6 Ingredient Homemade Crouton Recipe

Croutons were pretty much a staple product in my house. It was the way we ensured we got our ranch dressing, I mean vegetable, servings in for the day. Iceberg lettuce, croutons, ranch, more ranch, and some cheese, if it was a treat day.

In all seriousness, eating healthy wasn’t a thing in our house. We ate for either price, or taste, and over time, the two became one. But never for health. When I decided to start eating clean, I gave up lots of my old friends, like croutons, for example. My parents, not so much.

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Since I hosted Christmas brunch at our house this year, I was torn between serving things that I knew were good for my family and serving things that they are familiar with and enjoy. Why couldn’t those two things work together?

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With a little experimenting, they did! I took an old favorite and made it full of flavor, nutrients, and it looks a look prettier than emptying a bag of iceberg lettuce into a bowl too! Plus, it’s free from chemicals and preservatives.

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You can use these croutons with any salad, but I choose to add them to baby spinach, diced tomatoes and red peppers, feta cheese, and olive oil & balsamic vinegar. I will warn you to watch these closely the longer they cook. There’s a very fine line between crisp, browned croutons and rock-hard, black bread.

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The best part about this? I used the end pieces from the loaf of bread that normally get thrown away – so it’s the perfect way to ensure zero wasted food!

6 Ingredient Homemade Crouton Recipe

5 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

Serves Around 24 croutons

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  • 2 slices whole wheat or sprouted grain bread
  • 2 tsp EVOO
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil or italian seasoning
  • Pinch of sea salt


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut the crust off each slice of bread, then cut bread into 1 inch cubes.
  3. Combine cubed bread with all ingredients and mix until bread is coated.
  4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and lay the bread cubes flat.
  5. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until bread is crisp and browned.
  6. Serve over salad or in soup!

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