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Keto Croutons

Louise | October 16
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Let’s face it, croutons are an integral part of any salad. You may think that staying in ketosis means forgoing this beloved crunchy salad topping but we have you covered with this recipe for Keto croutons. Perfectly crispy and flavored with Italian seasoning, these croutons use almond flour in place of standard all purpose, which keeps the carb count low. Make these as you need them, it only takes 10 minutes, or make a big batch on the weekend and store in an airtight container to spice up your salads all week long.

Three Fun Facts About Croutons

  1. National Crouton Day is May 13th in the United States.
  2. The word crouton comes from the French word, croûte, which means crust. Crouton is a diminutive form so in French it translates to “little crust.”
  3. People have been making some form of crouton to use up stale bread for hundreds of years. The oldest recorded use of the word dates back to 17th century France where it referred bread crusts cut into small pieces and served with drinks.

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Four Tasty Crouton Variations

Making croutons yourself not only means you can control the amount of carbs, you can also change the flavors to suit your mood, and your food. Herbs and spices don’t generally affect nutritional values drastically but do be thoughtful when substituting ingredients.

  1. French – Substitute Italian seasoning with Herbes de Provence. You can purchase it already prepared or make it yourself with rosemary, thyme, marjoram, tarragon, and lavender. Feel free to leave the lavender out if you don’t enjoy the flavor.
  2. Indian – Substitute Italian seasoning with garam masala. Garam masala just means “hot spice mix” and every household and region has their own variation. A good basic list of ingredients is coriander, cumin, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaf, and pepper. Toasting and grinding the spices yourself is traditional but if you are pressed for time, just used ground or buy it pre-mixed.
  3. Middle Eastern – Substitute Italian seasoning with Za’atar spice mix. Buy it pre-mixed or make your own with thyme, marjoram, oregano, sesame seeds, and sumac. If you can’t find sumac, you can substitute lemon zest.
  4. Bonus – No time for croutons but still craving a crunch in your salad, try nuts, or chopped carrot or cucumber for satisfying texture, no baking required.

You Have Croutons, Now What?

So, you’ve made croutons, what are you going to eat them with? Check out this list below for some suggestions.

Or check out more Keto soup and salad recipes. There’s something for everyone!

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Keto Croutons

  • Author: Louise Hendon
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Condiments, Snacks
  • Cuisine: American


Savory, crunchy, and Keto-friendly? It’s almost too good to be true!



  1. Preheat oven to 300 F (150 C).
  2. Whisk all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
  3. Pour mixture into mug or microwaveable container.
  4. Microwave for 90 seconds on high (this time may vary depending on your microwave)
  5. Let cool, remove from mug, and chop into small cubes.
  6. Spread on baking tray and toast for 8-10 minutes until browned and crunchy.


All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.

Net Carbs: 1 g


  • Calories: 135
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Fat: 14 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 3 g

Louise co-founded Louise's Foods, Paleo Living Magazine, Nourishing Brands, & CoBionic. She has considerable research experience but enjoys creating products and articles that help move people just a little bit closer toward a healthy life they love.