Have you ever tried homemade crackers? Our recipe uses rolled oats, a variety of seeds, oregano, olive oil, and parmesan cheese for extra flavor. They are fresh and delicious with a great texture. Plus, making homemade crackers is a fun, rewarding activity that can be enjoyed with friends and family.
Why this recipe sings
Why make crackers at home? Apart from enjoying the process of baking, you will control the ingredients and avoid processed foods.
This delicious recipe has healthy sunflower, chia and pumpkin seeds, rolled oats, extra virgin olive oil, parmesan cheese and chili flakes for a nice kick. It is a versatile recipe and can be modified to pantry ingredients.
Homemade crackers can also be cost-effective, especially if you buy ingredients in bulk. Also, making crackers can be fun for kids, resulting in a tasty and satisfying snack.
Here is what you need
- Sesame seeds. I often use black sesame seeds because of the visual contrast they give. Feel free to use blonde sesame.
- Chia seeds. These healthy seeds have nutrients like calcium, zinc, iron, and magnesium. They can help with weight loss and digestive health and reduce spikes in blood sugar. Did you know when mixed with water, a tiny amount of these healthy seeds expands to triple in size?
- Sunflower seeds. They are rich in healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals and can benefit heart health and type 2 diabetes. Bonus: They are delicious!
- Pumpkin seeds. They support blood sugar balance and heart health and are rich in antioxidants.
- Rolled oats. These very lightly processed whole grains, apart from being delicious, contain vitamins like thiamine and pantothenic acid, minerals, and soluble fiber.
- Oregano. This dried herb is a staple in Greek cuisine. I use oregano flower buds from Burlap and Barrel, which I grind roughly between my hands or in a mill. Regular dried oregano leaves work excellently in this recipe. Substitute with dried thyme, sage, mint, or your favorite herb.
- Corn flour. It acts like a binding/thickening agent to the crackers. Swap with an equal amount of corn starch, all-purpose flour, tapioca flour, and sorghum flour.
- Parmesan cheese. It gives flavor and also acts as a binding agent. Substitute with gruyere, kefalotiri, or pecorino (watch out for the salt).
- Chili flakes. A tiny amount gives a little heat to these crackers. If that is not your thing, leave this ingredient out. Substitute with freshly ground pepper, paprika, Aleppo pepper or similar.
- Extra virgin olive oil and sea salt.
How to make these crackers at home
First, add ½ cup of water in a cup and two tablespoons of chia seeds. Wait for 8 minutes until seeds expand and moist.
Add the expanded chia seeds with any liquid and the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl. Pour ½ cup of water gradually and start mixing until the mixture is like a thick paste. Add more water if you need to. The mixture should not be runny.
Place a parchment paper on a baking sheet. Add the cracker mixture and top it with another parchment appear.
Press and roll with a small rolling pin or a medium bottle to flatten the mixture as evenly as possible at a 2 mm / 1/16 inch thickness.
Remove the top parchment paper and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Leave in the oven more if you desire crispier crackers.
Remove from the oven. Transfer the cracker to a working surface. Cut with a long knife or break with your hands—store crackers in an airtight container.
Tip. Don’t throw out any crumbles. Use them in salads or with yogurt and honey.
How to enjoy these crackers
These homemade crackers taste delicious on their own. They are also great for scooping up any kind of dip, tzatziki, baked feta, or taramosalata. Add them to a festive Greek grazing board, crush them more, and use them as croutons. I promise you will not be disappointed whichever way you decide to enjoy them.
Homemade Crackers With Herbs And Olive oil
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds Plus ½ cup of water
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ½ cup corn flour
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
- ⅓ cup sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup grated parmesan
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 200°C / 400°F.
- Add ½ cup of water in a cup and two tablespoons of chia seeds. Wait for 8 minutes until the seeds expand.
- Add the chia seeds with any leftover liquid and the ingredients in a large bowl. Pour ½ cup of water gradually and start mixing until the mixture is like a thick paste. Add more water if you need to. The mixture should not be runny.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add the cracker mixture and top it with another parchment paper. Press and roll with a small rolling pin or a medium bottle to flatten the mixture evenly at a thickness of about 2 mm.
- Remove the top parchment paper and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.Leave in the oven more if you desire crispier crackers.
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven.Transfer the cracker to a working surface. Cut with a long knife or break with your hands. Store crackers in an airtight container.
- You can easily change the seasoning of the crackers. Add a teaspoon of everything bagel seasoning, sweet paprika, or dried mint and thyme instead of oregano.
- Swap the parmesan with gruyere, kefalotiri or pecorino. For vegan crackers, leave the cheese out.
- Toast the seeds briefly before adding them to the cracker mix.
- Instead of chia seeds, add an equal amount of flax meal.
- Substitute the corn flour with an equal amount of corn starch, all-purpose flour, tapioca flour, and sorghum flour.