Tired of buying expensive "healthy" crackers?
Replace your small box of crackers with my Five Seed version for a super easy homemade cracker that is not only economical, but will delight your family and friends. I rarely serve these without someone saying "what's in these?", and asking me for the recipe!
I like these Five Seed Crackers with a mushroom pate, hummus or other favorite spread. Trying to up your dose of omega-3 fats, fiber, calcium, minerals and protein? Tinned sardines and Five Seed Crackers are absolutely a wonderful duo and deliver all 4 nutrition punches. (Really! I know, many shy away from canned fish but give them a try along with muscles, or smoked oysters. You might be surprised how much you enjoy the combo!)
Five Seed Crackers
Recipe By: adapted from Chef Reyna, Rancho La Puerta
1 cup sunflower seeds
3/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup mix of black and white sesame seeds
1/4 cup flaxseed or flaxseed meal
1-½ cup water
1 tablespoon dried herbs of your choice, like herbs de Provence
½ to 1 teaspoon chili flakes, optional
Flake sea salt, optional
1. Preheat oven to 325F.
2. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and leave for 10-15 minutes for the seeds to soak up the water. Give the mix a good stir, then split the mixture over two baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Spread the mixture thinly, using a metal spatula, offset spatula, or your hands (wet with water). The ideal thickness is is about 1/8 inch. —Too thin and the crackers will be very fragile, too thick and they will be more like a flat bread or seed cookie. Sprinkle with flake sea salt, if desired, lightly pressing the salt into the cracker.
3. Bake for 1-hour or until golden brown and crisp. You may want to rotate your trays after the first 30-minutes. If the cracker does not feel crisp after an hour, break the cracker into very large pieces and flip the pieces. Return the tray to the oven for another 5-10 minutes. Remove from the oven, allow to cool, then break into irregular shards. Store in an airtight container.
**Using an offset spatula is ideal for spreading the mix to the desired thickness.**