How to make croutons


I went years and years without ever attempting to make my own croutons, most of the time going without because I stay away from boxed foods whenever possible. Sometimes I’d purchase them if I really, really wanted them on my soup but then we went gluten-free at home and I’d have to take out a loan from the bank to buy GF croutons.

For realz, they are crazy expensive.

Then one day it hit me, why not make my own! Surely I was the first person to ever think of this right?

Alas, the interwebs abound with recipes on croutons, and I may just be a bit slow when it comes to ideas in the kitchen.


how to make croutons

It’s so simple I can’t even begin to call it a recipe. But they are also so good on homemade soups that I just must tell you how to make them.

Good bread makes good croutons! I like to use my basic gluten-free bread when we don’t use it all in a day or two and I’ve also used my gluten-free sourdough bread with great results as well.

Homemade croutons
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How to make croutons

Super easy with your favorite bread!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Soups and Stews
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten free croutons
Servings: 4
Calories: 114kcal
Author: Donielle


  • 2 cups bread day old, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 Tbsp butter melted
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Place bread cubes and butter into a large bowl and stir to coat.
  • Spread bread cubes in a single layer on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for about 20 minutes, stirring two to three times during baking to make sure they don't burn.
  • Let cool and use sprinkled over soup or salad.


Calories: 114kcal

Homemade croutons make a great addition to my Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup as well as this simple lentil and veggie soup and an Instant Pot Tuscan Soup.

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Donielle Baker

Donielle Baker

owner and editor of Natural Fertility and Wellness at Natural Fertility and Wellness
I believe women can learn how to heal their bodies & balance their hormones through natural methods. An advocate for natural health, I have a passion for nourishing/real food nutrition and natural living. My personal background includes both infertility and miscarriage and I started Natural Fertility and Wellness in 2008 in order to share all of the information I found helpful in my journey to heal from PCOS and overcome infertility.
Donielle Baker
Donielle Baker
Donielle Baker
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