Gluten Free Alternative To Breadcrumbs: How To

Last Updated on March 29, 2022

Today, we’re going to be looking at a gluten-free alternative to breadcrumbs. Breadcrumbs are the key to making a crunchy, delicious coating and are used in a variety of recipes. However, bread is most often made using wheat flour, which is something we must avoid when following a gluten-free lifestyle. However, there are plenty of gluten-free alternatives to use, and we’ll be taking an exhaustive look at the alternatives today.

How To Make Gluten Free Bread Crumbs

If you’re looking for a way to make your own gluten-free breadcrumbs, it couldn’t be easier! The only ingredient you really need…is bread. But we’ll also be taking a look at how to make Italian gluten-free breadcrumbs too. This Gluten-Free Bread Crumbs recipe is from the incredible Mama Gourmand.


The ingredients you’ll need for this recipe are:

  • 10 slices of gluten-free bread (any part of the loaf)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt (for Italian breadcrumbs)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder (for Italian breadcrumbs)
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder (for Italian breadcrumbs)
  • 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning (for Italian breadcrumbs)


Once you have your ingredients, just follow these simple steps;

  1. Preheat your oven to 400F.
  2. Put your slices of bread into a food processor. Add the other ingredients into the processor if you’re making Italian breadcrumbs. Pulse until the bread reaches the consistency you require. It may take up to a minute if you’re looking for fine breadcrumbs
  3. Pour the breadcrumbs onto a baking sheet and place them in the oven. Bake for around 10 minutes. Remove and shake and return to the oven for a further 3-5 minutes. Ensure the breadcrumbs are toasted
  4. Remove from the oven and leave to cool. Store in an airtight container and keep in the pantry, fridge, or freezer
  5. Your breadcrumbs are ready – how easy is that?!

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Gluten Free Alternative To Breadcrumbs

There’s a selection of gluten-free alternatives to breadcrumbs that you may like to try. Here are some of the most popular options that we suggest.


Almonds are most definitely one of the best choices to opt for. You may see it in the stores as almond flour or almond meal. Whether you’re looking for a crunchy coating or a way to thicken up your sauces and stews, almonds are very versatile. It’s one of the more inexpensive options we’re looking at today, plus it has very little flavor – making it a popular option.

You can use varying types of almonds to get different textures. For example:

  • Chopped Almonds – will make for an incredibly crunchy coating
  • Almond Meal – larger grains than typical flour and is coarse in texture
  • Almond Flour – similar to wheat flour and is great as a thickener


Coconut is another versatile option. Whether you’re using coconut flour or coconut flakes, you can obtain different textures. It’s important to note that coconut can be quite an overpowering taste, particularly if you don’t like it! So if you’re not a coconut lover, this option may be best to avoid.

  • Coconut Flour – binding agent, thickener, or for a fine coating, you can use coconut flour for almost anything!
  • Coconut Flakes – if you’re looking for a particularly crunchy coating, coconut flakes are the way to go. It’s important to note that coconut flakes do not work as a thickener

Coconut Flakes

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Flax Seeds

Ground flax is another option that can be used as a thickener, binder, or coating. Ground flax is relatively easy to find in grocery stores and health stores – and it’s incredibly nutritious, unlike many other options. Be sure to use ground flax, rather than flax seeds.

Other Alternatives

Some other alternatives that are definitely worthy of a mention are:

  • gluten-free oats
  • gluten free cornflakes
  • potato chips
  • gluten-free crackers
  • rice Chex cereal
  • corn Chex cereal
  • gluten-free oats
  • gluten-free pretzels
  • crushed nuts


I hope this article has helped you to find a gluten-free alternative to breadcrumbs. It’s worth mentioning that nowadays, many brands are putting out their own gluten-free breadcrumbs. In the UK, you can walk into almost any grocery store and find gluten-free breadcrumbs available at a reasonable price. So if you don’t want to make your own, or are unfamiliar with the alternatives we’ve seen today – why not try ready-made gluten-free breadcrumbs?

Have you tried making your own gluten-free breadcrumbs? Do you know of any other alternatives that didn’t make our list? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Sharing is caring!


What is Gluten Free Breadcrumbs Made of?

Gluten free breadcrumbs can be made using a range of alternatives. One of the easiest alternatives is to use gluten free bread. Gluten free bread is relatively easy to find in your local grocery store and it couldn't be simpler to make your own breadcrumbs. However, you can also use a selection of substitutes such as gluten free pretzels, potato chips, almond flour...and even GF cornflakes! 

Is Panko the Same as Breadcrumbs?

They both serve the same purpose, but panko and breadcrumbs are slightly different. While they're both made from bread, panko is usually much crunchier, while traditional breadcrumbs just give a slight crisp. If you like a crunchy coating, panko is the way forward.

Are All Panko Breadcrumbs Gluten Free?

Absolutely not. Panko is not gluten free. The ingredients you'll usually find in panko breadcrumbs are yeast, oil, salt and...wheat flour. While you can make your own gluten free panko breadcrumbs, the ones you'll find in your local grocery store will more than likely not be gluten free. However, it's always best to check the ingredients labels - you never know what you may find. 

Is Italian Breadcrumbs Gluten-Free?

Italian breadcrumbs are simply breadcrumbs with seasonings such as basil and oregano. Because of this, they are usually not gluten free. Unless it carries a gluten free label, or does not contain any gluten ingredients (such as wheat, rye, barley etc.), it's best to avoid Italian breadcrumbs.