What kind of products come to mind when you hear the word “cracker”? Those freaking delicious Ritz crackers that are assembled in those plastic brown bags sealed in red boxes? The square-shaped saltine crackers served on cheese boards? Sweet honey cinnamon graham crackers used in s’mores bonfires? If you love Asian snacks, how about sesame seed rice crackers that you could easily eat an entire container of (which I definitely have in my childhood, no regrets though)?
Well, let’s take a trip to Norway. Hypothetically speaking–geez I wish I could actually travel to Norway–but anyways, this Norwegian company known as GG Exceptional Fiber developed a super unique and healthy cracker aimed to combat digestive problems due to fiber deficiencies. I didn’t hear about this cracker until some of my favorite bloggers and Instagrammers recommended them online. My indifference whirled around once I learned that they didn’t have to be eaten as just a bread substitute, but as waffles. HOLY. SMOKES. I was delighted to find found bad boys at my local grocery store and ended up taking home several packets while wearing my chef’s hat to get creative in the kitchen.
Any cracker can be a diet-friendly one, but why are GG crackers particularly revered? Possessing just twenty calories per cracker while being packed with four grams of fiber and only containing eight grams of carbohydrates, this cracker has the highest fiber to carb ratio, meaning that there is more fiber for less carbohydrates and calories. Talk about a mad hack if you are trying to reduce your calorie intake. GG crackers are wheat-based, so they are not gluten free nor grain free. They also have varieties with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, honey and raisin, oat bran, and even as sprinkles!
With all the possibilities revolving around consuming these crackers, there were countless ways I ate these crisps: overnight oats, a toast alternative, cereal, and just as plain crackers to snack on. Let’s just say that each of these mechanisms were all vastly different experiences. By far, the overnight oats were my favorite, then the toast, then cereal, then the plain cracker. Below are my full list of pros and cons experienced with this product.
Being sold both in stores and online, GG products are diverse, versatile, and convenient. They make a wonderful travel snack, alternative to breadcrumbs or bread slices, and even as an alternative to oats (which we will discuss in a minute or two!). Each cracker is quite generous in size, which makes it perfect for spreading any topping such as cream cheese, mashed avocado, jam, banana, nut butter, and much more. Plus, with their diet-friendly nutritional profile, they truly are a marvelous product that Instagram has every right to obsess over.
These crackers are…….well, a word that rhymes with bran. Bland bran. Don’t expect to taste your favorite type of white or European durum bread with this cracker. Heck, it’s not even close to those boxed wheat thins or raisin bran flakes. When I describe these crackers as earthy, they are legitimately soil in the form of a cracker (that is how my sister described this cracker–“it tastes like dirt!”). Taste-wise, with other complementary ingredients? Ranges from a 8-10. On its own? Knock the rating down to a 2. And as a personal dislike, these crackers are quite crumbly. I don’t know about you, but it irks me when I open a package and I find so much sediment in food form.
Additionally, GG currently has no products that are suitable for those with Celiac disease or any wheat intolerances. If any of you are gluten free, there should be other brands that carry high fiber, low carb, and/or low calorie products that are similar.
Not everyone will resonate with the taste of the GG cracker, but man, these bad boys are such a keeper for me. Nobody can deny that their macronutrient profile is bangin’ amazing for one, plus they have the ability to morph into anything one could ever so desire, from a ground baking flour to breadcrumb coating or even just a plain ol’ cracker as originally intended. I consider GG crackers as more of a food canvas. It tastes best with savory spreads such as Trader Joe’s cashew fiesta dip, hummus, avocado, or vegan cream cheese, though it’s a killer base if you want to replace oatmeal.
Now speaking of which…
…onto the recipe: given that the waffle recipe above is not vegan, I did not want to risk wasting any product through making scrambled bran-cakes (name play from scrambled pancakes, which exist for those who can’t be bothered to wait for twenty years to flip a pancake aka MOI). Having said that, I also aimed to utilize a classic recipe that is splendidly wonderful but imperfect. Low and behold: overnight oats. Here is what I adore about overnight oats: they are inexpensive, easy to prepare, customizable, versatile, flexible, and relatively nutrient dense. On the flip side, not everyone loves oats. Plus, one cup of oats does not contain as much fiber and protein as most people perceive. This is where GG crackers comes to the rescue.
If you want to cut the calories and carbohydrates of conventional oatmeal by around 50%, GG crackers are for you. This isn’t to say that oats aren’t diet friendly anymore, but GG crackers just subtract more macros without adding any fat (though you also get less protein, hence the protein powder in this recipe). Taste-wise, the crackers are definitely more severe in earthiness, bitterness, blandness, crumbliness, and grittiness.
The steps are incredibly easy and all you have to do prior to creating this recipe is to crush or pulverize the crackers. Integrate spices, protein powder (which is optional but recommended), and sweetener, carefully mix in the liquid, and let everything soak for several hours. When ready to serve, add any toppings, and dig in!
Pictured are both servings in one bowl. Given that the calorie content for GG crackers are so low (120 calories for half a package), I highly recommend adding in calorically dense ingredients such as coconut, nut/seed butters, nuts/seeds, unsweetened dried fruit, dates, dairy free yogurt, and/or dark chocolate (booyah) or filling up on two servings to ensure that you’re eating enough. Keep in mind that GG crackers are very high in fiber, so if you decide to consume both servings, HYDRATE. Major emphasis on drinking enough water since fiber, as healthy as it is, soaks up moisture and can cause nutrient malabsorption if consumed in excess.
Please let me know if you have tried GG crackers before, your personal take on them, and if you have any recommendations for other crackers I should try! It would be amazing to find a grain free cracker that tastes far too irresistible. I haven’t found one yet, so SOS.
GG CRACKER OVERNIGHT “OATS” RECIPE (serves 2)
- 1 packet of GG Scandinavian Fiber Crispbreads
- 1 scoop of vegan protein powder (optional)
- 2 cups of unsweetened almond or coconut milk
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp maca powder
- 1/4 tsp turmeric with a small pinch of black pepper (optional)
- 2-4 tsp Stevia or monkfruit
- Thoroughly process the crackers until a fine flour or meal is achieved. Using a food processor increases efficiency, but I personally just crushed the crackers until they were fine enough for my liking.
- Integrate the crackers in a large mixing bowl.
- Add in the rest of the dry ingredients.
- Carefully mix in the milk of choice.
- Let soak overnight until the mixture has thickened and a flat surface forms.
- Stir the porridge again to mesh all the flavors together.
- Reheat on the stovetop or microwave or serve chilled.