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How to make raw flax seed crackers, a popular vegan snack

Raw flax seed crackers are a popular snack for those on raw food diets. Even if you're just looking to include more flax seed in your diet or more raw foods, try this dehydrated flaxseed cracker recipe for a satisfying crunch. Flaxseed crackers are great with raw salsa, raw guacamole or raw hummus (pictured). They won't taste like most commercial crackers, but you could make the batter/dough thin enough to taste more like a cracker and less like a savory 'brownie.'

How to make raw flaxseed crackers, a popular vegan snack.
How to make raw flaxseed crackers, a popular vegan snack.
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If you're on a no-salt added diet and can't find crackers in food markets made with no added salt or the fats or oils you don't want in your crackers, leave out the salt and use onion or garlic powder, dill, sea vegetables such as dulse granules, a tiny amount of cayenne pepper, or herbs and spices of your choice instead of salt. Or use turmeric, cumin, curry powder and black pepper for flavorings.

The basic recipes for no-bake flax seed crackers uses two cups of flaxseeds and 2 cups of water. You can season with your own spices or use 1/4 cup of liquid aminos or raw soy sauce. You can even buy low sodium soy sauce. Basically what you're doing is adding flaxseeds to water with minced herbs of your choice. Try dill or thyme or oregano and dried parsley.

To make no-bake flax seed crackers, you dehydrate after you soak the flax seeds in water, then you dehydrate them and add your flavorings, from chili powder and/or cayenne pepper to ginger or lime juice. The recipe is at the site, Raw Flax Crackers Recipe - Flax Seed Crackers - Raw Flaxseed.

If you dehydrate instead of bake, it takes up to 6 hours. You have to turn the mixture over and dehydrate the underside of the cracker. Check out the recipes online either for the no-bake type of raw flax seeds which are soaked and then dehydrated. Or look at the bake type where you bake the seeds in your oven. Use the flax seed crackers as a dip with avocado, salsa, hummus, or other raw foods.

For further flax seed cracker recipes see the websites, flax seed cracker recipe Recipes at Epicurious.com, Flax Seed Cracker Recipe, and Your Lighter Side: Flax cracker recipe.

For example, at the Your Lighter Side: Flax cracker recipe site, you grind your flax seeds into meal into flax seed meal in a dry grinder or you just buy in a health food store flax seed meal that comes in a package, like flour. The you just mix two tablespoons of flax seed meal with 2 tablespoons of water. You spice the mixture with your favorite spices.

You could also add to the mixture before baking a tablespoon of coconut flour or brown rice flour or potato starch or quinoa flour or amaranth flour or garbanzo bean flour to extend the batter and thicken it if you wanted to use more than seeds for your crackers. Or you can follow any of the recipes online for flaxseed crackers.

For a crunchy crisp cracker instead of a chewy cracker, you'd use more seeds instead of flour. But if your seeds aren't holding together, you can add a little flour, a tablespoon or less, but not too much to turn your cracker into savory flat bread.

Then you mix the flax seed meal with water and spices in a bowl for a few minutes. Let the batter rest for up to five minutes. The recipe says two to three minutes. Shape the crackers to the sizes you want, for example, two inches around or square. Then you bake the mixture on a sheet of parchment paper.

The recipe says to microwave for 2.5 minutes or until solid.You don't need to add any fat or oil to the recipe. You can use nonstick baking sheets or spray a small amount of oil on a cookie sheet or bake on parchment paper without adding lots of grease or fats to the cracker to bake crunchy. The flax seeds and other added seeds such as quinoa seeds, sesame seeds, or amaranth seeds have their own oils.

For people without microwaves, bake in the oven at 320 degrees F. for a few minutes. Sometimes it takes up to 20 minutes, but usually less, like 10-15 minutes, or until the cracker is solid to the touch, but not burnt, too hard, or too crisp. Too-crisp crackers cut the gums.

After the crackers cool, you can use them as a dipping cracker or to eat other food with. Then bag the crackers and store in your refrigerator. Health food stores sell flax seed meal, such as Bob's Red Mill Whole Ground Flax Seed.

According to the recipe at the Your Lighter Side: Flax cracker recipe site, a serving Size: 2 Tbsp, Calories: 60, Fat: 4.5g, Carbs: 4g, Protein: 3g. And Whole Ground Flax Seed Meal (Bobs Red Mill), according to the recipe notes, serving Size: 2 Tbsp, Calories: 60, Fat: 4.5g, Carbs: 4g, Protein: 3g.

Make your own gluten-free crunch multi-seed crackers using flax, quinoa seeds, and amaranth seeds. You don't have to add fat to your cracker batter recipe. And many homemade flaxseed cracker recipes are online.

See sites such as, Organic Quinoa Seed- 35 Lbs - Quinoa Grain Seeds - For Flour, Bread, Baking, Cooking, Food Storage, Sprouting Sprouts, Cereal) amaranth seeds, (see, Organic Amaranth Seeds- 1 Lbs- Grain Seed for Sprouting Sprouts, Cooking, Grinding For Flour, Soup, Food Storage & More by Handy Pantry, brown rice flour, sesame seeds, potato starch, tamari sauce, and any flavoring you choose from curry and Parmesan to corn or turkey stuffing spices such as thyme or pepper.

There are recipes online varying from the no-bake type raw flax seed cracker recipe where you use your dehydrator (see, Raw Flax Crackers Recipe - Flax Seed Crackers - Raw Flaxseed, to Super-Yummy Italian Flax Cracker Recipe - Karen Knowler. Or check out the site, Flaxseed Crackers Recipe - Raw Vegan Hummus Recipe. You also may wish to check out the YouTube video which demonstrates how to make flax seed cracker, Karen Knowler, The Raw Food Coach: Flax Crackers.