This recipe is a variation of an Almond Thin recipe posted on Low Carb Friends forums. I took my inspiration from the recipe shown here: http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/recipe-forum-sticky-threads/238499-almond-thins.html. I believe it was originally posted there by Miredkitty, but am not sure if it is in fact Miredkitty’s own recipe. It has been tweaked by many to come up with wonderful variations.
I took the basic almond flour thins recipe, doubled it, omitted the Splenda and then added cheese and one of my favorite seasoning combinations to come up with a spicy little snack cracker reminiscent of Cheez-its or Pepperidge Farm Goldfish. These are very thin and VERY crispy if you allow them to brown a bit! They are good alone or they are delicious with soup! You can eat five of these crackers for under 2 net carbs!! My kind of cracker! These are not suitable until you get to the nuts and seeds rung of the Atkins OWL ladder.
2 c. almond flour
2 egg whites from large eggs
¼ tsp. onion powder
Dash cayenne pepper (optional, use more if you like)
1 c. grated Cheddar cheese (more if you want them cheesier)
¼ tsp. salt (optional)
DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 325º. Cut parchment paper to fit exactly the bottom of an 11″ x 16½” sheet pan. Just set the paper on your kitchen counter for now. Mix almond flour and seasonings in a bowl. Add egg whites and stir with a fork. Add cheese and continue stirring until it forms a moist dough. Spoon (or crumble with your hands) the dough evenly onto parchment working from the center out. Cover the dough blobs with a sprayed/oiled sheet of waxed paper the same size. Using a rolling pin, roll dough into a single, smooth rectangular sheet of dough the size of the parchment. Be careful to not let the dough exceed the piece of parchment paper. If it does, put those bits back into the sheet and roll smooth again. You definitely want this dough to go all the way to the edges of the parchment paper. Slowly and carefully lift off the waxed paper. Use the tip of a pointed knife to lift up two corners and with your hands, applying tension to keep the sheet stiff, carefully lift parchment, dough and all onto the baking sheet. If you cut it the right size, it should sit right down on the bottom nicely. Using your sharp knife, carefully (and gently since the dough is fragile) score the dough into cracker shapes (8 x 10, making 80 crackers total). Pop into your preheated 325º oven and bake for about 10-11 minutes or until lightly browned. The outer rows brown faster, so you will likely need to remove outer rows as soon as they are browned so those don’t get over-browned while the center ones finish cooking. Cool a few minutes and separate into separate crackers along your score lines. Store in an airtight container or ziploc bag. NOTE: If these lose their crispness on day 2 or 3 (due to high oil content of cheddar cheese) re-crisp in the oven for about 10 minutes.
NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 80 crackers, each cracker contains: (using 1 c. cheese only)
1.98 g fat
.64 g carbs, .3 g fiber, .34 g NET CARBS
1.12 g protein
20.4 mg sodium