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Thought croutons on keto were off limits? Not anymore! These gluten-free, low carb keto croutons taste like the original, or dare I say better?! They are crispy, crunchy, golden brown and seasoned with olive oil, Italian seasoning, and garlic. They are delicious on salads, but also for snacking!
There are plenty of ways to use these keto-friendly croutons, but my favorite is over salad greens with a few veggies and either keto Caesar dressing, keto ranch dressing, or creamy balsamic dressing.
Like my keto bread pudding and keto garlic bread, these healthy croutons are made with my very own keto bread mix. I spent over 6 months developing it because I wanted it to taste like real bread — and it does! I was excited to confirm that it makes the best low carb croutons recipe I’ve ever made, too.
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Why You’ll Love This Keto Croutons Recipe
- Savory, garlic flavor
- Crunchy, authentic texture
- Keto friendly & gluten free
- Only 15 minutes to prep
- Just 1.2 grams net carbs per serving
Low Carb Croutons Ingredients
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for low carb salad croutons, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
For the keto bread:
- Wholesome Yum Keto Bread Mix – For the best croutons, you need the BEST keto bread mix! This one has the flavor and texture of real bread, plus it’s gluten-free, which is so rare to find in keto bread mixes.
- Butter – Use grass-fed butter for best flavor, but any unsalted butter will do.
- Eggs – Use large eggs for best results.
- Unsweetened almond milk – Almond milk works well, but any kind of keto milk will work.
For the keto diet croutons:
- Olive oil – For classic Italian flavor.
- Seasonings – Italian seasoning and garlic powder
- Sea salt & black pepper
How To Make Keto Croutons
This section shows how to make a keto substitute for croutons with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
Make the white keto bread:
- Prep. Preheat the oven and line a loaf pan with parchment paper. Gather the ingredients you’ll need: Wholesome Yum Keto Bread Mix, butter, eggs, and milk of your choice (see notes on the milk options 2 steps down.)
- Cream butter. You can use a hand mixer or stand mixer to beat the butter – do so until it’s pale and super fluffy. This helps create air pockets in the bread later on.
- Add eggs and milk. Make sure they are room temp, so that they don’t solidify the butter.
- Add Wholesome Yum Keto Bread Mix. Beat this in gradually using your mixer.
- Transfer. Spoon the batter into a parchment lined loaf pan (this size is ideal) and smooth the top with a spatula.
- Bake. Place in the oven and let it bake until the bread rises and is golden on top. Let bread cool completely.
Make the low carb croutons:
- Cut bread. Slice cooled bread into cubes that are about 3/4 inch.
- Season. In a large bowl, drizzle the bread cubes with olive oil and season with Italian seasoning, garlic powder, sea salt, and pepper. Toss together.
- Bake. Spread bread cubes out on a prepared baking sheet and bake until golden brown and crispy. Let cool before serving — they will crisp up as they cool. (If you prefer you can also make air fryer croutons instead using the same ingredients.)
Frequently Asked Questions
Are croutons keto?
No, most croutons are not keto as they are made with flour and wheat.
This recipe uses a keto bread instead of a wheat-based bread, making them a great option for keto dieters.
Can I use a different bread?
Yes, you can. My keto bread mix is the easiest and seriously delicious, but you can also swap it out for any of my keto bread recipes. Here are a few favorites:
- Keto White Bread – This one may take longer to get crispy if you make croutons out of it.
- Almond Flour Bread – The closest replacement for the bread mix, but a bit more dense compared to the airy bread mix.
- Fathead Bagels – Will crisp up on the outside, but can be a bit more chewy inside.
- 90-Second Bread – Similar to the almond flour bread above, but great for a small batch.
- To store: Store the low carb alternative to croutons in an air-tight container for 5-7 days.
- To meal prep: Simply make the croutons in advance.
How to Use Easy Keto Croutons
- Green Salad – Top salad greens and any other veggies with croutons and creamy balsamic dressing or keto ranch dressing.
- Caesar Salad – Try them on Cajun shrimp Caesar salad or chicken Caesar salad.
- Chef Salad – Add them to this classic Chef salad for nice crunch.
- Keto “Panzanella” Salad – Toss the low carb crouton substitute with Israeli salad for a quick tomato and bread salad.
Tools To Make Low Carb Croutons
- Baking Sheet – I’ve used these baking sheets for years! They are non-stick and amazing quality.
- Glass Storage Containers – Store your keto croutons in these containers so they don’t get stale!
Keto Croutons Recipe
Keto Croutons Recipe
You'd never guess that these are keto croutons, with just 1.2g net carbs per serving! These low carb croutons are crispy, golden, and perfectly seasoned.
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For the bread:
For the croutons:
Tap on the times in the instructions below to start a kitchen timer while you cook.
Make white keto bread according to instructions on the keto bread mix package, using avocado oil instead of butter. Cool completely.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Slice cooled bread into 3/4 inch cubes.
Add bread cubes to a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle Italian seasoning, garlic powder, sea salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
Spread the seasoned bread cubes on the prepared baking sheet, making sure there is space between them, and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
Allow croutons to sit overnight, uncovered, before serving.
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Serving size: 1/4 cup of croutons
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Loved them. So nice to have something keto and crunchy. Great on my salad. Going to try them in my tomato soup next. Thanks for the recipe!
I use these also with pound Italian sausage, can mushroom soup celery, and bake its like stuffing.
Would these work to bake with, like in a stuffing recipe?
Maya | Wholesome Yum0
Hi Patti, Yes, definitely!
Sorry ignore my comment re yeast bread. Found where you said we can use any bread! Marj
Maya, would it make a difference if I used the WholesomeYum Mix yeast bread for the croutons. That’s my go to bread now and always have it available, thanks Marj
Maya | Wholesome Yum0
Hi Marjorie, Yes, the keto yeast bread recipe would work great for these croutons!
Another option that we in EU have to wait for, since your brand isn’t still avaible here 🙁 but we will wait to enjoy your products! Unfortunately I’ve noticed that this specific one wouldn’t fit everyone’s needs, containing whey which is a contorversial ingredient in keto (proven to spike insulin; in some people also spike BG; not suitable for dairy intolerance…): maybe in your next efforts to create blend for easy quick keto prepping you’ll find another option to offer a chance also for those who can’t or don’t want assume whey, in the meanwhile we’ll surely get inspiration from your bred recipes and try to “croutonize” them 😉
Wholesome Yum M0
Hi Roberta, Thanks for your feedback!
Just what I needed. I love croutons added to salad and soups.
Croutons are so awesome for providing crunch to salads! And I love that they are keto!!
Delicious recipe! These croutons are the best!
KETO CROUTONS! How did you know I was dying for something crunchy?! PLUS, the unsweetened almond milk… it’s a game changer for me. I never realized there war unsweetened OR that it has soooo many fewer carbs than milk! Thank you so much for the info!
Perfect on a salad and good on soup too!
Homemade croutons are the best – happy to be able to make them keto too!
I have been craving croutons since I started following a keto diet 2 months ago. I just tried this recipe and WOW. First of all, it was easy to make. Second, it tastes great. I made a batch for this week thinking that it would be good for me for the whole week but between my kiddos and husband, they were gone in less than a day.
I guess it was a success.