You ever get a craving for multiple things at once? For me it was a combo of grits, French onion soup, and everything bagels. So I combined the three and HOLY… y’all. This is seriously one of the best recipes I’ve ever created and I CANNOT wait for y’all to run and make this and experience it for yourselves.

I partnered up with Follow Your Heart to bring you this incredible recipe! Their finely shredded mozzarella is PERECT for topping this off with! It melts and browns beautifully and is truly amazing.

Find the recipe below, and get to cooking! I can’t wait to see your recreations!

French Onion Grits with Everything Bagel Croutons

Author PLVNTFOOD by Brianna Claxton



  • 8 ½ cups vegan beef broth
  • 2 cups instant grits
  • 2 ½ tbsp smooth Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 4 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1 tbsp fresh or dried thyme

Caramelized Onions-

  • 6 yellow onions sliced
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 2 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 ½ tbsp fresh or dried thyme

Everything Bagel Croutons-

  • 3 everything bagels cut into chunks
  • 4 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 1 tbsp everything bagel seasoning
  • 3 tbsp Follow Your Heart Grated Parmesan
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp sea salt


  • Follow Your Heart Finely Shredded Mozzarella
  • Fresh Chives *optional


  1. For your caramelized onions, heat your grapeseed oil over medium low heat, then add in your sliced onions, salt, and balsamic vinegar. Cover and cook for 25 minutes, stirring every 5 or so minutes (but re-cover the pan after each mix). After 25 minutes, add in your thyme and water, and un-cover the onions to cook an additional 15-20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until deeply caramelized.
  2. For the croutons, preheat your oven to 400F. Take your cut bagel pieces and toss them with your oil and seasonings & transfer to a non-stick baking tray. Place in your preheated oven for 10-15 minutes until golden brown and crispy.
  3. For the grits, add your vegan beef broth, mustard, Worcestershire, salt, butter, and thyme to a pot over high heat until boiling. Whisk in your instant grits to prevent clumps, reduce the heat to low, cover with a lid and let sit for roughly 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent more lumps. This will be a bit more “brothy” than normal grits which is what we want!
  4. Once you have all things ready to go, take an oven safe bowl and spoon in your grits ¾ of the way up. Top with a heaping pile of caramelized onions, some of your everything bagel croutons, and cover the top in a large amount of the Follow Your Heart Mozzarella Shreds.
  5. Place the bowls on a baking tray and place in your preheated broiler on low until the cheese is melted and browned on top. Top with fresh chives or more thyme if desired & dig in!

2 thoughts on “French Onion Grits with Everything Bagel Croutons

  1. If I wanted to add some oil, from your infused coconut oil recipe. When and how would be the best for this one? French onion soup is my all time fave. And just imagining sitting out in the fall air with some High French onion everything bagel sounds fricken phenomenal. That’s if it would work without over heating the oil or anything. Thank you very much if you reply. Loving having stumbled upon your site!

    1. You can add the oil in with the grits when you cook them but the main part would be to use it on the croutons!!!! And thank you 🖤

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