REAL, FRUGAL, HEALTHY, and FUN!!!
I love making homemade snacks that I can munch on, carry with me while I’m running errands, are simple, and flavorful. I decided I wanted to start making my own crackers. Who doesn’t enjoy a cracker from time to time. I started playing around with some ideas last week while participating in a clean eating challenge with a friend. My first batch was pretty good, but a little denser than I wanted. I’ve played around, and this is what I’ve come up with. They’re light and crispy, flavorful, and addicting. I had to cut myself off and put the rest way up high. I would have eaten the entire batch if I didn’t. Thank goodness for wholesome ingredients, but I want to save some for tomorrow. Ok, well here it is…
1 cup blanched almond flour
1/2 cup fresh spinach puree
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1Tbsp butter softened (not melted)
1 egg white
1/2 tsp garlic
1/2 tsp salt
Directions: Preheat oven to 300′ and line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Mix all ingredients except salt thoroughly in a bowl. Pour green mixture onto parchment paper. Using the back of a spoon, spread until it is between 1/16″-1/8″ thick. Sprinkle with salt. You can attempt to form squares using a pizza cutter at this point. I did, but only some of my crackers retained their square shape. Bake crackers for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, turn off the oven and let crackers remain in there an additional 20-30 minutes until crispy.
Calorie for calorie, your leafy greens, like spinach are more nutritious than other fruits and vegetables. Ok, take a big breath because we’re about to list the many, many amazing things in spinach. Spinach contains vitamins A and K, magnesium, folate, manganese, iron, calcium, minerals, other phytonutrients, fiber, vitamin C, B12, B6 and potassium. protein, phosphorous, vitamin E, zinc, copper, selenium, niacin, flavonoids, and your omega 3 fatty acids. It basically helps every part of your body function, prevents and fights disease. I don’t eat a lot of cheese, but the parmesan in these crackers adds protein, calcium, and vitamin A. Not to mention a whole lot of flavor! The almond flour adds monounsaturated fats, vitamin E, and fiber. These crackers are great because literally every ingredient contributes nutritional benefits for your body!