November 19, 2008

BBQ Flax Seed Crackers

Help! I have a new food addiction. This time it's Foods Alive Flax Crackers. Every time I go up to Traverse City my second stop (the first has to be our building site) is Oryana Market for a bag of these crackers! I've liked every flavor I've tried but the mustard and BBQ are my favorites. I practically live on them while were up north for a visit. My favorite way to eat them is with Black Star Farms garlic fromage blanc (yes, mommy is guiltily indulging in creamy dairy goodness that her poor son cannot have) but I love them with every dip I'm tried them with.

Seeing that they seemed like such a simple thing to make I made up my mind to attempt a batch at home. I looked around to find some recipes to use as a starting point and followed the ingredient list found on the back of the cracker bag. I was lucky to have some sun-dried tomatoes I had made recently with tomatoes from the farm stand down the road and flax seeds from an Amish stand that my mother in law had given me. The crackers were easy to make and I got the taste spot on (at least I thought so.) I ate them with hummus and chevre but here they are with some mashed avocado and lemon, which was also good. Now I need to work on the mustard flavor and maybe an all raw version.

BBQ Flax Seed Crackers
The recipes that helped me are linked to at the end.
Makes two 13-inch square sheets of crackers

1 cup whole flax seeds (golden recommended)
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon molasses
1 tablespoon agave nectar
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons Bragg's Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce)
1 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
1 tiny drop of liquid smoke, optional

- Soak the flax seeds in 2 cups of water until they swell and the liquid becomes viscous (6-8 hours or up to overnight.)
-Soak the sun dried tomatoes in hot water for ~10 minutes. Add the tomatoes (reserving the water) to the rest of the flavorings in a blender or food processor (a mini-prep would be perfect for this but alas I own the jumbo.) Blend until a fairly smooth paste forms, adding the tomato soaking liquid as needed.
-Stir the flavoring paste into the soaked flax seeds (do not drain the flax seeds) until evenly distributed.
-Spread evenly onto two solid dehydrating sheets (like the ones used for fruit leather.) *See this VegWeb recipe link for oven directions.
-Dry for 6-8 hours at 110-118 degrees F until the top is firm and dry. Gently peel off the cracker sheet and flip it over onto a perforated dehydrating rack. Dry for another 6-8 hours until the crackers are nice and crispy.
-Break into chip sized pieces and store in an air tight container. The finished crackers should last ~2 weeks.

The recipes that helped me were:
VegWeb Flax Seed Crackers
Gone Raw Flax Seed Crackers


Abbie is determined to be "The Everywhere Cat"

15 comments:

doggybloggy said...

these look so good- I am going to have to try them....I guess its not really enough molasses or agave nectar to make them sweet - or is it?

VeggieGirl said...

Yum!!!

breadchick said...

Oh yea, that place is dangerous and I could eat that cheese on its own! Abbie sure is a ham isn't she?!

jesse said...

These sure do look addictive!!

Adam said...

I love the look of these things! They are crispy and that color is awesome. Nice job taking something you buy and making it that much better :)

TavoLini said...

How neat! I really love the color, too. And I dig your cat--always sneaking in the pictures :)

Your comment about the Vietnamese places in MI--I grew up in Troy! I'm excited to go back over the holidays and eat some great food--I'm especially missing middle eastern food. Nothing down here even compares to what we have up there!

Gabi @ Mamaliga said...

Maggie!

Yay! Whoa! This should be a winner! Question: What's a "dehydrating sheets"?

Always enjoying your posts! To the point that I added a ling to it from my blog!

Cheers!
Gabi @ Mamaliga.com

shellyfish said...

After reading the recipe and seeing the picture, I can see why you'd be addicted - yum!

Pam said...

Those look fantastic!

Veggie Wedgie said...

These sound so delicious!!

Shayne said...

I get a kick out of the cat in every post. These sound interesting but I do not have a dehydrator so I am unable to try them myself

Maria said...

What a nice snack!!

Jo said...

Oh yummy and flaxseed is extremely good for you.

gracenotesnyc said...

These look awesome! I'm always trying to figure out snacks to make with flax seed - thanks for the recipe!

Sophie said...

These look utterly something for me: healthy & super delish!!! Yum yum:)!!!!!!!