Ultimate Garlic Bread Recipe

by Sarah Gluten Free, Recipes, Side Dishes, Snacks and TreatsComments: 24

garlic bread recipe

I view bread thusly:  it is the ideal vehicle for getting loads of healthy fats into your children quickly, easily and with no fuss!

We don’t eat a lot of bread in our home, about two loaves per week for a family of five. But, when bread is served, it is loaded with healthy fats to the point where the calories in the bread are far exceeded by the healthy fats it is topped with!

One particular fave in my home is garlic bread with dinner. I’ve found that garlic bread goes with just about any dish even those you might scratch your head about like fish.

When garlic bread is served with dinner, one slice per person is usually plenty as it is so filling the way I make it with about 2-3 Tbl of brain and body building traditional fats baked right in. As a bonus, it is unlikely anyone will want dessert after eating this garlic bread due to the satiating and blood sugar steadying effect of consuming adequate amounts of healthy fats with a meal.

When fresh garlic cloves are used, this enhances the nutritional value of this side dish even further as garlic packs a powerful anti-oxidant punch and boosts the immune system too.

My current favorite bread to use as the base is a millet/rice sourdough from a local Mediterranean bakery. It is simply divine and every member of our family loves it.

Some children have texture issues with butter when they are young, so if this is the case in your home, solve the problem by incorporating garlic bread into your family dinners as it fits the menu. If garlic makes the flavor too strong, you can omit it as this recipe is delicious even without the garlic topping.

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Ultimate Garlic Bread Recipe

Serves 4-6

garlic bread  recipeIngredients

6 slices healthy bread of choice (I currently use a millet/rice sourdough from a local bakery)

1/2 cup grassfed butter or ghee (ghee has a stronger flavor than butter so if your children do not like strong buttery flavor, use butter)

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

6 organic garlic cloves, minced


Melt the butter on low heat on the stove in a pan.  After the butter is melted, add the olive oil and mix well.  Using a basting brush, slather on the oil mixture generously onto the 6 slices of bread until the entire cup of fat is used.

Spread one clove’s worth of minced garlic onto the each slice.

Bake at 350F until crispy but not browned – about 15 minutes.

Serve immediately as a side dish or break into pieces to use as healthy croutons for salads. Refrigerate leftovers and rewarm in a toaster oven as needed.

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

Comments (24)

  • Dana

    Just wondering if you have a good recipe for hummus?

    February 18th, 2015 4:36 pm Reply
  • Rebecca

    I am trying to subscribe, but it doesn’t appear to be working… :-(

    October 8th, 2013 1:35 pm Reply
  • Anne

    Can we see a picture of the result?
    Or would that be too dangerously mouthwatering?

    October 1st, 2013 5:47 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Ha! I had one piece left after dinner .. not enough to make for a very good picture. :)

      October 1st, 2013 8:00 am Reply
  • Libby

    I’m curious about using olive oil on food that will be heated up. Isn’t oil heat sensitive causing it to go rancid resulting in the food being inflammatory?

    September 30th, 2013 4:16 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Olive oil can be used for cooking .. some of its beneficial phenols are lost, but it doesn’t go rancid or produce free radicals like cooking with polyunsaturated oils. http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/cooking-with-olive-oil-yea-or-nay/

      September 30th, 2013 5:22 pm Reply
      • H pellicano

        Thanks for this clarification about olive oil! I find it interesting recently, that everyone seems to think that it is bad to cook with olive oil, when the very healthy people in the Med, from Italy and Greece,, have been cooking their food in olive oil forever..Thanks for your wonderful site..so helpful!

        October 1st, 2013 10:12 pm Reply
  • Janknitz

    I don’t eat any sort of bread, so when I’m craving that garlic (as I am now, thanks to your post!) I steam some artichokes and dip the leaves in garlic butter. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!! I could eat that every day!

    September 30th, 2013 2:04 pm Reply
  • Amy

    (About) How thick are the slices of bread?

    September 30th, 2013 10:42 am Reply
  • Kathleen

    We add dried dill, sprinkled on the bread, after the butter, then top with grated Parmesan cheese.

    Bake in 350 oven for 10 minutes on a cookie sheet.

    Soooo great at parties. We take the bread, already on the cookie sheets, then get the hostess to turn on the oven…the smell of baking garlic, dill, Parmesan cheese bread slices is always a hit.

    September 30th, 2013 7:09 am Reply
  • Eva

    When I’m invited, I’m grateful if there is a garlic-free alternative. I cannot take garlic, it seems to stop my digestion for the rest of the night and causes problems for my stomach and liver. I cannot sleep until early morning. Dear hosts, please remember to offer your guests a way to have a garlic-free meal as well.

    September 30th, 2013 4:06 am Reply
  • carrie crowl

    This sounds delicious! In our family we have food allergies. 2 can’t have gluten, 2 can’t have dairy. I could make substitutions. I’ll have to use all olive oil. I haven’t ever been able to have dairy. I’ve even tried raw milk. It’s not the lactose or fat. Maybe the protein. I could try ghee. What are your thoughts on that? Thanks for all of your great knowledge. I love reading your posts. Thank you for what you do!

    September 29th, 2013 7:02 pm Reply
  • Annie

    What is Sammi’s?

    But if you look at most Gluten free breads in the market there full of , GMO.
    Corn Starch, Potato Starch etc.
    Health food stores have a better alternative for gluten free breads, then the markets..
    There is Coconut and Almond breads..

    Does anyone have a recipe for a Sour Dough bread that is make, and fermented with a natural yeast, not the store bought yeast, And is fermented for a day or more?

    Btw is that the Garlic oil from Trader Joe’s your showing?

    Take Care,

    September 29th, 2013 3:34 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Sami’s is a local bakery in Tampa. No GMOs in this sourdough.

      September 29th, 2013 9:37 pm Reply
    • Esther


      Look around for it, maybe see if they have a product finder on their website. I live in Michigan and we can buy Sammi’s bread at our local health store, it ships in UPS on Fridays for us. Last week it didn’t come in and it was missed.


      September 30th, 2013 10:42 am Reply
    • anne

      Cultures for Health have a wild yeast starter for making your own bread without added yeast. It is a dense but delicious bread. It takes a half our of kneeding to prpare the bread so I get plenty of exercise in the process.The web cite is culturesforhealth.com

      September 30th, 2013 2:37 pm Reply
  • Amelia

    I make my garlic bread in the traditional Italian style and it turns out a little differently and in my opinion, better than what we Americans might be used to. We use our own fermented bread cooked in a Dutch oven, sliced and toasted in the broiler until just the top is nice and dark(inside is still soft and spongy). Then we add our butter and/or olive oil and rub a clove of garlic all over the crusty toasted bread along with sea salt. You can rub a little or a lot on the bread and you can get a lot on there if you wish because the bread is nice and hard on the top from being toasted. In this way the minced garlic won’t fall off the top. Our absolute favorite is to top it all off with shaved parmesan and a pile of arugula. Try it and let me know what you think! It’s divine!

    September 29th, 2013 2:54 pm Reply
    • Kat

      LOL I saw Rachael Ray do that one time and have done garlic toast that way ever since. It’s really good.

      September 30th, 2013 7:03 pm Reply
  • Erin

    Hi Sarah,
    Just curious why you add the olive oil if you are using butter.
    Thank you!

    September 29th, 2013 11:05 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      The taste is more complex and enjoyable when you mix the two in my experience. Try it and see if you agree.

      September 29th, 2013 2:44 pm Reply
  • Jeni Clark

    Are you eating Sammi’s?

    September 29th, 2013 10:45 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Sammi’s rocks! :) Buy directly at the bakery and you will save as opposed to buying at the healthfood store.

      September 29th, 2013 10:54 am Reply
  • Sarah

    Hi Bianca – yes, millet is goitrogenic as are peanuts, strawberries, cabbage, broccoli and many other foods. The key is not to eat in excess. My warnings about millet in the past were with regard to folks going gluten free who switched from wheat bread to millet bread and ate a lot of it all the time. The bread I am buying is millet/rice and we don’t eat much so I don’t consider it a problem anymore than the fact that we also consume peanut butter and strawberries in moderation. We also consume miso (fermented soybeans) in moderation and soy is one of the most goitrogenic food of all.

    How much millet bread is too much? If you have thyroid issues, then probably not much if any. If your thyroid is strong and you are consuming iodine rich foods such as grassfed butter and seafood, then eat the amount that you feel is appropriate for your situation or consult with your practitioner to determine based on your medical history.

    September 29th, 2013 10:43 am Reply
  • Bianca

    Sarah, I recall one of your articles commenting on Millet as a goitrogen.

    How much millet/rice bread is too much ? and yes, it’s nice for gluten free/celiac
    people to have a vehicle for using EVOO and butter.

    Thank you

    September 29th, 2013 10:16 am Reply

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