Cheezy Garlic Croutons

Cheezy Garlic Croutons on a sheet pan.

Say hello to your new essential everything topper:

Cheezy Garlic Croutons.

These salty, golden brown, crispy hunks of bread are crunchy on the outside and slightly chewy on the inside, generously saturated with a cheezy coating, customizably garlicky, and honestly just really addicting and hard not to eat right off the pan. I don’t really know how else to describe how good they are except to tell you that when I made these with our team, we kind of all just stood around eating them fresh out of the oven like they were a meal in and of itself. And that wasn’t wrong of us.

But oh, hey, did you catch that? I’m acting casual here, but cheezy = cheez = not real cheese! That’s right, these babies are fully vegan and dairy free. Nutritional yeast – something I rarely buy – is popping in for a quick and really delicious hello. And also making a strong case for its permanent place in my pantry.

Okay. Can we just take a closer look at those again?

Cheezy Garlic Croutons up close.

YUM CITY. And so stupidly easy!

First: mix up your “coating” of olive oil, nutritional yeast, salt, garlic powder.

Ingredients for Cheezy Garlic Croutons in a bowl.

Next, toss the bread in there. I use my hands to really massage it into the bread because these are my priorities in life.

Cheezy Garlic Croutons in a bowl before baking.

And finally, bake.

Cheezy Garlic Croutons on a sheet pan.

These could not be easier, and (as mentioned earlier) HIGHLY addictive, and they could really go with anything. I’d start with making these as a topper for golden soup (vegan), broccoli cheese soup (vegan), tomato soup, cheesy cauliflower soup with kale pesto, sunflower kitchen sink salad (vegan), chipotle summer cobb salad, and oh my gosh the list could go on.

ALSO PLEASE BE ADVISED: These will be used in an extremely delicious salad recipe tomorrow! Just giving you a head start.

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Cheezy Garlic Croutons

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cups of croutons (about 10 servings)


Cheezy Garlic Croutons! Crunchy on the outside, slightly chewy on the inside, generously saturated with a cheezy coating, customizably garlicky, and extremely addicting.


  • 1 baguette, cubed (about 8 cups)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix the oil, nutritional yeast, salt, and garlic powder in a large bowl.
  3. Toss with the bread (I prefer to use my hands to really get all the bread coated). 
  4. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown and crispy. And now attempt not to eat them all hot off the pan. I dare you.


You can use more or less of any of these ingredients. As written, these croutons will get a lot of cheezy coating – which is what I like!

Don’t use sandwich bread here. You want a bread that has a nice crispy exterior.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Topping
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: crouton recipe, nutritional yeast croutons, vegan cheese croutons

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