A few days ago, I posted a Vegan DIY for Homemade Caesar Dressing, so I felt it was only fitting to add a great recipe for vegan crutons. Most commercial crutons use butter or parmesan cheese, but being able to make your own crutons at home allows you to control exactly what's going into them! (With that being said, if you're looking for something low-carb or gluten-free, you can definitely change the bread you use for this recipe to suit your specific diet!)
(Makes 3 cups)
6 slices of bread (fresh or day old), crusts trimmed and cubed
3 tablespoons melted Earth Balance or olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder and a pinch of salt (or 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt)
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1) Preheat over to 300 degrees. Mix melted butter (or olive oil), garlic powder/salt, and parsley flakes until garlic powder is dissolved and mixture is clump free.
2) Toss the mixture with cubed bread in a medium bowl until cubes are evenly coated.
3) Spread coated bread cubes on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Bake for 15 minutes and check to see if they are dry, crispy, and golden brown.
4) Stir the croutons around and bake for an additional 15 minutes until done. Store croutons in air-tight container or ziplock bag. Enjoy!