Savory Spinach, Caraway, and Kalamata Crackers (Biscotti-Style)

I was trying to come up with a savory cracker with a texture similar to biscotti… and then I realized I should just make a savory biscotti. These get their green hue from pureed cooked spinach, and are dotted with black olives and caraway seeds. You can nix the olives or add different herbs and spices and they’ll likely stand up to any sort of variation. One last note: they are pretty spinachy–this isn’t one of those “mask the greens flavor”-types of recipes, and the vibrancy is just an added bonus.

Savory Spinach, Caraway, Olive Biscotti Crackers

Savory Spinach, Caraway, and Kalamata Crackers

  • Servings: about 22 mini biscotti
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1/2 cup sorghum flour
1/4 cup tapioca flour, plus more for your hands
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/8 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cooked, pureed spinach
1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons kalamata olives, chopped
1 tablespoon caraway seeds

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Put the sorghum flour, tapioca flour, baking powder, xanthan gum, and salt in a bowl. Whisk to combine.

Put the spinach and olive oil in the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl. Beat on medium speed until combined. Add the flour mixture. Beat until well mixed. Add the olives and caraway seeds, beating until combined.

Dust your hands with tapioca flour, and transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet. Use your hands to make a log, about 2 inches wide, 1 inch high, and 12 inches long. Bake for 25 minutes.

Carefully transfer the log to a wire rack and cool for 10 minutes. Decrease the oven temperature to 300 degrees F. Using a sharp knife, cut the log into 1/2-inch thick slices, making about 22 in total. Put each piece, cut-side down, back onto the baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, until firm (but slightly soft) to the touch. Flip the pieces and bake for 5 to 10 minutes more, until nearly firm to the touch. Let cool completely on the pan.

The pieces should firm completely once they are cool, but if they aren’t crispy enough, biscotti is forgiving–just put them back in the oven and bake at 300 for 10 to 15 minutes.

Crunchy Everything Crackers

These crackers feature both buckwheat flour and flakes, along with chickpeas, flaxseeds, hemp, and teff, delivering a nutritious—and delicious!—snack. This recipe was developed for Cuisine Soleil, a Canadian-based gluten-free and certified organic flour company that produces over 12 flours and a variety of mixes. Here I’m highlighting their porridge, an oat-free mixture that is big on texture and taste.

Crunchy Everything Crackers

Crunchy Everything Crackers

  • Servings: 30 crackers
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 1/3 cup chickpea flour
1/3 cup buckwheat flour
1/3 cup porridge/Grutze
1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more for sprinkling
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
3 to 5 tablespoons water

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Put the chickpea flour, buckwheat flour, porridge, ground flaxseeds, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk well to combine. Drizzle in the olive oil. Mix well. Slowly add the water, a little at a time, while stirring, just enough to create a soft dough.

Gather the dough in your hands and shape into a disc on the parchment paper. Roll the dough to about 1/8-inch thick. Brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt. Use a butter knife to cut into 2-inch squares. Bake for about 15 minutes, then carefully pull apart and flip the squares. Bake for about 5 minutes until firm. They will continue to firm as they cool.

(Disclosure statement: I received monetary compensation and free product from Cuisine Soleil from a recipe development partnership. I only, however, promote and partner with companies I love and use regularly in my own kitchen. As always, all opinions and recommendations expressed are completely my own.)

Three Seed Crackers

Once you have all of the ingredients on hand, you can prep and bake these crackers in under 15 minutes, which is great timing to coincide with heating up some soup to dunk them into. These crackers are ridiculously easy, loaded with nutrition, and make a huge batch: the perfect soup companion. Mix and match the flours and add-ins to your taste–they are pretty foolproof.

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Three Seed Crackers

1 cup sorghum flour
1/2 cup teff flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup hemp seeds
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 tablespoons black or white sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 to 3/4 cup water

Preheat oven to 450F. Tear off a sheet of parchment paper the size of your baking pan. If you want very thin crackers, use two baking sheets.

Put the sorghum flour, teff flour, baking powder, seeds and salt in a large bowl. Whisk well. Add the olive oil and about 1/4 cup water. Stir to mix, adding additional water for it to become cohesive.

Place the dough directly on the parchment paper. Roll thinly—the thinner the dough, the thinner the crackers will be. If necessary, divide on two parchment sheets for thin crisp-style crackers. Cut the dough with a sharp knife into squares; you don’t have to pull them apart, just cut through to the pan.

Transfer sheets to oven and bake for about 3 to 5 minutes, until they are firm enough to move (very thin crackers will take only a few minutes). They will slightly shrink, making it easy to flip the crackers using a metal spatula. Bake for another 4 to 5 minutes, depending on thickness. Let cool on the pan before serving or storing. They will become more firm as they cool.