Crackers paired with hummus or nut-based cheese, or just eaten plain, make for a pretty wholesome snack. That is unless you don’t look very closely to the type of crackers you buy. Similarly to chips, many brands like to stuff their products with all sorts of unnecessary ingredients from sugar and salt to artificial flavors and preservatives. Sometimes even the main ingredients in crackers, like all-purpose flour, isn’t the best for your health, and can even cause some digestive discomfort to those with sensitive stomachs.
A good way to avoid any of these less-than-ideal ingredients is to choose a grain-free, vegan cracker! While “grain-free” and “vegan” may sometimes sound like “boring and restrictive,” with a little digging, you can find some really delicious grain-free crackers out there. To clarify, a grain-free diet excludes wheat, barley, rice, spelt, and corn as well as ancient grains like millet, quinoa, and more. Instead, grain-free crackers are made with ingredients like nuts, seeds, and grain-free flours, and of course, are still seasoned. Here are 10 grain-free crackers we think are worth checking out!
Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers
Almond flour isn’t just being used for grain-free home cooking anymore, now you can buy crackers made from it! Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers is made with a nut and seed flour blend (almonds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds), tapioca, cassava, organic sunflower oil, organic onion, organic garlic, and rosemary extract. These crackers are gluten-free, soy-free, paleo-friendly, and non-GMO. Each serving (17 crackers) provides three grams of protein and 10 percent of your daily vitamin E. Reviewers are saying that these crackers are deliciously crispy, healthy, lower in carbs than other gluten-free crackers which use rice or bean flours, and make a very satisfying snack. Some felt the sea salt flavor was a bit strong. To see how you feel, you can get a pack of three 4.25-ounce boxes for $17.
Go Raw Spicy Fiesta Sprouted Flax Snax
Who needs grains when you can make a perfectly good snack cracker out of seeds and seasonings? Go Raw Spicy Fiesta Sprouted Flax Snax, for example, is made with sprouted organic flax seeds, sprouted organic sunflower seeds, sprouted organic sesame seeds, organic jalapeño, organic cilantro, organic lime juice, organic spices, Celtic sea salt, and organic garlic powder. These crackers are gluten-free, soy-free, non-GMO, and dehydrated for ultimate nutrition retention. Reviewers are saying that these crackers are tasty (although not that spicy), good quality (though they might be a bit flimsy for topping with cheeses), and made from wholesome ingredients (but the seeds tend to get stuck in teeth). Reviewers have been enjoying these out of the bag or crumbling them up to top salads. You can get six three-ounce bags for $26.75.
Julian Bakery Paleo Thin Crackers
For a light and crispy snack, check out Julian Bakery Paleo Thin Crackers. These gluten-free, paleo, low-carb, and GMO-free crackers are made with filtered water, blanched almond flour, cassava flour, sesame seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and sea salt. Each serving (six crackers) provides two grams of protein and six percent of your daily calcium and daily iron. Reviewers are saying that these crackers are made from excellent ingredients, have a nice crunch, are sturdy enough for dipping, and have great flavor (especially considering how low-carb they are). Some people were not crazy about the flavor, but admit that considering the very simple ingredient list, it’s kind of expected. To see how you feel about them, you can get one 8.4-ounce box for about $10.
Rawlicious Food Company Raw Artisan Bread Crackers
Rawlicious Food Company Raw Artisan Bread Crackers may not look like a typical bread cracker, and that’s because these are free from grains, wheat, buckwheat, refined salt, and sugar. Instead, these crackers are made up of seeds – flax, pumpkin, sunflower, black and blonde sesame – pepper flakes, coriander, fresh chili, and Celtic sea salt. These are not in typical square cracker-size but in sheets. Each sheet is about 100 calories and provides 4.5 grams of protein and three grams of fiber. There is only one review on this product, but the customer who left it said these are the best crackers he’s ever had. Pretty passionate! To see if you feel the same, you can get one five-ounce box for about $13.
Doctor in the Kitchen Flackers
Doctor in the Kitchen Flackers are organic crackers that are made with flax seeds, apple cider vinegar, Bragg liquid aminos, rosemary, and sage. Each serving of flackers (six) contains seven grams of fiber and five grams of protein. They are dehydrated at low temperatures to ensure that all the nutrients, including the omega-3s and enzymes remain vitalized and stable. Reviewers are reporting that these crackers are deliciously nutty, crunchy, low-carb and healthy, and don’t stick to your teeth like some other flax crackers on the market tend to do. You can get one five-ounce box for about $5.50.
Foods Alive Flax Cracker Variety Pack
Foods Alive Flax Cracker Variety Pack is a bulk order that includes six flavors of the line: Original, Onion Garlic, Mexican Harvest, Italian Zest, Maple and Cinnamon, and Hemp. These gluten-free crackers are dehydrated at low temperatures to preserve the vital living enzymes and essential nutrients (hence the name “Foods Alive”). These crackers are also a great source of fiber, omega-3s, and protein. Each of the flavors included begin with golden flaxseeds and then are seasoned differently depending on the flavor. Reviewers are saying that these crackers are delicious (although admittedly not your typical cracker/chip), are good quality and wholesome, and are very filling. You can get a pack of six four-ounce bags for $34.
Wrawp Raw Spirulina Flatbread
Gluten-free, paleo, and soy-free, Green Leaf Foods Raw Spirulina Flatbread is a great way to sneak some extra nutrition into your day. Each bag has three large, low-sodium wraps (six servings) which are high in antioxidants, and are a good source of fiber. The nutrient-packed blue-green algae is high in protein, antioxidants, and B vitamins. This $9 pack requires no refrigeration and apparently stays good for a whole year. While these can be used as wraps, the flatbread is also ready to be snacked on straight out the bag.
Livin’ Spoonful Sprouted Crackers
Livin’ Spoonful Sprouted Crackers is a raw, organic, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly product made with sprouted organic sunflower seeds, sprouted organic almonds, organic flax, organic dates, organic apple cider vinegar, and Celtic sea salt. This particular posting is for the sourdough flavor. Reviewers are saying that these crackers are tasty, have excellent flavor and texture, and while a little expensive, the quality is definitely there. To try them out, you can get two 4.5-ounce bags for $16.25.
Raw Food Central Flax Crackers
Raw Food Central Flax Crackers is an organic and gluten-free product made from four simple ingredients: flax, onion, Italian seasonings, and Celtic sea salt. These crackers are not baked or fried, but rather dehydrated, to keep all of the nutrients intact. Reviewers are saying that these crackers are not your typical crackers but are still delightfully crunchy, can stand up to dipping without breaking, and have a nice flavor. One reviewer even said that these were the best low-carb crackers they have tried. You can get one three-ounce bag for about $9.
Jilz Mediterranean Crackerz
Looking for a simple cracker that still packs plenty of flavor? If so, consider checking out Jilz Mediterranean Crackerz. This gluten-free, soy-free, and paleo-friendly product is made with organic sesame seeds, organic tapioca flour, almond flour, organic sunflower seed flour, organic chia seeds, organic flax seeds, organic apple cider vinegar, sea salt, garlic, lemon, lavender, herbs, rosemary oil, and basil oil. Each serving of ten crackers provides three grams of protein, four percent of your daily iron, and is only 100 calories. Reviewers are saying that these crackers are very crispy and flavorful, “don’t feel like a sacrifice,” and while they are expensive, the quality of the ingredients merits the price. You can get one 5.5-ounce box for $7.
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