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oil-free croutons

Plant Based Oil-Free Croutons


  • 2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 5 pieces 100% whole wheat or sprouted grain bread, cut into crouton-sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried dill AKA dill weed
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • To a medium-sized mixing bowl, add the soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, and water. Give a quick stir.
  • In a separate small bowl, add the nutritional yeast, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, dried dill, and salt. Whisk together.
  • Place the bread pieces into the medium-sized mixing bowl (the one with the liquid) and with your clean hands, gently massage the bread pieces so the mixture is evenly distributed. Add the spice mixture and use your hands again to thoroughly and evenly distribute the spices.
  • Place the bread pieces onto the baking sheet and spread them out in a single layer. Bake for 8 minutes and then take them out and flip the pieces over. Place back in the oven and bake for an additional 2-3 minutes, checking on them frequently so they don’t burn. As soon as they start to look crispy, take them out of the oven to cool. Serve with your favorite salad.


Note: Using the ends of the bread works really well for this.