These flaxseed crackers are OMG so good and rich in healthy omega 3s! That’s why they’re omega-ad so yummy.
When I decided to cut down on my gluten intake years ago I was looking for something to replace my love of crackers. What would I put my cheese on or dip my hummus with? I was at first so grateful to find seed crackers at the health shop, however, at $6 (USD) a box, I was saving them for special occasions. But my whole family truly enjoyed these crackers and we started spend a small fortune on crackers.
This is when I decided to read the label and try to replicate what was inside the box. The base was flaxseeds, aka linseeds, and the rest was a variety of other seeds. I went on a cooking rampage to find a blend that was not only tasty, but also contained some of the most powerful youth preserving ingredients to hack my age.
You can use any blend of seeds that you like from sesame seeds to pumpkin seeds to sunflower seeds, but keep the base of flaxseeds to get a good solid cracker. After that, blend any spices you enjoy to make different flavors, such as Indian (curry powder), Italian (rosemary and garlic), Moroccan (cumin and coriander) or Mexican (chili and cumin).
Flaxseeds are powerful antioxidants, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and contain lignans, a phytoestrogen that stops your body from producing excess estrogen. This makes these crackers ideal for anyone dealing with menopause, hot flashes or PMS. According to NaturalFitFoodie, “Once you have eaten flax seeds and it arrives in your gut, gut bacteria gets to work converting the lignans in flax to enterolactone and enterodiol. These go into your estrogen receptors and block them from creating excess estrogen.”
The lignans, fiber and omegas in flaxseeds are said to help lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure and may reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. During my life in Hong Kong, I learned to love black and white sesame seeds, which also contain lignans (like sesamin), which may help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress. I almost always add pumpkin seeds, because they add such a nice flavor when toasted, plus the phytosterols in them help lower overall cholesterol. I have been looking for magnesium rich foods lately to combat stress and found out that pumpkin seeds are a great source.
Now let’s get to the recipe!
2 cups ground flaxseeds (I prefer the taste of darker seeds to golden)
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder (not garlic salt)
1 cup water
Other great blends:
Italian – dried rosemary and garlic
Mexican – ground cumin and chili powder
Moroccan – ground coriander and ground cumin
Indian – curry and garlic
- Preheat oven to 175C (350F)
- In a large mixing bowl add all the ingredients and adjust seasonings to taste
- Line a baking sheet with baking paper
- Spread the flaxseed mixture evenly about a 1/4 of an inch. Thinner if you like more crunchy crackers
- Gently run a knife to make approximately 32 squares of crackers. Don’t worry about imperfect edges, they’re the tastiest
- Bake for 20 – 30 minutes watching the seeds and edges don’t burn
- Let cool and store in an airtight container
1 serving = 4 crackers