Homemade Ritz Crackers | Whole Grain & Clean Ingredients
Healthier Homemade Ritz Crackers, Made with Whole Grain Flours!
Ritz Crackers are so nostalgic for me. I used to eat them ALL of the time—with cheese, as mini PB&J sandwiches, plain and straight out of the box! Unfortunately, the buttery, flaky texture that I love comes from highly refined, artificial, ultra processed ingredients. But, with these healthier homemade Ritz crackers, I can enjoy the snack I love while giving my body more wholesome fuel.
Packaged, ultra processed foods have become a norm today because they’re convenient, cheap, and ultra delicious! But, that means they also have to be easy and cheap to mass-produce. So, to cut down on costs, they feature cheap ingredients: highly refined flours and vegetable oils, added sugars and flavorings, artificial ingredients and preservatives.
For one thing, this loads processed foods with super saturated and unnatural flavors. AND, some potentially harmful substances, but NO real fuel. But, you CAN make healthy homemade crackers—even homemade Ritz crackers!
Homemade Ritz Crackers vs. Store-Bought
Nutritionally, a serving of these homemade Ritz crackers is somewhat similar to the store-bought version. They actually contain the same number of calories, and the homemade Ritz crackers are somewhat lower in carbs and higher in fat. But, the main difference on the nutrition label is in the fiber and sugar content.
A serving of homemade Ritz crackers has twice as much fiber and only one-third of the sugar content in store-bought Ritz! If you compare the homemade Ritz crackers nutrition to the store-bought label, the actual numerical difference seems small. But, considering a serving is only 5 crackers (and who only eats 5 crackers?!) that difference becomes more significant as we eat more crackers!
Most importantly, the difference between healthier homemade Ritz crackers and the ultra processed store-bought lies in their ingredients.
Clean Ingredients: The Secret to Healthy Homemade Crackers
Often, it’s not the calorie count that’s troubling about processed foods—it’s the unrecognizable ingredients that they’re made of. When we eat traditional Ritz Crackers, we put a host of highly refined, artificial, potentially damaging substances into our bodies.
They’re made from highly refined flours, refined sugars, and high fructose corn syrup, all of which offer no real nutrients and contribute to blood sugar control issues. They also contain inflammatory vegetable oils rich in omega-6s, as well as sneaky trans fats in the form of hydrogenated cottonseed oil!
By making your own homemade Ritz crackers, you can enjoy healthy whole grain crackers. And they’re made with coconut oil, which is rich in antioxidants and energizing MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides). Plus, the coconut oil keeps these homemade Ritz crackers dairy free! SO much healthier than store-bought, but just as deliciously buttery and flaky.
Homemade Ritz Crackers
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- ½ cup sifted oat flour
- 2½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tsp coconut sugar
- ⅓ cup coconut oil, solid
- ½ cup cold water + 1-2 Tbsp more, if needed
- 1 egg, beaten
- course sea salt
- Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
- In a food processor, pulse flours, baking powder, coconut sugar, and salt.
- Add solid coconut oil and pulse.
- Slowly drizzle water and pulse until dough forms into a ball.
- Remove from food processor and wrap in plastic wrap. Rest 10 to 15 minutes in the fridge. (This will help it roll out!)
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough as thin as possible—less than 1/8 of an inch is ideal. To help prevent dough from sticking, roll out dough on floured parchment, with another sheet of parchment on top of the dough. (I cut my dough ball in half and rolled out one half of it first, while I let the other half keep chilling.)
- Cut into desired shapes (I used a 1½ inch fluted round cookie/biscuit cutter) and arrange on a baking sheet, lined with parchment and lightly sprayed.
- Poke holes in crackers with a toothpick or skewer. (This will prevent the dough from poofing in the oven!)
- Collect excess dough, re-roll, and continue to cut out shapes until complete. If dough won’t roll, let it rest 10 minutes in the fridge and come back.
- Brush cut dough shapes with egg wash and sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
- Bake 12 to 15 minutes, until golden brown.
- Allow to cool completely before enjoying!
- Yields around 90 to 100 homemade Ritz crackers.