This recipe grew out of a desire for crunchy things in my house…and easy to grab and eat, healthy food. Crackers have always been a hit here and these are no exception. These are so easy that you probably have all of the necessary ingredients and tools already in your home. Sweet!
I love the taste of oats, so I wanted to incorporate them into a cracker. I couldn’t believe when these turned out tasty the first time (that almost never happens for me). Why did I choose oat flour?
First, please note that I am referring to whole oats (aka old fashioned rolled oats) in this post (and any time I talk about oats on my blog)…not the quick cooking oats. You always want to purchase whole oat oatmeal (&/or flour) so that the bran, germ, and endosperm are in tact. Also, if you have a gluten intolerance, you will want to look for gluten-free oats. Oats are naturally gluten-free, but I keep reading that many oats become contaminated during processing because they are very often processed on the same equipment as other items that do contain gluten.
Honestly, I’m not sure why you would worry only about oats being contaminated because of equipment. I mean, if this line of thinking is true, isn’t there a possibility that many other items could be cross-contaminated? Anywho, I am not the gluten police. I would just be sure to purchase whole oats that state they are gluten-free, if you have concerns about gluten. This is the brand I typically purchase and they are guaranteed to be gluten-free.
Fiber and Nutrients
Now that we have that out of the way, whole oats are naturally jam packed full of fiber, both soluble and insoluble (our bodies need both). You may remember that soluble fiber is linked to a decrease in heart issues and Type 2 Diabetes, as soluble fibers help lower cholesterol. Oats (and therefore oat flour) are high in vitamins B and E.
Oats also have as much protein as soy (which I am not too keen on eating, but I know that soy is also full of protein). There is also a great deal of lysine, which I have mentioned before is an essential amino acid for proper growth of muscles and nerves. Oat flour is also high in iron, phosphorus, and magnesium.
I simply love the taste of oats…that slightly sweet, yet nutty taste. It brings back excellent childhood memories for me of sitting on the furnace register eating the oatmeal my mother prepared (while I was supposed to be getting ready for school). Good times.
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Enjoy your healthy oat crackers. Easy, huh!? I’m curious…how else do YOU use oat flour???
Until next time…
Jess, aka Scratch Mommy
References – Livestrong, Living Healthy Mom, 3 fat chicks.
This post was shared at– Gluten Free Wednesdays, Real Food Wednesdays.
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Thanks so much and again…I am so very happy that you love them!
Could you use regular organic sugar or is there a specific reason for the coconut palm sugar? thank you, these look delicious!
Great question! Sure, you can use regular organic sugar in the same ratio as organic coconut sugar. I typically prefer coconut sugar because of its lower glycemic index. But yes, organic sugar would work just fine for you.
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Can the oat flour be soaked? If so, how?
Yes, you can use sprouted oats. Just grind the sprouted oats into flour in your food processor. You can also buy sprouted oats in the VGN Marketplace here- http://villagegreennetwork.com/marketplace/grains/?AFFID=123478
I hope that this helps,
Make these crackers today. Mine have a slight bitter after taste and a little to crumbly to be able to spread peanut butter on. Not sure what I did different from you.
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Finally a simple gluten-free cracker that is sweet and tasty! Thanks Jess, now these are in regular rotation around here 🙂
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I just made these! I skipped the cinnamon and added garlic powder instead. They are sooooooo good. I’m GF so it’s hard to find a crunchy substitute that tastes yummy. Thank you so much!
Oh great! A savory version…I love it! Thanks for letting me know and I’m glad that you enjoyed them. 🙂
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Thanks for sharing this recipe! I’ve been looking for cracker recipes without wheat flour and these are so easy and so yummy. I think I’ll try them with some other ingredients like Parmesan cheese.
These are so tasty! I have made them a few times, each a little differently, and they have all come out amazingly. I tried a batch of savory crackers this time, omitting the sugar and cinnamon and replacing with 1 t garlic powder. Thanks for the recipe!
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Can I replace the butter with olive oil or coconut oil? My son is allergic to dairy. I’m so grateful to find this recipe.We have been trying to go wheat free. .. it’s really hard
I think either would be marvelous, Sarah. Let us know how they are!
Thank you. I made mine more savory with garlic powder, salt, and thyme instead of the cinnamon and sugar and milk instead of water. They are wonderful.
Wonderful recipe! Thank you for coming up with a wheat free cracker that is made from everyday pantry ingredients! I made these today for my grandsons who have wheat allergies. I used 3 Tbsp coconut oil in place of the butter as they are also dairy intolerant. These cinnamon-y sweet crackers were a hit around here!
My goodness, these are delicious! I made these for the 1st time about 2 years ago, and I’m always run in back for more (well, mainly because my mother is always requesting!). Made them about 8-10 times already, and don’t think I’m stopping any time soon. Thank you so much Jess (scratch Mommy ????)!
Mine just came out of the oven! My family is going gluten free for a while to see how we feel, and finding a good cracker recipe has been tough! I made almond crackers first, and no one liked them. These, however, are delicious! I love how simple the recipe is and how quickly it comes together. They are a bit crumbly, but if you use a gentle touch, you can get a good spread on them 🙂
I’m so excited!
I just made this. And omg I love them. I replaced butter with 1 T almond butter and 2 T olive oil and the sugar with date syrup, and so so easy to make. Thanks so much
Oh my…those subtle changes sound soooo yummy. Enjoy!
This looks good, going to try it.
My sister has celiac disease, and she had discovered the hard way that oats can be cross-contaminated, so she seeks out labels that read “gluten-free”.
I make these alot. I can’t seem to be able to get gluten free crackers at the store anymore where I live. My husband and I love these. He tells me all the time he could set and just eat those. Would recommend this recipe to anyone they are very easy to make.
I’m so glad you and hubs love this recipe, too!