I made this veganized garlic bread for a family dinner over the last weekend and everyone was raving about it (especially my dad, who is my toughest critic) so I had to share this recipe! This bread is super easy to make and takes only a couple of minutes to throw together. It pairs well with pasta, or serve it with appetizers like my Raw Tomato Salsa and Avocado Chimi from Unbaked Cake Co. It is perfect for entertaining and the aroma will make your kitchen smell incredible. Your guests will love it and so will you!
the main ingredients
For this recipe you will need: garlic, good quality extra virgin olive oil, nutritional yeast, pink Himalayan salt and bread. Traditionally, garlic bread is made with a long, thin loaf of bread such as a baguette or a crusty Italian bread like ciabatta. You can really use any type of bread that you prefer, even sliced sandwich bread would work if you're in a pinch. You can also opt for your favourite gluten-free bread if that is your preference. Since you'll be toasting everything up under the broiler, day old bread works perfectly fine for this recipe.
I love cooking with garlic and make sure to always have some on hand. Garlic has been valued for thousands of years as a potent medicine. It has been used as an aphrodisiac, a purifier, a healer, strength-builder, antibiotic and immune-booster. Garlic has even been shown to benefit heart health, by preventing the hardening of arteries and deterring the clumping of blood, among other things. Many of the benefits of garlic come from naturally occurring sulphur compounds, such as allicin, that are also powerful detoxifiers for the liver and lymph system, as well as anti-inflammatories. What's more garlic, has been shown to help protect against cancer.*
Quick tip: in order to get the greatest health benefits from garlic, allow it to sit for 10 minutes after slicing/mincing, before cooking to allow the allicin (the major biologically active component of garlic) to form.
I was recently interviewed by Heather, The Lawless Vegan, for her "5 Minutes" interview series, and she asked me what would be one ingredient that I can’t live without. My response? Nutritional Yeast, of course! Nutritional yeast, or “Nooch” for short, is sometimes also referred to as hippy dust. It is the secret weapon that vegan chefs use to give a cheesy flavour to dishes that would traditionally use dairy products. In this recipe I've used a sprinkling of this fairy dust to give the garlic bread a hint of cheesiness without any added dairy.
In addition to providing a cheesy flavour, nutritional yeast boasts a number of health benefits. It is a rich vegetarian source of vitamin B-12 and is a complete protein, which means that it provides all 9 amino acids that the human body cannot produce itself. In fact, 2 tablespoons of nooch will give you 9 grams of protein, which is more than 1 oz. of beef (7g) or a large egg (6g)!
The BEST Vegan Garlic Bread
Make this bread a few minutes before you're ready to serve, as it is best served warm and fresh from the oven.
1 loaf of bread
1 large clove of garlic, minced
2 to 3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Nutritional Yeast, to taste
Pink Himalayan Salt, to taste
(use organic ingredients)
1. Turn oven on to the broiler setting.
2. Slice bread into 1/3" slices, or thicker if you prefer. Place slices on an un-greased baking sheet in a single layer.
3. In a small bowl combine garlic and extra virgin olive oil.
Note: The measurements provided above are just a recommendation as your loaf of bread may vary from the size that I used. Ideally, you want to have enough oil to lightly coat both sides of each slice. Add more oil and garlic if needed based on the ratio of 1 clove of garlic to every 2 or 3 tablespoons of oil.
4. Using a pastry brush or spoon, evenly coat each slice of bread on both sides with the oil and garlic mixture. Sprinkle the tops with Nutritional Yeast and Pink Himalayan Salt, both to taste.
5. Place the baking sheet into your oven on the top shelf, under the broiler. Leave the door open a tiny crack and be sure to keep a close eye on the bread, as it can burn quickly. Once the edges are golden, remove the sheet from your oven and flip the slices. Place back under the broiler for another minute or so, until toasted to your liking.
*Savona, Natalie. Wonderfoods: The Best Nutrition and Recipes for Optimum Health. London: Quadrille Limited, 2006. Print.