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Low-Carb {2 Ingredient} Crispy Jalapeño Cheese CrackersLow-Carb {2 Ingredient} Crispy Jalapeño Cheese Crackers

This recipe feels like such a blast from the past! When I first dipped my toes into the world of healthy eating, I was a devout low-carber. I felt amazing and lost weight (after coming off the standard collegiate diet of beer and pizza). And here I am 16+ years later, sharing a version of one of my favorite low-carb snacks! My Low Carb {2 Ingredient} Crispy Jalapeño Cheese Crackers, with only 1 carb per serving, are a delicious way to get that much desired CRISP back into your low-carb diet. And even if you aren’t eating low-carb they are a great way to take a break from a starch-laiden cracker for a protein packed snack!

Low-Carb {2 Ingredient} Crispy Jalapeño Cheese CrackersLow-Carb {2 Ingredient} Crispy Jalapeño Cheese Crackers

While I’ve stayed pretty low carb over the years, eating no where near the ‘average’ carb intake of the standard american diet… at the advice of an amazing new integrative doctor, I’m back on the low-carb bandwagon! Despite my healthy eating and lower carb diet, my blood sugar isn’t at it’s optimal level which is possibly impacting my hormones, so for the next 60 days (Aug & Sept 2015) I’ll be sticking to 20-30 carbs a day. Initially I am starting out with diary and eggs, but I may need to eliminate them depending on the results of new food allergy test results. I’ll also be taking 500 mg of Berberine a day (in addition to my regular dose of Natural Calm at night).

Most often when people are embarking on a restrictive diet, they are sad or upset. I’m the opposite. I’ve been looking for a doctor who can help me fine tune my diet while working on healing my body and I think I’ve finally found my perfect partner! (if you are in the Morgantown, WV/Pittsburgh, PA areas, contact me for a referral)

I’m excited for a challenge and the prospect of putting together some of the missing pieces. Of course eating low-carb in 2015 is going to be different than what I did back in 1999, since I no longer eat processed foods, artificial sweeteners or cheap meat/diary. My diet will consist of pasture raised meats/eggs/dairy, low-carb veggies and lots of fats. Oh let’s not forget lots of water and mineral water too!

Today is my first official low-carb day and I wanted to create a fun new recipe to share with all of you, while I’ve been making crispy cheese crackers routinely over the years, the addition of sliced jalapeños makes these so much better! The best part is that you can completely control the level of heat, if you prefer mild just use a thinly shaved slice of seedless jalapeño with cheddar cheese, medium heat use hot pepper cheese and for hot use a thicker slice with the seeds included and hot pepper cheese!

Low-Carb {2 Ingredient} Crispy Jalapeño Cheese CrackersLow-Carb {2 Ingredient} Crispy Jalapeño Cheese Crackers

Don’t they look positively DELICIOUS??

I’m sure most people would assume after tasting them that there is a complicated recipe, but NOPE! It’s just 2 ingredients; cheese & peppers!

Low-Carb {2 Ingredient} Crispy Jalapeño Cheese CrackersLow-Carb {2 Ingredient} Crispy Jalapeño Cheese Crackers

I used 2 – 8 ounce packs of sliced organic sliced hot pepper cheese (roughly 10 slices per pack, cut into quarters) with 4 medium jalapeño peppers sliced thinly on my mandolin wearing my cut resistant glove for safety – those 2 kitchen tools for less than $30 combined are my favorite way to simplify these kinds of tasks.

Then just arrange your slices of cheese about an inch apart on your baking sheet that’s lined with a silicon mat (I have & recommend 2 of THESE 2/3 sheet pans w/silicone liner) or parchment paper and top with a slice of jalapeño…. bake for 10 minutes at 425.. that’s it!

Then the hardest part is not eating the entire batch right out of the oven before your husband get home. Unless of course you make a double batch so you can eat all you want and he’ll never know – not that I did that. No. Not me.

Low-Carb {2 Ingredient} Crispy Jalapeño Cheese CrackersLow-Carb {2 Ingredient} Crispy Jalapeño Cheese Crackers

One last thing before we get to the recipe, these are AMAZING dipped in my Homemade Ranch Dressing! Like totally out of this world, crazy good!

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Low Carb {2 Ingredient} Crispy Jalapeño Cheese Crackers

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Servings: 16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound sliced cheese hot pepper or cheddar
  • 4 medium jalapeno peppers sliced

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone liner.
  • Cut cheese slices into 11/2 in squares and slice jalapeños (mild=thinly, hot=thickly, I recommend using a mandoline)
  • Arrange slices of cheese roughly 1 inch apart on your baking sheet and top with a slice of jalapeño.
  • Bake in the middle of the oven for 10-15 minutes. The exact time will be determined by how thick your cheese/jalapeno slices are and the baking sheet you use. Check them occasionally, remove when they are firm and very lightly brown.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes (the crackers will become crispy) Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely before storing in an air tight container for roughly 3 days (ours never last longer than 24 hours since we can’t stop eating them)

Notes

To bake multiple pans at once, rotate racks every 3 minutes for even baking.

Nutrition

Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 41mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 400IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 210mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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Low-Carb {2 Ingredient} Crispy Jalapeño Cheese CrackersLow-Carb {2 Ingredient} Crispy Jalapeño Cheese Crackers