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Three Creative Vegetarian & Gluten-Free Cracker Combinations

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breton_gluten_free_cracker_ideas 2 graphicMemorial Day is only three days away!  In celebration of the “unofficial” kick-off to summer, I am sharing three creative ways to top your crackers this entertaining season.  An added bonus is the fact that all three ideas just so happen to be vegetarian and gluten-free!

The simplicity of cheese and crackers is good.  But that combo is so last year.

breton_gluten_free_cracker_ideasWhen I was given the opportunity to come up with some crazy fun and unique recipes using Breton White Bean with Salt & Pepper crackers, I jumped at the chance.  Now that I am eating gluten-free, social gatherings tend to be pretty difficult as I attempt to navigate my way through the food table to find something that I can eat.  It certainly is not the most fun experience.

Thank goodness for Breton!  Their crackers are not only labeled as gluten-free, but they are also certified by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness Gluten Free Certification Program as being such.  I am also kind of obsessed with the fact that they get their 2 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber from navy beans and arrowroot flour.  This bean-loving girl is loving that!  Here is to hoping that all of my family and friends are reading this post and now know what to serve me at their next party.

breton_gluten_free_cracker_ideas 4I am a big fan of creative recipes, but I don’t let that creativity stop at breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  I like to carry it all the way into my snacks, too!  Whether we are talking about a healthy after work or weekend snack, or a “fancy shmancy” party with friends or family, creative cracker toppings are a must.  Crackers and cheese are great, but I like to challenge myself to impress others with my weirdly creative brain.  Even if I am just impressing myself with a mid-day snack like I did on this day, mixing things up helps to keep healthy eating fun and interesting.

breton_gluten_free_cracker_ideas 3I am a sucker for anything that can be deconstructed.  Perfect example: these.  For some reason there is just something so fun about breaking things down and getting back to the basics.  For the three cracker creations that I am sharing today, I focused on three sides/snacks that I truly love: guacamole, caprese salad, and ants on a log.  All three have a savory aspect involved and pair wonderfully with the white bean crackers.

Three Creative Vegetarian & Gluten-Free Cracker Combinations

breton_gluten_free_cracker_ideas 5Deconstructed Guacamole Crackers

Breton Gluten-Free White Bean with Sea Salt & Pepper Crackers
ripened avocado, chopped
cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
red onion, diced
fine sea salt

breton_gluten_free_cracker_ideas 6Deconstructed Caprese Salad Crackers

Breton Gluten-Free White Bean with Sea Salt & Pepper Crackers
mozzarella or white cheddar cheese OR vegan cheese of choice, sliced to fit crackers
cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
balsamic vinegar reduction
fresh basil leaves

breton_gluten_free_cracker_ideas 7Deconstructed Ants on a Log Crackers

Breton Gluten-Free White Bean with Sea Salt & Pepper Crackers
crunchy almond or peanut butter (creamy is fine too)
celery, diced
raisins

You now officially have zero excuses when it comes to serving fun snacks this coming weekend and all of the summer weekends ahead.  Major bonus: these are all super easy!

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If you were making your own deconstructed cracker combination, what would yours consist of?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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  • Jennifer F May 21, 2015, 11:13 pm
    so colorful and healthy, I need NOW! Jennifer F recently posted...How I Busted my Running Rut (not BUTT) at Spartan !My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 22, 2015, 7:26 am
      You have to love when snacks look good AND tasty good.... it doesn't hurt when they are healthy, too! ;)
  • Annmarie May 22, 2015, 5:36 am
    Love these combos, they all look delicious! :) Have a great weekend! Annmarie recently posted...Foodie Friday: Fire Up The Grill With These Gluten Free Recipes!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 22, 2015, 7:27 am
      Thanks so much, Annmarie! I hope you Memorial Day weekend is wonderful too :)
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine May 22, 2015, 8:05 am
    I'd always wanted to try Breton, but of course no go, they have soy and aren't allergy-safe :P Any time I see like a cracker combo, I always think of lunchables! Hahahahaha!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 22, 2015, 8:37 am
      Aww, bummer! Maybe they will come up with an allergy-free version now that they are doing some GF crackers! And yes... Lunchables. What fun memories those bring back. The pizza ones were always my favorite!
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul May 22, 2015, 8:50 am
    These look so good! I love those crackers!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 22, 2015, 1:29 pm
      Aren't they so good? I could have eaten boxes and boxes of them ;)
  • Ashley May 22, 2015, 9:05 am
    I love fun snacks like this! Perfect for an easy sort of appetizer too! Have a fantastic holiday weekend friend!!! Ashley recently posted...20 Strawberry Recipes To Make This SummerMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 22, 2015, 1:30 pm
      Thanks so much, Ashley! I hope yours is wonderful too, and that you eat lots of tasty appetizers, meals, and desserts!
  • Leah May 22, 2015, 9:07 am
    Love your toppings on these! They would make great appetizers for a party! Have a great long weekend! Leah recently posted...Rhubasil CocktailMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 22, 2015, 1:32 pm
      They definitely would! I love appetizers that are simple and easy, yet oh-so delicious. I hope your weekend is fantastic, too!
  • Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate May 22, 2015, 1:39 pm
    Mmm those crackers sound (and look!) tasty! I need to bring a few snacks over to a party on Monday- this seems easy enough for me ;) Have a great weekend!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 22, 2015, 3:35 pm
      I cook enough as it is for the blog, so I like to keep things super simple when I have to cook for a gathering or party. This is my idea of a good contribution ;)
  • Farrah May 23, 2015, 6:55 am
    Oh em gee, it's hard to pick a favorite out of those combinations, haha. They all look so good! <3 Farrah recently posted...Foodie Friday: Honey Sriracha ChickenMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 23, 2015, 1:20 pm
      And that is exactly why you need to make allll three! ;)
  • Jen@jpabstfitness May 23, 2015, 1:55 pm
    I use those crackers a lot in my kids' lunchboxes, thanks for the new ideas, they will love the ants on a log! Jen@jpabstfitness recently posted...2 Dates, 1 DayMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 23, 2015, 9:51 pm
      You are so welcome, Jen! I hope they enjoy them!

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