I posted this on Facebook, really just because I thought it was AWESOME that they were hitting the spot… and I never expected the sheer volume of questions. I decided to make a whole proper page on this recipe. All the questions are below, along with the super-detailed recipe.
Please keep in mind that this recipe was intended to be SUPER SUPER simple and absolutely could be dressed up just a touch, even if just with salt. But this happens to have been perfect for me. I just want to emphasize that generally speaking, I either dress up the sauce OR the crackers but not both. So, I had a nice dip to go with this that was pretty yummy and carried the mix to awesomeness, mixed with the crunch of the crackers. Whoo hoo!
2 cups flax seeds, soaked in 2 1/2 cups water
1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked in 1 cup water and then rinsed and drained
- Soak your seeds for 6-10 hours.
- After rinsing the sunflower seeds, add everything to a bowl to mix it together. If you really want to add some salt or fresh spices, now is the time!
- Spread your mix onto Teflex sheets in a dehydrator, with the spread being 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick. (Thicker means more dehydration time.)
- Score the crackers, if desired. I like to score them into triangles, as you can see.
- Dehydrate at 105-118 degrees (you pick the temperature based on what YOU prefer) for 6-12 hours. You just need the crackers to be crispy enough to easily flip.
- Flip the crackers so that the dry side is now facing down and the more moist side is facing up (so it gets more air and dehydrates well too, in the end). Remove the Teflex sheet.
- Continue to dehydrate until the crackers are as crunchy as you want them to be.
HERE ARE ALL THE QUESTIONS…
This might be a dumb question, but how’s it sticking together? (Susan)
Susan ~ Hey no worries! You’re at uncooking 101 not “fancy gourmet everything must be complex and have hard to pronounce ingredients 5099″. It’s a GREAT question.
When you soak flax seeds, they become quite sticky and hold together fabulously. You can see it’s more flax than sunflower seeds, and that’s because if I’d added a ton more sunflower seeds, it would not have been sticky enough. Literally just soaked them, threw them in a bowl together, then spread them out on the dehydrator then when they were pretty crispy on one side, I flipped them. And later, when I remembered about them, I pulled them out. Voila! Crackers.
And pretty dang crunchy, nutritious and budget-friendly I might add!!
I need more specific directives than that…! (looks yum!) (Kristi)
I have same question, so we mix sun and flax In a bowl with water?????? I am so beyond lame in the kitchen I really am. (Kimberly)
Kimberly (& Kristi) ~ You got it. I soaked 2 cups flax with 2 1/2 cups water, 1 cup sunflower seeds with 1 cup water. When I soaked them, it was from start to finish of the workday, but it’s really just about 6-10 hours, whatever works for your schedule. THEN you spread it on dehydrator sheets up to about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick (thicker means you dehydrate longer in the end). Otherwise, you can follow the instructions from above.
Is there any way to make these fab crackers without a dehydrator? (Sheri)
Sheri, It’s NOT ideal, BUT you could “jerry rig” your oven by putting it on warm or the lowest setting, propping open the door, and spreading the mix onto parchment paper. It actually WILL probably work in the end (depending on exact details in YOUR kitchen, of course!), but it will be messier and takes the ease out of the lazy way I do it.
Tell us about the cashew cheese please, how do we make that happen? (Steve)
Hey Steve ~ funny how “complex” the crackers here seem compared to the flax/sunflower cheat!! There’s a cashew cheese >>HERE<<, though that is pretty darn easy and tasty. :-)
A really good philosophy. Nice and basic. Save the tasty ingredients for the dips and toppings. But do you think that the whole flax seeds are able to be properly digested? (Tirza)
Tirza ~ I’m sure you’ll find some “gurus” that say it’s a horrible idea. Test it out for yourself. I LOVE LOVE LOVE having flax crackers, but not all the time. They actually work like a sweeping motion in the intestines, from what I can tell. I’m not going to give all the dirty details of why I can tell, but you can trust me that they do something good for cleansing.
As for getting the omegas and other good stuff flax is known for, for that purpose I’d grind them fresh rather than have them in a cracker.
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