Vegan Cheez-Its

Nostalgia alert!

Who didn’t enjoy Cheez-Its during childhood? In this county, at least, they were a staple addition to many after-school gatherings and field trip snacks. I haven’t purchased a bag in years, but when I saw there was a way to bake your own at home, I knew I had to test it out for myself.

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Before baking

 

Making your own crackers is surprisingly easy! You don’t even need a rolling pin, just a long glass that will help flatten.  It takes just 10 minutes of prep time and 20 minutes of baking.

This healthier cracker is full of good for you ingredients such as:

Oat flour (high fiber)

Olive oil (healthy fat)

Nutritional yeast (protein powerhouse)

Turmeric (anti-inflammatory superfood)

Once you whip these together in the food processor and roll them out, you can slice into whatever shape you’d like! To stay true to Cheez-It style, I made little rectangles and used a toothpick to poke a hole in each. Not necessary but definitely fun!

I hope you enjoy these crackers as much as I do. They are a great healthier option for kid lunches. My favorite way to enjoy them is dipped in almond butter (any salty/sweet fans out there?😛)

This recipe was inspired by Minimalist Baker and yields about 60 crackers.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 TBS nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup + 2 TBS whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 3 and 1/2 TBS yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch turmeric, for color
  • 3 TBS olive oil
  • 4-6 TBS water

METHOD:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine nutritional yeast, garlic powder, salt, ww flour, oat flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and turmeric in your food processor. Pulse blend until combined.
  2. Add in olive oil and combine once more. While processor is running, dribble in water (just enough until a cohesive, crumbly mixture has formed). You don’t want the dough to be too wet. Remove dough with your hands and mold into a ball.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out (using a rolling pin or long glass) into a rectangle with about 1/8 inch thickness. Slice into desired cracker shapes, using a toothpick or chopstick to make an indentation in the center of each.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden and slightly puffy. The crackers will firm up more outside of the oven.

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