This homemade crackers recipe is a healthy oat cracker and super easy to make from scratch. Perfect for snacks and parties, it’s a crispy, savory cracker that’s full of flavor with no additives.
Simple ingredients, a blender, and a baking sheet are all you need for this delicious, crispy, and savory homemade cracker.
These oat crackers have been showing up in my kitchen since my son was a toddler. I was always looking for a healthy alternative to the salty, store-bought cracker he loved.
When I found a version of this recipe and discovered how easy they were to make myself, they quickly became a staple.
My son is now in college — and I’m still making these homemade crackers.
The original recipe came from Laurel’s Kitchen cookbook. I’ve relied on this cookbook for years and always have it accessible. It’s a vintage classic that definitely still deserves a place in a cookbook library.
I’ve adapted the original recipe over the years.
Homemade Crackers Ingredients
You probably already have the 4 ingredients needed for these homemade crackers. Here’s what you need:
Nuts: I use walnuts but you can use whichever nut you like.
Oats: There is no flour in this easy cracker recipe.
Seasoning: For the basic recipe, all you need is salt with added baking powder. Keep reading for seasonings you can use to add variation.
Milk: Used as a binder. I have tested this recipe with oat milk for a dairy-free application, and it also works well. The cracker texture is a bit more delicate but delicious.
Seasoning Combination for Snack Crackers
Although the original Laurel’s Kitchen cracker recipe did not include seasoning, I do love the flavor it brings. Making these snack crackers even more delicious.
If you’d like to add seasoning, try 2 to 2½ teaspoons Italian Seasoning plus:
- Garlic powder
- Ground cumin
- Paprika or smoked paprika
We’re a big fan of Everything but Bagel seasoning. Much like our Everything Bagel Pretzels, this seasoning works equally well with the cracker. Add 2 to 2½ teaspoons instead of the Italian Seasoning.
How to Make Homemade Crackers
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Step 1: Blend the Cracker Batter
Add the walnuts, oats, salt, pepper, baking powder, and seasoning into a blender or food processor. Stir in the milk and blend until smooth.
Step 2: Spread the Cracker Batter
Spread the batter onto the prepared baking sheet with an offset spatula or rubber spatula. Spread as thin and evenly as possible. Try to make sure the middle of the batter is not thicker than the sides. This will help the crackers cook evenly.
Step 3: Bake the Crackers
Bake slowly until delicately golden. After 10 minutes, remove from the oven and score into squares or rectangles using a pastry wheel or sharp knife.
Step 4: Cut into Squares
Return to the oven and continue baking until dry and done; about 20 to 25 minutes more. Thinner crackers at the edges will bake quicker than thicker ones.
Watch your oven. If outside crackers bake quicker, remove them from the baking sheet and return them it to the oven.
Once browned, remove from the oven and immediately loosen from the baking sheet. This will help keep them crisp rather than crumbly. They will continue to crisp as they cool.
Storage for Homemade Crackers
Homemade crackers are different from store-bought crackers and must be stored differently.
These crackers will keep at room temperature for about a week. Here’s how I store them:
- Store homemade crackers in a container that isn’t completely sealed. If storing in a jar, leave the lid ajar or loose to keep the crackers crispy.
- Recrisping crackers. If you want to re-crisp these homemade crackers, heat them in a 225-degree oven for 15 minutes.
What to serve this cracker recipe with:
These homemade crackers are perfect for snacks just as they are. But they are also delicious served with a variety of foods.
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- 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1 ¾ cups rolled oats (GF)
- 1 teaspoon salt, and freshly cracked pepper (or to taste)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 to 2 ½ teaspoons Italian Seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 cup milk
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Add the walnuts, oats, salt, pepper, baking powder, and seasoning (if using) into a blender or food processor. Blend until they are the consistency of cornmeal. You may need to stop frequently to stir the ingredients if they begin to stick. Add the milk and blend until smooth. In 1 tablespoon increments, add additional milk as needed until it reaches the consistency in my photo.
- Spread the batter onto a well-greased baking sheet or parchment-lined baking sheet with an offset or rubber spatula. Spread as thin and evenly as possible. Try to make sure the middle of the batter is not thicker than the sides. This will help the crackers cook evenly.
- Bake slowly until delicately golden. After 10 minutes, remove from the oven and score into squares or rectangles using a pastry wheel or sharp knife. Return to the oven and continue baking until dry, about 20 to 25 minutes more. Thinner crackers at the edges will bake quicker than thicker ones. Watch your oven. If outside crackers bake quicker, remove them from the baking sheet and return them to the oven.
- Once browned, remove from the oven and immediately loosen from the baking sheet. This will help keep them crisp rather than crumbly. They will continue to crisp as they cool.
Dairy Milk Substitutions:
I've tested this recipe using oat milk for a non-dairy application. It works beautifully measure for measure. The cracker texture is a bit more delicate, though.
Seasoning Flavor Variations:
Although seasoning is optional, I do love the flavor it brings. If you'd like to add seasoning try:
Two teaspoons of Italian Seasoning along with any of these ideas:
- Garlic powder
- Ground cumin
- Paprika or smoked paprika
- Flaked sea salt
- Everything but the Bagel seasoning instead.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 14 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 76Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 196mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 3g
Nutritional calculations below are based on 5 cracker squares per serving when 70 cracker squares are made.