Flavorful Vegan Italian Breadcrumbs are the answer to all of your breading needs! You need these vegan breadcrumbs in your life.
Vegan Italian Breadcrumbs
Y'all, finding pre-made, Vegan Italian Breadcrumbs is hard. Most of the store-bought breadcrumbs (at least around here) contain eggs.
It makes sense, from a cooking science point of view. Breadcrumbs are supposed to stick to your food, and egg is a binder. Adding eggs makes them more effective. But it's not helpful, if you don't do eggs.
They also tend to contain cheese, because - let's be honest - cheese tastes good. But if you don't eat dairy, this isn't helpful.
Luckily, it is SUPER easy and inexpensive to make Vegan Italian Breadcrumbs at home. They'll work in any recipe that calls for breadcrumbs, and they take a few minutes to make in your blender or food processor.
Finding Vegan Bread
This is a question that I got in my Facebook group not too long ago. A member who is new to veganism was asking about how to find vegan bread. It's a common question, and it can be a bit tricky at first.
Companies love adding unneeded animal ingredients to bread! When you're looking at the ingredients, keep your eyes peeled for eggs, milk, cheese, and honey.
But don't give up! There are totally vegan bread options out there. My family loves Dave's Killer Bread, and I'm pretty sure all of their breads are vegan. The green one definitely is. Just check the ingredients, if you branch out to their other varieties.
We also love Kroger brand potato rolls and their store brand Ancient Grain Bread. Both are vegan and very affordable. Store brands in general are a good bet, when you're on the hunt for vegan bread that's budget-friendly.
Finding a vegan bread that your family loves can take some squinting at ingredients and some trial and error, but once you land on something you like, shopping for bread becomes as easy as it was before you went vegan.
How to Make Vegan Italian Breadcrumbs
I don't know about your family, but mine will not eat the heels of bread. I'm not judging - I don't like the heel, either. It's basically a piece that's all crust. No, thank you!
Normally we compost our bread heels, and it always feels like such a waste tossing two perfectly good pieces of bread out of every loaf. Well, toss them no more!
The heels of your bread are perfect for making Vegan Italian Breadcrumbs, even if your loaf has gone stale.
To make these, just tear your bread into a few pieces, toss them into the blender with the spices, nooch, salt, and pepper, and pulse until you have...breadcrumbs!
Bing. Bang. BOOM.
These will keep for a day or two in an airtight container in your pantry, but I'd use them as soon as possible, especially if you were using stale bread. The shelf life will vary, depending on how close your bread was to going bad.
How to Use Vegan Italian Breadcrumbs
You can use these anywhere you'd use store-bought breadcrumbs. They're lovely sprinkled on top of Baked Macaroni and Cheese or other casseroles.
And, of course, you can use them for breading baked, fried, or air fried foods, like my Vegan Chicken Nuggets.
If you're new to eating vegan, you might be wondering how to get that breading to stick. Conventional recipes rely on eggs, which obviously you don't eat anymore. Do not panic!
You have some great vegan options that you can use to get your Vegan Italian Breadcrumbs to stick to your tofu (or whatever you're breading). These are my two favorite methods:
- vegan mayo - This is probably my favorite binder right now. Just dredge in the mayo, then dredge in breadcrumbs, and you're good to go.
- aquafaba - Don't let the name intimidate you. Aquafaba is just the liquid from a can of beans. The stuff you'd normally send down the drain when you dump your beans into the colander. Read all about aquafaba here!
OK! Do you have your breading plan in place? Let's make some super-delicious, incredibly easy Vegan Italian Breadcrumbs. Right...NOW!
Vegan Italian Breadcrumbs
- 3-4 slices vegan bread - toasted. If your slices are extra big, use 3. For regular bread, use 4.
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast - optional
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Add all of the ingredients to your blender or food processor. Pulse until you have a crumbly mix.