decidedly recipe-worthy.

stale bread for cheesy vegan croutons

I’ve made a lot of croutons in my day- both my sister and my boyfriend have worked at the same bakery, Iggy’s Bread, and at the end of the day a lot of unsold loafs find there way back to our house. Part of what makes Iggy’s bread so great is that it is made with high quality ingredients and is free of preservatives- which means in turn that their bread is best consumed quickly. So on the occasions that I’ve been unable to keep up with the influx of bread, I’ve turned to croutons to lengthen their shelf life (after all, croutons don’t mind being a little stale). You can make croutons with any type of bread, but for these cheesy vegan croutons I highly recommend using a sourdough (I used a francese) as it will give you the most interesting flavor and textures.

Flip cheesy vegan croutons half way through baking

As I’ve hinted in the title, and in my previous rant about overly simplistic recipes, these croutons are pretty basic. After slicing the bread into cubes, you use a mixing bowl to massage in the oil, salt, garlic powder and nutritional yeast. From there is into the oven, take out once and flip, back in and we’re done. They’ll harden a little as they cool, and will taste great on salad, in soup, dipped in hummus or dips, or (my favorite) eaten alone as a snack.

cheesy vegan croutons

Quick and Easy Cheesy Vegan Croutons

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. stale bread (sourdough is best)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. salt

Steps

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Cut the bread into ½-1 inch chunks and place in a large bowl. Add the olive oil, nutritional yeast, garlic powder and salt and use your hands to toss the spices and oil evenly on the bread.

2. Place in the oven for 10 minutes, remove and flip before returning to the oven for another 5-10 minutes (depending on how crispy you like them).

 

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Nicole says:

    I completely agree that some dishes don’t typically need recipes, but then I remember some people don’t even know what a crouton is. Everyone’s a beginner at some point and they’ll be the ones in need of a recipe. These sound great – simple seasoning and totally addictive.

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  2. wasabipdx says:

    I’ve never made my own croutons before. I’m excited to try these.

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    1. veryveganval says:

      I hope you love them! Making croutons is something I really enjoy doing

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  3. This is an amazing idea!! So simple, yet so delicious. I am going to try this asap! This would be great on a simple salad.

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    1. veryveganval says:

      Thank you! They could definitely help dress up a salad 😊

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  4. Paul Eyers says:

    these look delicious! we will try and make them for sure next time we make our own homemade vegan tomato soup – I think they will be the perfect partner!

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    1. veryveganval says:

      That sounds like a great combination- sort of a play on tomato soup and grilled cheese. Yum!

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  5. ginamarie314 says:

    I can’t wait to try these! I am not a salad person (ironic for a vegan huh? lol) so croutons help me eat them more often.

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    1. veryveganval says:

      They are a good incentive to eat your greens!

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  6. DearAlekkz says:

    I’ve never made croutons at home before and as I was searching recipes, I literally smirked at the thought of vegan cheesy croutons and I’m thinking, “it’s too good to be true!” and now I’m super determined to try this recipe out! [currently transitioning vegan].

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    1. veryveganval says:

      I’m glad you stopped by! Croutons are pretty simple to make- I really hope you like them. Congratulations on your vegan lifestyle!

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