Homemade “Cheez-Its” – grain and dairy free with vegan option

Love CHEEZ IT CRACKERS, but need a healthier option?  These Homemade CHEEZ IT® CRACKERS are gluten, grain, and dairy free and oh so yummy!  Your favorite cracker from your childhood is healthy enough that you can eat the whole batch without guilt.
{I just love it when I can remake a processed food into a healthier version, like my “Almond Joy®” Bars, homemade protein bars, powdered sugar substitute, sugar-free lemonade, homemade ketchup, and 5 ingredient salad dressing. If you’re like me, Cheez-Its® were one of the most addictive snacks of your childhood.  I can’t think of a time that I sat down with a box of those without almost polishing off the entire box.

Or at least more than I should have (ahem).
Anyone else with me?

Well, my CHEEZ-IT® days are over since I am gluten-free (and presently dairy-free due to an apparent food allergy), but thanks to Kate from Kate’s Healthy Cupboard, I can have CHEEZ-IT®s again!

Well, sort of.

Homemade “Cheez-Its®” that are gluten-free, grain-free and even dairy-free, with a vegan option.

Now that’s something to get excited about!

Have you heard about nutritional yeast?

It’s a mystery to some but a staple for many — particularly for those who are vegans or are allergic to dairy.

It gives a really nice cheesy-nutty flavor to dishes, sans the milk.

We’ve used it in our home for years, since my son was born with a life-threatening milk allergy

We have several favorite recipes using nutritional yeast:

5 Ingredient Salad Dressing – Our New Favorite
“Dorito®” Popcorn

and Kate has a few tempting ones as well:

- “Cheesy” Kale Chips and
Cashew Alfredo Sauce

Sorry for the long introduction, but I am so thrilled with this recipe.  Here’s Kate and her fabulous recipe for you to enjoy. Oh, and this post has affiliate links in it so if you click on it and make a purchase a commission might be made. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.}

Here is a recipe that uses nutritional yeast, instead of cheese,  for a dairy-free cheesy cracker recipe that you can feel good about eating!

I almost didn’t get a chance to take a picture of these before they were gone.

Someone was sneaking them off the pile of my setup for the picture…they are that good!!!

Love CHEEZ IT CRACKERS, but need a healthier option?  These Homemade CHEEZ IT® CRACKERS are gluten, grain, and dairy free and oh so yummy!  Your favorite cracker from your childhood is healthy enough that you can eat the whole batch without guilt.

Quick notes

*Honeyville or Bob’s Red Mill almond flour will work just fine for these crackers.


I used melted butter to make these a bit “creamier” tasting, but expeller pressed coconut oil will work for dairy-free option.

What childhood snacks were your favorite?

Kate's Healthy Cupboard - a healthy cooking blog Kate Criswell is a Fitness Trainer and Nutrition Coach who loves spending time in the kitchen tweaking recipes to make them healthier yet still satisfying and delicious.  For more of her grain-free recipes and tips, visit Kate’s Healthy Cupboard at www.kateshealthycupboard.com.

Shared at The Prairie Homestead, 3 Boys and a Dog, Kelly the Kitchen Kop, Gluten-Free Homemaker, The Nourishing Gourmet, Food Renegade, We Are that Family, and Real Food Forager.

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  1. I was wondering if there is any other flour I could use other than almond flour. I live in Ghana,and can’t get almond flour. Some flours that I can find are: Rice flour,Tapioca Flour,Millet Flour,and Coconut flour! Thanks

    • I think you could use any but the coconut flour. You could try grinding your own almonds into a fine meal too. Hope you enjoy them!

    • Can you get cashews or sunflower seeds? You could grind those into a flour. You could try rice flour with a bit of tapioca mixed in, but the amount of flour will be less if you do that. This will take quite a bit of tweaking, you may need to add water or other liquid. You may have to just spread the dough instead of rolling it out. Sorry, I have not tried this and those flours work very differently than nut or seed flours!!

  2. These look perfect!!

  3. These are wonderful thank you! I didn’t have lemon juice so I halfed it and used apple cider vinegar. I’m going to try and see if I can use a different flour since my son can’t have nuts.

    • So you tried it w/ the almond flour? I bet pumpkin and sunflower seeds would work fine.

      • Yes today I did. I was making them for my gluten free/dairy free/ egg free sister as a thank you! My son is dairy, gluten, and nut free plus others like sunflower. I’ve never seen pumpkin seed flour. What about brown rice or sorghum flour?

    • ACV should work in place of the lemon juice! Rice flour works so differenly compared to nut and seed flours. You may need to add liquid of some sort, even water. The dough may not roll out, you may need to spread out on parchment.

  4. Sorry, I made these, and the crunch just isn’t there. The flavor of a Cheez-it is close. But nowhere near the crunch. Maybe adding some tapioca flour would help. The almond flour, just doesn’t crisp up. Had to waste all the ingredients.

    • I have made these a dozen times and they are always crunchy! Maybe you didn’t bake them long emough, they should brown a bit. Adding a stach may make them airy, but that also adds carbs…not what I wanted in this recipe. Obviously they are not airy crunchy like cheezits, but that is near impossible to replicate with nut flour!!

  5. Danielle Moore says:

    How important is the yeast in this? My son is on a dairy free, gluten free, soy free, corn free, YEAST free diet. Could I get away with baking soda somehow?

    • The yeast here gives it the cheesy flavor. Check to see if you can have this kind. Some practitioners are OK and some are not. It doesn’t feed candida but it can be cross reactive for some folks is my understanding. Hope you can have it!

  6. Hi, I tried these today with the chia egg (no allergy, just had no eggs in the house). They came out very dry and crumbly. The taste is good, just wondering if there is something I can do to make the dough bind better?

  7. These are terrific! I can’t believe how much they taste like Cheez its! The tang of lemon juice works so well with the nutritional yeast. The texture is different from actual Cheez its, of course, but the flavor is right on! I used a flax egg and olive oil, and I added extra water because the dough is a little dry and tough to pull together. Next time I may use a tad less flour. I also sprinkled a little course sea salt on top, which is a must — this really makes it!!!! Thank you for an easy, delicious recipe.

  8. is there anything besides nutritional yeast i can use? im out and our local health store will be out for the next 2 weeks