Goldfish Crackers

Goldfish Crackers

Homemade goldfish crackers are surprisingly easy to make. With just six healthy ingredients –almond flour, salt, baking soda, cheddar cheese, olive oil, and egg, they make a fantastic gluten-free snack for kids.

If you are wondering if these are Paleo goldfish crackers, the answer is, I don’t know. It depends on what your definition of Paleo is. It depends on which foods your body can digest. It depends on what you consider a real food. I can tell you for sure though that these are grain-free goldfish crackers and that my boys and I loved them!

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Goldfish Crackers
Serves:60goldfish crackers
  1. In a food processor, combine almond flour, salt, baking soda, and cheese
  2. Pulse in oil and eggs until well combined
  3. Divide dough into 2 pieces
  4. Place 1 piece of dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper and roll to ¼ thick
  5. Remove top layer of parchment paper
  6. Use a goldfish cookie cutter to cut out little fish
  7. Transfer goldfish to a parchment lined baking sheet
  8. Roll leftover dough and place in refridgerator; repeat process with second piece of dough
  9. Bake at 350° for 13-15 minutes
  10. Serve

As you might imagine, cutting out dozens of tiny goldfish crackers can take a bit of time. If you want to save time and would enjoy a cracker that is more like a gluten-free Cheez-It, simply cut the dough into squares after you roll it out on the parchment paper, and then transfer the parchment paper (dough and all) to the baking sheet. Be sure to use organic dairy when you make this recipe. We use organic dairy in our house as it is better for the children, the cows, and our environment overall, and we do not wish to support the regular use of antibiotics in animal husbandry.

This low-carb goldfish crackers recipe is a bit sentimental for me since I grew up on the processed, packaged goldfish crackers as a kid. I love eating these high-protein goldfish crackers with chopped liver. It’s quite a fatty and filling treat, which is a great thing for me! Please leave a comment and let me know if you’d like me to create a dairy-free goldfish cracker recipe. If enough of you raise your hand and request it, I’ll get to work on it for you!

Here are some of my paleo cracker recipes for you:


  1. Jessica says

    What can I replace the almond flour with? My son is allergic to all nuts. He is also allergic to Oats, coconut and wheat.

  2. ava says

    I would love ? a dairy free option! Egg free would be amazing too!
    I lobe that cookie cutter! I’ve also seen a tutorial where someone made cookie cutters with a cut up aluminum can. Not sure how safe that is though…

  3. Laura says

    Hi! Can’t wait to make these, but I don’t have a food processor. Can I use a high speed blender instead?

  4. Melanie says

    Thank you, I have been meaning to make these for ages, and like all your other recipes these have hit the mark with the kids. i have been adapting your recipes to the Thermomix which has been great! Those wanting a dairy free option, have you tried ‘macadamia cheese’?

  5. Teresa says

    Hi Elana, I just made these and they are wonderful!!! I made them in squares, because I didn’t have a fish shape and they turned out great! Thanks!

  6. Cathy Sagmo Parks says

    Elana, your recipes are great! The only thing that would make them better is nutritional information. would really love a carb and fiber value on them.
    Thanks again!

  7. Jena says

    I have tried a vegan goldfish recipe using nutritional yeast for the “cheesey” flavor – they were great, but I will have to try these too! Thanks for the recipe, :-)

  8. Sandy says

    Hi Elana, thank you so much for all of your recipes! My sons and I are allergic to dairy and gluten and possibly some other things as well, and your recipes are helping me so much! I would love a dairy free version of this recipe, my kids would be thrilled!

  9. singingpalmtree says

    Can you start including storage instructions in all your recipes, please?! I saw someone else asked about how to store these (i.e. fridge or sealed container in pantry) but never saw a response. Thanks!

    • Elana says

      Hi there! I would love to include storage instructions however, my boys gobble everything up so there is nothing left to store :-) You will however find that I have storage instructions in my books as I hide the food from my children so that I can check on this for my customers. Not nice for the boys but great for those that get the book!

      • singingpalmtree says

        Haha, thanks! So in theory if you have extra goldfish, how would you store them? Fridge because there is dairy? Or is it ok in a sealed container on the counter for a day or two? LOVE this recipe. Made it last night and am in love.

  10. MamaCassi says

    i love this. i love that when i’m hungry or tired or overwhelmed, i can come on here and find simple, healthful, delicious recipes.

    i love that you save me the effort of trying to create my own recipes, and that i can mess with your carefully sculpted and wonderful recipes.

    this one made me super happy as i sometimes want savory, and while i’m normally dairy free, it’s so nice to have a savory cheesy cracker option!!!!

    i just got my first delivery of honeyville almond flour (normally make my own and sift it fine) so going to be trying a lot more recipes!

    THANK YOU!!!!

  11. eva says

    hey there! this is my second time today making your goldfish recipe….i use a ravioli form to press out cracker shapes, but need to buy a goldfish cutter soon…
    these are a great snack!

  12. Jeannie D says

    I work with toddlers at a Montessori school…dairy allergies seem to be on the rise even more than peanut allergies! Would love a dairy free goldfish recipe and so would everyone here in Toddlerville..thanks!

  13. says

    Thanks so much! Unlike most of the other posters, we’re fine with organic dairy over here and my daughter loved these. Next time I may increase the cheese since she *loves* cheese and it wasn’t quite as cheesy those ubiquitous ‘cheddar bunnies.’ Great, easy recipe – thanks for all your work & be well!

  14. Cathy says

    I made the goldfish crackers in squares because the dough was too wet to use cookie cutters. Don’t know why that happened other than maybe the egg I used was a bit too
    big and added too much moisture. I chilled the dough for several hours, rolled out between
    parchment and scored with a pizza cutter before and right after baking. The flavor was spot on and the crackers had a nice light, crispy texture. Will try again with a smaller egg
    and see if that makes the dough firm and dry enough to use cookie cutters.

    • says

      Hi Cathy, I used 1 large egg and the dough was indeed a little on the wet side. But with a bit of shaking/prying, I was able to get them out of the cookie cutters. My thinking was that I’d use a tiny bit less oil next time I make them. (I didn’t chill the dough, but I think I’ll try that next time.)

  15. Lynn | The Road to Honey says

    Oh my! I luv goldfish crackers but avoid them like the plague because they are so processed and so not good for me. I love that you have developed a healthier alternative. I can’t wait to give these a try (in a square version of course).

  16. Anne KD says

    Thank you, Elana! Please add my vote to develop a dairy free version. Two weeks ago I bit the bullet and finally dropped just about all dairy, and my gut is a lot happier. I’ve missed cheesy crackers since I went gf seven years ago.

  17. says

    Daiya makes substitute cheeses that may work, too. I’m LOVING this recipe ’cause I’m looking for gluten/dairy/soy/egg-free recipes! :) Thank you, Elana!

  18. chs says

    I’d love to see a dairy-free version too! And is egg-free too much to ask? Thanks for all of your great recipes! I love this website and your cookbooks.

  19. Mia says

    Thank you Elana! I am looking forward to making this recipe soon. I will substitute Pecorino Romano and see how it turns out.

  20. Ruth Hirsch says

    Dear Elana, I want to say THANK YOU albeit for a different recipe. Thank you for the Turmeric Milk recipe.

    Oh did that hit the spot. I read the recipe and bought a knob of Turmeric at our wonderful local shop a while ago, stashed it in fridge. Happily, I have ginger in freezer, and also have dates in the house. I have nuts and Honeyville nut flour, but decide to try it w just those three ingredients first off. My innards have been out of sorts, and while my life is full, and my work is full, it is a drain.

    This just totally hit the spot.
    on every axis: Yum + nourishing + healing.

    thank you thank you thank you!!

    Ruth h in the Hudson Valley

  21. ali says

    Thank you for all your good tasting and simple enough to make recipes. This was my first time making crackers and it was so easy!! However, I did have to add a second egg in order to get dough. Also am wondering if I have to store the crakers in the fridge after baking?! Thanks

  22. Nicole says

    Please! My daughter’s are corn, dairy, soy and gluten free! Was thinking of substituting the almond flour for garbanzo bean. As we do use Brown rice too every so often with all the other limitations!! I am so thankful for your site, this cooking I’m actually good at!! And have passed it on to others!

  23. Christen says

    Dairy free please!! And if anyone…ANYONE has a “cheesy” substitute OTHER THAN nutritional yeast, please share!!! I’ve had success with nutrtional yeast on flavor…but unfortunately, my gut does NOT like it. I’ve done some research and it looks like nutritional yeast can cross react for gluten sensitive people (like myself). I would love to recreate some of my “dairy free” recipes in a way that doesn’t leave me very uncomfortable.

  24. EJ says

    Yes please. Goldfish crackers or bunnies are one of my favorites. If you can figure out a dairy free would be awesome. What would happen if you used a raw cheese in there? Thanks!

  25. Diane P says

    I made these yesterday and followed the recipe exactly. Next time I make them, I will separate the pieces I cut so that the edges are crispier all around on each cracker. I will also add a bit more salt. I am on a no added salt diet and have grown accustomed to no salt but these were missing just a bigger hint of salt.

  26. says

    These look fantastic. I can’t wait to give these a try. I’m guessing the texture will be slightly different but I do miss goldfish crackers.

  27. Dorothy says

    Hi Elana, thank you for all your wonderful recipes. These sound great, but I can’t eat any dairy. If you could work out a dairy free version of these I would be grateful.

  28. Cindy says

    Thank you so much Elana! You put so very much time and energy (and love) into all the wonderful recipes you share with all of us (and could never possibly accommodate all the many dietary variations we individually require …although they certainly do give a base from which to create new wonders on our own)! I can’t wait to try this and just wanted to also voice the appreciation we have for all your creations … just as they are!

  29. patricia says

    Yes please I would love to see a Dairy free Goldfish cracker recipe. Thanks for all your great recipes. I give out your website to everyone I come across who is starting on being gluten free.

  30. taneesha says

    Two of my kids are dairy-free and they would love to finally eat Goldfish crackers, like other kids get to! Thank you!

  31. Jean says

    Add me to the list that would love a version of this cracker that does not contain cheese. I can do eggs, just not cheese.

  32. says

    My little food allergic son would love a dairy-free version. He’s great about understanding his allergens, but everytime they whip those little goldfish out at school, he’s begging for just 1 to try..Thanks for all you do Elena!

  33. says

    Elana! Would love to see a dairy free option! I do allow my daughter to have some cheese but I limit it greatly. She has been wanting goldfish so I am going to give your dairy-filled fish a go but would love to be able to make them without the cheese so I can feel just that much better feeding them to her. :) Thank you for all of your great work and for sharing such amazing recipes! I made your bagels last night and they are divine! You’re amazing!

  34. Laura says

    Please make a dairy free goldfish recipe! They were my favorite and I just know you can make a better version of them.

  35. Anitra says

    I would love a dairy free goldfish cracker recipe since sometimes we like to be dairy free. It would give us a nice option. :)

  36. Randa says

    I would love to see a dairy free option, and even egg free as well. It would be so great to be able to send a dairy free, grain free cracker with my kids when i know they will be at an event where there are the processed version they can’t have due to allergies.

  37. says

    Goldfish crackers were one of the things I used to send to my while he was deployed they usually ended up arriving as a cheesy, salty powder that reminded him of being a kid on the back porch. He’s home, safe, and doing quite well. He is a certified cross fit instructor and eating as paleo as possible. He avoids dairy so a dairy free version would be fabulous!! He would devour them and I would feel like a good mom!

      • Melissa says

        Francesca, I use the red star brand. I found mine at wholefoods and vita cost. I’m sure they have it in other stores. Braggs and bobs red mill make it also. I use it in a lot of recipes. It has a nice cheesy flavor. I would guess 1/2-3/4cup and a couple tablespoons to add the moisture that the cheese would have. Another person suggested Daiya cheese. That would work well. Good luck!

    • Mea says

      I was wondering the same thing. I seem to be able to tolerate small amounts of parmesan cheese. Cheddar is not an option so a parmesan version would be wonderful. I think the amount of parmesan would need to be reduced considering the strong flavour. I presume the cracker’s texture would change from using a different cheese but as I have never had a goldfish cracker before I think this would not be an issue for me. I think it would work fine.

  38. Ash says

    How long do these keep for and how should they be stored? Thanks for the recipe!
    P.SI have your Pecan Apple crisp baking in the oven right now. I really appreciate all the testing you do to make sure these recipes work. It comes out perfect every time : )

  39. says

    I’m envying everyone that can make this recipe! I miss goldfish crackers! I would love a dairy-free version. Cheeze-it’s and goldfish paleo style would be the best snacks ever! Thank you for creating and sharing the best recipes!!!!

  40. Kristy says

    I would love ? a dairy free option! Egg free would be amazing too!
    I lobe that cookie cutter! I’ve also seen a tutorial where someone made cookie cutters with a cut up aluminum can. Not sure how safe that is though…

  41. Dina says

    Oh yes, a dairy free option would be great! I miss the taste of cheese! Thanks for offering to do so!!! I hope lots of people are interested!

  42. Jenny says

    I would love a dairy free recipe. By the way, these can’t be called Paleo because they have cheese, which is not paleo, you could call these low carb or grain free or something, but not paleo.

  43. Lilly says

    I would love a paleo, dairy free version. I can hardly remember the last time I had these. It would be so exciting to be able to eat them again.

  44. Judy says

    If you decide to make a dairy free recipe, how are you going to replace the unique taste of the cheddar? This is where as someone allergic to casein protein I get stumped and have accept that if I want the taste of cheese I’m going to have to eat cheese and deal with the itchy skin reaction afterwards

  45. Alisia says

    A dairy free goldfish cracker recipe would be great, goldfish were my sons favorite snack till he was diagnosed recently with a severe dairy allergy.. Thank u!!!

  46. Oriel says

    Dairy free? yes please! these are so amazingly adorable and would be way too nostalgic for me if my tummy wouldn’t revolt from the cheese. I wonder if just substituting some sort of herb (rosemary seems the obvious choice) would suffice? I’d go for that specially since they’d be more like “wheat thins” or the round “fancy” crackers (which would be equally scrumptious and sentimental) since I lack tiny fish cutters. thanks for all your hard work. America’s test kitchen hasn’t got anything on you. ;-)

      • says

        She isn’t saying they are “dairy free”. She said, if anyone is interested in ALSO a dairy free goldfish cracker recipe, to let her know, as maybe she would come up with a recipe for dairy free people. Get it?

    • says

      I absolutely love the idea of substituting or just plain adding rosemary to their goldfish crackers. Honestly, the more I read about the paleo diet, the more confused I get about “What is” and what “isn’t” But I do know these are a gizzillion times better than any store bought version and I can’t wait to try!!

    • Dani says

      I tried these and liked them a lot!!! I made them paleo/dairy free by using the same amount of cheese only with the Daiya shredded mozzarella cheese!
      -I definitely will be making these again…. :)

    • Dani says

      U can easily make them dairy free by using a dairy free cheese of ur favorite… I used Daiya mozzarella and it was amazing!

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