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Easy Gluten-Free Bread Crumbs (Dairy-Free, Vegan)

Making your own homemade gluten-free bread crumbs cannot get any easier (and cheaper)! This basic breadcrumbs recipe is flexible and can be seasoned for different flavor options. You won’t go back to storebought bread crumbs after this! Dairy-free and vegan too.

Holding out a spoonful of gluten-free breadcrumbs from a jar.

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I Love Anything Homemade

There’s just something immensely satisfying about making things from scratch.

I guess it fulfils the need in me to feel self-sufficient, and over the years, I’ve come to enjoy making homemade versions of foods or ingredients that we usually find on store shelves.

A jar of gluten-free breadcrumbs on a round wooden board.

Make Your Own Gluten-Free Breadcrumbs

And of course, since I love making homemade bread so much, I also had to make my own homemade bread crumbs too.

Bread crumbs are a pantry staple, because you can use them in your favorite foods (such as the breading for chicken cutlets, or sprinkle them as a crispy topping for green bean casserole, etc.)

While you can of course buy store-bought bread crumbs, traditional breadcrumbs usually use wheat flours and hence are not gluten-free, and those that are gluten-free tend to be quite expensive.

That’s where this gluten-free bread crumb substitute comes in handy! Plus, making bread crumbs is a great way to use up stale bread.

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Why This Recipe Works:

  • Just One Ingredient: For this basic homemade gluten-free bread crumbs recipe, all you need is just a loaf of gluten-free bread. YUP, that’s it! (You can either use homemade bread, or get a loaf from the grocery store.)
  • Super Easy to Make: All you need for these gf bread crumbs recipe is just 5 minutes of hands-on time, and let the oven do the rest of the work!
  • Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Vegan: This homemade breadcrumbs recipe is 100% gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan (if you use a vegan loaf), that means that even those with Celiac disease, and gluten or lactose intolerances, or on special diets can enjoy it without worries!
Hand holding a jar of gluten-free bread crumbs.

Ingredients You’ll Need + Recipe Notes

Gluten-Free Bread: For this easy recipe, you can either buy storebought gluten-free bread, or bake a loaf of our favorite gluten-free white bread. For best results, I recommend using a loaf with an airy crumb.

If you want to get vegan breadcrumbs, make sure to use a vegan bread loaf.

A loaf of bread on a white plate.

How to Make Gluten-Free Bread Crumbs (Step by Step):

1. Preheat

Preheat the oven to 300F (150C) and arrange the oven rack to the middle position.

2. Remove Crust and Cut into Cubes

Cut off the ends of the loaf and the crust from the gluten-free bread loaf, and slice the loaf into even slices, before cutting into small cubes.

Slices of gluten-free bread on a chopping board.

3. Place on Baking Sheet

Place the gluten-free bread cubes on a large baking sheet or cookie sheet. You may also line the baking sheet with parchment paper if you prefer.

(TIP: If you wish, you may drizzle a bit of olive oil or canola oil over the bread cubes before toasting them.)

Holding a baking sheet with bread cubes.

4. Toast Until Golden Brown

Toast the gluten-free bread cubes for 20 to 25 minutes, until they are a golden color and have a crispy texture.

Toasted gluten-free bread cubes on baking sheet.

5. Cool

Let the toasted bread cubes fully cool at room temperature for at least 10 to 15 minutes.

Hand holding a large baking sheet full of freshly toasted bread cubes.

6. Transfer to Blender/Processor

Transfer 1 cup of the cooled bread cubes to the bowl of a high-speed blender or food processor.

Holding a blender with bread cubes inside.

7. Process into Crumbs

Process the bread cubes until you get crumbs.

(TIP: How long you process them will depend on how you like the texture of your breadcrumbs. 30 seconds for coarser bread crumbs, 1 minute for finer crumbs, and even longer for super tiny crumbs.)

Freshly processed gluten-free bread crumbs in high-speed blender.

8. Use or Store

Use the gluten-free bread crumbs immediately, or store for future use.

Hand holding up a spoonful of breadcrumbs from a metal bowl.

Dish by Dish Tips/Tricks

  • Use Stale Bread: Using day-old bread or leftover bread is best, so that the bread is not too moist when you cut into it. This is the perfect use for leftover gluten-free bread so the loaf doesn’t go to waste!
  • Optional Seasonings: Since this is a basic recipe for plain bread crumbs, I did not use any seasonings. However, once the breadcrumbs are processed, feel free add seasonings to make flavored bread crumbs such as Italian bread crumbs. You can mix in a teaspoon garlic powderonion powder, Italian seasoning or my favorite combination (minced dried garlic with dried parsley and a pinch of salt).
  • Size and Texture of Breadcrumbs: For larger and coarser crumbs (similar to gluten-free panko breadcrumbs), process the toasted bread cubes for 30 seconds. For normal fine crumbs, process for 1 minutes. For superfine crumbs, process a little longer until it reaches the texture you like.
  • No Blender/Food Processor? If you don’t own a high-speed blender or food processor, no worries. Simply place the toasted and cooled bread cubes in a ziplock bag and then use a rolling pin to roll over the bread cubes until they are broken into crumbs.

Recipe FAQs:

How to Store Bread Crumbs?

To store, place these gluten-free vegan bread crumbs in a freezer-safe airtight container or freezer bag and freeze for up to 2 months.

A glass jar of gluten-free breadcrumbs.

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Easy Gluten-Free Bread Crumbs (Dairy-Free, Vegan)


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  • Author: Felicia Lim
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Making your own homemade gluten-free breadcrumbs cannot get any easier (and cheaper)! This basic breadcrumbs recipe is flexible and can be seasoned for different flavor options. You won’t go back to storebought breadcrumbs after this! Dairy-free and vegan too.


Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Preheat: Preheat the oven to 300F (150C) and arrange the oven rack to the middle position.
  2. Remove Crust and Cut into Cubes: Cut away to crust from the gluten-free bread loaf, and slice the loaf into even slices, before cutting into small cubes.
  3. Place on Baking Sheet: Place the gluten-free bread cubes on a large baking sheet and toast them for 20 to 25 minutes, until they are golden brown and crispy.
  4. Cool: Let the toasted bread cubes fully cool for at least 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Transfer to Blender/Processor: Transfer 1 cup of the cooled bread cubes to the bowl of a high-speed blender or food processor.
  6. Process into Crumbs: Process the bread cubes until you get crumbs. (How long you process them will depend on how you like the texture of your breadcrumbs. 30 seconds for coarser breadcrumbs, 1 minute for finer crumbs, and even longer for super fine crumbs.)
  7. Use or Store: Use breadcrumbs immediately, or store for future use (place the gluten-free breadcrumbs in a freezer-safe airtight container or freezer bag and freeze for up to 2 months).

Notes

Gluten-Free Bread: You can either buy storebought gluten-free bread, or bake a loaf of our favorite gluten-free white bread. If you want to get vegan breadcrumbs, make sure to use a vegan bread loaf.

Optional Seasonings: Since this is a basic breadcrumbs recipe, I did not use any seasonings. However, once the breadcrumbs are processed, feel free to mix in garlic powder, onion powder, or my favorite combination (minced dried garlic with dried parsley and a pinch of salt).

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cooling Time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Category: Basics
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Western

2 Comments

  1. Hi Felicia!

    I totally agree with you that this is a great way to make use of left-over bread to make them into bread crumbs for flavoring and coating other food in many other recipes. No wastage of food 🙂

    Cheers!
    Mum






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