Thursday, May 22, 2008

Chia-Flax Seed Crackers with Hummus and Avocado

Snack time !

These are dehydrated crackers made from flax, sesame, chia and sunflower seeds.

Chia seeds (remember the Chia Pet?) are exceptionally rich in essential fatty acids, the seeds contain up to 60% omega 3 fatty acids, comparing favorably to flax seeds, another seed rich in essential fatty acids. Another 20% of the chia seed is comprised of protein, and the chia seed contains many important and rare nutrients such as calcium, zinc, vitamin B-6, magnesium, vitamin C, iron, thiamin, niacin, folate, phosphorus, and boron.

I discovered chia seeds about a year ago as a treatment for constipation. At the time, my younger son had infrequent bowel movements and we were looking for some possibilities to speed things up. Chia seeds really did the trick. Chia seeds are unique in their ability to absorb more than 10 times their weight in water, promoting hydration in the gastrointestinal tract and stimilating elimination.

Dehydrated crackers are a great way to try chia seeds as they have a pleasant nutty flavor and crunch. These crackers are great with homemade hummus and slices of avocado. It is one of my favorite snacks.

1 cup flax seeds
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 cup sesame seeds
3/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 teaspoon celtic sea salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder

Pour flax and chia seeds into a medium sized bowl and add 2 cups of filtered water. The seeds will become very gooey. Pour sesame and sunflower seeds into a second medium sized bowl and add 2 cups of filtered water. Soak seeds for 6 to 12 hours. Drain and rinse the sesame and sunflower seeds and add to the flax and chia seeds. Do not drain the flax and chia seed mixture. Add the sea salt, garlic powder and onion powder.

Spread on a dehydrator tray and dehydrate at 105 degrees for 8 to 12 hours or overnight. Flip over onto a mesh tray and dry for another 4 to 6 hours or until completely crisp.

Store in an airtight container.


celinasews said...

Is there a way to make these in the oven instead of the dehydrater? I don't have one but I'd like to make a seedy, flour free cracker and I"m having a hard time finding a recipe. Yours are the closest I've found so far. Thanks!

Becky said...

You can dehydrate in the oven by setting your oven as close to 110 degrees as possible. On many ovens the lowest temperature is 200 degrees. This works fine. Line a baking try with parchment paper and spread the cracker mixture evenly on top. Bake until the crackers are dry on top. Remove from the oven and flip over. Carefully peel off the parchment paper. Bake again until completely dry and crispy. Good luck !

Healthy Natural Systems said...

I've never had my own chia pet or chia head or whatnot, but they look cool on TV. I just eat the seeds and I swear, they help sooo much as far as energy and feeling good throughout the day goes. I honestly started feeling so much better on a day-to-day basis after I started putting them in my smoothies about a year ago. The one's I get are Chia Pure. Chia Seeds Right Now they are even buy 1
get 1 free!

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