Vegan Breadsticks

Better than Olive Garden! For the best Vegan Breadsticks experience, make this recipe to serve alongside your favorite plant-based dinners, such as Vegan Baked Ziti. It’s so easy because this breadsticks recipe is made with only 5 ingredients, plus water. But don’t skimp on the toppings, that’s what makes these garlic breadsticks beyond fantastic!

Vegan breadsticks are piled high on a plate sitting in front of a bowl of marinara sauce.

If you’re in a hurry and want to serve an Italian dish like baked vegan spaghetti pie with a side of bread, then go with this vegan garlic bread because it’s fast, easy, and fantastic.

But If you’ve got a little more time, what I love about these vegan breadsticks is just how soft and tender they are. Besides, you can freeze them and have them on reserve for those moments when you need the best bread ever!

There’s nothing like having vegan frozen breadsticks ready to be reheated and served!

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Bread flour has a higher protein content, resulting in more tender breadsticks
  • Adding melted butter to the dough is another trick for creating pillowy soft bread
  • Coating freshly-baked breadsticks with a mixture of melted butter and seasoning makes them irresistibly delicious!

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

  • Lemon — We’ll use both the zest and the juice of the lemon.
  • Oats — I used rolled oats for this recipe, but you can substitute instant oats.
  • Chia — We’ll add some ground chia seeds to create a thicker texture. You can use whole chia seeds; I just prefer ground because it creates a smoother finished texture.
  • Syrup — I used maple syrup, but you can substitute agave nectar.
  • Milk — We’ll use almond milk for the best overnight oats! Substitute your favorite plant-based milk.
  • Yogurt — I love adding some plant-based yogurt (plain, unsweetened) for an even more tangy flavor.
  • Protein Powder — I add some vanilla protein powder for increased flavor and nutrients. If your protein powder is not sweetened, you may want to add an extra teaspoon or two of sweetener.
  • Cornstarch — We’ll use cornstarch to thicken the lemon curd topping.
  • Turmeric — A pinch of turmeric makes that lemon curd sunny yellow.
  • Yeast — You’ll need one packet of either instant or active dry yeast.
  • Sugar — A little bit of granulated sugar is all you’ll need.
  • Flour — I recommend using bread flour, but you can substitute all-purpose flour.
  • Salt
  • Vegan Butter — We’ll be adding some vegan dairy-free butter or you can substitute olive oil.
  • Garlic powder
  • Oregano — You can use either fresh or dried oregano.
A pile of flour has been poured into a measuring cup.

What is Bread Flour?

Bread flour is similar to all-purpose flour, but it is milled from a different type of wheat. The hard spring wheat berries has a higher protein content, which makes the dough stronger. This yields a higher rise in the dough, producing softer buns and breads. You can usually find bread flour in the baking section next to other flours. You can substitute all-purpose flour. If you have some vital wheat gluten, adding 2 teaspoons of vital wheat gluten to all-purpose flour will increase the protein content.

How To Make Vegan Breadsticks

  1. Stir the yeast, warm water, sugar, butter, and salt in a mixing bowl.
  2. Stir in 2 cups flour and mix until combined.
  3. Add the remaining flour and knead with a dough hook for up to 5 to 7 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
  4. Set aside to rise until doubled in size, roughly an hour.
  5. Cut the dough into 12 equally-sized pieces.
  6. Roll each piece into a 7-inch long log and place on a prepared baking sheet
  7. Cover the pan and set aside to rise for about 30 to 45 minutes.
  8. Bake breadsticks on the center rack for 12 to 14 minutes.
  9. Move the pan to the top rack to give the breadsticks a golden crust on top.
  10. Brush freshly-baked breadsticks with melted butter and sprinkle with the garlic salt.

Here are more detailed step-by-step instructions.

Step One: Proof the Yeast

  1. Place the water in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 11 seconds. Insert your finger in the water, which should be about the same temperature as your finger.
  2. Add yeast and warm water to a mixing bowl (for a hand-held or stand mixer). Stir in the sugar, butter, and salt.
  3. Stir in 2 cups flour. Fit the mixer with the paddle attachment and blend until well combined.

Step Two: Make the Dough

  1. Change out the paddle attachment for the dough hook. Pour in the remaining flour and knead the dough for up to 5 to 7 minutes. The dough should become smooth and elastic, while still slightly sticky.
  2. Transfer the dough ball to an oiled bowl, cover with a damp kitchen towel, and set aside to rise until doubled in size, roughly an hour. See my tips below for recommendations on the best places to rise dough.
  3. Punch down the dough and transfer to a lightly floured cutting board.
  4. Cut the dough ball in half, then cut each half in half. You’re left with 4 pieces of dough.
    Dough has been cut into four equally-size pieces. These pieces are on a white counter.
  5. Cut these into thirds to make 12 equally-sized pieces of dough.
    Dough has been cut into 12 pieces. They are sitting on a white counter.
  6. Roll each piece into a 7-inch long log.
    A hand is rolling a piece of dough next to a ruler. There are more dough pieces nearby.
  7. Place these on the prepared baking sheets, leaving space between each of them.
  8. Cover the pan with a dampened kitchen towel or plastic wrap and set it aside to rise for about 30 to 45 minutes.

Step Three: Bake the Breadsticks

  1. Bake breadsticks on the center rack for 12 to 14 minutes.
  2. Move the pan to the top rack for the last few minutes of baking to give the breadsticks a golden crust on top.
  3. Stir together the salt, garlic powder, and oregano.
  4. When breadsticks are done, remove them from the oven and use a pastry brush to coat each of the hot breadsticks with melted butter.
    A hand holds a pastry brush, brushing melted butter over freshly baked garlic breadsticks.
  5. Sprinkle with the garlic salt. Serve warm.
  6. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days.

Storage Tips

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days. They can be frozen in freezer bags for up to 2 months. Reheat in the microwave or toaster oven.

Best Places to Rise Dough

For a warm place to let your dough rise:

  • Oven Method — Turn the oven on its lowest temperature for about 5 minutes, then turn the oven off. Place the covered bowl of dough in the oven along with a pan of warm water.
  • Microwave Method — Place a pyrex glass measuring cup full of 1 to 2 cups of water. Heat it on high for 2 minutes. This will create a warm, moist environment. Add the covered bowl of dough to the microwave, close the door, and let it sit for the allotted time.
A hand holds a breadstick, dipping it in marinara sauce. There are more breadsticks in the background.

Serving Suggestions

Serve vegan garlic breadsticks with any of the following:

  • Marinara sauce — These are great appetizers when served with the right sauces.
  • Vegan Alfredo sauce — This takes me back to my Olive Garden days and my favorite “entree” was the salad and breadsticks with some Alfredo sauce. Now we can do that again, except vegan.
  • Vegan Lasagna — There’s nothing better than a breadstick to serve with some vegan lasagna, or any plant-based Italian dish for that matter.
  • Walnut Pesto — This pesto is fresh and green and perfect for serving with bread of any kind.

Vegan Cheese Breadsticks

If you’ve ordered from any popular pizza place lately, you may have noticed they love serving cheesy bread. You can recreate that experience by melting some vegan mozzarella shreds on top of these dairy-free breadsticks.

Simply sprinkle a half cup (or more) of vegan mozzarella shreds (Follow Your Heart or Daiya are our favorites) and move that pan to the top rack and bake until the cheese melts. It’s absolutely delicious!

Garlic breadsticks are topped with herbs. They sit on a plate next to a bowl of marinara sauce and green herbs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Olive Garden breadsticks vegan?

Good news — Olive Garden breadsticks are vegan! However, you may not have an Olive Garden in your neighborhood. No worries, you don’t have to go to the restaurant to enjoy quality vegan breadsticks, because you can make them at home, too.

Are breadsticks vegan at Pizza Hut?

Pizza Hut breadsticks are not vegan, but only because the seasoning mix has dairy products. You can order the breadsticks without seasoning to enjoy a dairy-free and vegan experience.

More Vegan Bread

If you love these vegan breadsticks, be sure to try even more vegan bread recipes:

Vegan breadsticks are piled high on a plate sitting in front of a bowl of marinara sauce.

Vegan Breadsticks

These homemade garlic vegan breadsticks are easy to make. They're perfect for freezing so you can pop one or two in the toaster oven to have with your favorite plant-based meals.
5 from 4 votes
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 153kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • teaspoons active dry yeast (1 package)
  • 3 tablespoons vegan butter, melted (substitute olive oil)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3 cups bread flour

Garlic Topping

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter

Instructions

For the Breadsticks:

  • Prepare two baking pans by lining with parchment paper.
  • Place the water in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 11 seconds. Insert your finger in the water, which should be about the same temperature as your finger. Or use a thermometer to achieve between 105°F/41°C and 109°F/43°C.
  • Add yeast with warm water to a mixing bowl (for a hand-held or stand mixer). Stir in the sugar, butter, and salt.
  • Stir in 2 cups flour. Fit the mixer with the paddle attachment and blend until well combined.
  • Change out the paddle attachment for the dough hook. Pour in the remaining flour and knead the dough for up to 5 to 7 minutes. The dough should become smooth and elastic, while still slightly sticky.
  • Transfer the dough ball to an oiled bowl, cover with a damp kitchen towel, and set aside to rise until doubled in size, roughly an hour. See post tips for recommendations on the best places to rise dough.
  • Punch down the dough and transfer to a lightly floured cutting board. Cut the dough ball in half, then cut each half in half. You're left with 4 pieces of dough. Cut these into thirds to make 12 equally-sized pieces of dough. Roll each piece into a 7-inch long log. Place these on the prepared baking sheets, leaving space between each of them. Cover with dampened kitchen towels or plastic wrap and set aside to rise for about 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F/200°C.
  • Bake breadsticks on the center rack for 12 to 14 minutes. Move the pan to the top rack for the last few minutes of baking to give the breadsticks a golden crust on top.

For The Garlic Topping:

  • Stir together the salt, garlic powder, and oregano.
  • When breadsticks are done, remove them from the oven and use a pastry brush to coat each of the hot breadsticks with melted butter. Sprinkle with the garlic salt. Serve warm.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days.

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Notes

The dough should still be sticky, but it should pull away from the edges of the bowl. Make sure to add flour minimally, because too much flour will create dry breadsticks.
Move the pans of breadsticks up to the top rack for the last few minutes of baking to get golden tops on your breadsticks. 
Make Vegan Cheese Breadsticks by sprinkling a half cup of vegan mozzarella over the breadsticks (after coating them with vegan butter and sprinkling with spices). Then return them to the oven and bake for another 5 minutes or so until the cheese melts.
Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 421mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 181IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 2mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

This post was originally published in 2014 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2021.

36 Responses to Vegan Breadsticks

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyNutmeg Nanny Reply

    These looks so delicious!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks so much!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKim (Feed Me, Seymour) Reply

    Ok, I need this entire batch of breadsticks. They look so beyond delicious.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Kim! I’ll send some right over!

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJenni Reply

    These are great! And thank you for your Visual Guide for sizing! =) I am addicted to my scale, so I just weigh the full amount of dough and then divide by the number of portions I need. Then I spend scaling time trying to hit that number on the nose and usually being bitterly disappointed. BUT, all my guys end up the same size. Eventually!

    Congratulations to your daughter! =)

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Using the scale is a great idea too. OK. For people with scales, use that. For people without scales…the golf ball is a pretty handy guide!

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKelly @ Mostly Homemade Mom Reply

    Yumm… breadsticks! I can’t stop at just one, that’s my problem, haha!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Oh, good point. These may not be super-sized like the ones in restaurants…but you do have to exercise self control in not eating the whole bag! 😉

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyElizabeth@ Food Ramblings Reply

    I love bread sticks…these look awesome! Yay for your daughter’s graduation

  6. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAmanda ( The Kitcheneer) Reply

    These garlic bread sticks look wonderful! And congrats on your daughter’s graduation!

  7. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKim Beaulieu Reply

    I love this recipe, and the photos are absolutely gorgeous. I also dig your attitude about life. Little things make life worth living.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Kim. It’s so true that the little things really add up!

  8. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAngie Reply

    5 stars
    These garlic bread sticks look so amazing, I can just taste them!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Angie!

  9. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAshley @ Wishes & Dishes Reply

    These seem so addictive!!! Love them!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Yep. That’s the word I’d use to describe them too!

  10. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyThe Food Hunter Reply

    I just love garlic bread!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Agreed! It’s the best stuff!

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