Cheesy Garlic Bread

This Cheesy Garlic Bread is the best accompaniment to all our favourite slimming-friendly dishes – and it’s perfect for Weight Watchers or Calorie Counting plans!

We adore Cheesy Garlic Bread. If we could… we’d have it with every meal till the end of days! Garlic bread using Wholemeal bread doesn’t sound like our idea of fun, so we made this Cheesy Garlic Bread using Schar White Ciabatta.Cheesy Garlic Bread | Slimming & Weight Watchers Friendly

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍

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How many Calories are in this Cheesy Garlic Bread?

There are 85 calories in each portion of our slimming friendly Cheesy Garlic Bread. This means it falls into our Everyday Light recipe category. 

This recipe is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.
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What diets is this Cheesy Garlic Bread suitable for?

This recipe is suitable if you’re gluten free!

Please make sure to double, and triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Cheesy Garlic Bread recipe?

Shop or restaurant bought cheese garlic bread can set you back anything from 5 to 25 points. 

Our Cheesy Garlic Bread is just 3 Points per portion – you’ll never want to buy it ready made again!

How to make this Cheesy Garlic Bread

This recipe is really easy to make and is super quick! Here’s a summary;

  • Slice the ciabatta rolls, and rub them with some garlic cloves
  • Spray with Low calorie cooking spray, pop onto a baking tray and place into a preheated oven for a few minutes
  • Remove from the oven and top with the tomatoes and cheese. Bake for another few minutes until the cheese is golden
  • Serve with your choice of accompaniment from the list below

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What should you should serve with Cheesy Garlic Bread ?

Any of the following go really well with Cheesy Garlic Bread. It’s one of those dishes that goes with pretty much anything. It’s so tasty it can of course be eaten on its own as a light lunch!

Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values. 

Do you need any special ingredients to make Cheesy Garlic Bread?

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You can buy all of the ingredients you need in most supermarkets.

We like to use these Schar Ciabattas for this recipe. They’re white, really tasty and low in calories! You can find Schar Ciabattas in the Free From aisle of most supermarkets. You can also buy them from the Schar online shop.
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You might think that this recipe uses a tiny amount of cheese. Take a look at the image below.. this is how much cheese you get when grate 40g of cheese with a regular box grater, compared to using a super fine grater like this Deiss one!

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You can get one of these super sharp graters from Amazon.

Can you cook Cheesy Garlic Bread another way?

You could cook this dish by using a grill rather than the oven. You can use similar timings to those listed below, but would need to watch it closely so that it doesn’t burn.

How do you know when Cheesy Garlic Bread is cooked?

You should cook this Cheesy Garlic Bread until the cheese is melted and golden.

This should take approx 10 minutes in the oven.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe. 

How long can you keep Cheesy Garlic Bread in the fridge?

Once you’ve served it, ideally you should eat this dish within 4 hours.

If you allow any left overs to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Cheesy Garlic Bread in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze Cheesy Garlic Bread?

We’d recommend making this recipe fresh – it only take a few minutes and the results will be better than if it were frozen and reheated.

How do I reheat Campfire Stew?

From chilled: Place on a baking tray and reheat in a moderately hot oven for 10 minutes, being careful not to let it burn.

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One of our Instagram followers @sw_tj1990 made this dish and loved it!
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85kcal 3

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  1. Preheat your oven to 200C
  2. Slice the Schar Ciabattas in half and place on an oven tray
  3. Bash the garlic with the back of a knife and rub the ciabatta well. If you like your garlic bread very garlicky then chop finely and scatter on the ciabatta.
  4. Spray the ciabatta with Low Calorie Cooking Spray and place in the oven for 5 minutes
  5. Take them out of the oven, top with tomatoes & cheese and scatter some of the parsley on top. Return to the oven until the cheese has melted. Enjoy!

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Especially things such as; 

- Stock cubes
- Soy sauce - substitute with Tamari.
- Worcestershire sauce - substitute with Henderson’s Relish.
- Etc.


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  1. As I’m not allowed to eat anything with pips in I used the flesh of fresh tomatoes mixed with a little passata. This will not alter the values will it?

  2. Tried these last week, totally lush. Sooo missed garlic bread. On the second lot I made I had run out of fresh garlic so used the garlic fry light & it works just as well.

  3. I’ve tried the code for the grater, and it’s not being recognised 🙁 maybe I’m just a little late trying to use it x

  4. Just so I know I’ve got this right, if only using 1/4 of HeA of cheese (10g per half ciabatta) I would then still have half of my HeA left for the day?

    1. Hi Jacqui,

      Most large supermarkets stock them in England, in the “free from” aisle – I’m not sure about Scotland specifically 😊

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