I was diagnosed with an autonomic disorder last year and it has thrown my life for a loop. One of the side effects is low blood volume so I need to eat a lot more salt. Another side effect is poor digestion which means I need to eat lower fiber foods when I’m not feeling well. Enter saltines…salty and very easy to digest. I have taken to doctoring up the “mini saltines” to make them more interesting. Recently I created a “ranch” version that is delicious. Trey loves having them as a small snack if he is hungry before dinner. I have brought them to parties and barbecues. Both kids and adults enjoy these vegan ranch saltines.
Mini saltines are found in most grocery stores with the rest of the Saltine family. Of course they are not sold at Whole Foods, so I have to make a special trip to Safeway to buy them. This cracks me up. Fill my cart with my healthy, organic food and then head to Safeway for the ultimate no nutritional value food. You could definitely make these crackers with the (very) slightly healthier Whole Foods brand saltines or the Late July Saltine Crackers. They don’t make a mini version of either of those, however.
To make the crackers mix all of the ingredients together at the same time. Resist the temptation to mix the oil and herbs together first and then add the saltines. This creates a paste that doesn’t coat the crackers well. Mix everything together at once and the crackers will be covered evenly with all of the dried herbs.
Ranch Saltines can be made in the microwave or the oven. Honestly there isn’t much of a difference. Making them in the oven feels better psychologically, but they taste the same as when they are made in the microwave. I’ve included directions for either method in the recipe below.
Ranch Saltines are fun and easy for kids to make. Trey loves mixing everything and it’s nice how fast these crackers come together from start to finish. Give them a try for a quick and easy snack.
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp Onion Powder
- ½ tsp Dried Dill
- 1 tsp Dried Parsley
- ¼ tsp Dried Thyme
- ¼ tsp Dried Basil
- ¼ tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
- 1 TB Canola Oil
- 11 oz mini saltines
- Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl at the same time. Use your hands to fully coat the crackers with the oil and dried herbs.
- Microwave Instructions: Microwave mixture (in a microwave safe bowl) for 30 seconds. Remove and stir the mixture. Microwave again for 30 seconds. Let crackers cool a bit before serving.
- Oven Instructions: Preheat oven to 250°. Transfer mixture to a large baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes and remove tray from the oven. Crackers will crisp further as they cool. Let crackers cool a bit before serving.