Homemade croutons are so easy to make – these baked, whole grain, 4 ingredient croutons will transform your soups and salads into something completely irresistible.

Homemade croutons are so easy to make - these baked, whole grain, 4 ingredient croutons will transform your soups and salads into something completely irresistible. Get the salad topping recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Once you go to a homemade crouton, there’s no going back. They are a major game-changer and your salads, soups and stews will never be the same. In a very, very good way.

As with all most of my recipes, I focus on trying to make things a little healthier, a little better for you, and a little easier. It doesn’t get much easier than these croutons.

All you need to do is cut the bread into cubes, toss it with olive oil, garlic powder, and salt, spread them on a baking sheet and bake.

They only take 10 minutes to bake (but if you have really fresh bread, they’ll take longer to get golden brown).

The hardest part, BY FAR, is not eating them all off the baking sheet while they’re still warm. They are an absolutely irresistible combination of chewy and crispy and make for an amazing salad topping or a soup topper.

I’ve been loving them on top of squash soup and I have an Italian sausage stew recipe that is divine with these homemade croutons.

Homemade croutons are so easy to make - these baked, whole grain, 4 ingredient croutons will transform your soups and salads into something completely irresistible. Get the salad topping recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Let’s review:

  1. FOUR ingredient croutons.
  2. Baked, not fried croutons.
  3. Whole grain croutons.
  4. Crunchy, chewy, and irresistible croutons.
  5. Croutons in less than 15 minutes, start to finish.

And most importantly of all, these homemade croutons taste WAY better than store bought croutons. There is no comparison. NONE. Really, none.

Tip: I often get asked how to make croutons on the stove. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat and toss the croutons around in the hot pan until they are golden brown. You can prepare the croutons exactly the same way if you’re going to make them on the stovetop, and you don’t have to increase the oil unless you want to. I prefer the oven method because it’s slightly more hands-off and frees me up to do other things.

 

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PS: Can’t get enough croutons? Read my comprehensive guide on how to make croutons! Make sure to also try my Ruby Tuesday croutons – they’re the perfect copycat recipe!

Four Ingredient Homemade Croutons - {baked & whole grain}

Four Ingredient Homemade Croutons - {baked & whole grain}

Yield: 4 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Homemade croutons are so easy to make – these baked, whole grain, 4 ingredient croutons will transform your soups and salads into something completely irresistible.

Ingredients

  • 4 heaping cups cubed bread (I used a multigrain baguette)
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the bread, garlic powder, and salt. Drizzle olive oil over bread while stirring. Stir well until bread is coated by all ingredients and olive oil is absorbed.
  3. Spread the bread cubes into an even layer on a sheet pan. Don’t crowd the pan. Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp. If you're using super fresh bread, they'll take a little longer to become golden brown. If the bread is stale and dry, it may brown faster, so keep an eye on it!

Notes

  • Serving size: 1/4 cup croutons.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 66 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 82mg Carbohydrates: 5g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 1g Protein: 1g
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Verdict: These baked croutons are SO addicting. I love them–they are the perfect combination of crunchy and chewy.
Husband’s take: He loves these!
Changes I would make: None are necessary but it will be fun to play with some different seasonings on these homemade croutons, or trying different types of bread. I want to try making homemade garlic croutons with leftover garlic bread.
Difficulty: SO easy.