August 29, 2019

Homemade Cheese Crisp Crackers - Swiss, Cheddar, etc. Low Carb, Sugar Free and Keto

Updated Cheddar Photos April 2021 - here.

If you've bought some of the store bought versions of cheese crisps then you'll know they are... expensive.  There is a brand of little cheese crisp crackers at Sam's Club that we've bought twice in the past year, but at almost $10 a bag, I just can't spare it in the budget so we've not bought them in about 8 or 9 months. 

I've made cheese crackers of various styles and all have their pros and cons depending on what you want to use them with, eat them with or what you are hungry for.  This particular crisp is good for snacking, and it's my go-to to use with spinach artichoke dip. 

Whether you want to flavor them with herbs or spices is up to you.  



Homemade Cheese Crisp Crackers

Sliced 'hard' cheese of your choice - but 'real' cheese only.  Not 'American' or other soft cheese.

Spices, herbs - optional

If I use a block cheese, I slice it in my food processor using the slicing blade.  However I prefer to buy the sliced cheddar and sliced Swiss from  Sam's Club (in the black tub packaging) as it's the perfect thickness but it's also good quality so it makes a good quality crisp cracker with less prep work on my part.

Lay out as many slices as you wish on a sheet of parchment paper.  Use a knife to cut the slices into 1" squares, or use whatever little shape mini cutters you wish.  If you use a shape cutter, save the cuttings and place them into a Ziploc baggy and toss them into the freezer to use for another dish, just as you would grated cheese.

Now, lay out all your little cheese shapes on the parchment paper on the counter for about 2 days so they start to get dried out.  I laid them out on my dehydrator trays!  I loved this as it was a compact place to keep them, I could rearrange the trays for optimal air circulation and I could easily flip them over and pat them dry with a paper towel. 

As they sit out, the excess oil them can be patted with a paper towel.  After about a day or two (depending on where you live and your humidity level) they will be rather empty or hallow sounding when you tap them on the counter, and will start to be dried out.  When they can be tapped on the counter top and sound 'empty' but are firm enough to tap, pop them onto a parchment sheet on a baking pan, add any sprinkles of salt or flavoring IF YOU WISH, and put them into a hot, 400 degree oven.  Bake them for about 5-6 minutes.  The oils left in them will cause them to 'pop' and crisp and sometimes even jump around the pan. 

Pull them out, let them cool... they should be nice and crisp!  Eat them as you wish.   If we don't finish all of them, I put them in a baggy or Mason jar.  The next day if they've gone a bit soft due to the humidity, I re-crisp them by popping them into the oven for about 3 minutes.  Viola! Crisp again.

I've never kept them more than 2 days.  They are long gone by then. 

These are Swiss cheese

I simply lay them on my dehydrator trays to dry out.  I don't use the dehydrator turned on because it will only melt the cheese.  You don't want to melt it, just air dry it.

You can try different spices or herbs.  I wanted to make a chicken in a biscuit type on one batch so I used chicken flavoring and onion powder along with a bit of rosemary and garlic...  yum!  I also made some chipolate and paperika crackers but I like the rosemary/onion version better, and plain with no seasonings best of all.

After baking, let them cool (you can let them cool on paper towels to soak up any remaining oils).

I like to use block cheese sliced in my food processor so all the slices are uniform, for even baking.

You can let them lay out on the counter.  I like to use the trays from my dehydrator as it keeps them in a more compact area and takes up less space.

These are my current 'go to' for use with spinach artichoke dip and yellow pepper cream cheese dips. YUM!

The little white appetizer cutter I'm using in the photos is one I got probably 15+ years ago as a free gift for something or other.  I've never really used it much outside of once in a while cutting up meat or cheese for fun little sandwiches when the kids were younger.  I was THRILLED to use it for these cheese crisp crackers!  It's getting a LOT of use now.  I'm not sure what to call it but basically, any small cookie cutter shape will work.  Or just use a knife and cut straight lines to make squares.

A quick 10 second search at Amazon brought up these little cutters which would work just fine!

  Newline Stainless Steel Dessert Rings (12 Pcs) Molding, Layering, Cake Cutter

   Vegetable Cutter Shapes Set,Mini Pie,Fruit and Cookie Stamps Mold,Cookie Cutter Decorative Food,for Kids Baking and Food Supplement Tools Accessories Crafts for Kitchen,Green,9 Pcs

   Chef'n Quick Stick Snack Slicer for Vegetable Snacks and Appetizers with Stainless Steel Blades

For those of you who have decided buying a bag of cheese crisps is more your style than making them homemade... here ya go!  Amazon links to a couple below!  Ha ha.

   ParmCrisps Original, 1.75 oz (Pack of 12), 100% Cheese Crisps, Keto Friendly, Gluten Free

  Moon Cheese - 100% Natural Cheese Snack - Variety (Cheddar, Gouda, Pepper Jack) 2 oz - 3 Pack

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Low Carb, Keto and Sugarfree... Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Dogs

I have SO MANY photos of foods I've made and I'm SO FAR behind on posting anything that it's not even funny.  Not even worth a chuckle.  Because this is my actual own personal website to keep/store/collect recipes for my own use, I've wanted to make a few of these items again and came to my site only see I never got around to posting some of them yet.

And some of you have seen these items on my Instagram and are like, WHY ISN'T SHE POSTING THE RECIPE YET?  I'm sorry!  I'm not because....  LIFE.  And you all are going through it too, so I know you know.

Today I'm going to try (TRY) to get about 3 recipes up.  That's my kindof, sortof, goal.  So nothing fancy dancy... but in a flash, I hope to get these up so I can find them again when I need them without having to dig through my 3-ring binders and notes in my files.

This first one to get saved to my recipe box here on site is a tweaked version of mini corn dogs.  I'll post the link to the book with the original recipe at the bottom.  But I didn't have hotdogs in the house... but I do have my all time favorite kind of brats; Jalapeno Cheddar!  YUM.  So these corn dogs were made with jalapeno cheddar brats... if you were wondering my corn dogs had little flecks of green peppers or 'something' in them.  Jalapenos! 

Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Dogs - Keto and Low Carb

4 eggs
1 c pork rinds that have been pulsed in a food processor to make powder
2 T unsweetened, unflavored almond milk
1 T melted real butter
1/2 t baking powder
dash of sea salt
4 Jalapeno Brats - cheddar style or whatever kind you like, or just hotdogs

Grease a 24 count mini muffin/cupcake pan well.  Mine still like to stick if I use a spray, but they come out a little better if I use butter or shortening.

In a bowl, mix the eggs, pork rind powder, almond milk, butter, baking powder and salt.  Divide the batter evenly between 24 mini cupcake/muffin tin wells.  Cut up the brats into 6 pieces and place one in every muffin well of batter.

Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven about 15-17 minutes until done.  Let them sit for a couple minutes before removing from the muffin tin.  Serve with sugar free ketchup.

Snapped this photo literally, right before I ate them for lunch!

Tweaked from a corn dog recipe from a really great book - I ordered mine from Amazon;

   Keto Restaurant Favorites: More Than 175 Tasty Classic Recipes Made Fast, Fresh, and Healthy (1)

    Wilton Perfect Results Premium Non-Stick Mini Muffin and Cupcake Pan, 24-Cup

A couple more in similar style (I own these too!) are;

   Keto Comfort Foods: Family Favorite Recipes Made Low-Carb and Healthy (1)

   Keto Instant Pot: 130+ Healthy Low-Carb Recipes for Your Electric Pressure Cooker or Slow Cooker

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August 25, 2019

Homemade Mocha Chocolate Granola

Originally posted in October of 2015

This is a 'recipe' you can throw together with a few different ingredients on hand - don't make yourself use only what I did.  If you want to throw in some sliced almonds, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, even a little wheat germ or hazelnut meal - feel free!

If it's a little too dry from adding a bit 'much' of the dry ingredients, just add a tad bit more butter, a little coconut oil, some honey or even a touch more coffee.  Taste test before baking and see if you want to add a little more sweetener, cocoa or cinnamon.  When you break it apart, you can leave it larger for snacking or smaller pieces for cereal with milk, almond milk or as a topping on ice cream or frozen yogurt.

Homemade Mocha Chocolate Granola

1/2 c golden flax seed meal
1/4 almond flour
1 c oatmeal
1 T cocoa
3 pks. Stevia in the Raw or other favorite sweetener*
2 t cinnamon
1/2 c cold, strong coffee
1 T butter

Preheat oven to 300.  Combine the dry ingredients in a food processor and pulse briefly to mix.  Add butter and coffee.  Pulse again for less than 30 seconds.  Spread out on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Press it with your fingers to thin out.  Bake 15 minutes, drop the temperature to 250 degrees and bake another 15 minutes.  Crumble or cut.  Put it back into the warm, turned off oven and let it set for a few hours or even overnight until the granola is crisp.   Store in an airtight package or you can seal it in your food sealer.

*On the Stevia in the Raw website it said 1 packet equals 2 teaspoons 'sugar' so for whatever sweetener (or sugar) you want to use, judge accordingly.

I like to break ours apart in large pieces for snacking, they can be broke smaller for cereal

LOVE my food sealer - this is a really affordable, small one, but works great and I love it.
However, there are tons of options out there if you are looking for one.


Related products available through Amazon;

  Anthony's Organic Flaxseed Meal, 2.5lb, Gluten Free, Ground Ultra Fine Powder, Cold Milled, Keto Friendly

  Bob's Red Mill Organic Golden Flaxseed Meal, 16 Oz

  Stevia In The Raw, 200 Count

Weston Products 65-1101-W Weston Brands Vaccum Sealer, Harvest Guard Portable, Black
FoodSaver 4840 2-in-1 Vacuum Sealing System with Bonus Built-in Retractable Handheld Sealer, Starter Kit, Heat-Seal and Zipper Bags
FoodSaver V3240 Vacuum Sealing System with Starter Kit

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