GF Seeded Crackers (Oil-Free, Flour-Free, Nut-Free)

Author: Sarah Cobacho

Published: March 17, 2024

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Hand holding a seeded cracker over a wooden table with hummus and a candle in the background.

You all know that I love crackers, and many of you discovered our page through our viral seeded crackers video. I’ve been asked countless times if you can make these crackers oil-free and what some alternatives to chickpea flour are. Many of you suggested a similar recipe using soaked chia or flaxseeds, so I had to try it! I was pleasantly surprised by how well these turned out (which I shouldn’t be, considering our community always has the best tips!). They were deliciously nutty, perfect for dipping into our red lentil hummus, pairing with soups, or crumbled as a crunchy salad or wrap topping.

When combined with warm water, the chia and flaxseeds create a gel-like consistency, acting as a natural binder for the seeds. Once mixed and baked, they hold together well without any flour, oil, or other binders. This process is fun and excellent for those with sensitivities or specific dietary needs, as the result is oil-free, gluten-free, and nut-free.

Closeup of a hand dipping a seeded cracker into red lentil hummus.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Effortless to Prepare: 3 easy steps and common ingredients make this recipe very simple to make.
  • Nutrient-Rich: Packed with healthy fats, minerals, and fiber for well-being.
  • Customizable: Easily adaptable to include your favorite seeds or spices.
  • Dietary Friendly: Perfect for anyone with sensitivities or following oil-free, gluten-free, or nut-free diets.
  • Deliciously Crunchy: Ideal for snacking or as a salad topper.

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients for oil-free, flour-free seeded crackers neatly organized with labels.

Experiment with various seed combinations for new flavors. These crackers are quite versatile. If you adhere to the following ratios, you can adjust the recipe to your liking:

  • ½ cup chia and flaxseed seeds (I’ve found they work best when mixed)
  • ¼ cup larger seeds (pumpkin or sunflower)
  • ¾ cup small seeds (hemp, poppy, sesame)
  • 2½ tsp seasoning of choice

Step-By-Step Instructions

Begin by mixing the seeds with hot water to create a gel-like binder.

Mixing bowl of soaked seeds for oil-free, flour-free crackers preparation.
Detailed close-up of the seed mixture in a grey mixing bowl on a wooden surface.

Spread the mixture onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper.

Spread of mixed seeds on baking paper ready to go into the oven.

Bake until golden and crisp, then allow to cool for the crackers to firm up. Enjoy these hearty crackers with dips or as a crunchy addition to your meals.

Baked sheet of oil-free, flour-free seeded crackers on parchment paper.

Variations and Tips

  • The key to this recipe is not to roll the crackers too thin, to watch them closely towards the end of the baking time to avoid burning and to let them cool down properly after.
  • Add a sprinkle of nutritional yeast for a cheesy taste without the cheese.
  • Store in an airtight container in the pantry for up to a week to maintain that perfect crunch.
  • Ensure all the seeds are fresh; old seeds can have a rancid, kind of “fishy” smell, which can be unpleasant and overpowering—and with seeds as the primary ingredient, there’s no hiding it.

Why You’ll Love These Oil-Free, Flour-Free Seeded Crackers

  • Hearty Texture
  • Versatile Snack
  • Rich in Healthy Fats
  • Heart-Healthy
  • Full of Flavor
Hand holding a seeded cracker over a wooden table with hummus and a candle in the background.

GF Seeded Crackers (Oil-Free, Flour-Free, Nut-free)

5 from 7 votes
These delicious gluten-free, oil-free, flour-free, AND nut-free seeded crackers are perfect for dipping or as a crunchy topping in salads or wraps.
Sarah Cobacho (plantbaes.com)
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time55 minutes
Total Time1 hour 20 minutes

Video

Servings 20

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup flaxseed
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp garlic granules (optional)
  • 1 tsp dry thyme (optional)
  • ½ tsp sea salt flakes
  • ¾ cup hot water

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 320 °Ffan forced.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flaxseeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, garlic granules, thyme, and salt. Add the hot water, and mix well. Allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes until all the water has been absorbed.
  • Line a large baking tray with baking paper, transfer the mixture onto it, and using a spoon, spread it to be about 1/8 of an inch (0.3cm) thick. Try to keep an homogeneous size, and avoid making the end too thin, for best consistency.
  • Bake in the oven for 50 to 55 minutes, keep an eye on it in the last 10 minutes. We want slightly golden seeds, but not burnt, which can happen quickly.
  • Once cooked, remove from the baking tray with caution, and allow to cool down completely before breaking apart with your hands.

Notes

If you’ve noticed in the past that your oven cooks quicker on the front of the baking tray (which can be common), rotate your tray halfway through. All ovens are slightly different, so monitoring the crackers during the last 10 minutes is best to avoid burning.

Per Serving

Calories 65kcalCarbohydrates 2gProtein 3gFat 5gSodium 61mgFiber 2gCalcium 23mgIron 1mg
COURSE Snack
CUISINE Gluten-Free
KEYWORDS gluten-free, nut-free, Oil-free, seeded crackers
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FAQ

Can I make these crackers without an oven?

For the best results, baking is recommended to achieve the perfect crispiness.

Are these crackers keto-friendly?

While nutritious, they do contain a higher count of carbs due to the seeds.

How long do these crackers stay fresh?

Stored properly, they can stay fresh for up to two weeks.

Can I use only one type of seed?

Yes, though combining seeds ensures a variety of nutrients and flavors.

Are these crackers suitable for a vegan diet?

Absolutely, they are 100% plant-based and vegan.

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