I found this recipe at “The Rawtarian’s” website (http://www.therawtarian.com/basic-raw-cracker-recipe). I’m not overly into the whole raw food thing, but unfortunately it seems like the only dehydrator cracker recipes out there are raw by their very nature. The other thing I noticed – you can’t find a dehydrator cracker recipe that doesn’t have flax seed in it. Not that I’m specifically anti-flax seed – but – it’s a pretty boring taste and it needs a LOT of work to make it anything other than cardboard (in my opinion of course).
I figured I’d give it a try. The result – not overly impressive, not overly disgusting. I think the solution to this would be to make these crackers and then make some amazingly delicious dip to stick them in. You won’t find me sitting and nibbling on these plain for a snack. However, they are easy to make, and probably very very good for you.
- 2 cups ground flax seed
- 2/3 cup whole flax seed
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 tablespoons red pepper (chopped very small)
- 2 tablespoons parsley (chopped very small)
- 1 teaspoon Italian spices (or your favorite savoury spice)
- 2 2/3 cups water
- 1 1/3 cups sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup sesame seeds
- Mix everything together in a mixing bowl.
- Spread batter evenly to desired thickness on parchment paper or a teflex sheet (do NOT use regular waxed paper)
- Begin dehydrating crackers.
- After several hours, score crackers into desired shapes.
- Remove from parchment/teflex and place directly onto dehydrator tray.
- Dry to desired consistency – if storing for more than a few days, all moisture must be removed
- Crack along score lines and store in a container or plastic bag.
- Contrary to internet popular belief, you cannot grind flax seeds in a food processor. I tried this once before and couldn’t do it because of that. The suggestions to use a coffee grinder make way more sense. The seeds are tiny and very hard, and just fly around the processor when you try. I cheated and bought pre-ground flax seed this time. Much easier.
- I used dried red pepper and parsley instead of fresh.
- I started mine around 5:00 in the evening, scored the crackers around 8:00 or 8:30, and then let them dry overnight.
- After giving the initial batter a good sniff, I also added some onion powder. It smelled VERY boring (like….cardboard!). I’m sure it must have helped, but you could get creative with other seasonings/flavors you can add.