Nowadays, you can go to most stores and find a variety of gluten free bread crumbs. In 2009, I tried a few as I initially eliminated gluten from my diet, but I always felt like they either had too many other ingredients that I did not want to eat, cost way too much money, or it didn’t taste quite right. Choices were limited back then. I believe that some of the products available on the market today offer greater variety in textures, tastes, and ingredients. However, while I was waiting for better options to come on the market, I discovered an inexpensive and super easy way to make my own. So, for those of you who don’t like your options at the store, here is a super easy recipe.
- 2 cups of Nature’s Path Organic Crispy Brown Rice Cereal (*Made in a facility that also processes peanuts, tree nuts, and soy).
- 2 Tbsp of Flaxmeal
- Pinch of Salt
- Pinch of Pepper
- Optional: 1 tsp of parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, basil, and/or oregano
- Buy the Nature’s Path Crispy Rice Cereal at your local store, if they have it. Otherwise, you can try to find it online. Our local Whole Foods carries it for $2.99/box, but Shoprite and Acme also have it for a few dollars more. This cereal is very mild in taste and resembles plain Rice Crispies in many ways, but the ingredients are ‘better’ and they are gluten free, of course (Brown rice flour, cane sugar, sea salt, molasses – all organic). If you want to use it as a cereal, it is great! Also works in recipes such as rice crispy treats. It only has 2 grams of sugar per serving and 24 carbs.
- Back to the recipe! Put your rice crispy cereal into a food processor using the “S” blade and blend for a few seconds. It will turn to breadcrumbs almost instantly.
- Add in any herbs or seasonings that you’d like in your bread crumbs (e.g. parsley, oregano). Also add in your flaxmeal. Blend again for a second or two just to combine it well.
- You can use these breadcrumbs as any other breadcrumb – on tops of casseroles, as a breading for breaded chicken or nuggets, as an ingredient in a meatball or burger, etc. They are versatile and mix well with almost anything.