2.26.2012

Flax and Hemp Seed Crackers


Yes, you've got the right blog. And yes, I know this isn't the kind of recipe you usually see here. Hemp seeds? Flax meal? But lots of you have posted recipes for making your own crackers,  I just haven't gotten around to trying any of your recipes.  

Until now. 
After reading Sylvie's post about these flax and hemp seed crackers, they looked so easy I decided to try them. They're grain-free, gluten-free too...although that's not something I need to worry about, fortunately. Doesn't hurt to eat healthy though, does it?
Anyway...Sylvie raves about them. And after a trip to Whole Foods for other odds and ends, I easily found flax meal, hemp seeds and coconut flour. 
The hemp seeds and  ground flax meal were in the breakfast cereal area. The coconut flour with their other flours.
So now I had the ingredients in my kitchen. No excuses. Please don't think it was wasteful to buy a sack of coconut flour  (luckily, Whole Foods has small sacks) for just one tablespoon, because not only will you make these crackers again, but I plan to use the coconut flour in my coconut bread and coconut muffins. Bet it would make marvelous pancakes too.


These crackers were so easy; came together in a few stirs, rolled out beautifully and although they needed to be baked a tad longer than Sylvie indicated, turned out perfectly. I cut mine Wheat Thin cracker size. They're crisp, but somewhat delicate so they'd be good with a soft cheese like brie or a dip (hummus would be great) and super for snacking. I think I might add some sesame seeds next time.


Flax and Hemp Seed Crackers

From Gourmande in the Kitchen


Ingredients:
½ cup/ 60g almond meal
½ cup/52g ground flax meal
2 Tablespoons/30g shelled hemp seeds
1 Tablespoon/ 8g coconut flour
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt (plus more to sprinkle on top)
2 Tablespoons/28g unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg white

Method:
Preheat oven to 300° degrees F/ 150° C.
Mix almond meal, flax meal, shelled hemp seed, coconut flour and fine sea salt in a large bowl. Pour melted butter and large white egg over the dry ingredients and mix well to combine with a fork until dough comes together in a ball (you may need to use your hands).
Roll the crackers out very thinly between two sheets of parchment paper. Use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut into small squares and sprinkle with a pinch of additional sea salt.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until completely dry and crisp.
Cool on cooling rack and store in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

33 comments:

  1. These crackers look delicious Barbara!

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  2. They look great. What would you substitute for coconut flour? Can't buy that in my little town.

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  3. Great crackers! Healthy and flavorful.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  4. Your first attempt at making crackers looks like a success! I haven't tried them yet either, but if I do, I'll go with a recipe full of seeds like this.

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  5. Wow, so many new ingredients that I didn't know about. I love crackers and am sure I would be crazy about these too. And yes, sesame seeds would be delicious in them as well.
    Sam

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  6. I'm so glad you enjoyed them! In response to Sarah's question about the coconut flour, I would just leave it out, they are just as delicious without it, but the crackers will be a little more crumbly and delicate and may not roll out quite as easily.

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  7. Homemade crackers are soooo much better than storebought!

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  8. Yup. This is not a recipe I would imagine on your blog. I never make things like this but might think about it now since Dr Lostpast's son is gluten intolerant and I was really ticked to spend $8 on a box of crackers. I'll save this for next time he comes.

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  9. Neat! And Sissy-friendly too. Hmmm... I just need to confirm that hemp is okay for dogs. I know flax is.

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  10. Yum, I love homemade crackers. They are the perfect snack when I'm not in the mood for something sweet. I can almost taste these with a little slice of cheddar and a glass of white wine.

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  11. These would be awesome with pimento cheese. Or bean dip. Or hummus.

    Yum.

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  12. Never met a cracker I didn't like... make that love. Happy to report - I found a new lovely cracker! They don't even need an accompaniment.

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  13. I made Alton Brown's seed cracker, and they weren't nearly as good as these look.
    Mimi

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  14. Very healthy and delicious crackers Barbara! This is something I have never tried!Perhaps I should.

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  15. These seem pretty much like the perfect midday pick-me-up!

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  16. Very nice Barbara! Isn't it kind of fun to make crackers, something very satisfying about it. And, great photos. Don't you love those little sacks at Whole Foods. Makes me feel so much better about trying something "exotic".

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  17. Love homemade crackers! These look awesome.

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  18. I have yet to make my own crackers--and this recipe is pure inspiration. Versatile--you can add another element, or two, to add more taste, texture, and nutritive value.

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  19. It's been a while since I've made crackers at home and this look delicious, not to mention healthy too!

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  20. Barbara, this crackers look great, all kind of flours in it...I yet have to try to make crackers at home.
    Hope you are having a nice week :)

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  21. i slip flax seeds into a lot of stuff, particularly bread and granola. i haven't ventured into experimenting with hemp seeds, but now perhaps i will!

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  22. It's funny that you had almond meal on hand at your home.

    The crackers look marvelous! I want to try this recipe, now, too.

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  23. I wouldn't have given these crackers a second thought, but after you rave review I wish I had some right now.

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  24. Oh wow, they sound super delicious. I've never heard of coconut flour before, is it just ground up coconut? Sounds very intriguing.

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  25. These sound nutty and absolutely wonderful, Barbara! I have everything to make them on hand and I'm taking that as a sign. ;)

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  26. oh these are fun! i've always wanted to make my own crackers.

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  27. They look wonderful Barbara! I've been wanting to make my own crackers too! This is more inspiration.

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  28. These look delicious and healthy too, nice!

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  29. Hahahaha, yes, I did a double take when I read the title of the post. They do look tasty, though!

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  30. They look delicious barbara. I think they turned out perfectly.
    I haven't tried making crackers yet, although I have a couple of recipes bookmarked.

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  31. gosh if I made these healthy little treats I would spoil the healthy and smother them in boursin cheese! LOL Bad.

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  32. I'm intrigued by the coconut and almond flavors added to crackers - sound great!

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