My friend Diane is The Flax Cracker Queen. She always kept me well stocked with crispy little crackers that were perfect when I needed something healthy to munch. But now that we’re miles apart I actually have to make them myself. Raw veggies are great, but sometimes you just need a cracker.
Now I realize just how lazy I have been, because flax crackers are ridiculously easy to make, especially if you have a dehydrator. After I share my new flax cracker recipe I’ll be talking more about dehydrators.
Not only are flax cracker easy to make, but they’re really good for you. Here are my favorite flax seeds health benefits:
- They’re an excellent source of omega-3s.
- They’re fiberlicious – yay for digestion!
- They’re anti-inflammatory.
- They lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels.
- And the ALA (Alpha-linolenic acid) promotes bone health.
This recipe makes use of the whole flaxseeds for a super crunchy cracker. But you can also combine whole flaxseeds with ground flaxseed to vary the texture.
Sun-Dried Tomato Flax Crackers
- 2 c. flaxseeds
- 2 c. water
- 1/4 c. sun-dried tomato
- 1 tsp. basil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 T. nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp. sea salt
1. Mix all ingredients together by hand in a large bowl.
2. Let mixture sit for at least 10 minutes to allow the flaxseeds to gel.
3. Divide the mixture between two Non-Stick Dehydrator Sheets. Spread to the edges of the sheets, creating two large squares.
5. Flip over onto the mesh trays and score with a knife creating 16 crackers per sheet.
6. Continue dehydrating for another 4 hours, or until desired crispiness is attained.
7. Break along score lines and store at room temperature in an air-tight container.
Yields 32 crackers
Many of you have asked for a dehydrator recommendation. I highly recommend my Excalibur 3500B 5 Tray Deluxe Dehydrator. I’ve had it for 2 years and have never wished for any more trays than the 5 tray. It does come in a 9-Tray if you were planning to go nuts with dehydrating! The dehydrators come with mesh trays. In order to make raw crackers, bread, pizza, wraps, and fruit leather you will need to purchase the Non-Stick Dehydrator Sheets that go over the mesh trays. These are essential to raw foods creations, so it’s worth the extra few dollars to get them. (They are $2.00-3.00 a piece.)
I will say that there have been times that I’ve wished I had the Excalibur 3526TB because it has a timer. This is great when you still need 4 more hours of dehydrating, but it’s time for bed. I used to get up in the middle of night to check bread. But now I either turn down the temperature so it’s still fine by morning or I just know I’ll have extra crispy bread. A timer would be nice, but it’s not necessary.
My dehydrators gently hums more days than it doesn’t. It’s essential for my weekly staples:
- raw crackers
- raw bread
- raw granola
- raw cookies
- warming coconut oil
- taking the chill off raw noodle dishes
- drying fruit
Does that help?
- Do you have a dehydrator? If so, what kind, and would you recommend it?
- What kitchen appliance or gadget is on your wish list?
- Have you ever made flax crackers?