How to Make Healthy Homemade Crackers (It’s Easy!)


Inside: Get an easy recipe for healthy homemade crackers. Making your own crackers is easy and uses just a few basic ingredients.

A small white ramekin filled with homemade crackers sits on a white countertop.

I’d always filed homemade crackers under “As If!” 

As in, take all that time to make crackers when you can pick up a box at the grocery store for two bucks? As if!

When I finally made them for the first time, I was surprised by how easy they are–and GOOD.

They’re also sturdy enough to dunk into hummus or spread with soft cheese. 

And you don’t need any special equipment to make these–just a rolling pin and a baking sheet.

Ingredients for homemade crackers: Milk, butter, flour, baking powder, and saltIngredients for homemade crackers: Milk, butter, flour, baking powder, and salt

Ingredients for homemade crackers

  • Flour: These are made with a combination of whole wheat flour and all purpose flour
  • Butter: I use real butter, and it’s easier to blend in if you grate it first
  • Baking powder
  • Salt: I use regular table salt
  • Olive oil: You’ll brush this on the tops of the crackers before baking
  • Toppings: Such as everything bagel seasoning, sesame seeds, grated cheese, rosemary, or kosher/flaky sea salt
A white bowl of flour and butter mixed togetherA white bowl of flour and butter mixed together

How to Make Healthy Homemade Crackers

The dough is made with just a few simple ingredients and is easy to roll out. 

In a medium bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: flours, baking powder, and salt. Work in the butter using a fork, pastry blender, or your hands. Then stir in the milk and knead with your hands until it comes together in a ball. 

A ball of dough for homemade crackersA ball of dough for homemade crackers

Divide the cracker dough in half,  wrap the halves in plastic wrap, or put them in a bowl covered in plastic wrap or a towel to keep them from drying out. Set aside and let the dough balls rest for 30 minutes.

On a lightly floured surface, using a rolling pin, roll out into a thin sheet. If you like crispy crackers, roll them thinner. (If you have a pasta machine, you could use this to get a very thin, uniform dough sheet. I just rolled mine out by hand.)

Homemade crackers cut out on a work surfaceHomemade crackers cut out on a work surface

Cut them to desired shape and size with a sharp knife or a pizza cutter. You could also use cookie cutters for fun shapes. Brush the tops with olive oil, sprinkle with salt (or your favorite toppings like everything bagel seasoning or sesame seeds), and bake.

Crackers on a parchment lined baking sheetCrackers on a parchment lined baking sheet

Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. The longer they’re baked, the crispier they’ll be.

Store crackers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

A white plate with crackers, apples, cheese, blueberries, and strawberriesA white plate with crackers, apples, cheese, blueberries, and strawberries

What to serve with these homemade crackers

Use these crackers as you would store-bought crackers. Pack them in a lunch box. Put them on a snack platter for kids along with cheese, fruit, and whatever else they like to munch on. 

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Healthy Homemade CrackersHealthy Homemade Crackers

Healthy Homemade Crackers

Yield:
About 50 crackers (1.5″ squares)

Prep Time:
20 minutes

Cook Time:
12 minutes

Rest Time:
30 minutes

Total Time:
1 hour 2 minutes

This simple homemade cracker recipe makes sturdy, hearty crackers that can be topped with the flavors your family likes best.

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup cold unsalted butter, (4 tablespoons)
  • ½ cup milk
  • Optional: olive oil, sea salt, rosemary, parmesan cheese, or everything bagel seasoning for topping crackers

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: flours, salt, and baking powder
  2. Work in the cold butter with a wooden spoon or your hands until mixture looks like wet sand (it’s easiest to shred the butter, then mix it in)
  3. Add the milk and stir until the dough comes together.
  4. Dump the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until it becomes smooth, about 1-2 minutes. (It will seem crumbly at first, but it will form into a stiff dough after a minute.
  5. Divide the dough in half and wrap them in plastic or place in covered bowl. Set aside to rest for 30 minutes
  6. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Roll out one of the dough pieces on a lightly floured work surface as thinly as possible, 1/16″ or thinner.
  8. Using a knife or cookie cutter, cut the dough into 1″ to 2″ squares and place them on a the parchment-lined baking sheet.
  9. Lightly brush the crackers with olive oil and sprinkle them with salt or with any of the optional ingredients if desired, then bake them for 12-15 minutes, until crisp and lightly golden around the edges
  10. Let cool for 5 minutes, then enjoy! They can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week

Notes

  • Any combination of whole wheat and all purpose flour can be used, just so that they total 1 ½ cups, the more whole wheat flour used, the denser the crackers will be
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    Nutrition Information:

    Yield: 10

    Serving Size: 1 Servings

    Amount Per Serving:

    Calories: 156Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 367mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g



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