As much as I love my ketogenic lifestyle, one of the biggest hurdles I face (as a HUGE snacker & nibbler mind you) is not being able to find healthy, low carb, CRUNCHY food items. No more diving into three cups of popcorn, no more handfuls of chips, no crackers, no pretzels… no more snacky crunch in my life except veggies. Sad. For the first few months of keto I was snacking on these pork rinds from Epic which are awesome by the way:
And while these were absolutely delicious and satisfied my need to crunch & munch, they aren’t very cost effective when you consider I could go through a couple of bags a day… easily. So I set out on a cooking mission and was determined to come up with a snack that was not only keto/low carb friendly, but also very healthy.
First place I turned to for ideas & inspiration was of course was Pinterest! I immediately came across these “Everything Bagel” flax crackers and they looked absolutely perfect, so I gave them a go. Sure enough, they were delicious BUT also time consuming… meaning it would take a long time for me to satisfy that need to crunch in between batches! This Pinterest version is definitely healthful, BUT I also knew I could take things a step further and improve upon a great recipe.
I honestly have no idea how I even thought of this little ‘tweak’ for the crackers. When it comes to food, my mind literally goes into overdrive and never slows down. So, instead of using WATER for the liquid, I swapped it out for EGG WHITES!!! Why not right? These are getting baked anyways so there shouldn’t be any texture issues. If anything, I expected them to be even crunchier because of the egg.
Pretty damn genius idea if I do say so myself 🙂 And yup, I’m taking full 100% credit for this because after I made them I searched far and wide for ANY recipe that uses egg whites!
Result? The most absolutely, positively, deliciously, healthful, AND crunchy cracker I have ever had in my life!
In all honestly, I would rather have these crackers (or one of the MANY other versions I have come up with) over just about ANY other cracker I’ve ever had. That’s seriously saying A LOT isn’t it. And it’s not even just because of keto macros and living a low carb lifestyle. These flax crackers I’ve whipped up are so jam packed with flavor, they go above and beyond on the crunch scale, they are homemade so I know exactly what’s in them (which isn’t much and all healthy stuff), customizable to your own taste preferences, and almost BEST of all… they are SO easy to make. Granted they need a little bit of soaking time and about 50 minutes to cook, but I assure you they are well worth it.
Hands down one of the BEST recipes I have ever come up with to date. Yes, these were made with the intention of being “ketogenic”, but they are a wonderful and healthful cracker option for ANYONE (well, except vegans of course), but everyone else? Yeah, after making these flax crackers just once, they will become a staple in your home! Eat them on their own, pack them for an easy on the go snack, stack them with cheese (if you eat dairy), or have them alongside your favorite dip. You can rest assured these will also give you a wonderful load of nutrients to fuel your body!
Stay tuned to see my chocolate version (YES, I said chocolate crackers), chile lime version, and “cheesy” non dairy version, lemon rosemary version, ranch version, tomato basil version, maple bacon version, and maybe even a few others I have swirling around in my head!!! Of course they will be posted here, but best place to keep track of me and my recipesnow is either on YouTube OR my Instagram!