Feeling Seedy: Chia-Flax Crackers

11 May

These little crispy wheat-free crackers were an idea I picked up from a very smart teammate. They look a little like bird food but I gotta tell you, they’re goooooood. I tweaked her recipe with the addition of pumpkin seeds and some spices but the possibilities are really endless here. I even considered throwing in some shredded apple for a little sweetness but opted to keep these a purely savory snack for the moment. They take a little bit of time but are worth the wait if you’re really craving something salty but not full of nonsense ingredients.

Chia-Flax Crackers

Ingredients:
1/3 cup flax seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup chia seeds
1 cup water
1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
coarse salt for sprinkling
cayenne pepper for sprinkling
garlic powder for sprinkling

Directions:
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Combine the flax and pumpkin seeds in the work-bowl of a food processor and pulse until you get a coarse grind. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flax/pumpkin mixture with the chia seeds and water and let the whole thing sit for a couple of minutes until it all gets nice and gluey–sounds delightful, right? Next, add the carrots and mix thoroughly with your hands. Sorry, but hands are really the only way to go here. Spread the mixture into a nice even layer on a parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt, cayenne and garlic powder. It will look like this:

Place on the middle rack of your oven and “bake” for about an hour and change. I’m putting the word bake in quotes here because you’re not actually baking anything, you’re just trying to dry the mixture out.

After the initial hour and change, remove from the oven and cut into squares like so:

At this point, they will still be pliable and a little chewy and not particularly flavorful. Never fear. Give them the biscotti treatment and return them to the low oven for another 40 minutes or so. By then, they should be nice and crispy and will look like this:

They have a really mellow, nutty flavor with just a kick of spice. Actually, and this is going to sound a little bizarre, but they kinda taste like pizza. Must be the garlic powder. They’re about 70 calories per serving (4 crackers) and have 3 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, are full of good fats and are high in vitamin A and low in sugar. So snack happy! But remember, there’s chia in here so be careful not to go overboard on these things. You may end up where I was a few weeks back before I did my chia vetting.

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7 Responses to “Feeling Seedy: Chia-Flax Crackers”

  1. sexyflexi May 11, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    yum! looks tasty.

  2. iwanttobeatriathlete May 11, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

    So, how do I get my hands on one of those crackers?

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