Crackers are such a tasty and popular snack food. You can combine them with dip, fruit, cheese or just enjoy the crackers by themselves. I used to love eating saltines because they were light, tasted good and not too expensive.
But, of course, these crackers can no longer be eaten safely when you are allergic to gluten. So, what is the gluten-free alternative to wheat-based crackers? Read on to find the answer as well as recipes and other tips for gluten-free crackers.
There are quite a few brands that offer gluten-free crackers online and in some grocery stores. While some of them might be a little more expensive than flour-based saltines, the price is well worth it since you will not suffer a gluten reaction after eating them. Besides, most of these gluten-free crackers taste just as good if not better than regular gluten crackers.
I have listed the best and most convenient brands of gluten-free crackers below.
- Crunchmaster – This California-based company makes special gluten-free crackers by combining seeds and various gluten-free grains. This brand of crackers is certified gluten-free, which means that they contain no detectable gluten and they are made in a completely gluten-free facility. Crunchmaster’s cracker flavors include, Rosemary & Olive Oil, Sea Salt, Roasted Vegetable and Cracker Pepper and Herb.
- Dr. Schar – This company, also known merely as Schar, manufactures totally gluten-free products. Dr. Schar makes gluten-free flatbread, snack crackers and table crackers (which are similar to saltines). Once again, these are processed in a gluten-free facility and contain a non-traceable amount of gluten.
- Ener-G – This is a well-known gluten-free brand, so it comes at no surprise that they offer gluten-free crackers since they already provide gluten-free breads, pretzels and other snacks. They make several different kinds of crackers including, plain, cinnamon and flax flavors. Each of these products is tested in order to ensure that they are completely gluten-free.
- Glutino– This is another famous gluten-free manufacturer which makes lots of different allergen-free snack foods. Glutino makes seven varieties of table crackers and snack crackers. In fact, their table crackers are my family’s personal favorite because they taste just like regular wheat saltines. Even our friends, who know that our snacks are gluten-free, devour these crackers! Their flavors include, Original, Sea Salt, Vegetable and Multi-Grain.
You can always make your own gluten-free crackers too. While most people prefer to buy them, you should try to make them yourself at least once so that you can tell your friends that you have made gluten-free crackers at home.
Gluten-Free Multi-Grain Cracker Recipe
Prep Time: 20-25 minutes
Cooking Time: 23-25 minutes
Yields: 36 crackers
- 1/4 cup of Ancient Harvest Organic Quinoa Flour
- 1/4 cup of brown rice flour
- 1/2 cup of sorghum flour
- 1/2 cup of tapioca starch
- 1/4 cup of GF Nutritional Yeast Flakes
- 3/4 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt
- 1 teaspoon of dried minced onion
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon of organic light brown sugar
- 1 1/4 cups of pecan or almond meal
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of Ener-G Foods Egg Replacer whisked with 2 tablespoons of warm water
- 1/4 cup of good olive oil
- 1/4 cup of rice milk
- 1/4 cup of warm water
- Using a sturdy stand mixer (or a wooden spoon and some elbow grease), stir the ingredients until a slightly sticky dough forms.
- You’ll be pressing the dough flat into a thin layer, so if it seems dry or it falls apart easily, add a tablespoon of warm water at a time until the dough is moist and pliable but not overly wet.
- Divide the dough in half.
- Using lightly oiled hands flatten and spread half the dough on the prepared baking sheet.
- Make as thin a layer as possible.
- Use the edge of a rubber spatula to help smooth and straighten outside edges. The thinner the cracker is, the crisper it will be.
- Prick the dough with a fork every two inches or so and scour the dough into cracker sized squares or rectangles. (I like to use a pizza-cutter to do this).
- Sprinkle the top with sea salt.
- Bake in the center of a preheated oven for around 23 minutes or so, or till firm and slightly crisp (they will crisp up a bit as they cool, but they should be fairly crisp- keep an eye on them so they don’t brown too much).
- Remove from the oven and allow the crackers to cool on a rack.
- Store in an airtight container when cool, if eating the same day.
- To store longer, I like to freeze gluten-free goodies and thaw before serving. [And if they happen to soften from humidity, don’t fret; reheat them briefly- on a wire rack topped baking sheet- before serving.]
Recipe courtesy Gluten Free Goddess
Now you can enjoy real crackers again, either for a snack, a side dish or an appetizer. Gluten-free eating will no longer deprive you of the taste of your favorite gluten-free foods. With these great new recipes and popular gluten-free brands, you will be eating so well that even your non gluten-free friends will envy you!
Image courtesy Skakerman