Crunchy, Nutty Cheese Crackers
I've been a fan of crackers since I was little. First it was saltine's spread with butter then the whole wheat craze hit and Wheat Thins or Triscuits became my cracker's of choice. When I started following a gluten free diet, Crunchmaster crackers became my new love but the carb count on them was high so I began baking low carb crackers instead and I discovered I loved the homemade crackers even more especially if they are full of nuts and seeds.
I often reach for a few crackers and some sliced cheese as a snack or even as a light lunch. What about you, do you love cheese and crackers or crackers with spreads? I was happily surprised when I ran the nutritional data on these to learn they have 4 grams of protein in a single cracker! With protein like that, there is no guilt with having them as a light meal. Happy, happy, happy.
These crackers aren't wimpy like the flaky/buttery crackers where can easily eat 15 of them and still feel like you haven't had enough. These babies have loads of crunchy flavor and it only takes a few to satisfy your appetite. Even though I love putting cheese on my crackers, these already have cheese inside so they taste great solo, but feel free to top these with your favorite cheese or spread. Whatever makes you happy!
Feel free to customize these by using any combination of nuts or seeds in them or all seeds if you have tree nut sensitivities, use a different shredded cheese and your choice of seasonings too. I bet Ranch seasoning or Everything seasoning would be great, maybe some rosemary or garlic & herb, Swiss cheese, sharp Cheddar, Italian blend, Pepper-Jack, the possibilities are endless.
Crunchy Nutty Cheese Crackers 1.17 net carbs per cracker using pecans, hemp seeds and chia seeds. 2/3 cup shredded Mozzarella, Cheddar or your favorite shredded blend cheese 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds 1/4 cup chopped pecans, walnuts, almonds or sunflower seeds 2 tbsp. chia seeds (I use this brand) 2 tbsp. hemp seeds or sesame seeds 2 tbsp. whole psyllium husks (I use this brand) 3/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt (I use this brand) 3/4 tsp. Cajun seasoning, Italian seasonings or your favorite herb blend 1 lg. egg white 1. Preheat oven to 190C./375F. Line bottom and two sides of an 11 x 7 inch baking dish with a strip of parchment paper. 2. In a medium bowl, combine cheese, all nuts and seeds, psyllium husk, salt and seasonings; mix well. Taste and adjust seasoning. Stir in egg white, until thoroughly coated. Press into lined baking pan; pressing firmly. 3. Bake 15 minutes, remove and cut into 15 crackers. Return to oven bake 5 minutes. Turn oven off and let sit in oven an additional 25 minutes or until crisp. Remove and re-cut. Remove while on parchment to wire rack to cool completely before breaking into individual crackers. Servings: 15 Nutrition Facts Serving size: 1/15 of a recipe (0.7 ounces). Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients. The Cajun Seasoning is not included in the recipe nutrition data. Nutritional data was calculated using Mozzarella cheese, pecans and hemp seeds. Amount Per Serving Calories 72.61 Total Fat 5.63g 9% Saturated Fat 1.25g Cholesterol 3.76mg Sodium 135.98mg Potassium 18.58mg Total Carbohydrates 2.67g Fiber 1.5g Sugar 0.15g Protein 4.04g