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Quick and Easy Cherry Coconut Fluff Dessert Recipe

My husband and I were invited to a summer cookout and volleyball extravaganza. Like all good Midwesterners, we automatically knew that includes bringing food for the potluck portion of the party. Unfortunately, earlier in the week due to a raging thunderstorm that took down power line followed by temperatures that shot up into the 90’s (F ) our electric company gave a huge chunk of the state the gift of multiday rolling blackouts early in the week. Fortunately, we got our electricity back in one of the first waves. Even though we didn’t lose any of our food in the freezer (I had the freezer packed with big reusable ice packs similar to these to get them ready for the party) the power outages made grocery shopping for fresh party food ingredients difficult. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. I poked around my pantry and got a little creative. I made a quick and easy three ingredient cherry coconut fluff salad recipe that just so happens to also b

How to Make Dairy Free and Delicious Croutons!

One of my favorite dishes served with any chicken, turkey, goose, or duck dinner is the stuffing!
Which is actually dressing because I don’t cook it inside the bird. Stuffing = baked inside the bird. Dressing = baked inside of the bird. The more you know, right?

So I thought that my all time favorite side dish was safe from my personal Great Milk and Dairy Ingredient Purge when I was first diagnosed with being severely lactose intolerant. Until that familiar gut punch told me differently while I was making my way through a big ol’ pile of dressing on an evening out.

Turns out the dairy was in the croutons.

It wasn't until I went on the Great Dairy Free Crouton Quest of three grocery stores in one day that I realized that the only way I’m going to get a crouton for stuffing, salads, or to top a bowl of soup is to make it myself.

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Making croutons is so super easy I’m kicking myself for not learning how to make them sooner! It is a great way to use extra, old bread or bread crusts! Here’s how.

A Quick and Easy Crouton Recipe


Ingredients


1 loaf of bread cut into cubes or torn into small pieces – you can use any type of bread you like. Sometimes I make a batch of homemade bread in my bread machine (you can find them here.) Sometimes I buy a loaf of dairy free bread if I am pressed for time. It’s all up to you.

1/4 cup olive oil

2 teaspoons of garlic salt


Step by Step How to Make this Recipe

1. Cut//tear the loaf of bread into cubes or small pieces.

2. Lightly mix the olive oil. garlic salt, and bread cubs together in a bowl.

3. Spread the coated bread cubes onto a cookie sheet and bake them in the oven at 350 degrees (F ) for 15 minutes or until they are browned.

4. Remove the croutons from the oven and allow them to cool before using them in your favorite recipe.


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Comments

Joanne said…
How simple! We buy a lot of croutons and I had no idea they were so easy to make. I bet the homemade ones taste amazing. Pinned.
Teresa B said…
I love croutons so I'll be trying your recipe soon!
Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.