My first attempt in trying similar crackers was using a dehydrator but seeing that they took a rather long time to cook using a dehydrator (around 10 hours), I tried to recreate these cracker using my convection oven. These crackers are so easy and quick to make that I suggest any amateur cook to try. They are a great way to introduce flax seeds, also known as linseed, into your daily diet.
Flax seeds are a great source of healthy fibre which can help you regulate bowel movements. They are also a good source of omega 3 essential fatty acids, which offer heart-healthy benefits. A lot of other health benefits including reducing the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease are associated with it’s consumption.
These crackers provide to be the perfect healthy, vegan, gluten and grain free snack replacement for something light, crisp and tasty. These linseed crackers can also be easily carried, great for on the go. Since gluten and grains make me feel really bloated, I found these sort of crackers to be great for snacking. They are perfect with cheese or apples. I also enjoyed having them for breakfast instead of a toast served with mashed avocados and scrambled eggs.
There are endless ideas on how you can use them. You can try them as you would do with bread or crackers, they are a great alternative.
An advice when buying flax seeds (also labelled as linseed) is to buy them whole and grind them yourself. I use a coffee grinder to grind the seeds up. It is the most efficient way to grind these hard seeds as my food processor is not strong enough to break them up. Also whole flax seeds are cheaper and remain fresher than pre-grinded ones. It is always suggested to grind seeds up just before using.
- 1 cup ground flax seeds
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 teaspoon dried garlic or onion powder
- ½ teaspoon hot paprika
- dash of sea salt
- dash of pepper
- ½ cup water
- Start by mixing all the dry ingredients together until well combined.
- Add in the water and mix well.
- Let sit for about 5 minutes. This is not necessary but it will make the mixture bind better.
- Prepare an oven tray with baking paper.
- Make round even shapes using a spoon to form your crackers making sure to leave no holes. This will be the size and shape of the crackers that you will have. You can alternatively make 1 big cracker and then slice up when cooked.
- Bake in convection oven, or in preheated oven at around 180 degrees Celcius for 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes turn around and cook for a further 5 minutes if required. Keep an eye on them as they can easily burn.
- Enjoy with cheese, nuts, yogurt, ricotta, as toast or as desired.
- These ingredients yield 4 toast size crackers.