Parmesan Wafers

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Looking for a new, easy snack to add to your rotation? This recipe is so simple– it just has one ingredient. You just bake grated Parmesan cheese for around 5 minutes and turn it into thin, crispy wafers. If your kids like Goldfish or Cheez-it crackers, this is a more nutrient-dense alternative that they may love just as much.

If you are reading this and are vegan or dairy-free, we don’t want you to feel left out. We have another easy healthy cracker idea to propose to you — see page 322 of Sugarproof for our Flax Thin Crackers. These are gluten-free as well for anyone with that need.

If you ARE a fan of cheese, this is definitely a recipe to try! I first learned about these wafers back in 2001 when I was working at Canlis, a fine-dining restaurant in Seattle. These wafers were used as a topping for the famous Canlis Salad, and I will admit that sometimes I would sneak one or two of them from the salad station and eat them as a snack. While the wafers taste amazing on top of a salad or a bowl of soup, they are just as good as a little snack on their own. They also make a great addition to a snack assortment or a lunchbox.

Can you spare 10 minutes to try these out? You won’t need more than that from start to finish to make them!

Parmesan Wafers

Makes 12


–1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese (loosely packed)


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F/180 C.
  • Line a baking sheet/pan with parchment/baking paper, or use a Silpat liner.
  • Arrange the grated cheese into 12 little mounds of equal size, spacing them adequately into rows.*
  • Bake the wafers in the oven for around 5-6 minutes or until golden and crisp-looking.
  • Allow to cool and gently remove from the sheet pan.
  • Store in an airtight container.

*Variations: sprinkle some fresh ground pepper or herbs like dried basil or oregano onto the cheese mounds before baking

For more recipes like this one, see our book Sugarproof, available here or anywhere books are sold.


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