Gluten-free Vegan "Cheez-Its"

WHHATT??? Healthified Cheez-Its?! That's right guys. These taste just like the real-deal. Even my fifteen year old brother who is totally against health food (weirdo) was blown away by these. I no longer crave animal products but these babies were always one of my favorite munchies (right there next to Funyuns) and I was really craving them a few weeks ago. There are tons are cheesy cracker substitutes on the market, but sadly they're all either vegan or gluten-free, not both. So I decided to bust out my nutritional yeast and try some out for myself. These take a little more time to make than most of my recipes but that's mostly because I'm basically in-capable of rolling out dough. Anyway I hope you guys try this out for yourselves and if you do, post a pic on Instagram and tag @veganyasmeen and #veganyasmeen so I can see all of your creations! Enjoy! xx

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 3/4 tsp Sea Salt + a pinch to sprinkle on top before baking
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp gluten-free all purpose flour or whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free oat flour (process oats until fine)
  • 3 Tbsp Yellow corn meal
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3-4 Tbsp Olive Oil or vegan butter (I used soy free earth balance + some olive oil to brush on crackers before baking)
  • 3-5 Tbsp cold water

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add dry ingredients to a food processor and process to thoroughly combine.
  3. Then add olive and/or butter and pulse again until crumbly.
  4. Add cold water 1 Tbsp at a time until it forms a loose dough.
  5. Remove from processor and form into a loose ball with your hands. It’s actually good for this dough to be worked and warmed by the heat of your hands, so don’t worry about touching it too much. However, you are not kneading it, just forming it into a disc.
  6. Lay on a lightly floured surface – I found parchment worked great as my flat surface – dust the top with flour, and roll as flat/thin as possible.
  7. Cut the dough into square crackers. (I used a pizza cutter). Optional: dot the centers with a fork prong or chopstick for more character/resemblance to a Cheez-It.
  8. Bake for 12-20 minutes or until puffy and golden brown.


Adapted from Minimalist Baker

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