Parmesan Croutons & Crackers

Parmesan Croutons & Crackers

Salad season is in full swing (along with ice cream and sorbet season). I have some great salad ideas lined up, and a few of them would not be complete without croutons.

This crouton recipe was formulated for a Caesar salad, but would compliment any salad, really (or soup for that matter). It is closely related to my Parmesan cracker recipe, except that I score it differently and add garlic powder.

Careful with these. They’re easy to munch on. My advice is to keep them concealed until ready to serve or eat.

Tip Throw these in a bag as a snack.

Breaking crackers

Rolling doughRolled doughScoring dough

Note Some other flours will work, such as buckwheat, and grain-based flours. But not coconut, as we found out in the comments.

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    Posted in Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Low-Sugar, Salads, SCD, Soup, Vegetarian, Wheat-Free  |  17 Comments

    17 Responses to Parmesan Croutons & Crackers

    1. liz says:

      these look beautiful!!

    2. Sophia says:

      No salad is complete without croutons! At least it’s that way for me! These would look great in a
      Caesar Salad! Thanks for sharing!
      ~Sophia

    3. AtineaN says:

      Ah, these look wonderful! Can’t wait to try them out.

    4. Dana says:

      I tried these tonight with coconut flour (because I don’t have any almond flour on-hand) and I’m sad to say, they are a total flop. It took nearly 2 1/2 CUPS of water to make a dough (because of the coconut flour) and I couldn’t get them to roll out – so I pressed them onto a non-stick cookie sheet and scored them with my pizza cutter. I bake them, and they are SO dry. It’s the coconut flour, I’m sure. I’m going to order some almond flour and try them again because they look SO yummy!
      Thanks for the great recipes, I’m really enjoying your blog!
      Cheers,
      Dana

    5. Erica says:

      Yikes. Sorry Dana. I haven’t tried them with coconut flour, but you’re right. It’s a different ingredient altogether.
      This recipe is safe with most grain-based flours (like wheat) and I know buckwheat will work, but not coconut flour. Thanks for letting us know.

    6. Dana says:

      I thought for anyone reading this, they might like to know before they try coconut flour… it’s not a suitable swap. ;)
      I’m looking forward to trying these again when my blanched almond flour arrives. Thanks again for so many great recipes, Erica! I’m enjoying trying them out.

    7. Josie says:

      It looks absolutely yummy, I am going to make tonight!!!!

    8. Jennifer Daniels says:

      These are totally fabulous. My 9 year old said they taste just like the popular name brand of cheese crackers. Thank you so much!

    9. Kristen says:

      Yay! These look great! Question for you – do you have any idea how long they will safely store at room temp in an airtight container? At least 3 days, perhaps?

      (I suspect room temp is better than refrigeration for crackers) I might just make 1/2 the batch as it is just me and I don’t want to feel compelled to eat too many! ;)

      Thanks! <3

      • Erica says:

        A few days is what I’ve experienced. Although you have me thinking that they probably should be refrigerated since the cheese is perishable.

      • Dawn Halstead says:

        I have used another almond flour cracker recipe and have put the crackers in the freezer and they do really well that way. Hope this helps.

    10. Kristen says:

      I LOVED these! I finally got around to making them. :) I have been GF for months now and anything crunchy is treat; however, I would actually go so far as to say that these are the best crackers I’ve ever eaten in my life. I omitted salt (due to the parmesan salt content) added some rosemary, onion powder, and garlic powder.

      Just an FYI on freshness: I made half a batch and placed some into individual ziploc baggies and they kept for 3 days in my snack draw without me becoming concerned as to their freshness. I think they could’ve lasted longer, however they were way too delicious to keep around that long! I am going to make a full batch tonight and see if I can make them last up to five days. I think the salt in the parmesan must preserve them, providing they remained sealed in airtight bags.

      For those interested, I also did some calculations and (6) of the 1×1 inch crackers roughly equal out to about 200 calories a serving and only around 7 carbs per serving, based upon the nutritional info I found for parmesan and almond flour. I can’t remember the protein, but they are very filling!

    11. Rebecca says:

      These instructions might work with a food processor, but they didn’t work with my blender at ALL. There was no way to pulse because of the density of the almond flour, so the cheese didn’t get mixed in. I dumped it all into a bowl and mixed it by hand, which was really easy, so I’d just skip the blender if that’s all you have available. These crackers are delicious- my whole family loves them!

    12. Ginger Burke says:

      These also made into the list of my top 8 favorite healthy snack recipes. You have a gift! I start to salivate even thinking about these :)

      http://expectgreatthings.hubpages.com/hub/Sugar-Free-Grain-Free-Snacks-Even-Your-Children-Will-Eat-Homemade

    13. Gun says:

      This is for you who want to try coconut flour. You CANNOT make a straight swap – Instead of 2 1/2 cup almond flour use 6 1/2 TABLESPOONS coconut flour. It is also advisable to add some psyllium husk (around 3 tablespoons here) and if you have it, some Oat Fiber (not oatmeal and not oat bran; the oat fiber is pure fiber), just over 1/2 cup. I have only found Oat Fiber at Netrition.com – no, I’m not affilitated :0) The fiber husk will bind the coconut flour as there are no eggs in the recipe. Coconut flour needs a binding agent (usually a lot of eggs), not just a liquid which will just produce a crumbly mess.

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