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.
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.