Gluten-Free Sourdough Croutons (vegan, nut-free, nourishing)
Gluten-Free Sourdough Croutons are a nourishing way to add a bread-y crunch to soups and salads! It’s so easy to make Gluten-Free Sourdough Croutons, and I show you the best gluten-free sourdough bread to use for these vegan, nut-free, dairy-free croutons.
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I have a confession to make…
I’m relatively new to the salad-eating scene.
When I was a kid, my spidey senses were well-honed to detect green things and pick out textures like lettuce, onions, and peppers.
This resulted in a diet that was largely white/beige — potatoes, bread, cereal, rice, gravy, and sugar.
My idea of a salad as a child?
Bacon bits, shredded cheese, and croutons. All smothered in ranch dressing.
Pretty comical, huh?
It was basically a “salad” made of salad toppings!
Thank goodness I learned to love lettuce!
Still, I can’t eat a salad without the crunch of croutons.
Salad Without Croutons = Sad Salad 🙁
I’ve tried salads without croutons. I miss the bread-y crunch so much!
Nuts and seeds just don’t do it for me (though I still include them in my salads).
Croutons aren’t just awesome on salad, however.
Ever floated a few croutons in a bowl of blended soup? It really makes a major textural difference!
Finding Gluten-Free Sourdough Bread for Croutons
If you haven’t already guessed, I’m pretty particular about my croutons. I have never found store-bought croutons that I would consider eating.
Most of them are made with low-nutrient gluten-free flours like tapioca starch. They’re also usually made with processed oils like canola or soybean oils. Almost always, they contain sugar.
Yes, even the ones from the “health food store”. 🙁
So, when I found Simple Kneads certified gluten-free sourdough bread, I was elated! I made croutons for myself before I even made a sandwich. No kidding.
Ever since finding Simple Kneads bread, I have had salad almost daily. Salad makes me so happy, and it makes my body happy too.
Simple Kneads bread is nourishing and digestible. It’s not made with nutrition-less tapioca or arrowroot starches. It has no cane sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
Simple Kneads Gluten-Free Sourdough Bread has a lovely, sourdough taste, and is made with certified gluten-free flours — nourishing flours like sorghum, millet, buckwheat, and teff.
I’m not a baker. I have neither the time nor the energy to perfect the art of gluten-free sourdough bread — and it is an art that requires time and skill. Maybe in another season of life I’ll nurture this skill. But for now? I’m buying it!
I’ve yet to find Simple Kneads Artisanal Gluten-Free Sourdough Bread in a store. So far, I’ve ordered it from Azure Standard and directly from Simple Kneads (use my discount code NOURISH20 to save 20% on your order!).
How To Make Gluten-Free Sourdough Croutons
Gluten-free sourdough croutons take neither time nor skill to make.
95% of the time is just waiting for the bread to dry!
You can make gluten-free sourdough croutons in your oven or dehydrator. I’ve made them both ways, but I prefer my dehydrator over the oven.
Still, I’m including directions for both, so don’t let the lack of a dehydrator stop you! (Here is the dehydrator I have.)
First, cube up a loaf of Simple Kneads Gluten-Free Sourdough Bread. I like quarter-inch to half-inch cubes.
All the bread cubes go in a large mixing bowl. Then, you add avocado oil (find it here), salt, and seasonings like garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, dried dill, and black pepper. Super simple, but super flavorful! Toss it all together so the bread is coated in oil and spices.
Next, line dehydrator trays or baking sheets with parchment paper. Spread the seasoned bread cubes in a single layer on the trays or baking sheets.
If using your dehydrator, dry on high temperature for 4 to 6 hours, or until totally dry and crisp.
If using your oven, set the temperature to 225 degrees. Dry for 4 to 6 hours, or until totally dry and crisp.
Gluten-Free Sourdough Croutons
Gluten-Free Sourdough Croutons are a nourishing way to add a bread-y crunch to soups and salads! It's so easy to make Gluten-Free Sourdough Croutons, and I show you the best gluten-free sourdough bread to use for these vegan, nut-free, dairy-free croutons.
Cube the loaf of bread into 1/4" cubes. Place in a large mixing bowl.
Add the avocado oil and seasonings to the bowl.
Toss the cubed bread in avocado oil and seasonings to coat the bread cubes well.
Line dehydrator trays (or a couple of baking sheets) with parchment paper.
Spread the bread cubes evenly and in a single layer on the dehydrator trays or baking sheets.
Dehydrate for 4 to 6 hours on high heat. If using the oven, set your oven temperature to 225 degrees and dry until the croutons are crisp.
Cool completely before using or storing. Store croutons in an airtight container in your pantry for up to 2 weeks.
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Are croutons a must-have for your salads? Where do you find the best gluten-free bread for croutons?
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