Going Crackers

By Kristin Davis RD
Sometimes I just want a cracker. A crunchy, salty something for cheese or meat to sit on. No amount of sliced veg or celery will do. So I turned to my favorite source of unending information, the internet, and found some recipes for crackers.

The first one was a bust. It sounded right, with sunflower and sesame seeds. I processed the sunflower seeds into flour, added the sesame seeds and some water, and rolled it out flat. I cooked it in the oven and they indeed seemed crackeresque, but the taste was unimpressive and they tended to break easily.

Next up, flax seed and parmesan crackers. This recipe had potential and the reviews were mostly 4 star and above. Mine turned out a bit thicker than I’d have liked but I can work with that. I made a double batch that included 2 cups of flax seed meal and one container of grated parmesan cheese, 1 tablespoon of garlic powder, and 1 teaspoon of salt, all bound together with 1 cup of water. I just mixed it all together, rolled it out and pre-cut it with a table knife, then into the oven for 15 minutes, then 20 minutes, then 25. Finally, I just turned off the oven and let them hang out in there until I remembered them the next morning. Crispy, tasty, crackers!

These crackers have flavor potential. First, the flax seed meal. It was from the bulk section in Winco. Two cups were a mere 75 cents. Our acupuncturist Collin suggested golden flax seed meal for a more subtle flavor and finer texture. Also experiment with the cooking time. High and short, or low and long, whichever suits your taste. For now, I still have a few crackers left and they go great with sharp cheddar cheese. Yum!

More about Flax Seed and Flax Seed Meal
Flax seed is either yellow (golden) or brown in color. One tablespoon of ground flax seed has approximately 37 calories, 2g protein, 3g carbohydrate, and 3g fiber. The oil from flax seed is also called linseed oil. Flax seed a good source of B vitamins, Iron and Zinc. It is also high in Omega-3 fatty acids. The best way to get the nutrition from flax seed is to grind it, otherwise, your body won’t digest it and will only benefit from flax seeds as a source of fiber.

Flax Seed and Parmesan Cheese Crackers
1 batch makes 24 crackers

Ingredients:

1 cup ground flax seed meal
2/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup water

Tools:
Parchment paper
Large mixing bowl
Baking sheet
Rolling pin
Oil or oil spray
Directions:

Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk to mix thoroughly.
Add water and mix to a sticky dough.
Oil the parchment paper and line a large baking sheet.
Spread the mixture across the pan.
Oil a second parchment paper and cover the mixture.
Use a rolling pin to roll the dough flat and thin.
Using a table knife or pizza cutter, slice through the dough to make 24 squares.
Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes, or until the crackers are no longer soft.
Serve with dip, cheese, meat, etc.