Wholemeal Maple Crouton Recipe

maple croutons

What are wholemeal maple croutons?

This crouton recipe really is a step above all the rest, using wholemeal bread and NO OIL to keep it healthy and maple syrup to give it a sweet taste these are the perfect accompaniment to any soup or salad. They taste really naughty but only total 75 kcals a portion. This recipe makes 2 portions. These croutons will last up to a week in an air tight container however I prefer to make them fresh as they’re so good warm! Why not try this crouton recipe with my Sweet Potato soup or Red Pepper and Tomato soup? P.S. Don’t forget to subscribe and follow me on socials so that you never miss any of my healthy recipes for weight loss.

Why are these croutons healthy?

This simple yet flavorful recipe offers a healthy twist to traditional croutons. By using wholemeal bread, it introduces complex carbohydrates and dietary fiber, promoting sustained energy and digestive health. The modest amount of maple syrup provides a touch of sweetness without overwhelming the dish with refined sugars, and rosemary contributes not only aromatic flavor but also potential anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. Moreover, the absence of deep frying ensures a lighter snack option, reducing unnecessary saturated fats. These bread bites can be a wholesome addition to a balanced diet, offering a delightful crunch while incorporating nutrients from whole grains and natural sweeteners.

Do you have a diet restriction?

This recipe is suitable for the following diets:

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free
  • Low FODMAP

Step 1: Cut the wholemeal bread

Firstly, cut one piece of thick wholemeal bread into 16 pieces (4 x 4). Then grab a bowl and mix up one tablespoon of maple syrup with 2 tablespoons of water and a tablespoon of fresh finely chopped rosemary. Yes, Rosemary again, I know, I’m obsessed. This recipe works well with many different herbs so if Rosemary isn’t your thing, feel free to experiment. Oregano is another good option.

Wholemeal Maple Crouton Recipe

Step 2: Dip your bread in the marinade & bake

Quickly dip each piece of bread in the mixture, you want it well covered but not soaked as you will not have enough mixture to go around and the wetter your bread is, the longer it will take to cook. Put the wet bread pieces on a baking tray and bake on 150C for 40 minutes, turning half way through. I would recommend keeping a close eye on the croutons as they cook as they can burn very easily. You may need to remove some pieces early if they start to over brown.

Wholemeal Maple Crouton Recipe

Don’t forget to check out my sweet potato soup or red pepper soup for ideas on how to use these croutons.


Wholemeal maple crouton variations:

1. Sweet and Savory Herb Bites:

  • Experiment with different herbs like thyme or oregano in the syrup mixture for a unique flavor combination.

2. Cinnamon Sugar Croutons:

  • Replace rosemary with a teaspoon of cinnamon in the syrup mixture for a sweet and spiced alternative.

3. Garlic Parmesan Bread Bites:

  • Add a minced garlic clove to the syrup mixture and sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on top before baking for a savory twist.

4. Spicy Maple Chipotle Bites:

  • Incorporate a pinch of chipotle powder into the syrup mixture for a smoky, spicy kick.

5. Herbed Focaccia Crisps:

  • Use a whole slice of focaccia bread, cut into bite-sized pieces, and experiment with various herbs like basil or thyme.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):

Q1: Can I use a different type of bread?

A: Absolutely, feel free to experiment with different bread varieties such as sourdough, multigrain, or even gluten-free options to suit dietary preferences.

Q2: What’s the purpose of turning the bread halfway through baking?

A: Turning the bread ensures even crispiness on all sides. It helps achieve a uniformly golden and crunchy texture.

Q3: Can I make these ahead of time?

A: Certainly! These bread bites can be made in advance and stored in an airtight container. Reheat in the oven for a few minutes before serving to restore their crispiness.

Q4: How do I store leftovers?

A: Store any leftover bread bites in an airtight container at room temperature. If they lose some crispiness, you can reheat them in the oven for a few minutes.

Q5: Can I use dried rosemary instead of fresh?

A: Yes, dried rosemary can be used as a substitute. However, use a smaller quantity, as dried herbs tend to be more potent than fresh ones.

Q6: What other dishes can I pair these bread bites with?

A: These versatile bites complement a variety of dishes. Try them with a cheese platter, dips, or alongside a bowl of soup or salad for a delightful crunch.

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maple croutons

Wholemeal Maple Crouton Recipe

HealthyHeartyWholesome
These croutons really are a step above all the rest, using wholemeal bread and NO OIL to keep it healthy and maple syrup to give it a sweet taste these are the perfect accompaniment to any soup or salad.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Lunch, Salad, Side Dish, Snack, Soup
Cuisine American, British
Servings 4
Calories 75 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 slice bread wholemeal
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp rosemary

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 150C Cut Bread into 16 equal pieces (4×4)
    1 slice bread
  • Mix syrup, water and rosemary in a small bowl
    1 tbsp maple syrup, 2 tbsp water, 1 tbsp rosemary
  • Dip bread into mixture but don't soak. Place on a baking tray.
  • Place in oven for 40 minutes, turning half way.
  • Serve with soup or salad.

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