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!
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.
Breadcrumbs and panko add just the right amount of crunch to make your gluten free recipes even better.
Why you need to make your own:
You are going to love this 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. Season them anyway you like, depending on what you will be using them to make.
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.
Ingredients you need to make this:
- 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!
Recipe step by step directions:
Step 1: Put the gluten free bread slices onto a baking sheet and bake at 325º F for 10 minutes. Flip the bread and bake for another 5 minutes until the bread is hard.
What kind of gluten free bread is best to use?
Any gluten free bread will work well to make bread crumbs, but I advise using any gluten free bread without a lot of seeds or flavors. Some of my favorites are Canyon Bakehouse, Franz Gluten Free, Trader Joe's brand, and 3 Bakers brands. I would also avoid cinnamon raising or anything sweetened.
Step 2: Tear up the bread and add to a food processor. Add optional seasonings or leave plain.
Step 3: 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.) If you want more of a panko style, pulse in short bursts and check the size often.
Use these gluten free bread crumbs to make my Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets. They are soooo good!
- Add parmesan cheese
- Everything bagel seasoning
- Italian seasonings
Store-bought bread crumbs
If making homemade bread crumbs sounds daunting, you can also buy them. Here are my favorite brands:
- Michelle Farm's Gluten Free Bread Crumbs
- Schar Gluten Free Bread Crumbs
- 4 C Gluten Free Bread Crumbs
- Gillian's 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.
Use them or place them into an air-tight container or sealed bag. These bread crumbs will keep up to 1 ½ weeks in the pantry or 1 month in the refrigerator!
You can easily make these bread crumbs dairy-free by using vegan butter or a light oil.
Delicious recipes with bread crumbs:
- Gluten Free Chicken Cordon Bleu
- Ground Turkey Meatballs
- Gluten Free Buttermilk Oven Fried Chicken
- Creamy Gluten Free Mac & Cheese
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Easy Gluten Free Bread Crumbs
- 8 slices gluten free bread * see note
- 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.
- You can use any gluten free bread you like but I do not advise flavored bread like cinnamon raisin.
- You can bake to dry your bread, or let it sit out for a day until the bread is hardened.
- 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.
- These bread crumbs will keep up to 1 ½ weeks in the pantry or 4 weeks in the refrigerator if stored in an air-tight container.
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