Following a special diet doesn't mean you have to do without some of your favorite snacks. Bake a batch of delicious low-carbohydrate crackers sturdy enough for topping with cheese or dipping into hummus or your favorite salsa. Customize the basic cracker recipe to suit your personal tastes by changing up the type of cheese, nuts, seeds or seasonings added to the dough.
Even if you grease the pan, low-carb cracker dough most likely will bake right onto it. To avoid having to chisel your crackers off the baking sheet, line the pan with parchment paper or a nonstick pan liner, which is available at kitchen supply stores. Other helpful things to have on hand include a food processor, mixing bowl, measuring cups and a spoon or spatula. If you don't have a food processor, grab a grater or a microplane.
You can bake light, airy crisps using grated cheese such as parmesan, cheddar or manchego as the sole ingredient. If you want more of a cracker-like substance to your cracker, you need to add some beaten eggs to bind everything together and low-carbohydrate ingredients to bulk it up. Some examples include chopped almonds or walnuts; nut flours or meal such as flax meal; protein powder; whole or chopped sunflower or flax seeds. Add fresh herbs such as rosemary or basil and your favorite seasonings.
Making Cracker Dough
A very basic low-carb cracker can be made with 1 part water, 2 parts cheese and 4 parts seed or nut meal. You could add some beaten egg, sea salt and minced herbs such as rosemary, thyme or parsley for added flavor. Combine all of your ingredients in a bowl, stirring until it reaches the consistency of soft dough. Form the dough into a ball and turn it out onto the parchment paper you're going to use to line the baking sheet. Press the dough with your hands or roll it with a rolling pin to create a thin, even sheet. The thinner you get the dough, the better the cracker will be.
Baking Low-Carb Crackers
Once the dough is as thin as you want it, cut out the crackers. Use a cookie or biscuit cutter or a sharp knife. Transfer the parchment with the cut-out crackers onto a baking sheet. Sprinkle them with salt if desired and bake the crackers for approximately 10 to 15 minutes in an oven that's been preheated to 350 or 375 degrees Fahrenheit. You may flip the crackers midway through the baking process and allow them to bake until they reach the desired crispness. To create extra-crispy low-carb crackers, turn off your oven after the allotted time and let it cool for 15 minutes before placing the cooked cracker back in the oven for approximately one hour.