How to Make Gluten Free Croutons

Gluten free garlic and butter croutons are a snap to make in the oven and delicious on soups or salads. The perfect use of left over gluten free bread.

bowl of oven baked garlic and butter croutons with garlic bulbs made from gluten free bread

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Homemade Gluten Free Croutons

Most people don’t think twice about grabbing a bag of croutons at the store, but finding gluten free croutons can be a bit trickier.

Homemade gluten free croutons are the answer. Oven baked and budget-friendly, these garlic and butter croutons are perfect for all your favorite dishes! They are so good, my 4 year old literally ate a bowl of them. She tried to finish them all, I was lucky to get any pictures at all!

pan of croutons out of the oven

Gluten Free Bread for Making Croutons

To get that perfect, crusty, crunchy, slightly soft in the middle crouton, it is best to use a thicker bread that has been opened for a day or so. You want it to have a little bit of time to dry out so it won’t crumble when being tossed it the butter mixture.

I really like Schar’s deli style bread for croutons. It is a little bit thicker so you get that perfect sized crouton that won’t get soggy in tomato soup. The sour dough base has just a bit of tang that pairs well with garlic and butter (plus, I like to add just a touch of onion powder to really bring the flavor through!). Schar’s deli style bread is now available for order on their website!

schar sour dough bread and gluten free croutons

How to make croutons in the oven

Making gluten free croutons in the oven is so easy.

First, I like to let my garlic, olive oil, and butter simmer for about 20 minutes. Then I remove the garlic and add in a touch of onion powder, salt and pepper. I like to use both olive oil and butter because butter by itself tends to burn quickly.

steps to make gluten free croutons in the oven

Secondly, I toss the olive oil and butter mixture together with my cubes of day old gluten free bread.

Lastly, spread them on a baking sheet and let them toast, tossing occasionally for about 25 minutes at 300 degrees, until they are nice and toasty.

I like to keep my croutons simple and really let the garlic shine through, but if you would like, add some Italian season or parmesan cheese into the mix!

bowl of gluten free tomato soup with garlic butter croutons and parmesan cheese

Uses for Homemade Gluten Free Croutons

Really, the sky is the limit when it comes to these glorious cubes of toasted bread. Salads are always a hit, but my favorite is topping tomato soup.

Back in my pre-gluten free days, I loved Panera Tomato Soup with croutons. Since I can’t get anymore, I love to do my own copycat version of Panera’s Tomato Soup with croutons at home.

You can purchase gluten free tomato soup or try this recipe from Vegetarian Mama to make your own!

What will you serve these garlic and butter homemade, oven baked gluten free croutons on?

Be sure to try out some of my other recipes using Schar Products, like this Spinach Artichoke dip or Cheesy Pull Apart Bread!

pan of croutons out of the oven
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Homemade, Oven Baked Garlic Butter Gluten Free Croutons

Gluten free garlic and butter croutons are a snap to make in the oven and delicious on soups or salads. The perfect use of left over gluten free bread.
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: garlic and butter, gluten free croutons, oven baked croutons, sourdough croutons
Servings: 5
Calories: 229kcal


  • 5 slices gluten free bread I used Schar Deli Sliced Sourdough
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 4 TBSP butter
  • 4 cloves garlic smashed
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 300.
  • In a small saucepan, melt butter. Add olive oil and garlic.
  • Simmer butter, olive oil and garlic mixture for 20 minutes.
  • Add in onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Cube bread.
  • Toss bread with butter mixture and place on a foil lined baking sheet.
  • Bake, tossing occasionally, for 20 minutes or until well toasted.


Use to top soups or salads.
Parmesan or herbs can be added to vary flavor.


Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 430mg | Potassium: 10mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 359IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg

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  • Reply
    March 9, 2022 at 5:50 am

    5 stars

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    Jules Shepard
    October 28, 2019 at 11:29 am

    5 stars
    Croutons are where it’s at! Homemade is that much better -YUM!

  • Reply
    jenna urben
    October 27, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    5 stars
    Homemade croutons are the best!! Garlic is an absolute must 🙂 I’ll have to try it with different seasonings

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