I’m not sure about you, but in my house, when a loaf of bread is nearing expiration, I always cut them up and use the oven to make homemade croutons. They are considerably less expensive than bagged croutons from the store (have you seen the prices on those things?!) and can be conveniently made with your own herbs, spices, and flavors.
Every now and then, I like to sweeten it up and make some cinnamon sugar croutons. These are so easy to make, and you’ll find that little ones enjoy eating them just as they are for a snack. In fact, this batch never made it to a salad…I could see this being very tasty with spring greens, chopped apples, and walnuts! Yum!
Here is my recipe for cinnamon sugar croutons. There’s no measuring, just work with what you have and the flavors you want!
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut up bread into bite size pieces. You can cut off the crusts or leave them on, entirely up to you.
- Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray and spread out the bread.
- In small container, melt butter (or use some of the liquid spray better to save on calories!) and mix with a small amount of vanilla extract.
- Brush bread with butter mixture, and then sprinkle generously with cinnamon and sugar.
- Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes or until lightly toasted throughout.
- Let cool (if you can!) and enjoy!
What’s great about making your own croutons is you can add whatever you want to get the flavors you prefer. When making regular croutons, I often use Italian seasoning and garlic powder. You can make spicier ones by adding cayenne pepper and Lawry’s seasoning salt. Get creative, and find your “sweet spot!”