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I’ve Gone Crackers!

It’s crazy to think I haven’t blogged for months, but I’m breaking the hiatus with these healthy, homemade crackers.  I enjoy the brand Mary’s Gone Crackers and came across a few different copycat recipes online and decided to create my own version, heavy on the sesame.  Making homemade crackers is also very satisfying, especially if you already happen to have all the ingredients required as I did! From my research, soy sauce is not technically gluten free unless labeled as such, but if you do use a gluten-free soy sauce, the crackers will also be gluten free if that is a concern.

Sesame Power Crisps (Makes 60 small crackers)

  • 1/2 cup whole grain parboiled brown rice (like Uncle Ben’s)
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried herb de provence (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons flax seed
  • 2 tablespoons raw sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons black sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 t. water
  • 1/4 t. table salt and pepper
  • sesame oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Bring 2 cups of water to a boil.  Stir in kosher salt, herbs, rice, and quinoa.  Reduce heat to low and cover.  Cook for 30 minutes, then remove from heat for 5 minutes before proceeding.

In the meantime, let seeds toast in oven for 6-8 minutes.

Place 2 t. water in food processor fitted with metal blade.  Add rice/quinoa picture and process until a paste forms.  Add soy sauce and continue to process until combined.  Transfer mixture to a bowl and stir in seeds, salt, and a few turns of pepper from a mill.  Stir mixture until seeds are fully integrated.  The mixture will be very sticky and thick.

Coat a dark, non-stick sheet pan with sesame oil.  Make teaspoon sized balls of the dough mixture and place on pan. You will need to then flatten the balls as much as possible.  I used a metal measuring cup lightly coated with cooking spray (you will need to add more spray regularly).  The flatter the dough, the more crispy the end product will be.  (I think I could probably come up with a better technique for the flattening in the future, but this worked out ok as you will see.)

Bake crackers until golden brown throughout and dark golden brown at edges. This took 18-22 minutes depending on the batch.  Enjoy!  Impress your friends by sharing your homemade crackers if you don’t eat them all yourself!

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