A Great Recipe for Gluten-Free Sesame Crackers

Sesame crackers

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Total Time: 35 min
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Servings: 24 (1 cracker each)

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

57 calories
4g fat
2g carbs
3g protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24 (1 cracker each)
Amount per serving  
Calories 57
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 106mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 0g  
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 3g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 65mg 5%
Iron 18mg 100%
Potassium 17mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Making your own crackers can serve 2 functions: you can control the ingredients, making sure they're all natural and healthy, and you can save lots of money since gluten-free crackers are often quite expensive. These crispy crackers are gluten-free by using almond meal, rather than flour, as its base. Cheese and sesame seeds give extra flavor, while the addition of egg white helps make the crackers crisp. The mustard gives these crackers a very slight tang that's an excellent complement to the Parmesan cheese. 

These cheesy sesame crackers taste good all on their own, and are also great for dips—like a roasted red pepper dip—and spreads. 


  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 4 ounces shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.

  2. Combine all ingredients in either a bowl or a food processor. If you're using a bowl, mix the ingredients using a wooden spoon or your hands. If you're using a food processor, simply pulse several times until the ingredients are all combined and start to cling together in a ball.

  3. Turn out the dough onto a nonstick surface, such as a silicone mat, or a counter sprinkled with almond meal. Use your hands to form the dough into a cylinder about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Slice into rounds, each 1/3-inch thick. If the dough seems too soft to slice cleanly, chill in the refrigerator before slicing.

  4. Put rounds on a baking sheet covered with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Leave enough space between each, as you will flatten them before baking.

  5. Using something with a flat bottom such as a measuring cup, flatten until the rounds are a little over 2 inches wide. Smooth out the edges with your fingers.

  6. Bake for 14 to 18 minutes (you may want to check on them earlier to see how they are coming along). When they begin to brown, remove from oven and cool. 

  7. Store in a sealed, airtight container, such as a zip-top plastic storage bag.

Ingredient Substitutions and Notes

If you would like to alter the flavor of these gluten-free sesame crackers a bit, you can mix up the cheeses you use—try Cheddar or Gruyere or a mixture of the two. Just be sure to use at least half the measurement of a hard cheese.

For such a tiny package, sesame seeds are filled with a lot of health benefits. The seeds lower cholesterol and improve blood pressure, as well as fight cancer. They are also a good source of iron, fiber, and magnesium.

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