Raw jalapeño crackers

When things get a little, um… shriveled… over here, there’s really only one thing to do with them.

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Put them into the dehydrator! duh. It’s where things go to die… or be born again?

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I’ve gotten a little overzealous with my jalapeño consumption. They’ve been thrown into eggs, salads, eaten with hummus, plain, it’s a little out of control. There are a few things that are worth purchasing in bulk in our house, and I added jalapeños to the mix when I picked up two containers last week. I didn’t eat them all. Instead of feeling like a waster, I knew there was something else I could do to make use of them before it was too late. So, I blended them up with some of my favorite raw cracker ingredients,

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and a new snack was born.

This cracker recipe is raw, gluten-free, vegan and Paleo! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did <3

Cheezy Jalapeño Crisps

1/2 C almond meal (you can grind your own for this recipe to be 100% raw, but I cheated and used the pre-made meal from Joe the Trader)

2 T ground flax

1 red bell pepper, roughly chopped

1 large jalapeño (or two), seeded and chopped into large chunks

2 T nutritional yeast (+ more for sprinkling)

1/4 t sea salt (+ more for sprinkling)

1/2 t garlic powder

1/4 t smoked paprika (or 1/2 t regular paprika)

1/2 C water

1. Blend all of the ingredients in a high speed blender, then pout onto a Tefflex sheet. If you’re not using a dehydrator, no worries, just pour the mixture onto a piece of parchment paper, placed atop a cookie sheet.

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2. Using the back of a knife or an offset spatula, smooth the mixture so that it has equal thickness throughout. When I dehydrate mixes, I make sure that the edges have a little more, as they tend to get very thin and crack.

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3. Sprinkle extra sea salt and nutritional yeast on top of the mix. This is what takes it over the top 😉

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4. Dehydrate for 6 hours, then flip over and carefully remove the Teflexx sheet to allow the other side can dehydrate. If using an oven, bake on the lowest setting with the door slightly ajar for around 45 minutes, check the top and if it’s dried, flip over and dry out the opposite side.

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5. Break into chip-sized pieces and enjoy crumbled into a salad, as a salsa scooper, or solo for an awesome snack.

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30 Comments

  1. Allison @ Train Eat Repeat on March 5, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    They look great! I’ve been wanting to make up some sort of cracker in my dehydrator for awhile now

  2. Catherine on March 5, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Yum yum yum! It’s great to have a wheat-free cracker recipe. Is it possible to dehydrate this a little less and have a flatbread/tortilla?

    • Fitnessista on March 5, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      totally- it would be an awesome wrap!

  3. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on March 5, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Omg what a great idea! You inspired me to register for a dehydrator for my wedding, I’m so excited to get to make these.

  4. Leigh-Ann on March 5, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    What should the oven be on to dehydrate? 400? Thanks! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on March 5, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      lower the better.

  5. Haley @ fullnfit on March 5, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    These look delicious! I am thinking of trying these this weekend in the oven…low & slow 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  6. Ashley @ Life and Fitness on March 5, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Ooohhh look yummy!

  7. sara @ fitcupcaker on March 5, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    I wonder how much a dehydrator is…but thats cool you can do it in the oven also, what a tasty and healthy snack. I love paleo!

  8. Rebecca @ miss magnolia munches and moves on March 5, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Do you think they would come out okay if you leave out the nutritional yeast? I wanna make them 100% paleo!

  9. CourtStar @ StarSystemz on March 5, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    What brand dehydrator do you use? I am in the market and want to get one thats reasonably priced! I love raw crackers + with jalopenos YUM! Love + Shine CourtStar

  10. Emily on March 5, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    I love dehydrating, but my dehydrator is so noisy I can’t handle the sound of the whirring fan. I end up sticking it in the bathroom (gross I know, but we live in a tiny apartment). Anyone have any tips? I have one of those little Nesco deal-ys.

  11. Veterinarianess on March 5, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Those look delicious! I love anything with jalapenos 🙂

  12. purelymichelle on March 5, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    oh yum!!!

  13. RachelG on March 5, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    If I have a bag of flax seeds can I turn them into ground flax by beating the crap out of them with a mallet? (yes, I know this sounds redick but it’s actually a serious question. lol). 🙂

  14. Babs on March 5, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Those crackers look tasty.

  15. Ali on March 5, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Yum! Those look amazing <3

  16. Jasmine on March 5, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    I’m with you about throwing the jalapeños in everything. Every once in a while when they’re on sale at food city here in Phoenix, well stalk up and I’ll slice a batch of them to freeze and use them in my cooking. It lasts a long time that way. I’ll just sautée them and add to everything, burgers, hot dogs, eggs, sanwhiches, pasta, wraps, salads. it’s so yummy

  17. Bob on March 6, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Love Jalapenos. This looks simple enough to make.
    I will try this weekend and post results.
    Thank you for another great looking recipe.

  18. glidingcalm on March 6, 2013 at 8:19 am

    I am totally printing this recipe! this looks awesomeeeeeeeeee!!! thanks, mama!

  19. Beks on March 6, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Where do you get nutritional yeast? I can never find it at the store. Thinking I might have to resign myself to buying in bulk on Amazon. :-/

  20. Heidi on March 6, 2013 at 9:40 am

    You are making me want to buy a dehydrator in a BIG way! Any suggestions on where to purchase one? Which brand/model is best?

  21. Alissa @ Roll of the Spice on March 6, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Those look FANTASTIC! Do they have a little bite to them from the jalapeno? Can’t wait to give them a try!

  22. Kim on March 6, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Hi Gina,
    Was wondering what blender you would recommend? I like to make smoothies but my $30 one from target isn’t working that great for me. Do you have any recommendations?

  23. Lynn on March 6, 2013 at 11:08 am

    YUM. Cannot wait to make these this weekend!

  24. Steve on March 6, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    These look awesome! I’ve been looking for crackers like this for a long time, I’m so glad you posted it. I love jalapeno. I’m making them tonight.

  25. paula on March 7, 2013 at 12:17 am

    this is fantastic babe! great post! I will be busting out my dehydrator from the garage ASAP! 😉

  26. Bek @ Crave on March 8, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Another kitchen appliance to add to the list 😛

  27. Louise @ Live-Healthy.org on April 15, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Hey Gina, thanks for the recipe. I tried it out last night and it was superb. I’ll be sure to try out some of your other delish recipes too 🙂

  28. irie on July 6, 2013 at 5:11 am

    What temperature should the the dehydrator be set to?

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