Sunday, April 26, 2009

Flax Herb Crackers

Flax crackers, a good way to add some tasty fiber to your diet. There are many benefits to this ancient seed, the flax seed, including reducing cholesterol, fighting inflammation and stabilizing blood sugar which all come from the benefits of the essential fatty acids found in the Omega 3 content in the seeds. These "good fats" will help combat against cancer cells and toxic build-up, and if you are curious of more benefits I attached an article to the post above.

I like to buy my flax seeds in bulk from a farm in Michigan that sells through vendors at Farmer's Markets or even some other local harvest stores. The picture of the bag is below. They sell the golden flax (which is below). And also probably the more popular variety, the dark brown seed which is said to have a more nutty flavor, but I personally don't notice too much of a difference. On the back of the bag, the recommendation is to start only taking 1 ts. a day ground up in some food, because I guess too much too fast may be some sort of a surprise to your digestion. :) So, if you haven't eaten much flax seeds in the past maybe you should limit your intake of these crackers to not more than three or four. Which will be hard because they are so tasty!

Mix together in large mixing bowl:
2 cups of ground flax seeds (grind 1 cup at a time in a coffee grinder)
2 cup ground almond (grind in a coffee grinder)
1/3 cup of water
1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil
3 TB of dried mixed Italian herbs ( sage, rosemary, thyme, basil, oregano)
1 TB garlic powder
1 ts sea salt
1 ts of cracked pepper
Mix all the ingredients and roll them out a thin as possible on a cookie sheet with parchment paper on it. I used a 12x14 pan, but you could use two smaller pans as well. I rolled out the batter about 1 inch thick, but I could have even rolled out paper thin and that would work as well. Then use a pizza cutter and thin knife to cut the crackers before baking. I like to cut squares or triangles, but you can design your crackers however you like.

There is Za'atar spice sprinkled on top of the crackers, but if you don't have the middle eastern spice on hand then sesame seeds will work, or a little more salt and herbs would be fine as well.

Bake in a 250 degree oven for 2 hours, and then let cool in the oven for another 3 hours.

Then carefully break up the crackers and put in a air tight container, or zip lock bag.

These crackers taste amazing on a salad, or in soups. They are crispy and depending on the thickness can be used great with some goat cheese as an appetizer or snack. They taste delish, and you are also getting a great dose of digestible fiber with eat bite. There are some gluten-free crackers available on the market, but to make some at home means you will be tasting freshness over a packaged variety. They could also pass for chips, salad croutons, or bread for soup. So try 'em out and enjoy the health benefits as well.

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