Last weekend we went apple picking, and lots of apples means dehydrated cinnamon apple slices. Since I dusted off the dehydrator, and also saw my abundance of flax seed meal, I decided to try my hand at crackers again. Last time I made them (a few years ago), I used peppers, tomatoes, onions, garlic, flax, etc, but I forgot one major factor…I don’t like the flavor of dried tomatoes. I was also brand spanking new at the whole raw diet thing so, they weren’t terrible, but I definitely didn’t have a desire to make those again.
This time I was nervous because unlike normal baking, raw foods prep is kind of weird…The textures are different, and it’s kind of a ‘learn as you go’ thing. I work well when I have a clear set of instructions to follow…
For this batch I kind of merged these two recipes http://www.therawtarian.com/basic-raw-cracker-recipe and http://vegetarian.about.com/od/beverage1/r/rawflaxcrackers.htm (thanks Twitter friends @istabmyself and @donnyspi). I used 2 Tbs sunflower seeds because that’s all I had, they would probably be good with even more. I just kind of threw in some random stuff from the cabinet.
3/4 cup ground flax meal
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 1/2 cups filtered water
2 Tbs sunflower seeds
1 Tbs liquid smoke
1 Tbs nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Mediterranean seasoning
Mix the flax meal, chia seeds, and water together in a bowl. Cover and let sit 1-2 hours.
The best description for this mixture is gelatinous…it’s very gloppy. After the 2 hours, it was a lot thicker, but not dry.
Mix in the rest of the ingredients.
Spread on Teflex sheet/parchment paper/fruit roll sheet.
Dehydrate until hard. I was afraid they were going to be a little too thick because I only have one sheet for my dehydrator, but they came out the perfect thickness. I dehydrated them for about 20 hours on one side, scored them, flipped them, and then finished for another 4 hours. Total dehydrating time was about 24 hours. I like mine crispy.
These came out surprisingly well! Right now, I keep grabbing a couple, eating them at my desk, walking back to the dehydrator, back to the desk, etc. This is a great basic recipe. I think next time I will add spicier flavors and pair it with some guacamole.