Gluten-free Multigrain Rosemary Crackers

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on November 2, 2011

I’m so late in sharing this recipe with you, but I can explain.

It all started with a craving for buttery crackers about a month ago. Now, normally I’m really good at the whole recipe development process. I’ve lost many a written down recipe, and felt I had learned my lesson. But low and behold, after eating my last cracker, I realized I hadn’t written down what I’d put in the crackers.

p.r.o.b.l.e.m.

Ha, and good luck getting me to remember what I had for dinner last night, let alone recall the ingredients for a cracker recipe I made 4 days ago.

Life would be so much easier if I had the memory of an elephant. Also, how cool would it be to have a 10lb brain? I digress…

Needless to say, it took me a good month to figure out how I made those darn crackers. Don’t worry though, I ate each of the five batches just to make sure they weren’t the right formula.

I’m always looking out for you all, always looking out for you.

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Gluten-free Multigrain Rosemary Crackers

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free

These gluten-free, vegan crackers are buttery, flaky, and perfect with a plate full of veggies and a batch of fresh hummus!

Yield: 36 crackers

Servings: 18

Ingredients*

  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup sorghum flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 2 tbsp teff flour
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 2 tbsp millet flour (I ground mine in a coffee grinder)
  • 1/4 cup earth balance vegan spread, melted
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 sprig thyme leaves
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan rock salt + more for sprinkling
  • 2-4 tbsp water

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
  2. Place all ingredients but water in the bowl of your food processor and pulse until incorporated. If you do not have a processor, a hand mixer should do the trick, too!
  3. Add water, one tablespoon at a time, allowing the processor to run for a bit until a dough forms. Continue to add more liquid until the dough holds together, but is not sticky. Similar to pie crust but a bit flakier. If you’re not sure, try pressing the dough between your fingers to test it’s perfectness.
  4. Lightly floured your clean counter top (I used white rice flour) until you’ve reached a thickness of no more than 1/4-inch thick. The thinner the better!
  5. Form the dough into individual crackers (I used 1-inch cookie cutters) and place them at least 1/4-inch apart on the prepared baking sheet. Use a fork to stab each cracker and sprinkle with salt.
  6. Bake until slightly browned, about 11-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a cooling rack for a couple of minutes.
  7. Will keep crunchy and delicious in a cookie tin or Tupperware container for a couple of days. Freezes well too!

note: feel free to play around with the flours. These crackers seem to be somewhat forgiving. If you don’t have tapioca, try arrowroot, or slightly less potato starch. Get creative, and have fun!

calories: 71 | fat: 4.4g | carbohydrates: 6g | fiber: 1g | sugars: 0g | protein: 1.8g

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A story for you all completely not related to crackers…

I’m traveling to London, UK in a couple of weeks! I’ll be there on business with a couple of my colleagues for a quick five day trip.

We’ll be staying in the Mayfair area, near Green Park. My schedule will be rather jam packed with meetings and such, but I’ll have a bit of free time in the evenings to run around the city, take pictures and have some fun! If any of you are familiar with the area, I’d love suggestions on places you think I should plan check out!

I’ll be blogging while I’m away, sharing recipes, my favorite on-the-go foods, and have a bunch of healthy travel tips planned for a second installment of my Healthy Travel series. It shall be good!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

omg I JUST POSTED about this yesterday…about writing things down RIGHT when I make it or else I forget!
http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com/2011/11/cookiepedia-writing-it-down.html

thank you for remembering this recipe…they look…AMAZING..

beautiful pics. I’ll be seeing these on all the food sites later today :) congrats in advance. WINNER!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

Rosemary is one of my favorite flavors! Love that there’s almost 2g of protein in these… one day I’m going to brave cracker-making…. :)

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Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

I’ve written things incorrectly too which is no fun either! I love making crackers. I was on a kick for a while and then stopped over the summer. I need to get back at it. These sound delicious!

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Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.

These look great!!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

Great crackers!! And that’s exciting that you’re headed to London! My sister lives there, and I could get some suggestions from her if you’d like. I’ll ask her for the name of some good vegan/veggie spots (she’s vegetarian – not a foodie at all, but she might know of some). I’ll email you!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

You’re so sweet Angela, that’s so great. Thank you!

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Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free

Ohmygooodness! I used to have a favorite rosemary cracker (which of course had gluten in it…). Can’t wait to make these. Love rosemary!

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Caitlin

wow- these crackers look ah-mazing! i am TOTALLY making these ;) bookmarked!

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Lisa ♥ Healthful Sense

Love the idea of making your own crackers!!
Such a great snack for the kids too =)
I’m always bummed when I make something good and forget to write down the recipe!!

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Faith @ For the Health of It

You have the coolest travel opportunities ever – so lucky!

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Divya

I’ve been looking for a recipe for gluten-free crackers and I think I’ll have to try these out – they sound so good.

You must be really excited about your upcoming trip! Looking forward to hearing all about it.

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Molly@hungryhungryrunner.com

Wow these sound awesome! I’m a total cracker fiend and love this healthier take! My best friend is also gluten intolerant so I’ll have to share this recipe with her!

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Kristina @ spabettie

Mmm, I love (and miss!) a butter cracker. I will take your word and trust these are even BETTER than the ones I miss – with rosemary of course they are!

my friend lived in London for two years, and I DO believe it was close to that area?? I will ask her if she has any must do and sees for you!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Yes, trust you must! Any recommendations would be great, thanks Kristina :)

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Seraphina

Hi Leanne! How cool is it that you’re coming to London? :D Having stayed here for over a year now as a student, I do have a few places to recommend for food.

1. I’m sure you’ve heard of Ottolenghi, and I strongly encourage you to visit the Islington branch – while the atmosphere is great, I find it more cost effective to take away a salad box. Queues get terrible during lunch/dinner times.
2. Koya (49 Frith Street): The best udon I have ever tasted, and I come from an Asian country (Singapore). For those on a gluten-free diet, their dons (rice set meals) are really good as well. A Must-Visit.
3. Alara (58 – 60 Marchmont Street): An independent health food store that does hot prepared foods + salads during lunch time along with the usual organic produce. Their frozen yogurt is super creamy and easily best in terms of taste and value-for-money out of the many I have tried in London.
4. Itadaki Zen (139 King’s cross Road): A vegan and organic Japanese restaurant that’s a bit pricey and only open for dinner. I haven’t been there yet but my yoga instructor highly recommended it!
5. VitaOrganic (74 Wardour Street): Good vegan food at decent prices. I like that they display the food, you grab a plate and take as much as you want, pay at the counter and eat! The place is quite small but cosy – alternatively their sister restaurant Vantra (11-13 Soho St) has more seating capacity and a beverages bar serving delicious and healthy smoothies.

If you get the chance to, do visit one of the numerous farmers’ markets around London, usually held either on a Saturday or Sunday (www.lfm.org.uk). While Borough Market is worth a visit, it is quite overpriced and doesn’t have much produce from the smaller local farmers in the Southeast region. Also, do drop by Waitrose over at Bloomsbury (near Russel Square tube station). It is so inspiring to cook!

Hope you will enjoy your time here in London, and sorry for the extremely long comment! I get quite excited about telling people about food, but I believe in sharing good things!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thank so you much, Seraphina! I’ve just emailed myself your comment. VitaOrganic sounds right up my alley and love the idea of checking out the local Markets! Thanks again :)

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Diana

I’m going to second the Borough Market visit – I live very close to the market, which is on every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. While it may not have the cheapest produce, the atmosphere is second to none, and there are loads of stalls to buy lunch from. It’s definitely worth your time, and it tends to be the highlight of my weekend, as I go every week :)

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Diana

I’m a Canadian in London right now, and I’d recommend the Royal Parks for running – Green Park, Hyde Park, and Richmond Park. Richmond Park is a bit of a commute from Mayfair, but it is definitely worth it. It’s MASSIVE (and I say this as a Vancouverite) and has deer and other wildlife, as well as tons of trails for running and biking.

My new favourite little cafe is The Happy Kitchen in E8, which isn’t close to Mayfair, but it’s 100% worth the journey. They do dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free cakes and meals, and have a specially priced tea and cake offer from 3 – 5pm everyday! Their website is happykitchen.org.uk/.

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Fantastic! I have to check out those parks, they’re pretty close. That cafe sounds awesome. Thanks for the URL!

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Andrea

Lucky you! I hope you have an amazing time there and get to experience things you never have before!

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Louise

I’m not normally a big commenter, but I think your blog is great and I live in London so wanted to give you some feedback:

1. There is a huge Whole Foods on High Street Kensington.
2. Jaks in South Kensington area is a nice cocktail bar and then next door to it is a restaurant serving organic food (all premade on the counter to choose from).
3. In Hammersmith there is a great vegetarian restaurant called The Gate.
4. Ottolenghi is AMAZING, great food, great cookbooks too. There are a few branches of Ottolenghi and one restaurant called Nopi.
5. The markets can be really nice – Borough is nice to wander around, but there are plenty of others as well.

Hope you have fun!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks Louise! I just sent all of your suggestions to my Blackberry! I’ll have to come up with the plan. Sounds like the markets will be top of the list :)

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Deborah Philbrick

Avid HP follower from Chicago here. I lived in London a few years ago and one of the most fun things to do is tea time! I recommend Fortnum&Mason because they have such a beautiful store and a variety of restaurants. The traditional tea is a bit time restrictive (and expensive), but you can get wonderful tea with scones and clotted cream (not gf or vegan) at the Parlour Room. It’s definitely worth a visit and great place to pick up treats for people at home. Enjoy! http://www.fortnumandmason.com/c-157-ice-cream-parlour-london-the-parlour-restaurant.aspx

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thank you Deborah!

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Lauren @ HugsKissesNDishes

These look amazing! I wonder if butter would be okay? I haven’t seen a soy-free earth balance in stores yet.

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Butter would totally do the trick! So would olive oil, or grapeseed oil

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Beth @ Tasty Yummies

haha I have forgotten soo many recipes and ingredients. I have a zillion little chicken-scratch written notes in the kitchen and all over my desk. Some are ideas for recipes, some are actual completed recipes, haha. I am not very organized at all.

I have definitely sat down to write up a recipe and drawn a total blank, not sure what exactly I had put into the dish. I am so glad I am not the only one.

These crackers look amazing, I keep meaning to try out a cracker recipe myself. Thanks for sharing :)

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Lillian

These look amazing! I’m absolutely going to try cooking them – what’s better than a protein-packed GF rosemary cracker?! :)

I was in London last month, and I second the recommendations about the Whole Foods on High Street Kensington and Ottolenghi. The Whole Foods is HUGE, and they have some really good restaurants upstairs (as well as a juice bar and a coffee bar that offers a full array of dairy-free milks, which pretty much blew my mind). Ottolenghi is amazing too – and his cookbooks are awesome. Happy travels!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks Lillian! I have a list of a bunch of activities and Whole Foods is definitely on that list! Enjoy the crackers ;)

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Heather Brandt

Any suggestion of any other thing to use other than sorghum? Since we are grain free, I’m clueless if there is a good sub for sorghum…

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I didn’t get to experiment with other flours, but a chickpea flour may work nicely! You’re best off just experimenting and making sure it gets to the consistency I’ve explained in the details of the recipe. Good luck!

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Kathy

I want to go to London and see their Whole Foods now o_o
As a matter of fact, how come I never see a Whole Foods in my state? Hm…time for the hunt (for the store)!

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Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco

I just bought a rolling pin (sad, right?) and I HAVE to make these! They look incredible! ;)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I bought my very first rolling pin last month! I was using an old (clean) wine bottle for YEARS! haha you’re not alone :)

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jess☆ @ Multicultural Melbourne

Ohhh delicious! Making your own crackers are always sooo much better than buying them out of a bag! Have fun in London :)

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LizAshlee

I made some GF crackers the other day…garlic & thyme..there were divine and I am not much of a cracker girl..but something about this cold weather & soup & crackers are just perfect!!! :)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Mmm garlic and thyme sounds to die for! Will have to make that combo next thyme… hahaha ;)

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Emily

Any suggestions for making these nut-free (replacing the almond flour)?

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Hi Emily! I’m sure that you could use ground sunflower seeds!

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