Although there are many types of vegan bread, I used to like Dave’s Bread to make my oil-free crispy garlic croutons recipe. Recently, though, Dave’s Bread was purchased from a secondary company and began adding oil to the recipe. So, I had to change my garlic crouton recipe in order to maintain my oil-free crispy garlic crouton recipe.
We often have a large salad for dinner, and my family loves the crunch of a good crouton. Store-bought croutons, however, are full of oils and other unnecessary ingredients. In order to keep it healthier and cleaner, I make my own garlic croutons. Not only is making garlic croutons easy, making them oil-free is simple.
If you think about a toaster, for instance, which doesn’t use oil toast your bread, a good non-stick pan works the same way.
WHAT STORE-BOUGHT BREADS ARE OIL-FREE?
Even though most bread is vegan, or plant-based, many contain oil and unnecessary ingredients. All bread, despite what some believe, is processed to some degree. The goal, of course, is to find a bread with little ingredients without oil or added fats. The cleaner the bread, the better the bead.
Of course, you can always make your own bread, but if you are looking for store-bought oil-free bread, here are some of my suggestions:
- Life Ezekiel Bread: 4:0 slices of bread, English muffins, and tortillas
- Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Tuscan Pane
- Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Pita Pockets
- Organic Whole Wheat Vermont Company
- Rudi’s Organic Bread (some types contain oil, so please read the label)
- New Grain’s Bakery
- Engine 2 (only sold at Whole Foods)
TRICKS TO MAKING HOMEMADE GARLIC CROUTONS-CRISPY AND OIL-FREE
First, and foremost, I used frozen bread. This way, as it thaws in the pan, it cooks slowly and toasts evenly. Secondly, I used aquafaba (chickpea liquid) and brushed the frozen bread before cutting it. Then, I cut the bread in equal-sized cubes, tossed with garlic powder, onion powder, and garlic salt.
And, the next step is to cook the garlic croutons in a non-stick pan on low, flipping using a spatula, until all the croutons are crispy and crunchy.
Add this oil-free crispy garlic croutons recipe to any salad or soup for a little crunch without the oil and fat.
Oil-FREE CRISPY GARLIC CROUTONS GO GREAT WITH:
- Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup
- Italian Chopped Salad
- Skinny Vegan Rainbow Salad
- Skinny Cream of Tomato Soup
- Hungarian Mushroom Soup
- Very Veggie and Bean Soup
- Harvest Salad
- Vegan Potato Soup
- Potato Leek Soup
- Vegan Carrot Soup
- Vegetable Barley Soup