Gluten Free Crackers (Mary’s Gone Crackers Copycat Recipe)

I’ve become a gluten free guinea pig. Scouring the web, bookstores, and brainstorming new ideas for gluten free meals and snacks. The main meals aren’t too complicated. Dinners have only needed minor tweaking to adapt to gluten free. The hardest area has been snack food. We aren’t a big cake/cookie family – but the kids likes her crunchy stuff. Pretzel sticks have always been a mainstay in her feeding therapies. There’s only so much popcorn one can handle.

Store-bought snacks are not cheap. Coupons are hard to come by for the kinds of foods we are looking for. So I am trying to make my own. When we first began our gluten free adventure, I asked a friend for pretzel ideas. She mentioned the Sticks & Twigs by Mary’s Gone Crackers.

I’ve quickly become addicted to these gluten free pretzels. They aren’t like ordinary pretzels. They are full of seeds and stuff. They have a great crunch. They have a nice, nutty flavor. More involved than a standard Snyder’s pretzel. Unfortunately, at $4.50 a bag – they don’t fit my budget too well.

Looking at the ingredient label, I pondered trying to make my own. The ingredients aren’t too complicated; brown rice, quinoa, flax seeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds, and tamari. I have these ingredients in my pantry. While googling for ideas, I came upon the crackers of Mary’s Gone Crackers fame. They are basically the same pretzel taste in a cracker. I figured that I would tackle that first – and then I could move on to pretzels.

The first time I made the crackers – my results were uneven. Some pans came out ok, and some pans came out – well, not so ok. By the second time – I finally got it down pat. Similar to the pretzels, the crackers cost around $4.50 for way too few crackers. Happy to get about 3 times as many crackers at a significant savings by making my own. I do plan on playing with the recipe more to add flavors – like garlic and rosemary.

I am still determined to figure out how to make the pretzels – in the meantime, enjoy these yummy crackers!

Gluten Free Crackers (Mary's Gone Crackers Copycat Recipe)

 

 

Gluten Free Crackers (Mary's Gone Crackers Copycat Recipe)
 
This recipe was slightly adapted from here.
Author:
Recipe type: Crackers, Snacks
Cuisine: Gluten Free
Ingredients
  • 1 cup quinoa (dry)
  • 1 cup brown rice (dry)
  • 2-3 tsp. water
  • 
2-3 tbsp. tamari or soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup whole, toasted flax seeds
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • 
1/4 cup black sesame seeds (could also use gomasio)
  • 2 tsp. salt
Instructions
  1. Prepare rice and quinoa as per your regular methods.
  2. Add cooked brown rice to Cuisinart and process with a small amount of water.
  3. You should process brown rice to a mush.
  4. Add quinoa to the mix and process a bit more to incorporate.
  5. Add the tamari or soy sauce and mix a bit more.
  6. Take the dough out and place in bowl. Mix in other seeds and seasonings with a wooden spoon. The mixture will be very sticky.
  7. Spray baking pan with oil spray or rub olive oil on baking sheet. Do not use parchment paper.
  8. Drop teaspoon size bits of dough on to cookie sheet. On a half sheet pan, I got around 16 balls.
  9. Take a small piece of parchment paper, spray lightly with oil and place on top of each ball and flatten. I pressed down on to the paper with a stainless steel measuring cup. It seemed to work best.  The cracker should be very thin and flat.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees. Keep an eye on the crackers. Remove them when they have browned and are comepletly dry. Don't let them burn. I took them out at around 17 minutes. Keep an eye out. Different pans conduct heat differently.
  11. Cool crackers on rack.
  12. Enjoy!

 

 

 
P.S. As a follow-up, I did succeed in making the pretzels. 
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  • Sidney

    I will have to try these, I love Mary’s Gone Crackers. You might want to point out that most soy sauces contain wheat. Thanks for the recipe!

    • http://confident-cook.com/ Hindy Garfinkel

      Yes, tamari doesn’t contain wheat – which is why I recommend that in the ingredients.

      • Ada Luz

        Actually, Hindy. I buy a GLUTEN free tamari, so I guess tamari does have gluten in it. (I’m in Guatemala and am going to try to make these today!) Thanks!

  • kat

    I’m trying these now. I used 3 tbsp soy and added 1 tsp garlic powder and 1 tsp onion powder. They are delicious. I ran out of PAM but was able to use oiled parchment paper as my trays were too old to be non-stick.

    • Danielle Kraljic

      My trays are in the same condition. Im going to make them like this as well

      • http://confident-cook.com/ Hindy Garfinkel

        I’ve stopped using non-stick trays and always use parchment paper with excellent results.

  • ginag

    So, Hindy, I’m curious to ask why you advise not using parchment paper for the baking sheet. Does it somehow interfere with the crisping of the crackers as they bake? I’m really psyched to try this. I love these crackers but must avoid sesame seeds so will try to sub them out… with poppy seeds maybe? In any case, thank you! Saving money is a boon, too. Cheers, gina

    • http://confident-cook.com/ Hindy Garfinkel

      It does crisp up better on the metal sheets, I think. You can definitely use the paper if you want. I did find that this recipe makes so many batches that it’s easier not to bother with the paper – as the paper needs to be thrown out/gets burned after a couple uses. These crackers are easy to clean up.

  • kips

    Is there something I can substitute for the tamari? I don’t eat soy derived products

    • http://confident-cook.com/ Hindy Garfinkel

      You could try Maggi, though I believe that it may have MSG. not sure. It does have that salty flavor this needs.

    • Meredith

      Bragg’s liquid aminos is a great substitute for soy sauce!

    • Joni Zander

      I would recommend Coconut Aminos by Coconut Secret for your Tamari sub.

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