Healthier homemade croutons made with whole grain bread, Italian seasoning and shredded parmesan cheese. These are so simple to make, with ingredients you probably already have on hand.
I love how the grains in the bread add a nutty texture to the croutons, so much better than white bread!
Once baked you can keep them in a ziplock bag to use for salads or soups (I love croutons in my split pea soup!) Be sure to use shredded Parmesan cheese so it sticks to the croutons when baked in the oven.
For this side salad, I chopped up some tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion and romaine lettuce, and tossed it with my red wine tomato vinaigrette.
Servings: 16 • Serving Size: 1/4 cup • Points +: 1 pts • Smart Points: 1
Calories: 28.5 • Fat: 6.5 g • Protein: 2 g • Carb: 5 g • Fiber: 0.9 g • Sugar: 0.7 g
Sodium: 47 mg (without salt)
- olive oil spray (I used my mister)
- 6 slices 100% whole grain bread (I used Pepperidge Farm 15 grain)*
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- sea salt, to taste
- 3-4 tsp dried Italian seasoning (or dried parsley)
- 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- fresh black pepper, to taste
Preheat over to 300°F. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
Remove the crust and cut the bread into small cubes.
Combine the garlic powder, salt and Italian seasoning in a medium bowl.
Spread the bread cubes on prepared cookie sheet in a single layer. Spray the top with more oil to coat and top with half of the seasoning and half of the shredded cheese; season with black pepper then bake for 14 minutes or until dry, crispy, and golden brown.
Turn the croutons over, spray a little more oil and sprinkle with remaining seasoning, black pepper and shredded cheese; bake for an additional 15 minutes until done. Store croutons in air-tight container or ziplock bag. Makes 4 cups. Enjoy!
*This should be about 5 1/2 oz after the crust is removed, before baking. This was calculated as such.