Saturday, August 25, 2012

Flax Crackers in a Dehydrator - Two Kinds: Sweet & Savory

SWEET NUTTY FLAX CRACKERS
SAVORY FLAX CRACKERS

I recently bought an Excalibur Dehydrator and have been experimenting with it. I have admired my sister Shelley's Excalibur and she makes the most wonderful things with it including a wonderful flax cracker. I loved her flax cracker bread, so delicious and healthy plus a wonderful and healthful alternative to store bought crackers. SHe outlined vaguly how she makes them and I tried them out too. I made two kinds my first trial out. A sweet nutty variety and a savory variety. Both are equally good but I notice I am more attracted to the sweet nutty ones when I am looking for a snack. They are fantastic with a dip like hummus and are very filling and practically a meal. I have enjoyed them for a lunch or when I was out on the boat or on a walk and needed a little boost. The Savory crackers are great with soups and with dinner.





 SOAK 1 C. OF FLAX SEEDS IN 1C. OF
WATER FOR SEVERAL HOURS

RECIPE: SWEET FLAX CRACKERS
Soak 1 c. of Flax Seeds in 1 c. of water for 1-several hours. When ready to make crackers Add 1 c. Flax Seed Meal, 1/4 c. sunflower seeds, 1/4-1/2 c. dried cranberries, 1/4 c. chopped raw almonds, 1/4 c. chopped raw cashews, 1-2 Tbs. Chia Seeds, 2 Tbs. Raw Pumpkin Seeds, 1/4 c. Agarve or Maple Syrup, 1/2 Tsp Salt to taste. Mix together into a paste and spread on a Paraflex sheet and pop into Dehydrator. Spread thinly on one rack. Several hours into the process, I took mine out and cut them into bite size squares and rectangles and then dehydrated them several hours more to crispness. Mine took about 12 hours at 125 degrees. This recipe can be multiplied for multiple racks of crackers.

RECIPE: SAVORY FLAX CRACKERS

Soak 1 c. of Flax Seeds in 1 c. of water for 1-several hours. When ready to make crackers Add 1 c. Flax Seed Meal, 1/2 chopped very finely chopped carrot, 1/4 very finely chopped onion, and finely chopped fresh parsley and basil, 1/2 Tsp Salt to taste. Mix together into a paste and spread on a Paraflex sheet and pop into Dehydrator. Spread thinly on one rack. Several hours into the process, I took mine out and cut them into bite size squares and rectangles and then dehydrated them several hours more to crispness. Mine took about 12 hours at 125 degrees. This recipe can be multiplied for multiple racks of crackers.

There is no end to the experimentation you can do with these crackers. Add herbs, garlic, various veggies, nuts, fruits whatever you have at hand for a healthy and delicious cracker bread. Flax seeds have long been respected as being extremely healthy and contains levels of lignans and omega 3 fatty acids which are good for a persons heart, circulatory system, and are said to possess anti cancer properties. It has also been said that they are beneficial in balancing hormones and the hormonal system. 


Thanks for sharing my Flax Crackers Dehydrator

 Adventure with me! 

Happy Cooking and Flax Cracker Making! 

Melissa Abbott