If you are on a keto diet and miss having crunchy croutons on your salad, I have an easy garlic keto croutons recipe for you. Using low carb store bought bread you can make a big batch of crunchy keto croutons on the stove in just 5 minutes!
You might also like these halloumi cheese keto croutons recipe!
I eat a lot of salads. I’m talking just about everyday I have a big salad for a meal or when we got out to eat it’s almost always a big tasty salad. So sometimes I really miss croutons on a keto diet.
That’s why today I finally set about making my own. I stumbled on some excellent keto bread at Aldi and just whipped up a batch of these crunchy garlic keto croutons in just 5 minutes.
It so easy that I will always have a constant supply of them for my daily salads. Yay!
Ingredients to make homemade keto croutons.
Of course the most important ingredients for this recipe is the keto bread. I’ve tried all kinds of low carb breads but recently I tried Aldi’s multisided bread and find it’s the best IMO.
The other ingredients to make these homemade croutons are olive oil, Italian spices and garlic powder. You can add a little salt and black pepper too if you want. Below is the bread I used.
Other low carb breads to try.
Here are a few other brands of low carb bread to try. Aldi has two flavors – wheat and multiseed – both of which are good. They are about $2.99 per loaf and have 0g net carbs.
Other brands that have high ratings on Amazon are:
- Natural Ovens – 5 stars, about $9 per loaf, 0g net carbs per slice
- Keto Bread – 4.5 stars, about $12 per loaf, 0g net carbs per slice
- Franz Keto White – 4.5 stars, about $10 per loaf, 0g net carbs per slice
- Sola Bread – 4.5 stars, $9 per loaf, 2g net carbs per slice (I’ve tried this one and it’s pretty good.)
So you can see that keto bread is very expensive! However if you like a good sandwich or other bread related item it might be worth buying and storing in the freezer to help you eat it slowly and make it last longer.
How to make keto croutons on the stovetop.
You can make croutons by baking them in the oven but I made mine on the stove. I felt this was the easiest way to make them and it takes much less time.
The one caveat for whether you make croutons in the oven or on the stovetop is that you should have stale bread. I just laid out bread on a baking tray over night. From there this is what I did:
- Take your stale slices of bread and cut them up into uniform sized cubes. I cut each slice of bread into 16 square pieces. So with 8 pieces of bread I got 128 croutons.
- Place a big skillet on the stove and heat to a medium heat. Add the olive oil and get it sizzling.
- Add your bread, Italian seasoning and garlic powder and toss in the olive oil.
- Stir them constantly until they are golden brown and crunchy. This should take about 5 minutes.
- You can spray some cooking spray on top as you are stirring the croutons to make sure the spices are coating all the bread.
- Pour them onto a cookie sheet and Let them cool. Then store in an airtight container. Note this made about 5 cups.
To make croutons in the oven you want to use a 375°F oven. Place the bread cubes on a cooking tray, drizzle olive oil and spices then bake for 10-15 minutes. Check out this post for more specific instructions.
Different flavor combinations to try.
Today I went with a basic garlic and herb flavoring but you can try all kinds of spices and seasonings.
For keto garlic butter croutons use melted butter and fresh crushed garlic.
For Parmesan cheese croutons, use olive oil and grated parmesan. Or add some bacon flavor by using bacon grease instead of butter or olive oil. Play around with your favorite spices and seasonings.
Different ways to use croutons.
I mostly use croutons for my salads but here are a few other keto friendly ideas for you.
- Add the croutons to soup. They are especially delicious in homemade onion soup right under that cheese layer. ( I’m making onion soup soon so stay tuned!)
- Stir them into your scrambled eggs so you don’t need any toast on the side. This is a genius idea from Food and Wine.
- Use them on top of your casseroles, in your meatloaf or stuffing for turkeys and chicken.
- Lastly you can just snack on them. If you are person that likes crunchy salty snacks you might want to try a few keto croutons!
Well I hope this homemade garlic keto crouton recipe comes in handy for you. I still have some experimenting to do with them so I’ll come back and update this post when I do.
I’m thinking buffalo chicken croutons as a snack?? What do you think?
The nutritional information for 1 croutons is 6 calories
0.4g fat / 0.6g carbs / 0.6g fiber / 0.3g protein = 0g net carbs
If you want to make your own bread, try my friend Jessica’s keto coconut flour bread.
- 8 slices of stale keto bread (I used Aldi's)
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasonings
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- cooking spray, optional
- Start with stale keto bread. If your bread is fresh, just set 8 pieces out on a cookie sheet over night. Then when ready to make your croutons, chop them into uniform cubes. I got 16 square pieces per slice.
- Get out a large skillet and heat up to medium heat.
- Add the olive oil and when it starts to sizzle, add in the bread cubes and sprinkle the Italian seasonings and garlic powder.
- Constantly mix the bread cubes around so they don't burn. Add cooking spray along the way if you want to make sure the spices stick to the croutons.
- In about 5 minutes they should be toasted and golden. Spread out on a cookie sheet and let the cool down.
- Store in an air tight container.
The nutritional information for 1 crouton is 6 calories / 0.4g fat / 0.6g carbs / 0.6g fiber / 0.3g protein = 0g net carbs
For keto garlic butter croutons use melted butter and fresh crushed garlic. For Parmesan cheese croutons, use olive oil and grated parmesan. Or add some bacon flavor by using bacon grease instead of butter or olive oil. Play around with your favorite spices.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 128 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 6