Nut Crackers

When I first told one of my Paleo-eating/Crossfitting-purist friends about my ‘nut cracker’ recipe, his response anything less than enthusiastic.  ”Why do you need crackers?”, he asked, “Just eat real food!”  In response, let me just say that while I do eat real food, I want a cracker substitute to serve it on. I’m guessing that I’m not the only one out there either, so here’s a nutty recipe for you fellow cracker-lovin’, real food eatin’ folks like me.
All-Purpose Primal Crackers
  • 1.5 cups nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, etc.)
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 Tbs. oil (melted butter, grapeseed oil, coconut oil, etc.)
  • Dried spice(s) of choice:  dill, parsley, oregano, thyme, cayenne pepper, garlic
  • Salt, pepper to taste
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Grind nuts in food processor until you have a relatively fine cornmeal-like texture, and place in mixing bowel.
  3. Add dried spice(s), salt, and pepper to nuts and mix to combine.
  4. Add egg whites and oil of choice to nut mixture, and mix to combine.  The mixture should be moist and sticky, but not liquidy (think pancake batter).  If your mixture is too dry, add more oil.  If it is too wet, add more ground nuts.
  5. Place mixture on center of parchment-lined baking sheet.
  6. Place a peace of wax paper or plastic wrap on top of the mixture, and use a rolling pin to roll out the mixture until it is 1/8th inch thick.
  7. Remove top sheet (wax paper or plastic wrap), prick dough with a fork and place in preheated oven.
  8. Bake at 325 degrees F, for 10 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
  9. Remove from oven, and cut into desired size/shape while still warm.
  10. Set aside, and let cool
  11. Serve as an accompaniment to your favorite dips and cheeses, or my personal favorite—with smoked salmon.


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15 Responses to “Nut Crackers”

  1. Thank you so much for this recipe. I have no idea why an individual would tell you to just eat “real food” when that is exactly what you are doing. This is a great recipe! I always get excited when I see a recipe that takes these ordinary paleo foods and turns them into something as wonderful as a cracker. You are doing a great job with this blog and I am looking forward to what is next!

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  2. Adam, thank you so much for your feedback. It was a long day at work, and seeing this really made my day. Like most of you out there, I lead a busy life, and your thoughts really make my contributions on this site rewarding (I’m sure that goes for the rest of my TLSP’ers). After all, we do this because we love it, and we want to to try to help others succeed in their health and fitness goals.

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  3. I just found your group’s blog and I LOVE it! I just wanted to share this “cracker” recipe with you in case you want a little change from your nut crackers =) (I will be making your version tomorrow!)

    1C sunflower seeds
    1C sesame seeds
    1tsp sea salt
    2TBS fresh herbs (my favorites are rosemary and sage)
    1/4C water

    Throw sunflower seeds into food processor and grind for about 2 minutes, until it becomes a flour like consistancy. Add sesame seeds, salt, and herbs. Pulse a few times until mixed. Add water and mix by hand until “flour” is moist. Roll out mixture between 2 pieces of parchment paper until about 1/4 inch thick. Score into squares with a sharp knife, and back at 300 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Once cooled, break at scored lines and enjoy! =)

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    • Kaysie,
      Your recipe sounds fabulous! As far as I’m concerned, you can never have enough variety. It’s not only the spice of life, but the path to wellness! I’ll certainly be trying your recipe out soon. Thanks for sharing, and I’m glad you enjoy the site. =)
      Veronica

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  4. I’ve been looking for paleo-friendly crackers, but could only find a recipe involving almond pulp (leftover from making almond milk).

    I didn’t want to have to buy A)another counter top appliance, or B) go through a whole separate process just to get cracker “dough.”

    All I wanted was something that could stand in for bread or cracker crumbs in my meat loaves and casseroles. Your recipe fit the bill.

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  5. Thank You! I was thinking of making something similar. I love the dry crunchy texture of crackers that is unmatched by any real food! Now if we could just get the lumpy texture of creamy of wheat! Lol haven’t hand it in years but I do miss the texture.

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  6. i just tried these tonight and they came out DELICIOUS. i’m really surprised ’cause i didn’t think, honestly, that they’d turn out alright. i thought they’d crumble and wouldn’t have that “cracker feel” to them. but i stand corrected! thanks so much for this recipe. i added garlic powder and thyme to make them more to my liking. i love how you can add different seeds and spices to make them taste a bit differently each time. :)

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    • Hi Crissy,

      I’m glad to hear you like the recipe! It always makes me feel great that other people are enjoying my recipes!

      Best,

      Veronica

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  7. This recipe sounds great. I wonder whether you could make it a “sweet” cracker by adding stevia, cinnamon, etc.

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    • In general, we try to stay away from sweeteners like stevia (too processed). But cinnamon or dates might work out well.

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  8. Giving up chips and crackers has been the most challenging because I love a crunchy snack. I can’t wait to try these!

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  9. Where can I find your blog?? I’ve only recently started the paleo lifestyle change and I’m always looking for something new to try!!!
    Thanks

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