These New Crackers Are the Best Gluten-Free Snack I’ve Ever Had
I don’t follow a gluten-free diet, but the gluten-free snack foods aisle is my happy place. Gluten-free crackers, pretzels, chips, and cookies often have a superior crunch factor than their “original” versions. My hunch is that this is due to the fact that rice flour is typically used instead of wheat flour; and rice flour is brilliant at making food light and crispy.
I usually rotate through a few different brands of gluten-free crackers, and have been more than happy with my picks. In fact, they’re a weekly grocery staple for me. I like to keep them on hand at all times for afternoon snacks and cheese plates. So trust me when I say that I did not expect to fall so deeply in love with a new kind of gluten-free cracker.
But I did fall in love, and hard! I recently tried the new oat crackers from Bob’s Red Mill, and I’m officially hooked. Unlike most GF crackers, which feature rice flour as the first ingredient, these are made primarily with oats (white and brown rice are the second and third ingredients). Oats have a creamy consistency (just think about your morning bowl of oatmeal) and are naturally sweet in flavor. As a result, these crackers aren’t just crispy and satisfying — they’re also rich-tasting. Other GF crackers snap and crumble, but the Bob’s Red Mill Oat Crackers melt in your mouth.
They come in four different flavors: Classic, Jalapeño, Rosemary, and Sesame. Each one is just the right amount of seasoned, although my favorite is the rosemary. They shine with blue cheese or olive tapenade, but I usually just eat a couple of handfuls straight out of the box while I’m working. These crackers are a lot more savory and salty than other brands, but not so coated with flavor dust that I finish a box with dirty fingers. And although I don’t require my snacks to wear a health halo, I do appreciate that these are made with whole grains. The boosted fiber and protein content keep me fuller for longer — and gives them a stronger flavor that can stand up to toppings.
Each 4.25-ounce box retails for $4.99; you can buy them online, and they’re also available in grocery stores that carry Bob’s Red Mill products. (Check out this helpful store locator if you’re not sure where to find them). As with all of Bob’s Red Mill GF products, these are certified gluten-free, making them a good option for those with Celiac’s disease or gluten intolerances.
Have you tried these yet? Which flavor sounds best to you?