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These ranch crackers are so easy to make, they have a great ranch flavor (without using a processed ranch seasoning packet). Your friends and kids will be raving about them. Bring them to your next party, and put them out with some homemade hummus or simple guacamole. It's a cracker everyone will love.
Why I love this ranch cracker recipe
Up until this point, my go-to cracker recipe was these "cheese" crackers (made with nutritional yeast). They are awesome, and I still love them. But sometimes you just want a new flavor to try...ya know? Well I wanted a ranch version. This recipe comes together easily, and these paleo crackers taste amazing. I know you'll enjoy them.
The process of making these crackers is super simple. Just mix up all of the ingredients, roll out the dough, cut the dough into squares (I use a pizza cutter for this step), and bake.
Tools Needed to Make Almond Flour Ranch Crackers
- Baking sheet (cookie sheet) - Use what you have - Or check these out if you need a restock.
- Parchment paper - The size of your baking sheet. I'm a big fan of these baking sheets. I ran out recently and need to order more!
- Mixing bowl - The ones we have are too old to be on Amazon still, apparently. These are pretty close though (the gripper on the bottom is nice).
- Rolling pin - That's tapered at the end, but I think I'd rather have this kind.
- Pizza cutter - We have a standard one like this, but I've always wanted this kind
Ingredients Needed to Make These Ranch Crackers
You don't need any fancy ingredients to make these almond flour crackers. Here's what you'll need.
- Almond flour - The almond flour gives the crackers an almost buttery flavor.
- Egg - The egg acts as a binder to hold everything together.
- Dried parsley, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, salt- This gives the ranch flavor to the crackers.
- Cream of tartar - This gives the crackers a tangy flavor. Many other recipes call for buttermilk powder, but I don't usually have that on hand (plus, I'm dairy free). I've had a container of cream of tartar in my spice cupboard for a while and I'm happy to have another use for it other than sugar cookies.
How to Make These Gluten Free Ranch Crackers
Ready to get cooking? Great. I'll walk you step-by-step with pictures of what you should be seeing for each step.
Step 1: Put all ingredients in a bowl
Nothing fancy about this. Just dump them all in!
Step 2: Mix until it forms a ball
Mix the ingredients until it looks mixed and it comes together in a ball. If it's too crumbly to stick in a ball, add a little oil or water. If it's really sticky and wet, add more almond flour.
Step 3: Roll out the dough in between two pieces of parchment paper
Roll the dough as thin as you'd like. I tend to get mine about ⅛". The thinner you get your dough, the quicker it'll cook. Try to get the dough an even thickness throughout.
If you don't use two pieces of parchment paper, the dough will probably stick to your rolling pin. I find it makes things much simpler to use two pieces of parchment paper.
Step 4: Use your pizza cutter to cut the dough into squares.
Your standard pizza cutter is honestly the easiest tool to use here. If you want to get fancy, you could make crackers in different shapes (I tried mini-gingerbread men to test it out using cookie cutters). It worked fine, and it was fun. But it was a lot of effort for just a snack food for my family.
Maybe if I was taking these to a holiday party, I would put a little more effort into the shapes. But honestly, they taste delicious and the square shape works great.
Step 5: Transfer the whole parchment/cracker sheet to your baking sheet and bake for 8-12 minutes.
Bake in a 350 degree (F) oven. The baking time will vary depending on the thickness of the crackers. If you're able to get them paper thin, they'll be done closer to the 8 minute mark. But if they're thicker (around ⅛") it'll take 12 or so minutes.
You want to see a golden brown color to them. If they're under cooked, they won't be as crispy. If they're over cooked, they'll turn dark brown and will be extra crispy.
Step 6: Remove from oven, let cool, enjoy
Take them out of the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet. They might feel a little soft when you first take them out, but they should crisp up when cool. If you'd like them crispier, stick them back in the oven for a few minutes.
FAQ & Recipe Tips
How do you make ranch crackers?
Typically, ranch crackers are made with a store bought ranch seasoning packet (that I don't want to use). So in this recipe, you are going to make your own ranch crackers from scratch with a few simple herbs and spices — it's gluten free, dairy free, paleo and keto friendly too!
How do you make ranch oyster crackers?
Typically ranch oyster crackers are made with oyster crackers and a store bought seasoning packet. With this recipe you can have the same delicious taste without the preservatives in the packet
Are these crackers Paleo and Keto?
Yes and yes. These are healthy low carb, high protein crackers that are both paleo and keto friendly. They are gluten free and dairy free, too.
Why Don't You Use a Ranch Packet?
You may be used to buying ranch seasoning packets at the grocery store. But if you take a look at the ingredient label, you'll see it's loaded with stuff you can't pronounce. That's a red flag for me that it's likely not something I want to be eating on a regular basis.
There's always a way to replicate the flavors you love from store-bought food at home. This recipe does just that.
Here are the ingredients we use to season these ranch crackers:
- dried parsley
- dried dill
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- cream of tartar (this gives it a tangy flavor. Many other recipes call for buttermilk powder, but I certainly don't ever have that on hand.) I've had a container of cream of tartar in my spice cupboard for a while (for making sugar cookies back in the day).
Storing your Homemade Ranch Crackers
Store these healthy homemade ranch crackers in an airtight container. If they lose their crunch, just throw them back in the oven for a few minutes to crisp them up.
- 1 ½ cup almond flour
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp dried parsley
- ½ tsp dried dill
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp cream of tartar
- Preheat the oven to 350 (F)
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl. The dough should come together in a ball. If it's too dry, add a little oil or water. If it's too wet and sticky, add a little more almond flour.
- Roll the dough out between two sheets of parchment paper. Try to get it evenly rolled, about ⅛" is my preference.
- Remove the top parchment sheet and use your pizza cutter to cut a grid across the dough. This will give you a square shape.
- Transfer the cut dough on the bottom piece of parchment paper to the baking sheet.
- Bake in the 350 (F) oven for 8-12 minutes, or until the tops of the crackers are starting to brown.
- Let cool on the baking sheet.
- If the crackers aren't crispy enough for you, just stick them back in the oven for a few minutes.