Apr 21, 2011

Flax Seed Crackers

Flax seed crackers are dehydrated crackers. Usually a dehydrator is needed, although you can try to make them in an oven and keep it under 120 degrees - if it has a fan in back. However that can take quite a few hours and would be a major drain on your electric bill. And I don't recommend it - it may be too hot and damage the enzymes that dehydrating at a low temperature is supposed to preserve.

Dehydrators use very little energy. If you're eating raw foods now and don't have a dehydrator you definitely should get one. I find it an indispensable piece of equipment for raw fooders. It will give you much more in the way to choose from in terms of the number of raw food recipes you can prepare.

There are many different raw recipes in the dehydrator - for example, cookies, other types of raw crackers, raw pizza, raw crepes, mushroom appetizers, appetizers, raw onion bread and much more. If you want to invest in a dehydrator get the big square one with the fan in the back, because those are the best and will not heat the food.

2 cup flax seeds soaked for 5- 8 hours or overnight - not ground up or you can use 2 cups of flax seeds unsoaked ground in a food processor
2 tsp sun dried sea salt
2 1/2 - 3 cups or more of pure filtered water

Mix together in mixing bowl and add more water if necessary. It should be very moist. Don't worry - it does not have to be perfect. They always turn out. Spread onto dehydrator trays about 1/4 inch thick.
Use a pizza cutter to cut into squares. Dehydrate at about 95 degrees for 12-24 hours or until they look dried and crispy. About half way through the process, re-score with the pizza cutter and place another tray on top and flip over and continue dehydrating.

**Now this is a very basic flax seed cracker recipe. But you'll want to add spices or additional ingredients to make them flavorful. Otherwise they will be bland.

Optional: 3 teaspoons of Italian seasoning for a more pizza-like cracker or add 3 T caraway seeds for a caraway seed cracker or add 4 dates for a sweeter cracker or add 1 T coriander seeds or add 2 cups of unsoaked sunflower seeds that have been ground up fine in a food processor or any combination of any of these. You can also add 5 stalks of celery or the pulp from juicing carrots instead of some of the water as long as your final mixture is a little moist.

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