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Raw Sun-Dried Tomato Crackers

27 Comments 30 April 2012

Raw Sun-Dried Tomato Crackers

I’ve stopped purchasing boxes of gluten-free crackers except for rare occasions.  Lazy occasions.

First of all, store bought gluten-free crackers are ridiculously expensive.  I’ve been buying them for so many years that I no longer bat an eye when a box of crackers cost me over $5.00.  Are you kidding me?  They are just crackers!

Secondly, I feel so much better when I eat raw foods.

Thirdly, we are juicing so many vegetables that I have more pulp than I know what to do with!

So we are making veggie pulp crackers.  And while I’m hesitant to share raw recipes with you as a raw newbie, I think you’ll really like these Raw Sun-Dried Tomato Crackers.

They’re really easy to make.  Just put the ingredients in the food processor and process until it’s creamy.  Then spread the dough out with a spatula into large squares about ¼ inch thick.  Score with a spatula or knife into crackers shapes and pop them in the dehydrator.

I love eating these alone, but even better is making hummus sandwiches using Gena’s High Protein Hemp Hummus.

Raw Sun-Dried Tomato Crackers

By Heather

Ingredients:

  • 2 c. juice pulp (I like tomato, cucumber, carrot, celery)
  • ½ c. ground flax meal
  • ¼ c. sun dried tomatoes
  • 2 T. gluten-free soy sauce
  • ½ T. black sesame seeds
  • ½ tsp. basil
  • ¼ c. water

Directions:

1.  Put all ingredients except water in a food processor and process.

2.  Slowly add ¼ c. water.

3.  Scoop dough onto teflex dehydrator sheets, and spread it out with a spatula in large squares about ¼ inch thick.

4.  Score dough with a spatula or knife into crackers shapes.

5.  Dehydrate at 110 for 4-6 hours.  Flip crackers and dehydrate for another 4 hours or until desired crunchiness is attained.

Yield: 18-24 crackers

Taste, and then tell me if you’d rather eat a store-bought cracker.

 Readers, dish!

  • Have you ever made raw crackers?
  • Have you made your own gluten-free crackers?
  • What are your favorite store-bought gluten-free crackers?
  • Would you rather buy a box or take a few moments to make a snack that you know is good for you? (Yeah, I’m lazy too!)
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Your Comments

27 Comments so far

  1. Betsy says:

    Yum!!! I am so hungry and looking at these is making it worse!

    I have been wanting to buy a dehydrator for a year now and still have not pulled the trigger. I have cancer and have been juicing everything under the sun. I would feel better using all of my pulp – right now I just throw it away.

    I have made gluten-free crackers, but never raw. I love Brad’s Raw Chips, but they are so expensive. Your post may be what it takes to make me finally pull the trigger.

    • Heather says:

      Oh, Betsy, I’m so sorry that you have cancer, but I’m thrilled that you are a mean juicing machine!!! All of those vitamins are exactly what your body needs to fight. I’ll be praying for you, Betsy!

      Dehydrator, dehydrator, dehydrator… :)

  2. Wow, these look incredible, Heather! Your photos are stunning. Talk about the vibrancy of real food … it jumps off the plate, doesn’t it? Great job!

    xo,
    Shirley

    • Heather says:

      Thank you, Shirley! It’s amazing how having a gorgeous subject makes a gorgeous picture. Real food is just naturally beautiful. Thanks for the sweet compliment. :)

  3. Amber says:

    Hi Heather,

    Just gorgeous! I love the addition of sun dried tomatoes. I don’t use soy, but I’m sure coconut aminos would taste amazing in there too! :-)

    So funny, I posted a similar story this morning, but with raw cookies. I just can’t justify buying them at $6 per bag…making them is sooo much more cost effective.

    Thanks for this great recipe. I’ll be trying these soon! :-)

    Be Well,
    –Amber

    • Heather says:

      When it’s so easy, healthier, and so much cheaper to make your own crackers and cookies it just makes sense! Jumping over to your blog to see our like-minded theme!

  4. Can I ask a silly question? What is a dehydrator?

    • Heather says:

      Deanna!! Not silly at all! Until a few years ago I wouldn’t have known either. The short version is that it allows you to make raw breads, crackers, wraps, etc. with raw fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, etc. that haven’t been cooked, thus more nutritionally dense and healthier for you. This post http://www.glutenfreecat.com/?p=6618 may help, and it shows a picture of my dehydrator and what you can do with it. So glad you said hi!! Hope you are well. :)

  5. Alison says:

    VEGGIE PULP CRACKERS! I love, love, love this idea. We’re juicing too and have so. much. pulp. It seems like such a waste. You are my hero. I can’t wait to try these!

    • Heather says:

      Yay, Alison!! Love that you can use your pulp now! I have a friend who has a horse. So I separate the more fiberous pulp like greens and bag it up for the horse. That makes me feel so much better, because now I’m not wasting anything!

  6. mjskit says:

    These are ingenious! I bet that taste absolutely delicious with all of those great ingredients!

  7. Ina gawne says:

    These crackers look fabulous! What ratio of vegetables did you use for the juice pulp to get 2 cups? I love that this did not go into the compost heap! Also, I do not have a dehydrator, so I am guessing a 200 degree oven temp. in the oven for 2 to 4 hours? What do you think? Thanks for sharing, love this recipe! I so want to make these crackers! :)

    • Heather says:

      Ina, I use a different ratio every time, because I juice whatever happens to be in my fridge. I keep it heavy on the carrot and cucumber.

      I’ve never tried dehydrating in the oven, but I’ve heard exactly what you mentioned…set your oven to the lowest possible temperature and bake for about half the time. I’ve also read that you can leave the oven open a crack and use a fan to circulate the air so there isn’t condensation.

      Thanks for stopping by!!

  8. I just bought a juicer and have been looking for something to do with all the pulp. Great idea! Thanks!

  9. I wish I still had my juicer, these sound wonderful!

    • Heather says:

      You could actually make these crackers by pureeing shredded carrots and cucumber to make your own pulp. You may need to add a little more water.

  10. I have yet to make gf crackers, but it’s on my to-do list. It’s silly how expensive the commercial brands are. Thanks for sharing at Allergy-Free Wednesdays! We hope to see you back again next week.

    ~Michelle, AFW Hostess

  11. Amanda says:

    Great recipe! Thanks for sharing. :)


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