This is your new weekday go-to that family, friends and yes – even your kids will love! This Homemade Vegan Garlic Bread is all the garlic and herb flavors you love packed on top of a fresh Italian loaf of bread, and toasted to perfection.
Garlic toast is a classic dish that can be enjoyed as a side, an appetizer, or even as a main course. But for those following a vegan diet, traditional garlic toast can be off limits due to the use of butter and cheese. However, with a few simple substitutions and a homemade vegan parmesan, you can enjoy a delicious and satisfying vegan version of this classic dish.
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Choosing The Right Vegan Bread
The first step in making vegan garlic toast is to choose a high-quality loaf of bread. While you can use any bread that you prefer, a store-bought Italian bread is a great option. This type of bread is typically made with a combination of flour, water, salt, and yeast. It is then allowed to rise, giving it a light and airy texture with a crispy crust.
When choosing a store-bought Italian bread, look for one that is made with all natural ingredients and does not contain any animal-derived products. Many Italian breads are vegan, but it’s always best to double check the ingredient list to make sure.
What’s In The Vegan Garlic Butter Spread
Once you have your bread, the next step is to make a garlic butter spread. To make this spread, you will need to combine vegan butter, minced garlic, and a sprinkle of salt in a small mixing bowl. Vegan butter can be found at most grocery stores, and can also be made at home by blending together ingredients like coconut oil, olive oil, and vegan margarine. I also chose to add some chopped shallot for a bit of extra depth of flavor.
Toasting the Vegan Garlic Bread
You can use a fork or a pastry brush to evenly spread the garlic butter mixture on to one side of each slice of bread or baguette. Then, you can place the bread on a baking sheet and toast it in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes or until the bread is golden brown and crispy.
Making the Homemade Vegan Parmesan
Next is the homemade vegan parmesan cheese, which is made with a combination of sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast, and seasonings. The sunflower seeds provide a creamy texture and richness, while nutritional yeast adds a cheesy, nutty flavor. To make the vegan parmesan, you will need to blend the cashews, nutritional yeast, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder (oregano and rosemary optional) together in a food processor until it forms a coarse powder.
Once your garlic toast is ready, you can sprinkle the homemade dairy-free vegan parmesan on top. The warm bread will brown the parmesan slightly, creating a delicious and satisfying dish that is vegan and cruelty-free.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What bread should I use for vegan garlic toast?
A: While you can use any bread that you prefer, a store-bought Italian bread is a great option. This type of bread is typically made with a combination of flour, water, salt, and yeast, and has a light and airy texture with a crispy crust. Make sure to look for bread that is made with all natural ingredients and does not contain any animal-derived products.
Q: Can I make my own vegan butter for the garlic butter spread?
A: Yes, you can make your own vegan butter by blending together ingredients like coconut oil, olive oil, and vegan margarine. This will give you a spread with a similar texture and flavor as traditional butter.
Q: Are there any other variations I can make with this recipe?
A: Yes, there are many variations you can make to this recipe. You can add fresh herbs like thyme, basil or parsley to the vegan butter mixture or the parmesan sprinkle. You can also top it with a spread of vegan cream cheese or hummus. Another delicious variation is to add some sliced or sautéed mushrooms or bell peppers to your garlic toast before topping it with the vegan parmesan.
Q: Is it necessary to use a food processor for the vegan parmesan?
A: A food processor will make it much easier to get a fine, powder-like consistency for your vegan parmesan. However, you could use a blender or even a mortar and pestle if that’s all you have available.
Q: Is nutritional yeast a must-have ingredient for the vegan parmesan?
A: Nutritional yeast is a key ingredient that gives the vegan parmesan its cheesy and nutty flavor, so it is recommended to include it. However, if you don’t have it or don’t like the taste, you can try substituting it with other seasonings like miso paste or soy sauce for a different flavor.
Q: How long will the vegan parmesan keep?
A: Your vegan parmesan can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge or refrigerator for up to a month. You can also freeze it for up to 6 months in the freezer.
Q: Is Vegan Garlic Bread Good For You?
A: I recommend using MyFitnessPal to calculate the exact nutrition information for vegan garlic bread such as calories, carbohydrates, cholesterol, fiber, protein, potassium, calcium, sodium, vitamin C etc.
Q: How can I serve the vegan garlic toast?
A: The vegan garlic toast is a versatile dish that can be served as a side, an appetizer, or even as a main course. It pairs well with a variety of salads, soups, and stews, or even as a topping for pasta or pizza.
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The Best Vegan Garlic Bread
- Total Time: 30
- Yield: 1 loaf
This Homemade Vegan Garlic Bread is all the garlic and herb flavors you love packed on top of a fresh Italian load of bread, and toasted to perfection.
For the Garlic Bread:
- 1/2 loaf of bakery white or Italian baguette
- 1 head of garlic
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp salt
- 4 tbsp vegan soft butter
- 2 tbsp chopped shallot
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tbsp fresh minced garlic clove
- 1 tbsp chopped parsley or fresh basil
For the Vegan Parmesan:
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Remove the outer layers of the head of garlic and chop off the top .5″ so that the ends are exposed. Add Olive oil and a pinch of flaky salt before wrapping in tinfoil. Bake for 14-16 minutes and remove from heat.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl add the butter, remainder of salt, parsley or basil, shallot, minced garlic and black pepper. Stir until fully combined.
- In a food processor, add all parmesan ingredients and blend to fully combine into a parmesan-like consistency.
- When garlic head is cool, squeeze the contents onto the baguette and spread overtop using a fork.
- Add the garlic butter spread and coat the inside of the baguette fully.
- Sprinkle as much vegan parmesan as desired onto loaf (there will be extra).
- Bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes or until top is golden brown and crispy. Remove from heat and enjoy!
- Prep Time: 15
- Cook Time: 15
I was afraid this would be too garlicky… but omg… this really is the best garlic bread EVER. So easy and it was a hit with everyone. This will be my go-to garlic bread from now on. Thanks for a great recipe Greg!!!
It was really good! This was my first time doing any sort of bread dishes and it was simple to figure out for someone (me) who has a lower cooking skill level. I will 100% make this again!
This is a genius idea lol. Great for vegans/vegetarians. I only have garlic bread before never thought I can have it in vegan