Simple Seedy Crackers

recipes snacks Aug 15, 2019

Whether I’m enjoying a cup of soup, big ol’ salad or bowl of pasta, I need some sort of crunch. Texture plays a huge part in every meal for me, so toppings and additions are key. And my favorite? Crackers, of course!

I always have a box (or two) of Jilz or Simple Mills in my pantry and highly recommend them both for their great flavor and simple ingredients. Yet I know that crackers are actually incredibly easy to whip up in my own kitchen. These Simple Seedy Crackers, along with my 3-Ingredient Almond Flour Crackers and Healthy Homemade Cheez-Its will convince you of just that.

Perhaps the best part of this recipe is the fact that you truly only need seeds and a few spices, likely all of which you already have sitting in your pantry. No fillers, flours or preservatives in sight! While you can certainly include any other seeds that you prefer or have on hand, I found that pepitas, sunflower, chia, flax and sesame seeds brought a great balance of flavors and crunch to these crackers.

Plus, all of these ingredients made Healthline’s list of 6 Super Healthy Seeds You Should Eat, which further convinced me that I needed more of them all in my diet. You can read up on the health benefits of pepitas and sunflower seeds specifically in my Sunflower & Pumpkin Seed Butter post (and feel free to whip up a batch while you’re at it  ).

Flaxseeds are also a nutritional powerhouse due to their high level of Omega 3 fatty acids, which can help reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol, heart disease and blood pressure. Plus, in clinical studies, they’ve also been seen to protect against cancer.

Chia seeds are incredibly important to this recipe, as they plump with water to form a gel that allows these crackers to stay together. This gel also provides digestion-boosting fiber, while the antioxidants and healthy fats in chia seeds help reduce inflammation throughout the body.

And lastly, I adore sesame seeds both for their unique flavor and incredible health benefits. Studies show that sesame seeds can help regulate sex hormones, lower cholesterol, reduce inflammation and improve muscle burnout and aerobic capacity during exercise.

To create these simple crackers, just mix together your seeds and spices with water and let sit until a thick paste has formed. For the additional flavor, I chose to add garlic and onion powder, salt and pepper to jazz up these crackers a bit. But feel free to omit or include any other spices that you love!

Allow the mixture to form a “dough”, then spread into a thin layer and bake at a low temperature to avoid burning. Once the crackers are crispy and golden, remove from the oven and cool before breaking into pieces.

While these crackers are delicious and satisfying on their own, they’ve also become my favorite crunchy addition to any and every meal. Plus, they pair perfectly with hummus, baba ganoush, cream cheese or any other spread you adore.

Serve them as an appetizer at your next get-together, and your guests will be blown away that you whipped them up in your own kitchen!


 

 YIELDS6 Servings
 PREP TIME25 mins COOK TIME50 mins TOTAL TIME1 hr 15 mins

 

Ingredients
  •  ½ cup pepitas
  •  ½ cup sunflower seeds
  •   cup chia seeds
  •  ½ cup flax seeds
  •  ¼ cup white sesame seeds
  •  ½ tsp garlic powder
  •  ½ tsp onion powder
  •  ½ tsp black pepper
  •  ½ tsp salt
  •  1 ¼ cups water

 

Directions
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a metal baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.
Add all of the dry ingredients to a large bowl.
Pour in water and mix to combine well.
Allow to sit for at least 20 minutes, until chia seeds have formed a gel.
When the water is completely absorbed and the mixture has become a thick paste, place on your parchment-lined baking sheet.

*Note* If it still seems a little dry, add a couple more tbsp of water.

Use a spatula to press into a large rectangle. Spread the dough as thinly as possible without breaking, about 1/4 inch.
Bake for 30 minutes, rotate your tray, and bake for another 20 minutes or so, until firm and crispy.
Allow to cool completely before breaking into crackers.

Enjoy!

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