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Volume III
August 19, 2011

Weekly Home / Cook'n & Eat'n

The BEST Cracker on the Planet

By Alice Osborne

Well, OK, I admit I tend to gush a little. But I have to say, I really have found the best cracker on the planet. This little jewel is not only gluten free, it is super healthy (as opposed to most crackers that are just tummy fillers), and it is versatile as well.

Super healthy? Yes. They are made of ground nuts and rice flour. The calories per serving are quite low and because they’re mostly made of nuts, they’re a good source of protein.

So what is this perfect cracker? Blue Diamond Nut Thins Crackers. They’re available in eight flavors and blend so well with other foods. They also have a nice crisp but firm texture that makes them a super choice for canapes.

They also work well as an ingredient in recipes. For instance, almond nut thins crushed up and mixed with honey, dried fruit, vanilla, granola and wheat flour make a health-packed energy bar! The ratio is about 3/4 C honey to 1 or 1/2 cup of the other ingredients. Just experiment with this idea and you’ll come up with a really good bar.

Another thing I like to do with crushed nut thins is coat my chicken pieces for oven baking—way better than coating them in flour. Just dip your chicken in your milk and egg mixture then roll in the crushed crackers. Wow is this good.

And I’ve even substituted crushed up almond nut thins for graham crackers when I was making a no-bake pie. It was an experiment, so I worked according to taste, but the gist was this: I added my melted butter, then sugar and a dash of almond extract to taste. The result was superb and I will continue to use nut thins instead of graham crackers—more nutrition for the bang!

Finally, I like to top my tuna noodle casserole and our homemade mac & cheese with crushed nut thins. These crackers add an unexpected taste and texture that rivals the usual crushed up potato chips.

I know this all sounds like an infomercial, but honest, I don’t work for the company. I just know a good thing when I taste it, and I had to pass the news on — Nut Thins are no question, the best cracker on the planet!

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