Crackers kind of bore me, not gonna lie.
Like, they are either super crunchy, stale, or just plain flavorless… (especially the gluten free kind)
So, what did I do like always? I made my own! And these are FREAKIN INCREDIBLE. I thought you had to have a super-expensive dehydrator to make your own crackers, but turns out you can make your own tasty crackers with just a few pantry staple ingredients and an oven! Who knew?! Well now you can try them yourself! I’ve already made 4 batches of these because they disappear, fast. (Yes, even my gluten-obsessed boyfriend loved them!) I’m telling you, these have GOT to be at the top of your “to make” list.
- 2 cups (GF) oat flour (or grind your own gluten free oats in a food processor)
- ½ cup ground flax
- 2 tsp sea salt
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup water
- 2 tsp each of the following:
- sesame seeds
- chia seeds
- pumpkin seeds
- hemp seeds
- poppy seeds
- garlic powder
- black pepper
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
- Line 2 medium cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl combine oat flour, flax, and sea salt and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine water and olive oil and mix.
- Add in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well until combines.
- Once a dough is formed, let is sit for ~5 minutes to thicken as you combine all toppings in a separate small bowl.
- Once dough is thickened, spread ½ mixture onto one of the baking sheets.
- Spread as thin as possible with a flat headed spatula.
- Repeat with the rest of the mixture on the other baking sheet.
- Now, sprinkle toppings all over the crackers and have fun! Use as much or as little as you like.
- Place the cookie sheets in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
- Ater 30 mins, take the crackers out and lightly cut them into desired-sized squares.
- Place back in the oven and bake for another 20 minutes or until they are crispy on the edges and flaky.
- Let cool before eating and store in an airtight container.
simple salt, pepper, and rosemary
cinnamon and sugar for a sweet cracker
garlic, salt, pepper, and chili powder
The toppings of these crackers is what make them SO.DAMN.GOOD aaaand it’s what makes them fun! You can really customize these crackers to suit your tastebuds. You could try topping with rosemary and simple salt and pepper, or go crazy with delicious super-seed toppings like I did.
Tell me about these super seeds!
♡ Pumpkin Seeds:
- Full of plant-based protein, fiber, and nutrients. Such a great source of zinc, which is needed for Also packed with necessary nutrients like manganese, magnesium, copper, and phosphorous. Contains plenty of Vitamin E in various sources, which is useful in antioxidant support. Animal studies have shown that pumpkin seeds are also beneficial in insulin control, which is important for those with Diabetes. Helps reduce insulin spikes. The amino acids contained in pumpkin seeds are a great way or vegans and vegetarians to get all their protein.
♡ Hemp Seeds:
- Full of plant-based protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Hemp seeds contain omega 3s, omega 6s, and tons of fiber in addition to its high protein content. It’s also packed with magnesium, which is helpful to help ease PMS symptoms, aid in blood sugar control, and help with relaxation. It’s also packed with gamma lanolin acid (GLA), a lesser common healthy fat that helps lower bad cholesterol and boost good cholesterol. Packed with all of the essential amino acids!
♡ Chia Seeds:
- Full of plant-based protein, fiber, and healthy fats like the other seeds. The omega 3s in these seeds help fight off heart disease and the protein helps keep your muscles strong and aid in satiation (keeping you feeling full). Been shown to be a natural remedy for diabetes as it slows digestion, aiding in a more even, steady glucose response (and can help prevent belly fat!). The omega 3s help keep your brain healthy and are more easily converted than the omega 3s in flax seeds, below. A serving of chia seeds also give you 18% of your daily value of calcium to help keep your bones strong and prevent osteoporosis, especially great for those who don’t eat dairy or are lactose intolerant.
♡ Flax Seeds:
- Full of plant-based protein, fiber, vitamins, and healthy fats. Flax seeds may even help reduce risk of stroke, cancer, heart attacks, and diabetes. It really is a super seed! Also full of heart-healthy good fats and essential amino acids. According to WebMD, “In animal studies, the plant omega-3 fatty acid found in flaxseed, called ALA, inhibited tumor incidence and growth.” Hence, why they may help fight off cancer and other genetic alterations. Flax also contains more lignans than any other food, which have antioxidants effects and can help reduce atherosclerotic plaque buildup by up to 75%!
♡ Poppy Seeds:
- full of plant-based protein, vitamins/minerals, and healthy fats. Rich in oleic and linoleic acids, which are monounsaturated fats that can help stake off heart disease and lower bad cholesterol. Also helpful in feeling full to help with weight loss. Poppy seeds are also a great source of B vitamins, which are usually found in animal products. B vitamins help with energy metabolism, so once again this is a great seed for vegans/vegetarians. Not only for the healthy benefits, but for the taste as well!