Truth be told, I am a panko freak. Regular breadcrumbs don’t even do it for me anymore. So when I stumbled upon this method for homemade panko, I practically leapt with joy. It may be lacking in the butter and sugar department, but it is essential. I knew I needed to share it with you.

Panko can be quite expensive and the packages are so tiny that I can plow through an entire one while making a single batch of healthy chicken fingers. Now that I can make my own? I’m going to bread everything with panko. Get ready for panko breaded bacon.

This could not be more simple. All you do is cut the bread into strips, attach the “shredder” on your food processor and feed the bread through.

See how the crumbs are bigger?

Lay them on a baking sheet and bake until just crispy – but not brown.

And you have easy, quick whole wheat panko! I had no idea it was so simple.

Homemade Whole Wheat Panko

recipe source

makes about 3-4 cups

8 slices of 100% whole wheat bread

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Cut the bread into strips. Using the shredder attachment on your food processor, feed the bread into the machine. One you are done shredding, lay the crumbs out on a baking sheet. Bake for about 6-8 minutes, shaking and tossing every 2 minutes or so. You don’t want the crumbs to be brown, just crispy.

Last night I used these panko crumbs to make asiago breaded pork chops and we devoured them like we had never seen food before. Are you riding the panko train yet? If not, I really encourage you to try them. I have only had great success and absolutely love the texture they provide!