Homemade Croutons Recipe

This homemade croutons recipe was my first attempt at making croutons from scratch, and all I can say is…. YUM!!! Seriously, how do people not snack on croutons all day long?

These little goodies were delish on our salad for dinner, and I turned the rest into stuffing for Thanksgiving! The only real issue I had was trying not to eat them straight out of the bowl. You need pretty much the entire batch of this to make a fair amount of stuffing, so I had to exercise restraint. But man, it was hard. Really, really hard.

Clean Eating Garlic Rosemary Croutons Recipe

Recipe Notes: I highly recommend cutting the bread into ¼” cubes. Keep them tiny because they do get really crunchy. But if this is just for salads and such, not for stuffing, you could easily cut the pieces larger. The more important thing is to get them all uniform in size so that they bake evenly. There’s nothing worse than having some get burnt and some be undercooked. The bread I used was one I got at Trader Joe’s, pictured below. But any whole grain loaf of bread will work.

Clean Eating Garlic Rosemary Croutons Recipe Bread Label


Homemade croutons don’t have all the normal preservatives that store-bought croutons have. So you’ll want to store them in an air-tight, food-safe container and keep them in the fridge. They will last about 1-2 weeks. Always check for mold after 1 week of storage. But chances are, they won’t last that long anyway!


Absolutely! Simply put these in and air-tight, freezer-safe, food-safe container and store in the freezer for up to 2 months.

And don’t worry if you make too many. These are wonderful over salad, as a soup topping or even just eaten by themselves as a snack! (My personal favorite!)


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Clean Eating Garlic Rosemary Croutons Recipe

Homemade Croutons Recipe

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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 13 servings (Approximately 3 1/4 cups)
Calories: 74kcal
Author: Tiffany McCauley


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 6 cups cubed bread (1/4' cut)


  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the spices and oil. Mix well, getting rid of any spice clumps. You want a smooth "sauce" consistency.
  • Put the bread cubes in a large mixing bowl, drizzle the oil over the bread, and stir until the bread is evenly coated in oil.
  • Spread the croutons out over a parchment-lined cookie sheet making sure you have an even, single layer of bread so they can bake evenly.
  • Bake at 300 F. for 25-30 minutes or until they are golden brown and slightly crunchy.
  • Set the sheet on a heat-safe surface and allow the croutons to cool completely.
  • Place the croutons in an air-tight container and store in the fridge or freezer until you're ready to use them!


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 0.6mg

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  1. Love your foods soooo amazing im just wonder is it for stuffing or you can eat it like crunchy bread!!??

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amelia – Both! Mini Chef and I enjoyed these on our salads and just plain by themselves. But they also make terrific stuffing!

  2. oh i got it my english is not every good haha i ment can we eat them simply!??

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amelia – Yup! 😀

  3. The Best clean eating website i love all your recipes so good , thanks for sharing with us! and i can’t wait to make these woowoo!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Soheila – Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy them! 😀

  4. What kind of bread did you use? Thanks in advance! My family grew up on boxed stuffing, and I’m going to attempt the clean version this year and hope for no complaints!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      JenC – I just posted a photo above. Hope that helps!

  5. These sound divine. I have to make these soon.

  6. We started making our own croutons a while back, because we almost always have bread in the house and love croutons with our salads. I love that we can control the seasoning! And oh how I wish we had a Trader Joe’s where I live! Maybe someday…