Crunchy and delicious gluten-free and low carb chia crackers with a buttery flavor – a perfect snack to eat on their own, or enjoy with a dip or cheese spread of your choice.
Once a week I go to the kitchen and bake crackers! Tons of best low carb crackers to enjoy in the evenings with some dorblu cheese and a glass of red wine – it’s my guilty pleasure! However, guilty pleasures can be not-so-guilty if you make them keto-friendly. These homemade low carb snacks are the best! They have only 0,7g of net carbs per cracker – which means I can eat a lot without any guilt!
Ingredients you will need
Almond flour - I choose fine almond flour in this super easy low carb crackers recipe.
Chia seeds - I use black chia seeds for this almond flour crackers. Also, you can sprinkle some sesame seeds or something like everything bagel seasoning on top of our crackers right before baking them.
Unsalted butter - We're going to use unsalted melted butter.
Egg - We will need one slightly beaten medium egg.
Xanthan gum - xanthan gum replaces gluten in gluten-free recipes and helps our low carb keto crackers hold together. You can try to substitute it with some psyllium husk powder.
Sea salt - Apart from sea salt, you can use different spices like garlic powder or onion powder.
Step by step directions
First, we need to combine all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, add the melted butter, and mix everything together. Then, add the beaten egg to the mixture and mix until a dough forms (you can combine all our ingredients using a food processor). Next, we need to chill our dough so it’s easier to work within the next step. To achieve this, pop the dough into a freezer for at least 20 minutes.
When the dough is cool and firm, take it out from the freezer and roll it out between two sheets of parchment paper into an even, a thin layer (around 3mm). Cut the dough using a cookie cutter of your choice and carefully transfer the crackers onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. I suggest you use a plastic spatula for the transferring process if you want your crackers to survive.
Gather scraps of the dough and re-roll it until all dough is used. If the dough becomes too soft to work with, let it rest in a freezer for an additional 15 minutes before re-rolling it.
When all crackers are on a baking tray, prick them with a fork or toothpick so they stay nice and flat when baking.
Bake on a middle rack for 15-18 mins or until golden brown. The baking time will vary, depending on your oven and the thickness of the crackers. I recommend keeping an eye on them so they don’t burn.
Why use xanthan gum
The ketogenic diet restricts all grains! Therefore, it’s gluten-free – and in gluten-free baking we rely on xanthan gum which acts as gluten and holds all ingredients together. A small amount goes a long way! You need only 1 tbs per one cup of gluten-free flour for cakes and cookies and 2 teaspoon for breads and pizza doughs.
However, there are many other things that you can substitute for xanthan gum. Here are just a few of them: psyllium husk, chia seeds, ground flax seeds, arrowroot, gelatin, agar-agar, and guar gum.
You can serve these chia seed crackers with KETO CAULIFLOWER SOUP, CREAMY KETO BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP RECIPE, or even with KETO SALSA FRESCA.
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Low Carb Chia Crackers
- 1 ⅓ cup 120g almond flour
- 3 tablespoon chia seeds
- ¼ cup 50g unsalted butter, melted
- 1 medium egg, slightly beaten1
- 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
- Sea salt
- Combine all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
- Add the melted butter and mix well.
- Add the beaten egg and mix until a dough forms. Form a ball and let it rest in a freezer for about 20 mins.
- Preheat the oven to 150 C (300F).
- Take the dough out, place it on parchment paper, press it down, and cover it with a second sheet of parchment paper. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough evenly until it reaches 2-3 mm in thickness.
- Cut the dough into desired shapes with a cookie cutter. Using a spatula, carefully transfer the crackers onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper, ensuring that there is some space between each cracker. (Don’t use your hands to transfer the crackers; you will break them!)
- Gather scraps of the dough and re-roll until all dough is used. If the dough becomes too soft to work with, let it rest in a freezer for an additional 15 minutes before re-rolling it.
- When all crackers are on a baking tray, prick them with a fork or a toothpick so they stay nice and flat when baking.
- Bake on the middle rack for 15-18 mins or until golden brown. The baking time will vary, depending on your oven and the thickness of the crackers. I recommend keeping an eye on them so they don’t burn.
- Take the crackers out from the oven and cool them down completely before serving.
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Thanks for the recipe! Was very helpful
I'm glad that you found it helpful!
Is there a fiber content to these low-carb Chia keto crackers? Just curious!
Hi Dee! there's around 1g of fiber/cookie.
I was wondering if the chia seeds have a purpose beyond volume? I was thinking to reduce chia seeds and add hemp seeds and toasted sesame seeds to replace volume. Would it work?
Also, I did the gr conversion for the flour is 1 cup +1 tbs. the butter is 3.5 tbs.
I would also top with pink salt next time.
Bottom line, they turned out very well and can’t wait to put mao and sardines on them. Thank you.
Thank you for your comment, Lynn! Chia seeds, egg and xanthan gum work as the binders in this recipe. So, if you take away one of them (chia seeds), you'll still have enough binding elements left. Theoretically, your idea of replacing chia with hemp seeds and sesame seeds should work, but I can't promise it will, because I haven't tried it myself. I suggest you try to make a smaller batch first...and let me know how it turned out!
I just made these and they came out great. Perfect vehicle for cream cheese or other savory toping. I didn't have any trouble as I followed the instructions. Thanks for the great recipe!
This is my favorite recipe, and I'm happy that you liked it too. Thank you for your comment, Marilyn!
Made these today but substituted sunflower seed flour in place of almonds! DELISH!!
Thank you for your comment and rating, Cheryl! After you mentioned it, I really want to try to make these crackers with sunflower seed flour too!
Zonnebloempitmeel, koop je dat of kun je dat maken zelf?
Omg thank you. I love these. I made mine a bit smaller by accident but it means I can eat more. Brilliant recipe
You're welcome Allana! Thanks for your comment, I appreciate it!
This was absolutely delicious - however - the 150 degree cooking temperature, I'm guessing, was written incorrectly? I sat there staring at these amazing looking crackers for about half an hour before upping it to 350 (googled other keto cracker recipes and they were all at 350) and they instantly baked to perfect! They are absolutely wonderful, I'm already making a second batch today! Thanks for this!
Aaaaand I just realized that I was reading 150 degrees Celsius, not Fahrenheit. Duh, Bry. Thanks again for the fantastic recipe!
How amazing that you like the recipe and thank you for your comment! I always write temperature both in Celcius and in Fahrenheit, just so you know if you decide to try other recipes of mine.
This recipe is the BEST! It comes out great if you roll them as directed or really thin! The only tweak I make is adding a Tbsp of everything bagel seasoning in place of the sea salt. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!
Yes, I can imagine how good these crackers with everything bagel seasoning on top! Thank you for your comment, Dana!
Hi Anne, thank you for sharing this recipe with us.
Can I substitude xanthan gum with some thing else?
Hi Hanan! Although I haven't tried to make these crackers without xanthan gum, I can imagine that psyllium husk powder would work as well in this recipe. Unfortunately, I can't tell you how much of it you need to use. I would start by adding 1/2 teaspoon at a time until the dough is pliable and can be rolled out and then cut-out into crackers.
Hello have you tried replacing the egg with flaxseed and water and if so how did it turn out?
Hi Patricia! Unfortunately, I haven't tried to make these crackers with flaxseed "egg".
I hate xanthan gum so I use psyllium husk powder instead. works great
Great that you found what works for you! Indeed, in many cases, xanthan gum can be replaced with psyllium husk powder!
louise pfund villani
Cant wait to try these but could I just bake the "whole slab" without cutting into individual crackers? that is how I do similar recipes and then I just break them off into various sizes after baking. thanks.
Hi! I know that seed crackers can be baked in one piece and then broken, but I'm not sure if this method is going to work the same way with this recipe because of almond flour. Almond flour browns super fast in the oven, especially on the sides. I assume that baked as one piece, it can burn on the sides while underbake in the middle. However, I can be wrong as I haven't tried to bake them this way.
louise pfund villani
Thanks Anna! I made these and they are great. They stay firm which is a huge plus vs many keto cracker recipes. I made mine with a cookie cutter for 2/3 and then rolled out a "slab" for the rest. Both worked well but as you said you have to be careful for the edges not to burn. Questions: Can you add seasoning to the dough (like the everything bagel) OR just on top before they go into the oven? 2) if we make 18 as the recipe states, are there really 71 calories per cracker? thanks again. A keeper!
I'm so happy to hear that you liked the recipe! Of course, you can add seasoning of your choice to the dough, or sprinkle something like everything bagel or flaky sea salt on top of the crackers before baking. As for calories, I use chronometer(dot)com for nutrition facts (you can read a full disclaimer at the bottom of every single recipe card on my blog). So, nutrition facts can vary depending on the ingredients you use. The almond flour that I use can have more calories and fats than the almond flour you use, and so on. Therefore, calories per cracker can vary too, and you should always double-check and count them on your own if it's important to you.
Hi, can I substitute the almond flour for almond meal?
I haven't tried to make these crackers with almond meal, but my experience tells me that it should work. The crackers might come out more crumbly though.