Cassava Cracker is sometimes referred to as Cassava Bread (Pain de Cassave/Pain Cassave) in the Haitian Caribbean Community. As a food item, Cassava Bread is the ultimate food replacement for bread in a Haitian Caribbean home at breakfast time.
Usually served with peanut butter and jam, cassava bread can be compared to your favorite PB&J sandwich, peanut butter, and jelly sandwich. It is filling and mostly served with tea, coffee, hot chocolate and even a delicious bowl of oatmeal.
Cassava is made from yuca flour which comes from yuca roots, a vegetable that mostly grows in a tropical climate. The Cassava bread is rich in fiber and fat-free. It also has plenty of carbohydrates if you want to load up on carbs.
Where to buy
Most West-Indian or Latin markets sell cassava. The price will vary from $1.99 to $3.99 for a pack containing 4 large triangle pieces of bread. Amazon also sells cassava bread but mostly in bulk. My advice is to purchase it at a supermarket first before going to Amazon.
Storing Cassava bread
Cassava bread must be stored in a tightly-sealed container to keep it from going stale. Either a plastic container or glass with a tight lid will do. You can also store the crackers in a ziplock bag as well.
How to enjoy Cassava bread
Cassava crackers or cassava bread can be enjoyed in many ways. Because of its versatility, cassava is sometimes served as a quick snack. No matter how it is served, Cassava Crackers are a good way to stay away from boring bread.
The most common way to enjoy these crackers is with peanut butter. In Haiti, peanut butter usually contains a little bit of heat. We love spicy foods! So why not add a little bit of hot pepper in peanut butter. The peppery taste is a wonderful delight and adds a delicious and yummy flavor to the yuca flour.
Jam or Helly
With Jam or Jelly? A sweet decadent treat for the sweet tooth. Have you tried it for dessert? If you have, that’s an awesome and cheap idea.
Nutella or Almond butter
Nutella or Almond Butter. Another great treat and perfect breakfast food to serve with coffee, warm milk or hot chocolate.
Cream cheese. No matter the flavor, sweet, savory, or salty, it is a choice you won’t regret. The cream cheese gives the cracker a nice finish. A delicious crunchy and creamy taste all around.
Vegan lovers. This can be the perfect snack for an energy booster because of the carbs content. Tomato, baby spinach with cream cheese, butter or mayonnaise is perfect. Almost like eating another version of bruschetta.
Smoked Salmon and Seafood Lovers
Do you love a simple lox snack? This one is my second most favorite way to enjoy cassava. The smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers, and red onion toppings are like a complete meal. Dith the bagel for one day and try this.
Other ways to enjoy cassava bread or cassava crackers:
- With eggs
- ground or shredded meat
- vegetable stew such as Ratatouille
- soups (use instead of regular bread, croutons or other types of crackers or bread)
- Dips and spread. Don’t forget to mix your recipes with Noubess Hot Sauces, Spices and Infused Oils.
Cassava bread maybe your second most favorite food item after bread. Enjoy it!