I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I frequently look at raw diet cookbooks and websites – I don’t think there’s anything wrong with cooking food, but I love using them as a resource for healthy desserts and figuring out variations on flavors – those raw people can get super creative, and they usually only use whole foods which is great.
Case in point – they’ve been doing the flax cracker thing forever, they just dehydrate them instead of baking them. I’ve hardly ever seen a recipe for this kind of flax crackers that wasn’t raw, so I decided to see if they worked as well in a standard oven since I don’t own a dehydrator.
They do! These things are awesome – super healthy (flax is all kinds of good for you), super flexible (you could season these with a ton of different flavors), delicious, and easy! And of course, vegan, gluten free, sugar free, yadda yadda yadda.
The basic recipe is essentially just ground flaxseed and water – from there the flavors are up to you. I did a bit of a garlic and onion thing for this recipe, but it would also be great with italian herbs, some nutritional yeast to give it a more “cheesy” flavory, some mexican spices, you name it.
The dough is really easy to work with as well. As I mentioned, you just mix up water, ground flax, some salt and some spices, and then spread it out on a parchment or silicone lined cookie sheet (you do want to make sure it’s lined or really well greased), pre-cut them so they will snap into nice square crackers once they are cooked, and bake for about 20 minutes. I didn’t even have a rolling pin handy and was able to roll the dough pretty thin with just my hands (make sure you keep your hands wet if you do it this way).
As you can see I went right up to the edges – this recipe makes a perfect amount for a standard cookie sheet. In retrospect, I would probably not go quite up to the edges next time, they tended to cook a bit faster than everything else and ended up a bit too crispy (read: “burnt”) – make sure to keep an eye on these and take them out when the edges start to get browned. If the middle isn’t quite cooked enough you can leave them on the pan for a few minutes to finish baking.
That’s all there is to it! Nice crispy crunchy crackers that are crazy healthy. I like making up a couple of batches and just leaving them around to munch on when I want a snack. They’re also great with spreads like hummus or mock salmon dip.