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Virtual Vegan Potluck: Single-Serving Bloomin’ Onion Bread

Vegan Bloomin' Onion Bread

Bloomin’ Onion Bread

Before I even begin, can I get a big, loud THANK YOU ANNIE from the blogosphere? Our very own Unrefined Vegan put a lot of time and effort into organizing this Virtual Vegan Potluck, and we gotta let her know she’s appreciated πŸ™‚Β  But you’re not here for a vegan-blogger-lovefest, you’re here to see what I brought to the Potluck… and here it is: the Bloomin’ Onion Bread that’s been sweeping the interwebs, single-serve style.

Vegan Bloomin' Onion Bread

I realize these pictures have no scale, but take my word for it… those are basically dinner rolls. Sourdough rolls from Panera, to be exact.

You might be wondering, why do I need it single-serving style? What’s wrong with just making one great big loaf of it? There’s nothing wrong with it, per se… it tastes delicious either way. But the thing is, this bread is amazing. You, your family, your guests- whoever you made it for- is going to want to dive right into it. Literally. It can get messy and dangerous. What if a Bloomin’ Onion Bread fight breaks out at your house, and someone gets hurt? Do you really want that on your conscience? I didn’t think so.

The solution is to give everyone their own little piece of bread-heaven. This also allows you to make just one or two servings at a time, for when you’re dining solo, or just want it as a snack. When I made these little guys, Jason and I each had our own- an opportunity he took to pick it up and eat it like it was a doughnut or something! Just try doing that with a big one you’re supposed to be sharing with 6 other people πŸ˜‰

One caveat: I made this using Daiya shreds, before I was able to get my paws on their new slice-able wedges. I think if you used the wedges, you’d be able to get better cheese coverage…

So go ahead and scroll down, take a look at the recipe (and bookmark it!), then continue on your scrumptious Virtual Vegan Potluck tour!
There are links at the bottom of the page that will take you the previous or next dish in the potluck circle. If you hit a broken link somewhere, or just want to see the entire list of participants, visit Vegan Bloggers Unite!

Single-Serving Bloomin’ Onion BreadΒ (Makes 2 servings)

Adapted from this non-vegan recipe


  • 2 sourdough rolls (I used the ones from Panera)
  • 3 T melted vegan butter (I used Earth Balance)
  • A sprinkle of onion powder
  • A sprinkle of garlic powder
  • 1 diced scallion
  • HEAPING 1/2 cup of Daiya shreds (or vegan cheese of choice- see above)
  • 2 sheets of aluminum foil


  1. Melt butter in measuring cup (or anything with a pour spout), then mix in garlic and onion powders.
  2. Slice bread in crossways in both directions, but don’t go all the way through to the bottom. You want to create a bunch of pull-able “bread tabs”, but you want them to stay connected to the roll at the bottom.
  3. Place rolls on sheets of foil, on baking pan (one roll on each sheet).
  4. Pour 2/3 of the butter mixture over the bread, then mix the diced scallion in with the remaining 1/3 butter.
  5. Gently stuff the cheese shreds down in between the slices, spreading it out as evenly as you can (again, this would be easier with sliced cheese). Make sure you get it down deep- you don’t just want it sitting on top.
  6. Pour the remaining butter/scallion mix over the top of the bread/cheese, then fold the foil up over the top of the bread, covering it completely (but not smooshing it against the cheese!)
  7. Bake for 8 minutes at 350 degrees, then pull back the sides of the foil, and bake for another 2-3 minutes until the cheese is completely melted.


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  • An Unrefined Vegan May 12, 2012, 5:16 am

    Holy smokes!! These are gorgeous and so creative! You know my love of bread…and onion, cheese and garlic…pass me my bib! (PS I feel very appreciated ;-)! Thank you!)

  • jasongillett May 12, 2012, 5:35 am

    Excellent writing and mind blowing yum. I just got a genuine rumbly in my tumbly. I need to eat one of six of these now… thanks for sharing!

  • Siri May 12, 2012, 6:22 am

    um.. YUM. Can not wait to make these!!

  • The Vegan Kat May 12, 2012, 7:18 am

    These look so yummy! A new take on garlic bread πŸ™‚ I will have to try these out.

  • iatelunch May 12, 2012, 7:45 am

    That looks amazing! I will definitely be making these soon. So pretty, so cheesy! Can’t wait to try!

  • veggie4ayear May 12, 2012, 8:28 am

    Looks great!

  • Dudette May 12, 2012, 8:37 am

    Wow, crazy how beautiful this looks!

  • Shira May 12, 2012, 9:14 am

    Super cute! What a great idea! πŸ™‚

  • Somer May 12, 2012, 9:52 am

    I love the single serve, no bread fight idea! I wish I loved daiya more, to me it tastes like a vegan version of velveeta. I have just had to adapt to life sans cheese πŸ™ I may try and adapt your recipe with nutritional yeast πŸ˜‰

  • bar May 12, 2012, 10:28 am

    Love this – it looks so easy, yet delicious!

  • thecrueltyfreereview May 12, 2012, 11:32 am

    These are so cute! What a good idea to make them single-serve. I hate that awkward moment at dinner when you want the last piece of bread, but so does someone else. Them you have to try and tear it into equal pieces…this solves that problem πŸ™‚

  • Gabby @ the veggie nook May 12, 2012, 11:57 am

    Just wonderful! I love your rational for making single servings. Oh the dangers of good food πŸ˜‰

  • keepinitkind May 12, 2012, 1:01 pm

    That looks CRAZY good! I’m kinda speechless right now!

  • Connie Fletcher May 12, 2012, 1:22 pm

    Barb, you’re my hero… I just made two huge loaves of sourdough, and was wondering just what I should do with these loaves…well, dilemna solved!!! Thank you! As Gabby (the veggie nook) says, “Oh the dangers of good food” I agree!!

  • Food Stories May 12, 2012, 2:15 pm

    Just making my way through the virtual vegan potluck and wanted to say hello πŸ™‚

  • Vanessa May 12, 2012, 3:11 pm

    This post just proves your blog name… it seriously looks like it can’t possibly be vegan. Nice work!

  • annesturetucker May 12, 2012, 4:02 pm

    Wow – I love this! They are perfect!! Thank you!

  • Starr May 12, 2012, 5:01 pm

    These look so fancy, yet so easy. I can’t wait to impress my parents (total foodies) with them! πŸ™‚

  • 40 Fit In The Mitt May 12, 2012, 6:12 pm

    I must have this…What a beautiful recipe and your pictures are amazing

  • Air Eater β“‹ (@LidiaLF) May 12, 2012, 6:42 pm

    Very clever! If I wasn’t too lazy to make vegan/gluten free bread I would totally make this recipe. I often have issues with the gluten free part. Ah well. I certainly would love to feature one of your recipes on VBU. Please let me know if you’d like that. Thanks! L.

  • Richgail Enriquez May 12, 2012, 8:47 pm

    Daiya cheese is the best, isn’t it? I like your idea of single serving, quality vs quantity πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer at jenmi May 12, 2012, 9:37 pm

    Looks amazing! Thank you for sharing! πŸ™‚

  • vegansparkles May 12, 2012, 11:02 pm

    Woah, I bet they smell AMAYYYZING too!

  • veghotpot May 12, 2012, 11:49 pm

    Oh wow this is inspired! I’m abit of a carby, I love bread so I’d definitely be making a beeline for these!

  • formerfishtacofanatic May 13, 2012, 12:57 pm

    Wow, this looks decadent!! Yum!

  • Susmitha - Veganosaurus May 13, 2012, 10:39 pm

    Oh wow!! Looks absolutely amazing!! You definitely had the right idea making these in single serve portions. I wouldn’t want anyone to be digging into MY piece for sure! What if they get the cheezier bit?? *gasp*

  • Barb May 14, 2012, 7:05 am

    Thank you everyone for all the wonderful comments and feedback!!

  • veggiewhatnow May 14, 2012, 4:56 pm

    I can’t stop drooling over these! Beautifully composed and scrumptious-sounding! πŸ™‚

  • Joyness Sparkles May 14, 2012, 5:05 pm

    I heart you…this looks AMAZING!!!

  • Miss McBooty May 18, 2012, 8:41 am

    Yum! What a great idea.

  • Kelly G. November 1, 2012, 6:43 pm

    WOW. That’s it. Just, WOW.

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