Making homemade gluten free bread crumbs is so easy! You can customize how large the crumbs are so this recipe can be more like gluten free panko bread crumbs if you like. You can make this simple bread crumbs recipe in only 15 minutes!

The top view of a mason jar filled with homemade breadcrumbs.

One of the items I use a lot here in our home is gluten free bread crumbs and panko. It is a staple for meatloaf, meatballs, topping casseroles, etc. You can even use them to coat cheese sticks like in this gluten free fried cheese sticks recipe.

This homemade gluten free bread crumbs and panko recipe adds just the right amount of crunch to make your gluten free recipes even better.

If you need more meal inspiration, I have a lot of great gluten free dinner recipes on the blog.

Why Make This Recipe:

  1. You are going to love this gf bread crumbs recipe because it saves you money. A container of gluten free bread crumbs is about $8-10…and the package is tiny. For a fraction of the cost, you can make these for yourself.
  2. Season them any way you like, depending on what you will be using them to make. Add ranch dressing powder, parmesan and Italian seasonings, Mexican spices, etc.
  3. These will keep in your pantry in an airtight container for up to a month in the fridge.
  4. They can be made small-batch, on an as-needed basis so you don’t have to worry about them going bad. For me, it is easy because my kids hate the ends of bread loaves. I store the ends in a bag in my freezer and when I have enough, I make this gluten free panko and gluten free bread pudding.

Ingredient Notes:

  • Gluten Free Bread – Use your favorite non-seeded gluten free bread.
  • Optional seasonings like salt, pepper, cinnamon, cumin, paprika, basil, etc. The sky is the limit in how you season these!

Flavor Options:

  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Everything Bagel Seasoning
  • Italian Seasonings
  • Paprika
  • Cumin and Cayenne Pepper

Recipe Step-By-Step Directions:

Once you learn how to make gluten free bread crumbs, you may never go back to buying them in the store!!

Gluten free bread slices on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
This is all you need!

Step 1: Put the gluten free bread slices onto a baking sheet. I recommend lining the baking sheet with parchment paper.

Baked dried bread slices on a baking tray.

Step 2: Bake the bread slices at 325º F for 10 minutes. Flip the bread and bake for another 5-8 minutes until the bread is hard.

What kind of gluten free bread is best for bread crumbs?

Any gluten free bread will work well to make bread crumbs, but I advise using any gluten free bread without many seeds or flavors. My favorites are Canyon Bakehouse, Franz Gluten Free, Trader Joe’s, and 3 Bakers brands. I would also avoid cinnamon raising or anything sweetened.

Dried bread chunks and Italian seasonings in a food processor.
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Step 3: Tear up the bread and add the bread pieces to a food processor. Add optional seasonings, salt, and pepper, or leave plain.

Coarsely ground gluten free panko.

Step 4: Put into a food processor and pulse. The longer you pulse, the finer your crumbs will be. (These pictured above are very coarse. I ground these an additional 30 seconds after this photo was taken.)

Make it Gluten Free Panko:

If you want to make gluten free panko, pulse the bread and seasoning in your food processor in short bursts and check the size often. Panko has a coarser grind than bread crumbs.

Use these gluten free bread crumbs to make my Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets. They are so good!

A quart-sized mason jar filled with gluten free breadcrumbs.

Recipe FAQ:

How do you store gluten free bread crumbs?

I store my gluten free bread crumbs in a mason jar, but you can also use an air-tight sealed container or Ziplock bag.

How long will these bread crumbs keep?

Use them or place them into an air-tight container or sealed bag. These bread crumbs will last 1 1/2 weeks in the pantry or 1 month in the refrigerator!

Can you make these gluten free bread crumbs dairy-free?

You can make these bread crumbs dairy-free using vegan butter or light oil.

Recipes Using Gluten Free Breadcrumbs:

top view of a mason jar filled with homemade breadcrumbs

Easy Gluten Free Bread Crumbs

Sandi Gaertner
A quick and easy tutorial how to make gluten free bread crumbs and panko style bread crumbs. Optional flavor options.
5 from 7 votes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Gluten Free Bread Recipe
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 125 kcal


  • 8 slices gluten free bread * see note

Optional Seasonings

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder


  • Spread out the bread slices on a parchment papepr lined baking sheet and bake at 325º F for 10 minutes.
  • Turn the bread over and bake an additional 5 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow to cool.
  • Tear up the bread in large chunks and add them to a food processor.
  • Add optional spices.
  • Pulse grind the bread until you get the desired size or texture of bread crumbs or panko.


  1. You can use any gluten free bread you like but I do not advise flavored bread like cinnamon raisin.
  2. You can bake to dry your bread, or let it sit out for a day until the bread is hardened.
  3. If you don’t have a food processor, when the bread is hard you can put it into a sealed bag and smash, roll, grind it with a rolling pin.
  4. These bread crumbs will keep up to 1 1/2 weeks in the pantry or 4 weeks in the refrigerator if stored in an air-tight container.


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1gCalories: 125kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 2gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 542mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 101IUCalcium: 54mgIron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Thanks for sharing this! I love when I can skip the store bought items and make them easily at home. This recipe for bread crumbs will come in handy this holiday season!.