These are the most divine crackers. I make them for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Cranberries are harvested at this time of the year and now is a great time to make everything you like with cranberries.
Whole, organic cranberries are packed with phytonutrients, which support the immune system (anti-inflammatory, antioxidants and anti-cancer properties). The whole cranberry is much more potent than any other cranberry products incl. juice (which is usually processed with loads of sugar and it can’t provide you with all the phytonutrients you need). Mixing whole and fresh cranberries and adding in dried cranberries and a healthy sweetener is hoe you can get all the benefits and enjoy the flavor at the same time.
I can only encourage you to make these divine raw crackers, and avoid the dull, funny tasting and wheat based crackers you get in the supermarket? One little, but important hint: Organic ingredients are key and makes the difference when making these crackers, and don’t even try to bake them in an oven…. you not only lose the flavors, but also a lot of the nutrients.
Yields: 2 to 4 servings
- 2 cups golden flax seeds
- 2 tblsp agave nectar (clear)
- 1 apple, cored and grated
- Zest from 1 orange
- 1 bag of fresh cranberry (1 1/2 – 2 cups)
- 1 tblsp dried cranberries, chopped fine
- 1/2 cup raw pecans , soaked, chopped into small chunks (nut-free: leave out the nuts and add some raisins or cherries instead) (Optional)
- 1 tsp raw vanilla powder
HOW TO MAKE
Soak the flax seeds in purified water overnight or for at least 4 hours. Add to a bowl. Add the remaining ingredients. Mix well with a spoon. Spread onto a Teflex sheet (for the dehydrator) or a baking sheet (if you are using your oven). Make sure to spread out evenly and thin. Dehydrate for 1 hour at 145F. Take out and cut into desired shapes. Dehydrate for another 2-12 hours at 105F or until crackers are as dry as you want them. Make sure crackers are completely dry if they are being stored.
Serve on its own, as an appetizer or snack. Great for parties and get-togethers…
If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can use a normal oven. Turn on the oven on the lowest heat. When dehydrating open the oven door slightly. When it’s Summer, you can also dry the crackers in the sun (here in California, it takes no time, when we have 80-100F outside).
Store in tightly sealed jar or container