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Homemade Cheez Its Recipe {Gluten-Free & Low Carb}

These crisp, homemade cheese crackers are a healthy alternative to Cheez Its.  Made with aged cheddar cheese and gluten-free flours, these crackers are a crunchy and delicious low carb snack.  

Homemade grain free Cheez Its crackers

Healthy Cheese Crackers

My youngest son is a self-proclaimed carb-o-tarian.  If given the option, he would happily eat crackers and other fluffy white carbs for every meal and snack.  And while I do keep my pantry stocked with a some healthier crackers, I prefer feeding my family homemade snacks whenever possible.

Homemade gluten free cheese crackers on a baking sheet

Why are these homemade Cheez Its healthy?

Homemade Cheddar Cheese Crackers are made with real ingredients, starting with fiber and protein packed gluten free flours.  These crackers are a satisfying and filling snack because they are made with almond and chickpea flour.

By contrast, store bought Cheez Its are made with refined white flour, soybean oil and contain artificial preservatives for freshness.  These are ingredients that I try to avoid (read more on choosing healthy crackers).

How to make healthy homemade cheez its

Delicious Low Carb Cheese Crackers

These homemade cheddar cheese crackers have a light and crisp texture.  Since they contain chickpea flour, these cheese crackers have a texture that is part cracker, part cheese straw.  And they are 100% delicious!

Healthy Homemade Cheez Its Recipe

Homemade Cheez Its Recipe {Low Carb & Gluten-Free}

Homemade Cheez Its Recipe {Low Carb & Gluten-Free}

Yield: 17 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Homemade low carb Cheez Its crackers are a healthy and delicious snack. Made with almond and chickpea flour, these crackers are also gluten free!  

Ingredients

  • 6 oz Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Grated
  • 4 oz Butter, Salted
  • 1 cup Almond Flour
  • 1 cup Chickpea Flour
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 0.5 tsp Turmeric
  • 0.5 tsp Sea Salt

Instructions

To Make Cracker Dough

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor with the blade attachment, mix until dough combines into a soft ball, about one to two minutes
  2. Transfer dough a bowl, cover, and refrigerate until firm, about 20 minutes.  (Cracker dough can refrigerated overnight)

To Bake Crackers

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Place half of chilled dough on a sheet of parchment paper.  Cover with another sheet of parchment paper and roll out dough to about 1/8 inch thickness with a rolling pin
  3. Refrigerate rolled out dough for 10 minutes, until firm
  4. Using a pizza cutter or knife, cut cracker dough into 0.5 inch wide squares.  Add Cheez Its style designs with a toothpick (optional)
  5. Refrigerate dough for 10 minutes, until firm
  6. Transfer cut-out cracker shapes to a parchment lined baking sheet
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes, until edges of crackers just begin to brown
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 17 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 148 Total Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 12mg Sodium: 180mg Carbohydrates: 5g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 1g Protein: 5g
Nutrition information calculated by Nutritionix

What makes these homemade Cheese Crackers healthy?

  • Made with fiber and protein rich almond and chickpea flours, so they are a filling snack
  • Free of refined grains and starches so they have a lower glycemic index and won’t spike your blood sugar levels.  (Diets comprised predominantly of high glycemic index foods are associated with chronic disease and strongly associated with heart disease.)
  • Contain real cheese and butter (low fat is not always healthy, learn more about healthy fats)

Tips and tricks for making Low Carb Cheese Crackers

  • Refrigerate dough whenever it becomes too soft to work with.  Since these crackers are made with gluten-free flours, they dough is very soft and pliable.  However, refrigerating the dough (or even popping it into the freezer) is a quick and easy way to firm up the dough, making it easy to work with!
  • Roll out dough evenly.  Uneven cracker thickness will result in unevenly cooked crackers.  Make sure your dough is a uniform thickness to ensure all crackers are ready at the same time.
  • Do not over-bake these crackers!  Your sense of smell will be your friend when baking these delicious cheese crackers.  As soon as you can smell a toasty, cheesy scent coming from your oven, they are likely finished.

How long can you store Homemade Cheez Its?

Store these low carb Cheese Crackers in an air-tight container for up to a week.  

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14 Comments

  1. I love finding homemade recipes for store bought snacks! These look great, can’t wait to make them!!

  2. I always look for healthy alternatives! Such a great way to make a big batch of healthy crackers to enjoy over the week. Can’t wait to do it!

  3. They look so adorable and perfect for healthy snacks!

  4. I used to love cheez its when I was a kid! I haven’t had them in a long time though, I’m going to give your recipe a try!

  5. I have NEVER made cheese its at home. I used to eat these ALL THE TIME GROWING UP. You have brought me back to my childhood with this post. I cant wait until I make this for my kiddos.

  6. My childhood favorite! So impressed what you made this low carb. So excited to try these.

  7. Cheez Its were on of my favorite childhood snacks. Thanks for bringing them back into my life!

  8. Oh my, this could be my new favorite snack! Gotta make some more!

  9. OMG, these look like actual cheese its! They are low carb & have much healthier ingredients, so it is a win!

  10. I didn’t have the patience for intricate edging but the flavour was as good as the real thing and I felt much healthier having these as a snack. Thanks!

    • Irena, I totally understand your lack of patience for the edging. Neither the wholes nor the marks on the crackers edges affect the flavor or taste, so I tend to skip it now as well. However, for convincing my youngest to try them, I had to make them look like a known favorite. 😉 . So happy you enjoyed them!

  11. So fun and easy to make with my toddler niece! Using the pizza cutter is such a good idea!

  12. I love this idea . . .I can do without most crackers and chips, but cheeze its are just so darn tempting!

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