Healthy Seeded Crackers Recipe (Gluten-Free)

Author: Sarah Cobacho

Published: December 6, 2023

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These nutrient-packed Healthy Seeded Crackers are quick to prepare, high in fiber, packed with omega-3s, vegan-friendly, and absolutely delicious. They’re the perfect healthy snack, easy to make, and great for meal prep. You’re free to use any combo of seeds that you prefer. To promote plant diversity, aim for at least three different types. You can use a mix of hemp, flax, sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, and poppy seeds, or pick and choose your favorites! To sneak in some much-loved legumes, we’ve also incorporated chickpea flour, also known as besan.

Why This Recipe Works

Super easy: I used to be intimidated by the idea of making my own crackers, but it couldn’t be easier! They take about 5 minutes of actual work and taste so good, you’ll never want store-bought again. They are also a lot more affordable than most healthy cracker alternatives.
Nutrient-Packed: Loaded with micronutrients and omega-3s, these crackers are a nutritious choice. Please note that omega-3s content decreases with heat. So it’s lower than enjoying them raw, but it does not mean they are all gone 🙂.
Diverse Seed Mix: Combining hemp, flax, sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, and poppy seeds for a flavorful crunch.
Tantalizing Flavors: Enhanced with nutritional yeast, oregano, garlic, and chili flakes.
Perfect Texture: A delightful balance of softness and crunch, ideal for snacking.

Ingredient Notes

Chickpea Flour: A gluten-free, fiber and protein-rich alternative, adding depth to the crackers’ nutritional profile.
Seed Variety: A vibrant mix of seeds, each adding unique nutritional benefits and flavors. Feel free to experiment with different combinations.
Nutritional Yeast: Provides a cheesy, umami flavor while being rich in B vitamins.
Flavorful Spices: Oregano, garlic, and chili flakes create a complex taste profile that’s both delicious and aromatic.

FAQ

  • Can I use only one type of seed for this recipe? You COULD, and I would recommend sesame seeds! The recipe is super versatile and allows for different combinations of seeds. However, using a variety of seeds not only enhances the flavor but also boosts the nutritional value of the crackers. When choosing your seeds, just make sure to use a majority of smaller seeds and only use sunflower and pumpkin seeds as an add-on. If you only use larger seeds, it might result in some more crumbly crackers.
  • What can I serve these seeded crackers with? These crackers are great on their own, but they also pair well with dips like hummus or guacamole, vegan cheeses, or even as a side with your favorite soup or salad.
  • How should I store these crackers? Store the cooled seeded crackers in an airtight container at room temperature. They should stay fresh for about a week.
  • Can I add other spices or herbs to this recipe? Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with other herbs and spices. Rosemary, thyme, or even some cumin could add a nice twist to these crackers. They are super versatile.
  • Are these crackers gluten-free? Yes, they are!
  • Can I make these crackers in a different shape? Yes, you can cut the dough into desired shapes before baking. However, this might affect the baking time, so keep an eye on them to prevent burning.

Variations and Tips

Seed Variations: Mix and match hemp, sesame, flaxseeds, poppy seeds, chia seeds, sunflower or pumpkin seeds. When choosing your seeds, just make sure to use a majority of smaller seeds and only use sunflower and pumpkin seeds as an add-on. If you only use larger seeds, it might result in some more crumbly crackers.
Spice It Up: Experiment with additional spices like cumin or rosemary for a unique flavor. I also love to make a version with seaweed!
Shape Creatively: Cut into various shapes before baking for a fun twist.
Storage Tip: Keep in an airtight container for freshness.
Serving Suggestion: Enjoy with vegan dips or as a crunchy side to your meals. They are wonderful with our beetroot hummus or as the cutest little lox canapés

Step-By-Step Instructions

Start by adding all the dry ingredients, including mixed seeds, nutritional yeast, oregano, garlic, chili flakes (optional for heat), and salt, to a large mixing bowl. Pour in olive oil and warm water, stirring until everything is well combined. Let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes, allowing the chickpea flour and seeds to absorb the liquids, which will make the dough easier to manage.

Once the dough has rested, transfer it onto a piece of baking paper, which aids in rolling and later transferring to the baking tray. Cover the dough with another piece of baking paper and use a rolling pin or bottle to roll it out to a thickness of ~0.25 cm. The thickness you choose will influence the crunchiness of the finished crackers.

Carefully peel off the top baking paper layer. Place the baking paper with the dough onto a baking tray and bake in a preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, ensuring they don’t burn. After baking, let the crackers cool down, which is crucial for them to harden and achieve their signature crunch. Once cooled, break the crackers into desired sizes. These homemade seeded crackers can be enjoyed alone or paired with dips, cheeses, or spreads, offering a delightful crunch and flavor in every bite.

Why You’ll Love These Healthy Seeded Crackers

  • Crunchy
  • Nutrient-Rich
  • Gluten-Free
  • Customizable
  • Vegan-Friendly
  • Delicious
Healthy, rustic, homemade crackers on a wooden serving platter with hummus

Healthy Seeded Crackers

5 from 34 votes
Savor the crunch and flavor of these Nutrient-Packed Seeded Crackers. Made with a diverse mix of seeds and chickpea flour, these crackers are a powerhouse of micronutrients and omega-3s. Perfect for a healthy, vegan-friendly snack!
Sarah Cobacho (plantbaes.com)
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time35 minutes

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Servings 10

Ingredients

  • cup hemp seeds (see notes )
  • cup sesame seeds
  • cup flaxseeds
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp dry oregano
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes (optional)
  • ½ tsp sea salt flakes
  • cup chickpea flour (besan)
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • cup warm water

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 320 °F
  • Place all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the olive oil and water and stir well until all thoroughly combined. Allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  • After the dough has rested, pour the mixture onto a piece of baking paper.
  • Cover the dough with a second piece of baking paper. Using a rolling pin or a bottle, gently roll out the dough to approximately 0.25-0.5 cm thick (the thinner the crispier).
  • Carefully remove the top layer of baking paper.
  • Place the baking paper with the rolled-out dough onto a baking tray and slide it into the preheated oven. Bake until golden, for 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Once baked, remove the tray from the oven and allow the crackers to cool down. This cooling time is essential as it helps the crackers to harden and achieve their characteristic crunch.
  • After the crackers have cooled, break them apart with your hands. You can make them as big or as small as you like.
  • Now, it's time to enjoy your homemade seeded crackers! They're perfect as a snack on their own, or you can serve them with dips, cheeses, or spreads. Enjoy the delightful crunch and burst of flavors in each bite.

Notes

This recipe is very versatile, so feel free to use the seeds you have on hand as long as you add 1 cup total of seeds. Mix and match hemp, sesame, flaxseeds, poppy seeds, chia seeds, sunflower or pumpkin seeds. When choosing your seeds, just make sure to use a majority of smaller seeds and only use sunflower and pumpkin seeds sparsely. If you only use larger seeds, it might result in some more crumbly crackers.

Per Serving

Calories 153kcalCarbohydrates 8gProtein 6gFat 11gSodium 128mgFiber 4gCalcium 28mgIron 2mg
COURSE Appetizer, Snack
CUISINE Global
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37 Comments

  1. I really liked these. I included sunflower seeds and also substituted everything bagel seasoning for the salt and garlic. I will make these again.5 stars

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