Homemade Flax Crackers

>> Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Some of you may be familiar with flax seeds, as well as how you can use them mixed with water as a substitute for eggs in baking. Those of you who don't know this trick will be surprised to learn that when you mix flax seeds with water, you get this gelatinous goo -- it's what helps stabilize everything in your cookies and brownies.

Well, you can also use this reaction to your advantage and make extremely easy and healthy crackers -- totally out of flax seeds. And you'll want to snack on 'em with all those B-vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and phytochemicals. Problem is, the seed must be ground for you to enjoy its nutrition. But that's where some baking and chewing come in.

Let's see how it's done . . .

What you'll need . . .
  • 1 cup flax seeds
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/8 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method . . .
  1. Place the flax seeds and water in a medium bowl and mix. Let sit for 1-1/2 hours. The mixture will thicken, but that's good.
  2. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment or a reusable silicone liner (I just snagged one up this weekend).
  3. Mix in the soy sauce, garlic and curry powders, and salt, pepper.
  4. Pour mixture onto baking sheet, spread into a large rectangle -- about 1/8-inch thick with a spatula.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes, then check for firmness. If it's firm, flip and continue baking for another 40 minutes or so. If not, keep baking. This part is kind of difficult for me to judge -- I started my oven off at too low a heat (accidentally turned it off without realizing it). So I just kept checking back until the whole thing was crispy, but no burned. You'll want 'em crispy versus chewy for taste. As well as so you can easily chew out the nutrition.
  6. Cut your large cracker into bite-sized squares.
  7. NOTE: You can also make these raw. You just need a dehydrator, which we -- obviously -- do not have. Put mixture in the trays of your toy . . . then dehydrate at 110 degrees for 4 to 6 hours. Then flip and repeat.

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