Healthy Cheesy Cracker Chips Recipe (easy and delicious)
Can you list all the ingredients in your favorite chip or cracker? Better yet, can you even pronounce all of the ingredients that go into making these snacks? Chances are, you can’t. This is problematic for a whole host of reasons.
Rather than allow the clever folks in the marketing department of some package snacks brand to appeal to you as a health-conscious individuals with phrases like “all natural” or “light,” why not do your own homework and simply turn the packaging over to the nutrition facts panel?
The following nutrition information is provided by the USDA for several popular cracker/chip options:
- A single serving of Cheeze-Its® (27 crackers) provides 150 calories, 8 grams of fat, 17 grams of carbohydrates, and 3 grams of protein.
- A single serving of saltine crackers (5 crackers) provides 70 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 12 grams of carbohydrates, no sugar, and 1 gram of protein.
- A single serving of graham crackers (one large rectangle) provides 59 calories, 1.4 grams of fat, 11 grams of carbohydrate, 4.4 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.
- A single serving of Triscuit Original (6 crackers) provides 120 calories, 4 grams of fat, 20 grams of carbohydrate, 3 grams of fiber, and 3 grams of protein.
- A single serving of pretzel crisps (11 crackers) provides 100 calories, 0 grams of fat, 24 grams of carbohydrate, and 2 grams of protein.
- A single serving of Carr’s Table Water Crackers (Original) provides 60 calories, 1 gram of fat, 10 grams of carbohydrate, and one gram of protein.
What’s more troubling to me are the surprising additives to these crackers. Things like refined soybean, palm, or canola oil, sugar, or artificial flavors.
I wanted to make a healthier version of my children’s favorite cracker—the Cheeze It. But with minimal ingredients and baked to perfection. Here goes nothing with my healthy cheesy cracker chips recipe! (Spoiler alert, these were not only mom tested, but kid approved!)
- 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese shredded
- 4 tbsp butter cold
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp onion powder
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- 3 tbsp water filtered
- Combine cheese, butter, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder in a food processor.
- Add flour and continue mixing until crumbled.
- Gradually add water and continue mixing until a dough forms.
- Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 1 – 2hours.
- Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
- Roll out dough and slice into squares. (I added a hole to the center using a wooden skewer)
- Bake for 15 – 17 minutes, or when the crackers start to turn golden brown.