These Homemade Seed Crackers are so good, you won't believe they're gluten-free, vegan, soy-free, nut-free, and oil-free! They're filled with protein, fiber, and superfoods that pack nutritional punch in each bite. It's the perfect wholesome, versatile snack that is easily portable.
With all of my food sensitivities, it's been difficult to find the just-right cracker! I want an option that isn't full of mystery, processed, hard-to-pronounce ingredients, and I like a crispy cracker that's flavorful!
Enter this superstar Homemade Seed Cracker recipe. The first time I made them, I left the crackers out to cool and my husband came back from the gym and curiously asked to try one. His immediate reaction was "Oh! Wow!... These are so good... Can I have more?" He ate four crackers immediately until I had to ask him to save some for the pictures so I could blog about it! I mean, I clearly I had hit a winning recipe and needed evidence of the success!
Super Seed Cracker Ingredients
There are just a couple ingredients in this recipe, but they're all so powerful! I love working with ingredients that I know my body is craving and ready to put to work. Every one of these seeds is so, so good for you!
- Chia seeds are rich in fiber, essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6) and antioxidants that help prevent cell damage. They are high in calcium, iron, and magnesium. Chia seeds help add bulk to your stool, which keeps bowel movements regular and can help prevent constipation. The added bulk also may help you feel fuller longer so you eat less.
- Hemp seeds are a substantial source of complete protein. They are also a fantastic source of omega-3 fatty acids which reduce inflammation, lower the risk of heart disease and support brain health. They provide fiber for healthy digestion, calcium for strong bones, magnesium for heart health, zinc for immunity, B vitamins for energy and are loaded with antioxidants such as vitamin E and beta-carotene, which fight tissue damage. They also contain potassium, copper and phosphorus.
- Pumpkin seeds contain 7 grams of protein per serving and are high in iron (25% of your daily recommended value in just one serving). They also contain calcium and vitamin A!
- Sesame seeds contain protein, calcium, iron, omega-3 and omega-6, magnesium and B-vitamins.
How to Make Gluten-Free, Nut-Free Seed Crackers
You would think this would be a complicated recipe, but I promise it isn't! This is actually one of the simplest recipes for seed crackers I've seen. All it requires is a bowl and an oven!
- Add all of the seeds to a 7-cup food processor and process for 30 seconds until fine. You can skip this and stir everything together in a mixing bowl, just keep in mind the finished product will be a bit more textured and chunkier!
- Combine the seeds with the salt, maple syrup and water in a large bowl and stir until everything is well combined. Let it sit for 1 minute and then stir again. This lets the chia seeds thicken and begin to bind everything together!
- Spread the mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place another sheet of parchment overtop and use the bottom of a heavy glass to flatten the mixture. I like them pretty thin--about ⅛-inch!
- Bake for 15 minutes, then remove from oven and score into crackers using a knife. This will help them break into clean, more uniform crackers once they're done baking! Now send them back into the oven for another 15.
- Remove the pan from oven and break the crackers apart along the scored edges. Use a metal spatula to flip them over and bake for another 10-15 minutes. I like to just keep an eye on the crackers and pull them out when they're golden and crispy! Let them cool completely on the pan. You can add another sprinkle of sea salt at this point if you'd like!
See my quick video below demonstrating how to make these crackers:
Homemade Cracker Variations
The best part about making your own seed crackers is experimenting and switching it up! Just don't leave out the chia seeds - they are the glue that binds these crackers together. When combined with water chia seeds form a gel that basically holds everything in place! It's a dream for vegan cooking projects.
- Substitute other seeds or nuts (like sunflower seeds instead of sesame seeds or raw, slivered almonds instead of pumpkin seeds).
- Dried herbs and flavors. I opted for garlic, onion, and rosemary with a touch of sweetness from maple syrup (which is entirely optional). I personally love this combination and the herby aroma filled my kitchen while it baked, which is part of what lured my husband over to try one in the first place!
- Spices! You can add any of your favorites. If you like an extra spicy cracker, try a sprinkle of crushed red pepper.
Toppings for Super Seed Crackers
The main way I enjoy these crackers? On their own! They're crunchy and satisfying. I also love using them with dips or toppings! This makes them great for entertaining or game days.
If you give this cracker recipe a try, please let me know by leaving a comment and rating it! And don’t forget to take a picture and tag me @eatingbyelaine and #eatingbyelaine on Instagram so I can see your crackers. I love cheering for your kitchen adventures on social media! If you would like to subscribe to my Eating by Elaine YouTube channel click here. You can also find this Super Seed Cracker recipe video on YouTube here!
More Vegan Snack Recipes
These crunchy homemade crackers are easy to make and full of omega-3s, plant-based protein and fiber. You can flavor them however you want and top with your favorite spread.
For the crackers
- ½ cup chia seeds
- ½ cup raw shelled hemp seeds
- ½ cup raw pepitas seeds
- ½ cup white sesame seeds (raw or toasted)
- ½ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- ½ cup filtered water
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and line a half sheet baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Add chia seeds, hemp seeds, pepita seeds and sesame seeds to a 7-cup food processor and process for 30 seconds until fine. Alternatively, you can stir these ingredients together in a mixing bowl (the texture will be chunkier).
- In a large bowl, combine the seeds with the salt, maple syrup and water.. Add optional seasonings if desired. Stir until well combined. Let the mixture sit for 1 minute and then stir again.
- Spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Place another sheet of parchment paper overtop the seed mixture and use the bottom of a glass to flatten the mixture until it’s ⅛-inch thick.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, score into crackers using a knife. Place back in the oven for another 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and break the crackers apart along the scored edges. Use a metal spatula to flip the crackers over and bake for another 10-15 minutes until golden and crispy.
- Allow to cool completely on the pan. Sprinkle with more salt if desired. Serve with my Vegan Whipped Feta Dip or Hummus.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to five days.
- Prep Time: 5
- Cook Time: 45
- Category: Snack
- Method: Oven
Recipe inspired by OhSheGlows.com