Homemade Healthy Pumpkin Seed Crackers

Author: Sarah Cobacho

Published: August 16, 2023

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Wooden serving board with a vibrant pink beetroot hummus in the centre and healthy pumpkin seed crackers and other nibbles surrounding it

Seeking a gluten-free snack that’s as nutritious as it is delicious? Look no further than our Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Seed Crackers. Made with homemade pumpkin seed flour and a blend of tasty seeds, these crackers offer a delightful crunch and flavor that’s sure to satisfy your snack cravings. I also love to add them on top of a salad for a little crunch and added nutrients.

Why This Recipe Works

This recipe stands out for its simplicity and rich flavor. The combination of pumpkin seed flour, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, and savory seasonings makes these crackers a protein-rich and gluten-free treat. Plus, they are easy to make at home!

Ingredient Notes

  • Pumpkin Seed Flour: Ground from pumpkin seeds, this flour adds a nutty flavor and is rich in healthy fats, magnesium, and zinc.
    • To make your own pumpkin flour, add pumpkin seeds to a blender and process until a flour-like consistency. Then, pass through a sieve to remove any leftover coarse bits. The one in the shop is always super green, so I was a bit sad when my homemade version turned out to be a light green (wondering if some brands are adding food coloring), and I will confess to adding a few pinches of matcha to give it that bright green color you see on the video. It’s probably a waste of matcha (you could not taste it, and it lost its color while cooking), but it made me very happy for a few minutes!
  • Hemp Seeds: Known for their high level of omega-3 fatty acids, hemp seeds add a pleasant texture and a boost of protein.
  • Sesame Seeds: Using both black and white sesame seeds gives a visual appeal and extra crunch. Sesame seeds are a good source of calcium on a plant-based diet.
  • Nutritional Yeast: The magic ingredient! Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast, meaning it does not make your food rise. It has a cheesy umami flavor. You will often see it in plant-based recipes as a cheese replacer. But best of all, it’s a great source of B vitamins and is surprisingly high in protein, with 2 to 4g of protein per tablespoon, depending on the brand you’re using.

Step-by-step Instructions

Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add the olive oil and warm water and stir well until thoroughly combined. Let the mixture rest for 5 minutes, allowing the ingredients to bind together.

Place the mixture on baking paper, covering it with a second piece. Roll out to approximately 0.3 cm thick using a rolling pin. Remove the top layer of baking paper. It can be a little sticky, so I really recommend using the two-baking paper sheet method.

Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until crispy. All ovens are slightly different, so check for desired crispiness and adjust cooking time as needed.

Allow the crackers to cool down, then break apart with your hands. Enjoy your homemade healthy pumpkin seed crackers!

Variations and Tips

Wooden serving board with a vibrant pink beetroot hummus in the centre and healthy pumpkin seed crackers and other nibbles surrounding it

Homemade Healthy Pumpkin Seed Crackers

5 from 3 votes
Enjoy crunchy and delicious pumpkin seed crackers, made with homemade pumpkin seed flour and sesame seeds. Perfect for a gluten-free snack!
Sarah Cobacho (plantbaes.com)
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes

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Servings 20

Ingredients

Cracker Ingredients

  • ¾ cup pumpkin seed flour (see notes)
  • ½ cup hemp seeds
  • ½ cup sesame seeds (black and white)
  • 1 tsp onion flakes (or powder)
  • 1 tsp garlic flakes (or powder)
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • ¼ tsp sea salt flakes
  • ½ tsp chili flakes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • cup warm water

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 320 °F
  • Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add the olive oil and warm water and stir well until thoroughly combined. Let the mixture rest for 5 minutes, allowing the ingredients to blend together.
  • Place the mixture on baking paper, covering with a second piece, of baking paper. Roll out to approximately ⅒ inch (0.3cm) thick using a rolling pin. Remove the top layer of baking paper.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until crispy, rotate the baking tray halfway through.
    All ovens are a bit different, so I recommend to check the crackers for desired crispiness and adjusting cooking time as needed, especially for the first batch.
  • Allow the crackers to cool down completely, then break apart with your hands. Enjoy your homemade pumpkin seed crackers as a delicious snack.

Notes

Storage: The crackers can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week.
Seasonings: This recipe is very versatile! Feel free to experiment with different seasonings to suit your taste.
Pumpkin Seed Flour: To make your own pumpkin flour, add pumpkin seeds to a blender and process until a flour-like consistency. Then, pass through a sieve to remove any leftover coarse bits. This is a lot more budget-friendly and will ensure the flour is fresh, as ground seeds can get rancid quite quickly. The one in the shop is always super green, so I was a bit sad when my homemade version turned out to be a light green ( it also made me wonder if some brands are adding food coloring 👀), and I will confess to adding a few pinches of matcha to give it that bright green color you see on the video. You can’t taste it, but I loved the added color when making it! So definitely optional 🙂

Per Serving

Calories 82kcalCarbohydrates 2gProtein 3gFat 7gSodium 32mgFiber 1gVitamin A 0.7IUVitamin C 0.2mgCalcium 8mgIron 0.9mg
COURSE Snack
CUISINE Global, Plant-Based
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FAQ

Can I use store-bought pumpkin seed flour?

Yes, absolutely! Pumpkin seeds are more widely available than pumpkin flour, so we wanted to give you the option, but both are fine.

Are these crackers vegan and gluten-free?

Absolutely! This recipe is 100% vegan and gluten-free.

How long can I store the crackers?

Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Is this recipe nut-free?

Yes, these crackers are made with seeds, which means they are safe for nut-free allergies and are suitable to add to your kids’ lunch box, too!

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