Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Flax & Sesame Crackers

Here is a great recipe I came up with when trying to figure out what to do with juicer pulp! Very easy to make and extremely nutritious. This gluten-free, vegan, cracker is perfect for snacking on and is also highly anti-inflammatory.

Nutritional Content:  These crackers are a good source of dietary fiber, thiamin, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, manganese and a great source of omega-3 oils. There are 144 calories per serving (4 crackers).

½ cup ground flax-seed meal 
1 cup carrot juicer pulp (optional)
¾ cup filtered water (reduce amount slightly if not using carrot pulp)
3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
¾ teaspoon salt
Coconut oil for greasing (or olive oil) 

Makes 20 crackers

Notes about the ingredients: Flax seed meal can be found at health food stores and some supermarkets (I use Bob's Red Mill brand). If you cannot find it ground, you can do this yourself using a food processor or Stone mortar and pestle. Carrot pulp can actually be substituted with any vegetable juicer pulp, bearing in mind the flavor will change, carrot gives this cracker a slightly sweet edge.

Pre-heat the oven to 300°F. In a bowl, combine the flax seed meal, carrot pulp, water, sesame and salt together to form a sticky dough, mix well. Lightly grease a baking sheet with the coconut oil, then spread the dough out, making sure it is level, the thickness I use is about 3-4mm, any thicker it may need longer in the oven. Before baking, score out 20 cracker squares with a knife so it's easier to break. Bake for 25 minutes. Let dry out for 1 hour in the oven, heat turned off. Enjoy with hummus, guacamole or a selection of cheeses.

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