Crunchy and incredibly cheesy: These gluten free and low carb cheese thyme crackers are made with coconut flour. Perfect as a satiating snack or as a grain free side for a salad or soup.
How wonderfully versatile is coconut flour?
Until recently, I had only used it for making sweet dishes such as these low carb waffles and another family favourite, coconut blondies. Apart from tasting great, coconut flour is fantastically healthy – it is grain free, gluten free as well as high in protein and fibre, which makes it very filling indeed.
When I was browsing the net a few days ago, I came across this delicious and very easy coconut flatbread recipe by The Coconut Mama which I knew I had to test. I grated some cheese on top and sprinkled it with the fresh thyme that is currently growing in my garden. This detail is important because after the last pot plant died in our house this summer, I am feeling incredibly smug that there is a plant that is still thriving even though we are around. We also have bamboo and a few bushes, but I’m told that does not count. Bamboo and bushes, apparently, grow anywhere.
I like the taste of coconut and thought the flatbreads made a great low carb alternative to a slice of bread. However, my youngest (and most critical tester) thought it was just too coco-nutty, despite the melted cheese on top.
Tinkering time! First of all, I decided that if something does not taste like bread, it should not look like bread – at least, if you have kids in the house who prefer things to remain the way they have always been. Secondly: Coconut flour is VERY filling. Decision: it had to be cracker size. All kids like crackers. They are treats, after all! And lastly: Cheese. Lots of cheese. Strong English cheddar and Parmesan can overpower the taste of coconut with ease.
These cheese thyme crackers are
- incredibly cheesy
- easy to make
- grain free
- gluten free
- low carb
- just lovely with a glass of wine and
- rather handsome
- got the approval of a 10 year old.
We had them for lunch with this spinach mint soup. The kids thought it was quite cool to eat soup with cheesy crackers. Crackers are so much more interesting than bread!
- 3 tbsp coconut flour
- 2 tbsp butter, melted
- ½ cup (50g) strong cheddar, grated
- ¼ cup (25g) parmesan, grated
- 1 egg
- thyme leaves
- Pre-heat your oven to 180 Celsius
- Mix the coconut flour, melted butter, egg and ¼ cup of the grated cheddar plus the ¼ cup of grated parmesan until well combined.
- Let the mix rest a few minutes
- Form 8 balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
- Press them with your hands into little flat discs and sprinkle the remaining cheddar on top. Decorate with thyme leaves or dried thyme
- Bake for ca 12-15 minutes until the edges are nicely browned