Are crackers keto friendly? Most crackers you buy aren’t a good fit for low carb diets, but keto crackers do exist! This keto friendly cracker recipe is made with almond flour and cheese for a savory snack that’s crispy, cheesy, and salty. You’ll love that a generous serving of these fathead dough crackers has only 2.7 grams net carbs. They’re the best keto crackers for chili, low carb crackers and dip, cheese and crackers, and more!
These almond flour crackers are a bit of an indulgence adapted from the Fat Head pizza dough recipe. (Have you ever made a Fat Head pizza crust? DELICIOUS!) My family agreed that this crust (named for the Fat Head documentary) was pretty darn tasty.
One thing about the Fat Head crust is that it’s crispier than a typical crust. I thought this characteristic might be better suited to crackers, so I decided to experiment. After adding additional herbs and cheese, the keto fathead crackers were decidedly a success.
These are more bready rather than a crunchy keto cracker. That said, they definitely are crispy around the edges. While I wouldn’t use fat head crackers for peanut butter crackers, you could cut them larger and make keto breadsticks.
Even if you aren’t following a keto diet, I think you’re really going to like this recipe. As mentioned, these cheesy baked crisps are made with almond flour, for a low-carb cracker alternative with no grains. They’re perfect for those looking for a gluten free cracker, plus basically anyone who likes yummy food.
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📋 Calories, Net Carbs, Protein
One serving of this low carb keto crackers recipe has 331 calories, 2.7 grams net carbs, and 22.5 grams protein. Nutrition information for keto crackers will vary depending on your portion size and the recipe used (or store-bought brand).
Why make low carb crackers? Here are a few reasons to try this easy recipe:
- Customizable: If you don’t like the herbs I’ve used here, feel free to mix it up! Throw in some Everything Bagel Seasoning, a little za’atar, Italian seasoning, or whatever sounds good to you.
- Keto Snack Board: Entertaining? These low-carb keto crackers would be the perfect addition to an appetizer tray. Add some sliced cheese, fresh berries, olives, and cold cuts meats and watch your guests gobble it up!
- Protein: Though neither is a lean protein, cheese and almond flour help make these high protein keto crackers. You get 9.5 grams of protein per 140 calories of these crackers. That’s over four times the amount of protein you’d get in the same amount (calorie-wise) of Wheat Thins.
- Gluten free: Those with celiac disease and NCGS can enjoy these crackers because they are gluten-free. Unlike most crackers, these have no wheat and no grains at all.
- Easy: This recipe only requires 4 basic ingredients, plus some dried herbs and spices. You can have success with this recipe whether you are a baking pro or amateur.
- Delicious: I mean hello, generous portion of herby cheese going on here! What’s not to love? These crackers are low in carbs, not good taste.
Here’s what you need to make homemade keto crackers:
- Shredded mozzarella cheese
- Whipped cream cheese
- Large egg
- Almond flour
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Dried herbs (dried sage, dried thyme, dried rosemary)
I use finely ground blanched almond flour. If you make a lot of low carb recipes, it’s a really useful ingredient to have on hand. I highly recommend picking up a bag for your kitchen!
I haven’t tested coconut flour in this recipe. Use it as a substitution for almond flour at your own risk! (I’d love to hear whether it worked out, so be sure to drop a comment below if you try it.)
Note: quantities of ingredients are always listed in the recipe card at the bottom of the post!
To make crackers keto, you need:
- Large baking sheet (dark color)
- Parchment paper
- Pizza cutter
If you thought you’d never need a pizza cutter again on the keto diet, you were mistaken! A pizza cutter is the best way to cut homemade crackers evenly, keto or not. I probably use my cutter more for DIY crackers than actual pizza!
A food scale is handy to have with any baking recipe. Using weights instead of volumes for ingredients like almond flour helps ensure you have recipe success every time.
🔪 How to Make Keto Crackers
Preheat the oven to 425F (218C). Put the mozzarella cheese and cream cheese in a small bowl. Microwave it on high for about 40 seconds so it melts together.
Mix the rest of the cracker ingredients into the cheese mixture until well-combined. I found that it was easiest to do this with my clean hands.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Press the cracker dough out on the parchment into a very thin rectangle (12-inch by 10-inch or 30 cm by 25.4 cm). You want it to be about ⅛-inch thick (0.3 cm).
Ensuring the dough has been flattened to a uniform thickness helps to ensure more even cooking. The dough stuck to my rolling pin, so I found it easiest to spread the dough out with wet hands.
Poke holes in the dough with the tines of a fork. The holes should be approximately 1-inch (2.54 cm) apart. Put the sheet of crackers on an oven rack about ½ way down from the top of the oven.
️⏲ Cooking Time and Temperature
What temperature for keto crackers? How long does making keto crackers take? Bake fat head crackers at 425 degrees Fahrenheit (218C) for a total of 12-14 minutes.
Start by baking the crackers for 7 minutes. Then remove them from the oven and let them cool and firm up for 5 minutes. After cooling, use a pizza cutter to cut the cracker sheet into 1¼-inch (3 cm) squares.
Flip the crackers, moving browned edge pieces to the middle of the tray and middle pieces to the outer edges. This helps your crackers cook more evenly. The crackers should be in a single layer on the baking sheet.
Put the tray with the crackers back in the oven and bake 5-7 more minutes. The longer you leave them in the oven, the browner and crisper they will be. Just don’t let them burn!
After removing them from the oven, get the crackers off the baking sheet as soon as possible. I pull the parchment with the crackers off the baking sheet, and then transfer the crackers to a cooling rack. The crackers will continue to cook if left on the hot baking tray, so it is important to move them.
Let the crackers cool before serving. Enjoy!
You can store leftover crackers in the fridge for 2-3 days or freeze them for a couple of months. That said, the crackers are best enjoyed fresh as they lose their crispness with storage.
You could try reheating your fat head dough crackers to re-crisp them. Reheat in a skillet on the stovetop over low heat. Alternatively, try reheating them in an air fryer for 2-4 minutes at 400F (200C).
😋 Keto Cracker Dips
What are some good dips for keto crackers? Here are a few of my favorites:
- Keto Cheese Dip
- Spinach Artichoke Dip
💭 Expert Tips from a Dietitian
This is a level 3 recipe (weight maintenance and active lifestyles). Though these crackers are packed with nutritious, healthy foods, they are not a light option. A small serving of these crackers provides over 300 calories, a lot for a snack.
Some people find the cheese and nuts in the Fat Head recipe to be very filling, more than a whole grain pizza crust. This keto dough with cheese and almond flour is not any lower in calories than a grain-based dough. However, the higher protein in fat head dough may lead some people to be satisfied with smaller portions.
I’m not one of the people who feels cheese and nuts is more satisfying than regular whole wheat crackers. This is one of the reasons the keto diet doesn’t personally work for me. I could very easily overeat energy-dense nuts and cheeses if there isn’t a limit on them.
Composing your meals with plenty of the healthful foods that you find filling may help you to achieve a weight loss goal. For many of us, lean proteins and non-starchy veggies are filling (and low calorie) dietary mainstays for a healthy weight.
However, there’s no one “right” way to eat. Sometimes experimenting a bit is the best way to find what works for you. If you find a small portion of these crackers extremely satisfying or you have higher energy needs, these keto crackers may be a great fit.
On the other hand, if you’re struggling with weight loss on keto, I’d suggest examining your fat intake. Foods like cheese, nuts, avocado, and added oils (including olive oil) pack a LOT of calories into a small volume. Cutting back on these high fat foods (while adding more lean protein and low carb veggies) may help with losing weight.
What crackers are keto friendly? You can find keto crackers to buy at many of your favorite stores including Walmart, Costco, and Amazon. Some options include Fat Snax crackers, Highkey crackers, Whisps, Julian Bakery Keto Thins, and Flackers crackers.
Think you can’t have graham crackers on keto? Think again! Here’s a tasty looking keto graham cracker recipe made with almond flour and Swerve. (It would be a great start for making keto air fryer s’mores!)
Prawn crackers are typically made with starch and prawns, so they are not keto-friendly. I’m not currently aware of a brand of keto prawn crackers you can buy. With enough consumer demand, I’m sure options will appear in the future.
Yes, you can make dehydrator keto crackers. Here is a recipe for keto seed crackers that are made in a food dehydrator. This would also be a great way to make keto crackers vegan, since they are egg-free and dairy-free keto crackers.
Yes, these keto cheese crackers do require refrigeration. They should not be left at room temperature for longer than 2 hours. Keto crackers left out longer than this period of time should be discarded. Keto crackers without cheese and without egg may not require refrigeration.
👩🏻🍳 More Keto Snack Recipes
Want more recipes for keto snacks? Here are some keto recipes to make next:
All recipes on this website may or may not be appropriate for you, depending on your medical needs and personal preferences. Consult with a registered dietitian or your physician if you need help determining the dietary pattern that may be best for you.
The nutrition information is an estimate provided as a courtesy. It will differ depending on the specific brands and ingredients that you use. Calorie information on food labels may be wildly inaccurate, so please don't sweat the numbers too much.
For more information on how the three recipe levels may help with a weight management goal, refer to my overnight oats no sugar post. Let's get cooking!
- 8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese (227 grams)
- 3 tablespoons whipped cream cheese
- ¾ cup blanched almond flour (84 grams)
- 1 large egg
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon dried sage
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
- Preheat the oven to 425°F (218°C). Put the mozzarella cheese and cream cheese in a small bowl. Microwave it on high for about 40 seconds so it melts together.
- Mix the rest of the cracker ingredients into the cheese mixture until well-combined. I found that it was easiest to do this with clean hands.
- Line a dark metal baking sheet with parchment paper. Press the cracker dough out on the parchment into a very thin rectangle (12-inch by 10-inch or 30 cm by 25.4 cm). You want it to be about ⅛-inch thick (0.3 cm). I found it easiest to press the dough out with clean, wet hands.
- Poke holes in the dough with the tines of a fork. The holes should be approximately 1-inch (2.54 cm) apart. Put the sheet of crackers on an oven rack about ½ way down from the top of the oven.
- Bake the crackers for 7 minutes. Let them cool and firm up for 5 minutes. After cooling, use a pizza cutter to cut the cracker sheet into 1¼-inch (3 cm) squares.
- Flip the crackers, moving browned edge pieces to the middle of the tray and middle pieces to the outer edges. The crackers should be in a single layer on the baking sheet.
- Put the tray with the crackers back in the oven and bake 5-7 more minutes.
- After removing the crackers from the oven, get them off the baking sheet as soon as possible. I pull the parchment with the crackers off the baking sheet, and then transfer the crackers to a cooling rack. The crackers will continue to cook if left on the hot baking tray, so it is important to move them.
- Let the keto crackers cool before serving. Enjoy!