These crackers are so easy to make and taste so good, you’ll want to keep making them until your ingredients are all used up.
Crackers as part of a healthy childhood
Parents will often bemoan having to buy crackers as a less nutritious snack for their tweens and teens. But I don’t agree with that view. Crackers are a great vehicle for holding other foods like those high in protein or fat. I’m talking about cheese, nut butters, avocado, tuna salad, hummus, and more. These foods provide necessary nutrients that are rarely eaten on their own- they need a tasty base! And most crackers are fortified to include vitamins and minerals, some have fibre, and they all have necessary carbohydrates to energize kids and fuel their brains.
These crackers actually, are quite different as they’re made of seeds rather than grains, so they’re a source of protein and fat rather than carbohydrates. They’re still super tasty with the above mentioned toppings though! And when all foods are allowed to be eaten, having a variety of foods means you’re getting all the necessary nutrition to fully nourish yourself.
Hemp, chia, & flax for health
Seeds, including hemp, chia, and flax, have important nutrients for kids and adults alike. They have protein, fibre, and fat, plus important vitamins & minerals (including iron, zinc, and calcium). Read more about chia seeds here.
These seeds are great to add to yogurt and baked goods, and of course, in these crispy crackers!
Chia seeds become gel-like in water (that’s what soluble fibre does in the body FYI). Once all the water is absorbed, simply stir in the other ingredients, and your ready to bake ’em.
Make sure to spread the batter evenly on the baking tray so it bakes evenly (you don’t want parts burning while other sections are still raw). Flip part-way through to make crackers super crispy. Enjoy with tasty toppings like cream cheese, avocado slices, or whatever is your favorite. Store extras in an open container or paper bag so these don’t get soggy.
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup flax seeds
- 1/4-1/2 tsp salt
- 1 pinch black pepper
In a medium bowl, mix together the chia seeds and the water. Let sit for about 20 minutes, until the water is absorbed and the seeds have expanded. It should be a thick-ish pudding texture
Preheat the oven to 350oF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
Add all the ingredients into the chia mixture and stir well
Evenly spread the seed mixture onto the prepared baking tray, as thin as possible. (The thicker it is, the longer it will take to bake)
Bake for 1 hour. You can flip it towards the end of baking time
Cool, and break into pieces. Store in paper bag or open container so crackers don't get soggy.