How-to Make Gluten Free Bread Crumbs

How-to Make Gluten Free Bread Crumbs
Gluten free bread is expensive! When it gets old, save money by making it into gluten free bread crumbs instead of tossing it. It freezes so well, and a little goes a long way.

Gluten free bread is expensive! When it gets old, save money by making it into gluten free bread crumbs instead of tossing it. It freezes so well, and a little goes a long way.

I’m not too proud to admit it. In testing bread recipes, sometimes things don’t exactly turn out as planned. Okay, they often don’t turn out as planned. But it’s rarely so bad that I have to just toss the whole thing in the trash (although that does happen).

Usually, when I make *meh* bread, I make bread crumbs. It’s like the lemons and lemonade thing, but with bread.

Gluten free bread is expensive! When it gets old, save money by making it into gluten free bread crumbs instead of tossing it. It freezes so well, and a little goes a long way.

All you do is tear up the bread, place it in the food processor and pulse until you have the size crumb you like. Then, add some salt and dried seasonings if you like, and toast it in the oven. Stir the crumbs around the baking sheet, then toast again until very lightly golden brown. That’s it!

I mostly thought that a how-to video would be fun. Am I going overboard on the overhead videos? #youcantellme

Gluten free bread is expensive! When it gets old, save money by making it into gluten free bread crumbs instead of tossing it. It freezes so well, and a little goes a long way.

Store the bread crumbs in a freezer-safe container in the refrigerator or the freezer, and you’ll never ever be tempted to spend nearly $6.00 for 12 measly ounces of prepared gluten free bread crumbs. How do they get away with that? If you plan to store them at room temperature, be sure to place them in a glass jar. That’s how they’ll keep their toasted texture.

The recipe is obviously quite loose, as it’s more a concept than a true formula. I’m just here to speak for the old, forgotten gluten free bread in the bottom of your freezer.

Gluten free bread is expensive! When it gets old, save money by making it into gluten free bread crumbs instead of tossing it. It freezes so well, and a little goes a long way.

I prefer the larger, Panko-style crumb, and I use that kind liberally in Gluten Free Small Bites for everything from spinach balls to coconut shrimp.

Gluten free coconut shrimp and spinach balls—made with homemade gluten free bread crumbs. From Gluten Free Small Bites, the cookbook!

The coconut shrimp are on page 42, and the spinach balls on page 76 of the cookbook. Do you have your copy yet? I just made the chicken taquitos (page 60) and huevos rancheros wraps (page 107) last night for dinner. No complaints from the fam!

Like this recipe?

Prep time: Cook time: Yield: 3 cups bread crumbs


4 to 5 slices gluten-free bread, any kind

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (optional)

Dried seasonings, such as oregano and parsley, to taste (optional)


  • Preheat your oven to 325°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and set it aside.

  • Break up the slices of bread into chunks and place in the bowl of a standard 7-cup food processor fitted with the steel blade. Cover the food processor and pulse until coarse crumbs form. Open the lid and add the optional salt and seasonings. Close the lid and pulse again until combined, or until the crumbs reach the desired consistency (I prefer coarser Panko-style crumbs, but you may like to grind them fine).

  • Transfer the bread crumbs to the prepared baking sheet and place in the center of the preheated oven. Bake for about 8 minutes, and then remove from the oven and stir the crumbs to redistribute them. Return to the oven and bake until lightly golden brown all over, about another 7 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet before transferring to a glass jar for storing at room temperature, or a freezer-safe container for longer storage. Crumbs can be used directly from the refrigerator or freezer, without defrosting, and will stay fresh for months in the freezer.

  • Originally published on the blog in 2013. Photos, video and text new; recipe unchanged. 



P.S. Do you have your copy of Gluten Free Small Bites? These bread crumbs come in very handy for arancini, risotto cakes 🍚, stuffed mushrooms 🍄, baked asparagus fries 🍟, sweet and sour meatballs, Swedish meatballs, baked fish sticks, potato croquettes … Thank you for your support of my newest gluten free cookbook. It was a labor of love! 💕

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  • karen_303
    November 3, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    sweet! no more overpriced bread crumbs for me and i do like the zippy video!

  • Jessica Graves
    November 3, 2016 at 2:02 PM

    Got bread pieces? BREAD PUDDING!

    When I learned this year I needed to be gluten free I was so happy to discover why I had been sick for 25 yrs yet I thought it meant no more bread for me bc so much I tried was YUCK. I love bread. Six yrs ago my wedding cake was a divine pecan bread pudding with a whiskey sauce, yeah, I know, I’m southern.

    Thank you Nicole for a wonderful website, lots of tested info and great recipes. Making food yummy, not just good is fun and nourishes my soul. You truly are a pioneer. What you do has opened my eyes and gave light to my world. Again, thank you.

  • youngbaker2002
    November 2, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    Oh no, I love the how-to videos you’ve been doing!

  • Baxterwagner
    February 11, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Perfect for those end pieces, thank you!

  • Moon9
    February 9, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    On Feb 9, 2013

    Hanna this sounds good but I haven’t been able to make anything yet.
    I hope that you and the family are doing well.

    Your Friend,

  • GClark
    February 6, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Perfect timing! I made a loaf this week that I didn’t care so much for the taste. However, the crunchy salted crumbs are yummy! I keep taking tastes while they are cooling!

  • February 5, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    How timely!! I thought I had conjured a good, sourdough loaf last night at the request of my teenager.  The reviews are in….ewww, Mom, that was gross.  I believe it was the amaranth flour that did it.  That stuff is nasty!  So, my bread will go to bread crumb heaven…or toast ’cause sometimes toasting can fix nasty.

    • Tiltoncrew
      February 11, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      Well, toasting bread made with amaranth flour doesn’t cure the nasty, musty taste. The rest of the loaf was discarded instead of made into crumbs. Now I have most of a bag of amaranth flour that I don’t what to do with.

  • Blissing
    February 5, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    If you’re not using the Cuisinart’s chute, you can wrap a piece of plastic over the top of the bowl before locking the lid on. At least it’s one less piece to wash. I’ve also used this trick when trying to grind things that are powdery, like flours or sugars that create their own clouds in the kitchen otherwise.

  • RebeccaLB
    February 5, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    And those cupcakes we don’t get eaten in time…. freeze those, then crumb them in the food processor too. Than you have sweet crumbs to top pudding and ice cream! This often requested at my house.

    • gfshoestring
      February 5, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      Oh, Rebecca, you’re a total genius! I never ever think to do that, and I do end up with past-their-prime cupcakes in the freezer from time to time (lots of volume in this house!). Love it!! That would make great cake pops, too, if you’re into that sort of thing. Love it!
      xoxo Nicole

    • February 5, 2013 at 6:35 PM

      Could use in place of cookie crumbs to make a no bake pie crust as well.

  • February 5, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Love this post, for several reasons not the least of which is that I also despise dealing with a dirty cuisinart. It takes up so much room in the dish washer, which sounds so petty as I type but yet feels very legitimate in the moment.

    I am a total offender of buying overpriced gf bread crumbs, but now I have no excuse. I actually didn’t realize I’d need to toast the crumbs :) good thing I waited for a recipe!

    • gfshoestring
      February 5, 2013 at 1:54 PM

      I totally daydream about a better solution than my food processor for these sort of tasks, and I haven’t come up with one. I always wash it by hand because I am totally miserly with the dishwasher and never run it when it isn’t filled to the brim and what if I suddenly need the food processor?! The horror.
      xoxo Nicole

  • Suzanne
    February 5, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Love! Love! Love! your blog an your books – thank you so very much!  My down and dirty solution – toast the ends that the picky kids won’t eat, set them on the counter for part of the day and whirl them in the blender.  Carole’s suggestion about the oven is great too :)

  • Carole
    February 5, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    I always toast mine first by throwing the old or frozen heels onto a cookie sheet and put them in the oven after I finish baking something and have turned the oven off, waste not want not. Close the oven door and just forget about them and later pull them out and make into crumbs.That’s how my great grandmother did it.
    How was Jonny’s Birthday Party???

    • gfshoestring
      February 5, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      Jonny’s birthday was great. Thanks, Carole! You’re so sweet. I prefer to process, then toast the crumbs, because then the whole crumb gets toasted – and you can control the outcome a bit better. But for your crumbs, I wouldn’t dream of messing with the way of your great g-mom!
      xoxo Nicole

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