Cheezy Kale & Quinoa Crackers
Author - Alyssa Rimmer
Are you a snacker? I personally have always been a snack person.
My snack attacks usually hit sometime between 3 and 4 pm. I realize I still have a ways until dinner. Lunch has been digested and get I that hunger pang stirring up inside my belly.
Whenever my body goes into a full-blow snack attack, I always find myself searching for something crunchy. Sometimes it's satisfied by an apple, sometimes carrots and hummus will do the trick, but sometimes that single box (or bag) of packaged goodies is calling my name.
That's usually when I reach for the crackers or tortilla chips.
We try not to keep packaged foods in our house, but sometimes we're feeling the need to have something salty to munch on and know that gluten-free rice crackers or natural tortilla chips will do the trick.
Problem is…with these types of foods once you start, it's hard to stop. Especially when the serving size is like 10 chips. I mean really, who only eats 10 chips!?
But lately I've been on a mission to fix my snack habits and make a point to be conscious that when I'm snacking I'm eating something nutritious.
So rather than reaching for those not-so-healthy crackers and chips, I made the conscious decision to avoid that aisle at the grocery store and whip up something homemade instead.
Now, another one of my favorite snacks is kale chips smothered in a cheezy cashew sauce. But since I don't have my dehydrator here in New York with me (no room!) I couldn't make my favorite recipe. With that flavor combo on the brain, I set out to make impart that into quinoa crackers.
For some of you, making your own crackers might feel intimidating. I was right there with you the first time I made them, but I have to tell you, it couldn't be easier.
This recipe is loaded with good-for-you ingredients, takes only one bowl and less than 10 ingredients to make. Some of the highlights include:
- Nutritional Yeast
- Flaxseed Meal
- Quinoa Flour
- Olive Oil
And the result?
Crispy quinoa crackers that are gluten-free, have way less fat and more protein than other packaged snacks, and are even studded with dark leafy greens. Not sure if it gets much better.
So, are you ready to dig in? I know I am! Let the guilt-free snacking begin.
Cheezy Kale & Quinoa Crackers
Making homemade crackers couldn't be easier. These quinoa crackers are studded with cheezy flavor and kale for a totally nutritious, and delicious, snack!
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Toast your quinoa using the stovetop method. Allow the flour to cool for 5 minutes before adding to a food processor along with the sorghum flour, psyllium, and salt. Pulse until evenly distributed, then pulse in the kale.
With the food processor running, stream in the oil and water until the dough comes together into a ball, about 30 seconds. Remove and form into a ball. Let rest for just a few minutes.
Cut the dough into four pieces. Knead one piece with your hands, place it on a piece of parchment and roll it as thin as you can. You'll probably need to sprinkle the dough with a little flour so that it doesn't stick. Repeat with the other three pieces and transfer the pieces of parchment to baking sheets.
Bake the crackers for 5 - 6 minutes per side, watching closely so they don't burn. Careful when you flip them over too! Turn off the oven and let them sit in the warm oven for 1 - 2 hours so they get super crispy.
Break them into pieces, add them to a bowl and serve them with your favorite dips/spreads.