Banana Bread Croutons


I’ve been reading through A LOT of food blogs recently. It amazes me that almost all of those talented girls have some crazy story about the dish they are sharing. It either comes from their great great great grandparents and was handed down through the generations… or has some significant meaning to them or a family member.

I wish I was more like them. Some witty story that makes you laugh, cry, and fall in love with me as a writer! Sometimes I really think I provide some great and amazing stories, but this recipe does not have one.

I over baked some banana bread the other day. Yes, even I make mistakes! Totally kidding. I hope by now you all know that I am far from perfect. Anyway, back to the bread… It spent a little too much time in the oven, but I really didn’t want to see all of those ingredients go to waste. So I chopped it up, stuck it in the oven, and created something totally awesome!

banana bread croutons

Banana Bread Croutons

  • 1 loaf banana bread
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Slice your bread, then cut each slice into cubes that are relatively the same size.
  2. Spread onto a cookie sheet and pop into the oven.
  3. Cook for 12 minutes, stirring once half way through.


banana bread crouton recipe

Basically we are just drying out the bread even more to give it a little crunch. I wasn’t really sure that this would work, since I have only done it with French bread. But I assumed that since they are both breads the outcome should stay the same. And I was right!

banana bread crouton dessert

It produced crunchy bites of goodness that are going to be PERFECT for a few things… First would be the baked French toast that is coming up SOON!! On top of ice cream is great, as a bread pudding like some of my Instagram followers have suggested, or crushed up and toppings on top of a cobbler! Make sure you put any unused croutons into a Ziploc and the freezer.


  1. 1

    This is SUCH a yummy idea! I’d definitely sprinkle these on top of some ice cream… it makes my mouth water just thinking about it!

    Chelsea from Sunny with a Chance of Sprinkles

    • 2
      Jesseca says:

      They are so good on ice cream! Wait until you see Wednesdays post! It’s got another great way to use them that is AMAZINGLY delicious!

  2. 3

    Way to turn a kitchen “fail” into a WIN!! I know what you mean about having all these stories from passed down recipes… I have none. Cooking wasn’t something I learned growing up. My mom had a weird relationship with food, so there’s just really not a lot of story behind any special recipes. I’m self-taught… so the goal is this… give my kiddos stories to tell about food when they’re adults! Make your recipes meaningful and worth remembering for the next generation.

    • 4
      Jesseca says:

      I LOVE that Holly! I think that’s my new motto. Giving my son stories to pass down to the next generation!

  3. 5

    I love this idea! I totally want to float these in a fall soup…maybe a pumpkin or squash bisque?


  4. 6

    I have never made croutons but I might after this post!

  5. 7

    OOH on a cobbler – wowza. So many delicious possibilities! Thanks love!

  6. 8

    What a great concept! I have to try this with my next summer salad.

  7. 9

    you are brilliant! another one for my ever growing stack to try

  8. 10

    You are so clever to turn something most people would throw away into something delicious. A bread pudding made with these would be good!

  9. 11

    What a great idea! You could do this with any type of sweet bread!

  10. 12

    What a yummy idea!

  11. 13

    I love your story about over baking the bread. You totally had a story to go along with it after all. This was a brilliant idea.

  12. 14

    I love banana bread! This is a great idea. We don’t eat much bread, so sometimes the loaf doesn’t get finished. You could eat half the loaf as a regular bread and dry out the other half. No waste! Amazing! You are brilliant! I wouldn’t have thought of this.

  13. 15

    Way to turn it around! Who knew there were so many possibilities with something that could have so easily just gone in the trash – I never would have thought to do that! Great idea :)

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