So I'm pretty sure I haven't shared this before but I have an Auto immune disease, called Hashimoto's. Which basically means that I have a disorder in which the immune system turns against the body's own tissues. In people with Hashimoto's, the immune system attacks the thyroid. Because of this I have lots of inflammation and in order to avoid feeling sick and yucky all the time I eat gluten free. But that also means I don't get to eat any of my regular stand by favorites, like Cheez-its.
I love the taste of them, they really are the perfect salty cheesy snack. The only problem is that they pretty much made from things that will make me sick. About 30 minutes after eating them my symptoms set in — first a headache, then the stomach ache, and then just generally feeling like doo. But sometimes I still crave that salty, cheesy, crunchy snack. So, I decided to find a Gluten free Cheez-it crackers.
I got this recipe from Real Food RN (link HERE) on Pinterest but I doubled it, changed the flour and added a bit more cheese because the amount of crackers you get from one batch was just way too small and would have lasted like five minutes in this household. So enjoy! and let me know if you like it, my husband is sold and says it's definitely a taste alike.
- 2 cup all purpose gluten free flour — We used Namaste Perfect Flour Blend (See image below) and we bought ours at Sprouts
- 2 1/2 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar, we use grass-fed raw cheddar (Kerrygold from Costco)
- 8 Tbsp cold grass fed butter, cut into pieces. I use Kerrygold which I buy at Costco
- 4 Tbsp cold water
- Sea salt for sprinkling on top
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- In a food processor, combine flour, cheese and butter
- Pulse until its a crumbly texture, but well combined
- Add water and process until a dough forms ( see image below for reference)
- Divide dough into two balls and chill for 15 minutes in the fridge, or until firm (not longer than 30 minutes)
- Roll one ball out on the counter, we have granite so I'm not sure if that helped but it didn't stick and came up super easy
- Using a pizza cutter, cut dough into squares and trim off uneven edges (you can add extra dough to the next ball)
- Transfer cut squares to baking sheet
- Sprinkle with salt, lightly
- If you want to, poke little holes in the top with a toothpick to make them look even more like Cheez-it crackers ( I did)
- Bake for 10-15 minutes or until they are bubbly and browning on the edges slightly.
- Repeat with second dough ball
I put the individual pieces on vs, baking in a rectangle so that all the sides would get crispy. And you don't need to cut them apart again once they are done baking.
I hope these come out as well as they did for me, they definitely helped ease a craving and with so few ingredients it was easy to make!