A fabulous low carb guest post from Kim of Low Carb Maven. These grain-free parmesan crackers are sure to please the kids…and the adults!
With school back in session, I’m always looking for new snacks for my kids; either to put in their lunch boxes or to give to them when they come home. Let’s face it. Their little brains are working furiously learning everything we did at that age and more! By the time they get home they need a little snack to help nourish their bodies and re-fuel those brains.
When I was a kid, goldfish crackers were a popular snack cracker. We always had a package in the house. My mother’s favorite was the parmesan cheese flavored goldfish while my brother and I preferred the cheddar cheese variety (see Kim’s Cheddar Cheese Crackers). I remember her pouring each of us a small bowl of crackers and turning on “The Banana Splits” show for us to watch before we got started on our homework and chores. When we were out of goldfish, we resorted to eating oyster or soup crackers or celery with cheese. We didn’t care, all we wanted was an easy, crunchy snack.
Little has changed since then and my own kids prefer a crispy cracker to almost anything else. Sometimes, I purchase snacks from the store, but gluten-free crackers are expensive and grain-free? Fugeddaboudit! I’d rather make the crackers from scratch at home. They take no time to put together and the only “fussy” part is the rolling. An old pro now, it takes me less than 10 minutes to roll and cut the dough. A pizza cutter makes quick work of it. By the time the oven is ready, so am I.
This recipe for low carb Parmesan crackers has an ingredient that produces a texture unlike any other low carb cracker – crispy and flaky just like the real thing. Nutritional yeast, affectionately called “nooch”, is full of b vitamins and has a wonderful “cheesy” or umami flavor. It was the secret ingredient in many vegetarian dishes I used to make back in the day. If you are trying to avoid yeast, you can feel assured knowing that this product is rendered inactive by heat processing. It’s rich cheesy flavor compliments the Parmesan nicely.
Every time I make these parmesan cheese crackers my kids beg for more. At 3 net carbs per 10 crackers I don’t mind obliging!