Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Raw Flaxseed Crackers made in my Food Dehydrator

I modified the raw flax crackers recipe by doubling the amount of tamari for more flavor and then adding no additional salt to the recipe.

1 cup whole flaxseeds
1 cup water
1/4 cup tamari
* add water to the flax seeds and soak for 2 hours
* add the tamari
* spread 1/8 inch thick on solid dehydrator trays

flax seed cracker batter on dehydrator tray
Flax seed cracker batter spread on solid dehydrator tray.

I dried the crackers in my food dehydrator for 6 hours and then flipped the partially dried crackers onto a dehydrator screen tray. This allowed the hot air to pass over both sides of the cracker to speed the final drying required.

flax seed crackers
Flax seed crackers after dehydration.

Flaxseeds are very high in omega-3 fatty acids, calories & fiber, and are very low in sugar. They also have a very strong anti-inflammatory food rating. In addition, flaxseeds provide some protein, vitamins and minerals. (Nutrition Facts and Analysis for Flaxseed)

Whole, dry flaxseeds can be stored at room temperature, but once the coats of the soaked seeds break open the fatty acids in the seeds can go rancid very quickly. Thus, I make flaxseed crackers in small batches, put them in in sealed bags in the refrigerator and eat them fairly soon after they are made.

I'm happy to get healthy flaxseed crackers into my diet because western diets are typically low in omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. These high calorie, high fiber crackers are intended for eating in small quantities - much less than the typical serving size for starchy crackers or pretzels made from wheat flour. "Institute of Medicine ... has established adequate intake amounts of ... one tablespoon of ground flaxseed" (MayoClinic) so just a few flaxseed crackers are all you need to eat every day.

More information:
Garlic rosemary flaxseed crackers made in my food dehydrator.
Banana flax crackers and banana walnut crackers, omega-3 fatty acid nutrition.
Cranberry Walnut Flaxseed Cracker recipe made in my food dehydrator.
Flaxseed Health Benefits, Food Sources, Recipes, and Tips for Using It - webmd
Dehydrated foods for Indoor Snacks and Outdoor Activities - BRT Insights.

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I put 1/4 cup ground flax seed in 1 cup of persimmon pulp and added 1/2 cup of either walnuts, oatmeal, or sesame seeds. All were quite bland, and not nearly as sweet as I expected. Next time I will add a pinch of salt and a sweetener, probably honey or molasses.
You might also consider adding raisins or dried cranberries to add some sweetness and texture.
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