As I read through all of the comments on last week’s healthy snack post, I saw a common theme in many of your favorite snack ideas: dips and spreads, particularly hummus or bean dip, nut butters, and guacamole.
So I thought that with so many spread-lovers out there (myself included), a good sturdy cracker recipe was in order.
I can’t get enough of these grain-free crackers. Even though they are dairy-free, the texture and flavor offers plenty of buttery richness. Blanched almond flour and sunflower seeds lend heart-healthy fats and protein to the crackers, meaning that just one or two satisfy a craving for something crisp and salty. Slather them with your favorite dip or spread for a winning snack combo.
A few of my favorite cracker toppings:
- Homemade Spicy Mustard
- Spiced Carrot Hummus with Garlic Oil
- Fiesta Guacamole
- All natural jam (my favorite is Bionaturae’s Wild Berry Fruit Spread)
More Sensible Snack Ideas
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Garlic Herb Crackers
Yield will vary depending on the size you cut your crackers
1 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon salt-free Italian seasoning or dried herb blend
1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon dark maple syrup, honey, or organic agave nectar
1 tablespoon water
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a food processor fitted with the steel blade, process the almond flour, sunflower seeds, herb seasoning, garlic powder, and salt until finely ground. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, maple syrup, and water. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula until a thick dough forms. Use your hands to form the dough into a thick square or rectangular mass. Place the dough between two sheet of parchment paper and roll out to about 1/8-inch thick.
Transfer the dough (parchment paper and all) to a baking sheet. Remove the top sheet of parchment and cut the dough into cracker shapes using a pizza cutter. Bake for about 12 minutes or until golden brown and fragrant. Cool completely before separating into crackers. (Store in an airtight container at room temperature.)
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