Vegan Garlic Bread

This easy Vegan Garlic Bread recipe is the ultimate in buttery, garlicky, bread to serve with your favorite vegan dinners and lunches. You’ll love this toasted bread infused with garlic and herbs.

Serve this delicious bread with some Vegan Ricotta on the side for dipping or even this Vegan Alfredo Sauce.

Several slices of vegan garlic bard are on a cutting board with a blue kitchen towel behind it.

I love making vegan garlic toast for special occasions, but it’s also perfect for a weeknight dinner as well. Are you into meal prepping like me? I love making a batch of this bread on a Sunday afternoon. Then all I have to do is reheat a slice or two in the toaster oven to serve with meals throughout the week.

Cut your slices nice and thick to make this just like Vegan Texas Toast.

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Raw garlic is cooked briefly to tame the strong flavor it can imbue when raw
  • Adding chilled butter to the cooked garlic/butter mixture creates a spread. That’s because a vegan garlic bread spread goes more evenly across the top of the bread slices. Whereas melted butter is too easily absorbed by the bread slices.
  • The perfect blend of herbs makes this bread both tasty and colorful!

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Baguette — I used 2 whole-grain baguettes (the whole grain baguettes are smaller, so 2 equaled the size of one regular baguette)
  • Vegan butter — Any spreadable vegan butter or margarine works, or you can make your own dairy-free butter.
  • Garlic — You’ll need 2 to 3 cloves of fresh garlic or use several tender cloves from garlic confit.
  • Vegan parmesan — Go Veggie Parmesan or Daiya grated Vegan Parmesan are brands of plant-based parmesan. You can find these at health food stores or sometimes the health food aisle of local grocery stores. Or you can make homemade vegan parmesan.
  • Herbs — You’ll need some dried oregano and parsley. Use either fresh or dried parsley.
  • Salt — A little bit of salt makes a big impact on the flavor of this bread.

How to Make Vegan Garlic Bread

So, let’s get to how to prepare this best vegan garlic bread. It’s really a very easy process that will have you enjoying this bread very soon.

  1. Cook vegan butter and minced garlic in a microwave for 30 seconds to soften the garlic. Set it aside to cool slightly.
  2. Add the remaining butter, vegan parmesan, oregano, salt, and chopped parsley and stir to combine.
  3. Spread butter mixture over the top of each baguette slice. Place buttered slices on a prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 8 minutes. Then turn on the broiler and move the pan up to the top rack and cook for 1 to 3 minutes, until the bread is toasted. 
  5. Remove the pan from the oven and allow the toast to cool slightly. Serve warm.

Here are more detailed step-by-step instructions.

Step One: Make Vegan Garlic Spread

In a small, microwave-safe bowl add 1 tablespoon butter and minced garlic. Microwave for 30 seconds to soften the garlic. Allow to cool slightly, then add the remaining butter, vegan parmesan, herbs, and salt. Stir this all together.

There’s a reason we’re cooking the garlic with some of the butter in the microwave. Garlic can easily be too strong and cooking garlic, even briefly, helps to tame some of those tendencies.

A hand sprinkles parsley over vegan garlic butter.

Alternatively, you can make homemade vegan parmesan cheese with only a few, simple ingredients. It works great either way.

Step Two: Butter the Bread Slices

Slice the baguette into 16 even slices. Use a butter knife to spread the vegan garlic butter over the top of each slice of bread.

A close-up of several slices of bread topped with vegan butter.

Place buttered slices — buttered side up — on the prepared pan.

Looking down on several slices of buttered bread ready to go into the oven.

Place the pan in the center rack of the heated oven and bake for 8 minutes. Then, turn on the broiler and move the pan up to the top rack and cook for 1 to 3 minutes, until the bread is toasted. 

A slice of vegan garlic bread sits in front of garlic butter and more slices of bread.

Be sure to keep your eye on the toast as it cooks. The goal is to get the bread toasted a nice, golden brown.

Remove from oven and allow the toast to cool slightly. Serve warm.

How to Make Garlic Bread Without Butter

You can make garlic-infused bread without butter by substituting olive oil for vegan butter. Simply use a pastry brush to brush the olive oil mixture evenly across each slice of bread. Then follow the instructions in this recipe to toast the bread.

Garlic bread with olive oil is delicious served beside a favorite salad, such as this Vegan Cobb Salad.

A close-up of toasted vegan garlic bread on a cutting board.

Frequently-Asked Questions

What kind of bread is vegan?

Bread is a grain-based food so many types of bread are vegan. However, some breads do use milk and/or eggs, which are not suitable ingredients for a vegan diet. Therefore, be sure to read the labels. For example, most sourdough bread is vegan.

Are baguettes vegan?

Most French Loaves, bagels, baguettes, and even whole grain baguettes are made without dairy and eggs. This is great news! You can serve whole-grain baguettes with your favorite recipes.

Is garlic bread vegan?

Most garlic bread you see in a store is not vegan. In fact, I did some research and couldn’t find a store-bought garlic bread that was dairy-free. This is because they’re made with cow milk-based butter and cheeses. That’s why it’s good to have this vegan Italian bread recipe so you can make your own. That said, some restaurants or stores may use olive oil to make their bread, so be sure to read the ingredients.

What goes best with garlic bread?

Obviously, the best choice is to serve garlic bread with your favorite vegan Italian dishes, such as Vegan Baked Ziti. However, you can also serve it with Pinto Bean Soup, Vegan Chili, Lentil Soup, and more. Almost every savory dish can be made even better with crusty, buttery, garlic-infused bread beside it.

Is garlic vegan?

Garlic is vegan because it’s entirely plant-based. In fact, I love cooking with garlic because it adds lots of delicious flavors to my vegan recipes.

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Looking down on several slices of toasted bread with herbs on top.
A close-up of toasted vegan garlic bread on a cutting board.

Vegan Garlic Bread

This vegan garlic bread recipe creates the perfect crispy toast with tender, buttery middle infused garlic and salt.
5 from 1 vote
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 14 slices
Calories: 92kcal
Author: Marly

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf Baguette (14 ounce)
  • cup vegan butter chilled, divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ¼ cup vegan parmesan (see note)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Place a sheet of parchment paper over a large baking pan. Cut loaf into 16 slices.
  • In a small, microwave-safe bowl add 1 tablespoon butter and minced garlic. Microwave for 30 seconds to soften the garlic. Allow to cool slightly, then add remaining butter, vegan parmesan, oregano, salt, and chopped parsley. Stir to combine.
  • Spread butter mixture over the top of each slice. Place buttered slices on prepared pan.
  • Bake on center rack for 8 minutes. Turn on the broiler and move the pan up to the top rack and cook for 1 to 3 minutes, until the bread is toasted.
  • Remove from the oven and allow the toast to cool slightly. Serve warm.

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Notes

Note: This recipe calls for chilled vegan butter, straight from the fridge. 
Bread: I used 2 whole-grain baguettes (the whole grain baguettes are smaller so 2 equaled the size of one regular baguette).
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Garlic Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 92 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 250mg10%
Potassium 20mg1%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 205IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Enjoy!

One Response to Vegan Garlic Bread

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly Reply

    I’m both the author of this vegan garlic bread recipe and ardent fan of it as well. I love the ease of the ingredients involved and the amazing flavor as well!

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