Cheez-It crackers without the cheese? This easy and healthy copycat recipe for Homemade Gluten-Free + Vegan Cheez-Its is top 8 allergy-free, grain-free, sugar-free, and secretly protein-packed! An delicious wholesome snack parents and kids will love!
Why are “snacks for kids” just so good, so iconic, so fun? I mean, come on guys! GOLDFISH! Speaking of Goldfish, in that recipe for homemade gluten-free vegan goldfish, I mentioned that Cheez-Its always seemed like the “grown-up version” of Goldfish. No fun fishy shape (don’t get me wrong, these little squares are super cute in my opinion!) and the lose of “The snack that smiles back”. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of redeeming qualities that Cheez-Its have, especially these gluten-free, vegan, allergy-free, grain-free, protein-packed crackers! (Are you sold yet?)
Besides the obvious difference in shape and lack of smiley happy face, there’s another big distinction in my mind that sets Cheez-Its apart. That sharp, deep, intense cheddar flavor. Much more prominent than the cheddar cheese flavor in Goldfish (I think that’s why Cheez-Its are a darker, more orangey color). Of course, these homemade copycat Cheez-Its are vegan and thus, dairy-free. How are we going to master this intense cheddar flavor?
What’s in these healthy Cheez-It crackers?
I took the same Goldfish recipe and just tweaked the ingredients and baking process ever-so slightly. These yummy protein-packed squares are still made grain-free with chickpea flour, but the nutritional yeast is increased (amp that cheesy flavor!), and the paprika and black pepper become essential to round out the more intense cheddar flavor.
Are these Cheez-Its still easy to make?
Yes! These are actually a step of two easier than the homemade Goldfish! You don’t need a fish shaped cutter, nor do you need to make all those eyes and smiles! You just need to take a pizza cutter (or sharp knife) to make the squares out of the dough and then just use a toothpick to make a hole right in the center! A quick 10 minutes bake in the oven (get that Silpat out!) and you’re moments away from your family’s new favorite snack!
So are these crackers for kids? Adults? Teens?
These homemade gluten-free + vegan Cheez-Its are for EVERYONE! From little hands, to hungry teens, to even you! The bright and beaming reader looking for a wholesome and delicious snack that won’t wreak your health goals! So whether you pack them in your kids lunchboxes, your own lunch bag, have them ready to grab in a container when hungry people start grazing the kitchen, they’ll work for any situation!
These are super easy to make-ahead and have on hand for the week as your go-to snack option. Make a big batch of small batch, it’s up to you (but I think you’ll need to double up on this one!) I guess these homemade Cheez-Its just prove that fun snacks aren’t just for the kids 😉
Homemade Gluten-Free + Vegan Cheez-Its
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients, except the non-dairy milk, and whisk together.
- Now slowly add the milk (you may need more or less), mixing until you get a thick rollable dough.
- Roll the dough out between 2 Silpats (or parchment paper) to a very thin ¼ inch thickness.
- Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to slice straight lines vertically and horizontally on the rolled out dough to create (a little less than) 1-inch squares. Remove excess dough and re-roll as needed.
- Use a toothpick to make a hole in the center of each square.
- Place the cheez-its on a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake them in the oven for about 10 minutes.
So just like that, you won’t be needing (or missing!) THESE anymore! It’s time to bring ON snack time, but way healthier, more delicious, kid AND grown-up approved all in one 😉 Of course, that means we have to share with more hungry bellies. May want to stock up and hide some of these away in a place only you can find!
So tell me:
+ Goldfish vs Cheez-Its?
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