Easy Air Fryer Garlic Bread

Recipe posted in: Flex Meals & Snacks, Snacks, Appetizers, Sides
The Leaf healthy air fryer garlic bread recipe

If your air fryer doesn’t already have a permanent spot on your kitchen countertop, this mouthwatering air fryer recipe is sure to set it in stone! Turn an ordinary, plain whole wheat baguette into crispy, flavorful garlic bread that’s worthy of an Italian Sunday dinner. Be sure to double up this homemade garlic bread recipe if you plan on sharing because it is sure to disappear quickly! Your family will love this scrumptious side dish so much, your air fryer will be working overtime to make enough garlic bread for the whole gang.

When you are trying to lose weight, the bread basket is often the first thing to disappear from your dinner table. But here at Nutrisystem and The Leaf Weight Loss Blog, we do things a little differently. We want you to be able to eat your favorite indulgent, guilty-pleasure foods while you drop those unwanted pounds—even if those foods contain carbs. That’s why we put our healthy recipe developers up to the task of recreating one of the forbidden foods of the diet world: garlic bread. Finally, you can eat your carbs and lose weight, too!

Wondering what makes the infamous air fryer so popular in so many households? These little cooking machines are perfect for lightening up your fried foods for some quick, easy and healthy meal prep! Instead of high fat oil, air fryers circulate air that is heated to high temperatures to create a crispy outside layer on your favorite recipes. You will use less fat, save yourself some calories and will have a blast exploring all of the delicious air fryer recipes here on The Leaf. Plus, since air fryers decrease the cooking time for your homemade creations, you will feel less tempted to graze on other unhealthy snacks while waiting for your meal to be finished.

You only need six simple ingredients to make this great garlicky SmartCarb recipe. These include bread, one tablespoon of light butter, one teaspoon of minced garlic, one tablespoon of Parmesan cheese, fresh parsley and black pepper to taste. For the bread base, we used half of a loaf of whole wheat baguette. However, you can really use any type of bread product that you enjoy! Just try to choose a bread option that is high in fiber and made with whole wheat or whole grains. A darker color on your bread is usually a tell-tale sign that it contains more of the good stuff. Look at the nutrition label and make sure your selection has at least one gram of fiber. The more fiber, the better!

Your air fryer makes this homemade garlic bread recipe quick and easy! Allow your air fryer to preheat to 350 degrees while you are prepping your other ingredients. Cut your baguette or loaf of bread in half so that your appetizer becomes nice and crispy while “baking.” In a small bowl, mix together the light butter and minced garlic. Spread the buttery, garlicky mixture onto the bread and sprinkle with the black pepper and Parmesan cheese. Bake your bread in the air fryer for five minutes. Once it is finished, garnish with freshly chopped parsley and enjoy!

Healthy Hacks: Turn your Air Fryer Garlic Bread into air fryer bruschetta! Use our healthy meal prep recipes for Spicy Sausage Bruschetta or Easy Eggplant Bruschetta as a diet-friendly topping after you remove the garlic bread from the fryer. You could also make it a healthy air fryer pizza with the right fixings. Throw on some marinara sauce and low-fat mozzarella cheese along with your favorite toppings. Transform it into a veggie lovers pie with freshly sliced tomatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms and onions. Make things meaty with some turkey pepperoni, chicken sausage or grilled steak. You could even toss on some more spices and herbs, such as oregano, basil, rosemary or smoked paprika. Consult the Nutrisystem Grocery Guide to ensure your additions fit into your daily meal plan.

At a popular chain pizza restaurant, one serving of their garlic bread twists contains a whopping 220 calories! That is over double the amount in one serving of this Air Fryer Garlic Bread, which clocks in at just 109 calories per serving. Our healthier take on this fast food favorite counts as one SmartCarb and one Extra on the Nutrisystem program.

Serve up your Air Fryer Garlic Bread with an Italian-inspired feast! Keep things healthy by using one of our delicious and Nutrisystem-approved recipes right here on The Leaf Weight Loss Blog. Just like your Nutrisystem meal delivery service, we love to turn your favorite meals and snacks into healthier alternatives. Have some fun in the kitchen and flex those Flex meal muscles by cooking up wholesome meals at home. Get some healthy Italian recipe inspiration from 10 of our favorite ideas below:

Have you come up with your own tasty recipe using an air fryer? Share your creative recipe ideas with the Nutrisystem community by submitting it on our Recipe Submission page! We all come up with little cooking and recipe tricks that help make our lives easier, and now is the perfect time to help someone else on their own weight loss journey. Submit your recipe using this new feature and you could have your recipe featured right here on The Leaf!

Of course, if you don’t feel like cooking or just don’t have the time, Nutrisystem can send perfectly portioned meals directly to your door! You peruse our menu, select your favorite options and we deliver them right to your home. If you’re craving something Italian, we recommend our frozen Chicken Parmesan or Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo. No freezer room? No problem! Stock up on pantry-friendly options like Rotini and Meatballs.

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*Please note that all air fryers cook differently. Before trying any recipe, always refer to the manufacturer safety instructions provided with your specific air fryer.

Servings: 6

Calories per Serving: 109

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb and 1 Extra


  • ½ loaf whole wheat baguette
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. light butter
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish
  • Black pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat air fryer to 350°F.
  2. Cut loaf in half horizontally.
  3. In a small bowl, mix butter and garlic.
  4. Spread garlic butter on each baguette. Sprinkle with black pepper and Parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake in the air fryer for 5 minutes.
  6. Garnish with chopped parsley.
  7. *Please note that all air fryers cook differently. Before trying any recipe, always refer to the manufacturer safety instructions provided with your specific air fryer.
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