Blue Diamond Almonds Nut Thins Crackers

It sounds nutty, but these crackers are made with almonds and rice.

Blue Diamond Nut Thins - three varieties
Blue Diamond

If you like crackers, but want slightly more protein in them, gluten-free Nut Thins from Blue Diamond Almonds can be a good option. They're a starchy, salty snack made a little more nutritious thanks to the healthy fat and protein found in nuts. And since they're made from rice flour, they contain no gluten.

Blue Diamond Almonds makes two lines of Nut Thins: original and artisan. The original line includes six flavors made with almonds (plain, sea salt, cheddar, smokehouse, country ranch, and pepper jack) and one with pecans.

The crackers in the artisan line are made with brown rice flour instead of white and come in five versions: multi-seed, flax seed, chia seed, sesame seed, and asiago cheese.

Blue Diamond Almonds Nut Thins Crackers - Pros and Cons


  • Crunchy and tasty
  • No cholesterol or trans fats
  • A little more protein than plain rice crackers (2 to 3 grams per serving, vs. 1.5 to 2 g)
  • Less sodium than other savory snack foods
  • Price comparable to other rice crackers


  • Not a good source of fiber
  • Not fat-free (but nuts are a source of good-for-you fats)
  • Not a flaky cracker, if that's what you prefer

Blue Diamond Almonds Nut Thins Crackers - Review

My family has been snacking on rice crackers for years. They're a crunchier alternative to more flaky, buttery crackers, and they tend to be lower in fat and calories. They taste great topped or plain. Blue Diamond, the nut company known for its almonds, has combined the healthy fat and protein of nuts with the baked crunch of a rice cracker in its Nut Thins lines.

Most Nut Thins are about 130 calories for a generous serving of 16 or 17 crackers.

We sampled three of the original Nut Thins varieties: Hint of Sea Salt, Cheddar Cheese, and Smokehouse. We couldn't detect the taste of the almonds in any of these—which is a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your point of view.

I was surprised to find that I liked the Smokehouse flavor quite a bit. I felt like I was eating thick-cut, seasoned potato chips. But minus the grease!

As with any savory snack, you need to be careful about portion size to make sure you don't overdo and consume too much fat and salt. A full serving of Nut Thins is a generous 16 crackers and totals about 5% of your daily value of fat, and up to 10% of your daily value of sodium (for adults). Each serving is about 130 calories for all varieties.

Pair these crackers with some low-fat cheese and apple slices (the ham and kiwi pictured on the cheddar cheese box strikes me as a weird combination), or a veggie-laden dip like guacamole or salsa, and you'll have a satisfying, healthy snack. That's the benefit of adding a bit of protein and fat to your cracker.

If you are gluten-free, Blue Diamond promises that these crackers will work for you. The company says: "The ingredients used in Nut Thins do not contain gluten. Nut Thins are processed in a facility that is certified by the 'Gluten Free Certification Organization.' In addition Blue Diamond has every production lot of Nut Thins tested and certified for gluten."

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