FLAXSEED CRACKERS

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Last summer I spent some time with a wonderful yoga community in Sweden. I was with 35+ kundalini yogis for a workshop. I won't go into more detail here, but it was magical and a fantastic experience. But more to the point, we had an incredible chef who cooked three delicious and wholesome meals a day. I wrote down a lot of recipes and notes inspired by this food and her, this recipe being one. 

This is a simple recipe that is guaranteed to satisfy. It can definitely replace the traditional cracker and gives a much appreciated bang in regard to quality fats, fiber, antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. 

One of things I love about this recipe is that it's adaptable, don't have enough flaxseeds? Add sesame seeds. Don't have nori? Add dulse. You can keep the seeds and nuts whole or you can grind them up before mixing. And, you can pretty much use whatever seasoning you have in  your cupboard: rosemary, thyme, garlic, onion powder, oregano, black pepper... get creative! 

All you need is just a bit of time for the cracker to crisp in the oven.


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Flaxseeds & chia seeds

Flaxseeds are the highest plant source of omega-3 fatty acid, and chia seeds aren't far behind. They are both a good source of the antioxidant lignan, dietary fiber, magnesium, and phosphorus; benefiting the brain, heart, arteries, skin, and hair.

Pumpkin seeds

Most notable for its richness of fiber, zinc, protein, magnesium, manganese, b complex vitamins, and omega 6. 

Sunflower seeds

Rich in vitamin e, fiber, minerals listed above, as well as a fair amount of copper, and selenium.

Seaweed

A  most definite booster food, seaweeds are rich in minerals (which our diets are usually lacking) and offer a punch when it comes to nutrient density; providing iodine, magnesium, calcium, copper, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamin a, b6 & 12, c, d, e, and phytonutrients. Varieties that are good for this particular recipe are: wakame, arame, dulse, or nori. Nutrients differ slightly among all varietals. 


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prep time: 5 minutes      cook time: a few hours         makes: 1 cookie sheet (breaks into about 25 square)

Needed:

  • Oven at 170-200 degrees Fahrenheit

  • Cookie sheet

  • Parchment paper

Ingredients:

1 cup water (warm)

1 cup flaxseeds

1/4 cup sunflower seeds*

1/4 cup sesame seeds (optional)*

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds*

1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)

pinch of salt

1 tbsp seaweed of choice (dulse, wakame, arame)

seasonings of choice (garlic, onion, sumac, rosemary, thyme)

*soak the sunflower, sesame, & pumpkin seeds 8-16 hours in advanced

Instructions:

Mix all the ingredients together. Sometimes I leave the flaxseeds whole and other times I ground up 1/4-1/2 of them into a flour (you can grind the other ingredients if you like a smoother texture). Add the water in. Mix all together! Let the mixture sit for 10-30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 170-200°F. 

The dough will become thick after you've waited. Spread the dough on the parchment paper and stick the cookie sheet in the oven. 

Bake for 5-8 hours. Check periodically. Flip it over half way through. Bake until cracker sheet is crispy and you can easily break it into cracker-sized pieces. 


Sources:

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutsseeds&dbid=81

https://cronometer.com/#foods

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