Substitute for Breadcrumbs

Are you looking for a substitute for breadcrumbs?  Whether you are gluten free, have a wheat allergy, or are simply out of breadcrumbs, we have you covered with everything you need to think about.

There are many substitute for bread crumbs, and much of it depends on what you have on hand, and your dietary requirements.  Let’s take a closer look!

Substitute for Breadcrumbs

Here are some great alternatives for breadcrmbs

  • Crushed cereal (corn flakes or rice krispies work well)
  • Crushed crackers (saltine crackers or ritz crackers both work well)
  • Crushed pretzels
  • Oats (pulsed in a blender or food processor)
  • Crushed up potato chips, corn chips, or Doritos
  • Crushed nuts (or nut flours like almond flour)
  • Flour
  • Cornmeal

To crush any of these larger items, you can pulse them in your food processor or blender.  If you don’t have a food processor or blender, place them in a large ziploc drag and roll them out slowly with a rolling pin or with a even with a mason jar if you don’t have a rolling pin.

Gluten free substitute for breadcrumbs

Are you on a gluten free diet or allergic to wheat?  Don’t worry, there are plenty alterantives for you as well similar to those in the list above.

  • Crushed cereal (my favorite gluten free cereal is chex)
  • Crushed gluten free crackers
  • Crushed gluten free pretzels 
  • Crushed potato chips or corn chips or tortilla chips
  • Gluten free oats pulsed in a blender or food processor
  • Gluten free flour 
  • Cornmeal
  • Gluten free breadcrumbs

Seasoning Breadcrumb Alternatives

If you’re looking to add a bit more to your breadcrumb alternatives, consider adding something extra for seasoning.  If you’re looking to replace Italian breadcrumbs, then Italian seasoning blend is a great thing to add to your breadcrumbs, as well as things like dried parsley, dried basil, or dried oregano.  Garlic powder and onion powder can also make great additions. 

You can also add Parmesan cheese to your breadcrumb alternatives which really helps the coating stick and fry golden or bake golden brown in general

Using coconut to coat chicken in addition to your breadcrumb replacement is also generally very delicious!

How to pick the best breadcrumb substitute

Substituting breadcrumbs really depends on what you are making in many cases.

If you are breading items with breadcrumbs – things like pork chops, chicken cutlets, chicken strips, or breading fish, consider one of the crushed cracker, cereal, or chip options, as this will get you closest to the texture of breadcrumbs.  While you can bread with just plain flour, many people are looking for the more “traditional” breading, and switching to gluten free flour or flour does take a bit of adjustment.

If you’re using breadcrumbs as a binding agent for things like meatloaf or meatballs, consider skipping it all together.  The texture will be slightly different that what you are used to, but your items will stay together and bind without problems.  In this case, you can use things like vegetables or liquid to help create your meat mixture.

Did you know you can make your own breadcrumbs in a pinch?

Can you make your own breadcrumbs?

It is very easy to make your own breadcrumbs out of any bread you have around, whether it be white bread, corn bread, italian bread or even gluten free bread.

First you need leftover bread, the staler and drier, the better.  To make your bread “stale” you can put it in the oven at 250 Farenheit for 15 to 30 minutes or even longer – it is hard to say since each bread is different.  When you bread is dry and stale, you are ready to make breadcrumbs!

Can I make breadcrumbs in a food processor?

Yes, you can make bread crumbs in a food processor by pulsing gluten-free bread until it is broken down into a fine crumb. You can also do this with gluten-free crackers or cereal.

How do you make breadcrumbs with a processor?

To make breadcrumbs with a food processor, break gluten-free bread into pieces and place them in the food processor. Pulse the bread until it is broken down into a fine crumb. You can also do this with gluten-free crackers or cereal.

Can I make breadcrumbs without a food processor?

Yes, you can make bread crumbs without a food processor by breaking gluten-free bread into pieces and placing them in a blender. Pulse the bread until it is broken down into a fine crumb. You can also do this with gluten-free crackers or cereal. as well!

The trick is to work in small batches and not let your bowl or pitcher get overcrowded.

 How do you make breadcrumbs without bread?

If you don’t have bread, you can make your own breadcrumbs using crackers, cereal, or your favorite type of chips.  A pulse in the food processor or blender will make this super simple, and you can use gluten free alternatives without any issues.

If you don’t have any bread, you can make bread crumbs without it by using gluten-free crackers or cereal.

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