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Italian Flax Crackers

Posted Jun 16 2010 12:00am
This week's recipe is one of my most popular recipes so far, and quite possibly one of the most commonly replicated of all my recipes in homes across the world!

Flax crackers (if made using a good recipe!) are delicious, nutritious, a great thing to get your teeth into and they are super-easy and quick to make - and very versatile too. Eat them as is, layered with various toppings (tomato and avocado is one of my faves), or even make a mini sandwich with them. All yummy, all good and all great for you and your body.

If you'd like to try them for yourself, here follows the recipe and you can watch me demo this recipe in full here . Enjoy!

Ingredients:
* 2 cups flax seeds (a.k.a. linseeds)
* 1 red bell pepper
* ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes
* 2 cups fresh tomatoes
* Juice of 1 lemon
* 1 clove of fresh garlic +/or ½ large onion, chopped

Directions
1) Blend all ingredients together in a food processor. Add water if a little too dry.
2) Press mixture flat onto a Paraflexx sheet into a large square or rectangle, making sure that the mixture stands only a few millimetres tall. (The thicker the cracker the harder to eat and the longer to dry).
3) Score the size of crackers you'd like with a knife or spatula before dehydrating. (I usually score the large square 3x3 or 4x4 depending on what I want to use them for).
4) Dehydrate around 105°F - 110°F overnight and flip over once one side is dry. Dry to completion.
5) Store in an airtight container, somewhere close to hand for when the cravings strike!

RAW COACH'S TOP TIPS:

* Once dehydrated your flax crackers will keep for months in an airtight container - handy for all those times where you have an 'I don't know what to eat but I know I want something chewy' moment

* You can make two different sorts from the same ingredients - either mill the seeds first for a smooth cracker, or keep them whole for a bitty cracker. They even taste completely different!

* Semi dry both sides instead of drying to full term to create a 'tortilla wrap'. How delicious is one of these stuffed full of your favourite vegetable ingredients?

* These are great for kids who want something to 'gnaw' on between meals

* You can make them sweet or savoury depending on your preference

* They are great for travelling and taking to work, even if they break en route they are still workable, even if you just spread a little avocado on them or dip into an olive pâté.

© 2010 Karen Knowler WOULD YOU LIKE TO USE THIS RECIPE IN YOUR EZINE OR ON YOUR WEB SITE? You can, as long as you include this complete blurb with it: Karen Knowler, The Raw Food Coach publishes "Successfully Raw" - a free weekly eZine for raw food lovers everywhere. If you're ready to look good, feel great and create a raw life you love get your FREE tips, tools and recipes now at www.TheRawFoodCoach.com .

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