Cheesy Garlic Bread

  • 10MINS
  • 10MINS
  • Serves 4
  • 85KCAL

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!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories85
  • Carbs12g
  • Protein5g
  • Fat3g
  • Saturates1g
  • Sugars1g

We adore Cheesy Garlic Bread. If we could… we’d have it with every meal till the end of days! We’ve tried various combinations like wholemeal bread, but it doesn’t quite cut it! We finally found the perfect combination for a crispy base that tastes as good as the real thing, and doesn’t fall apart or burn like bread does.

We made this Cheesy Garlic Bread using Schar white ciabatta rolls, which are gluten free rolls that hold their shape really well and absorb the lovely garlicky flavours perfectly. They’re also the ideal size for a side dish, or even to have as a quick snack or on a buffet table: they go well with so many dishes!

What diets is this Cheesy Garlic Bread suitable for?

This Cheesy Garlic Bread recipe is suitable if you’re gluten free!

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

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

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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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.

Step 1

Preheat your oven to 200C.

Step 2

Slice the Schar Ciabattas in half and place on an oven tray.

Step 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.

Step 3

Step 4

Spray the ciabatta with low calorie cooking spray and place in the oven for 5 minutes.

Step 5

Take them out of the oven, top with tomatoes and cheese and scatter some of the parsley on top. Return to the oven until the cheese has melted. Enjoy!

Step 5

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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!

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

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 this 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 Cheesy Garlic Bread?

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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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!
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    10 MINS
  • KCals 85
  • Carbs 12G


  • 2 Schar white ciabatta rolls
  • 40 g light cheddar cheese finely grated
  • 4 tbsp chopped tomatoes
  • 1 garlic cloves peeled but leave whole
  • 5 g fresh parsley chopped finely
  • low calorie cooking spray

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  1. Pre-heat 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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See what others have to say

Jacqui HendersonSaturday 10th August 2019

Where can I buy this Schar Ciabattas from? I’m in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.


    Emma TMonday 23rd September 2019

    Hi Jacqui,

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


emily whittleMonday 30th April 2018

Can I use tinned tomatoes or does it have to be fresh tomatoes? if so do I mash the tomatoes down?


SusanSaturday 7th April 2018

Hi just wondering can you freeze them


Fee StottFriday 2nd March 2018

I made these tonight, absolutely SUPERB!! great work PON team ????


CiaraThursday 28th September 2017

Hi Can I be any gluten free ciabatta bread.


Emma TTuesday 12th September 2017

Hi Tracy,

So glad you enjoyed it! ????


julieTuesday 8th August 2017

What does hea mean


    Emma TMonday 11th September 2017

    Hi Julie,

    It means Health Extra A ????


Patricia downieTuesday 18th July 2017

I found this in Co op


Karen mcquillanThursday 4th May 2017

Made this tonite was really lovely especially when you knew it was free


    KateTuesday 9th May 2017

    Hi Karen
    Glad you like it


LauraSunday 23rd April 2017

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?


    KateMonday 24th April 2017

    Hi Laura
    You will be using 1 quarter of your HEA, so you will have 3 quarters left


TamsinWednesday 22nd March 2017

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


TracyMonday 6th March 2017

Made a few times now. Just amazing. Thank you


Sarah WhymanSaturday 4th March 2017

I made these tonight…. Absolutely deeeelish!!!


    KateMonday 6th March 2017

    Hi Sarah
    Glad you like it


Julie nennettTuesday 28th February 2017

Are these fresh or frozen ciabatta plz


    KateFriday 3rd March 2017

    Hi Julie
    They are fresh not frozen. They’re like a part baked roll


Sonya LakeTuesday 21st February 2017

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.


SallyMonday 20th February 2017

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?


LesleyFriday 17th February 2017

Does it have to be those ciabattas or can you use any as the gluten free are like cardboard ????


RachelThursday 16th February 2017

Hello. Could you use the garlic fry light instead of the olive oil and a garlic cloves? Thanks.


    KateThursday 16th February 2017

    Hi Rachel
    Yes you could use the garlic frylight if you prefer


PatSunday 12th February 2017

Can’t wait to try garlic bread .Will get SChar bread Asaph


    KateSunday 12th February 2017

    Hi Pat
    Let us know what you think 🙂


KateFriday 10th February 2017

Hi Karen
Sadly not! lol


Jayne TookeMonday 6th February 2017

Truly amazing, I love cheese and bread oh and garlic so this was a little bit of heaven. My new go to “naughty” snack????


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