I keep seeing versions of these chickpea crackers popping up and they are a bit of gluten-free magic. Their beauty is in their simplicity as most gluten-free bakes require a combination of flours. These cheesy-mite crackers are made with only chickpea flour, making them easy and nutritious.
I spotted some home brand marmite in Aldi this week with no gluten-containing ingredients on the label. A good deal of home brand marmite is gluten-free so check your local supermarket to see if you can find some.
The combination of cheese and marmite is undeniably delicious and these cheesy-mite crackers are highly addictive. If you don’t like marmite skip it and turn them into cheesy crackers instead.
250g chickpea flour, plus extra for dusting
½ tsp. fine sea salt
½ tsp. garlic powder
¼ tsp. ground black pepper
20g nutritional yeast
2 tsp. brown sugar
35g olive oil
20g marmite, gluten-free
50g vegan cheese, optional
In a large bowl sift the chickpea flour with the salt, garlic powder and pepper. Add the nutritional yeast and mix briefly.
Combine the sugar, olive oil, water and marmite in a separate bowl and mix until the marmite has dissolved.
Add the wet ingredients to the flour and mix until well combined.
Preheat the oven to 180C and line a large baking tray with parchment paper.
Dust a surface with chickpea flour and roll the dough out to approx. 3mm thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out the crackers or a sharp knife to cut into your desired shape and transfer the crackers to the baking tray. Use a Microplane or the small shredder side of a grater to grate the cheese over the crackers. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden (you may need to do two batches).
Once all the crackers are baked, turn the oven OFF and return all the crackers to the cooling oven for 30 minutes to dry out.
Marmite – as mentioned I used the Aldi home brand and I believe the home brand at Sainsburys is gluten-free too. If you live in Australia Vegemite makes a gluten-free version of the classic spread.
Brown sugar – I used light muscovado as I like the flavour and colour it gives the bakes but you can sub for coconut sugar or any other sugar you have in the pantry.
Can I use a different flour?
I haven’t tried and therefore wouldn’t recommend it. If you absolutely must then maybe try an all-purpose GF flour or try this recipe for super-seeded crackers.
I don’t like marmite/cheese, can I change the flavours?
Yes, leave out the marmite/vegan cheese and add sesame seeds, mixed herbs, chilli flakes, the options are endless. The nutritional yeast and garlic powder are for flavour as well so you can experiment with leaving them out.