MAKING RAW VEGGIE CRACKERS
If you are wondering how to make raw crackers and how to spread them on teflex sheets then the below video is for you! I also have some pictures below the video.
As you can see lately I have been doing a lot of video and not too much writing. That is because I find video so much easier to do!! I actually love doing it and I do not enjoy sitting in front of the computer writing…..so…..for me video is my best way to communicate to you. You can watch all my videos on my Youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/dianamarchand.
So here is the video on the veggie crackers. These are colored with beets, carrots and bell peppers which make them oh so pretty to look at!!
If you want to try these yourself then here is the recipe:
RAW VEGGIE CRACKERS
- 3/4 C ground flax
- 1/4 C soaked whole flax seeds
- 1/4 C ground soaked almonds (you can leave this out)
- 1/2 C chopped beets
- 1/2 C chopped carrots
- 1/2 bell pepper (more if you like)
- 1/4 – 1/2 C fresh basil (or any fresh herb)
- 1/4 C soaked sesame seeds
- 1 Tbsp agave (or other sweetener)
- 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 – 1 tsp Himalayan salt
Almonds were soaked for about 6 hours, rinsed, drained and left to dry a bit. Sesame seeds were soaked all day, rinsed then drained, whole flax was soaked for 1 hour until the consistency of a heavy gel.
Add almonds to food processor and process until fine. Pour into bowl and add ground flax.
In food processor add carrots, beets and bell pepper. Process until broken down into small chunks. Add fresh herbs, agave, olive oil and salt. Process until well mixed.
The video shows me spreading this mixture onto the teflex sheets of the dehydrator trays. If you do not have teflex sheets you can use parchment paper but it doesn’t work as well and I highly recommend getting teflex sheets.
Here is the batter on the teflex. Not a good picture though!
Peeling the teflex off the crackers. Go slowly and make sure the crackers are dry enough. Some seeds or batter may stay behind a bit on the sheets – that’s ok.
The crackers now on the mesh sheets. Time to clean the teflex sheets! This picture does not do them justice. Can’t see how bright and colorful the crackers were.
Once you get all the batter spread on teflex sheets (about 1/4″ thick), then score into pieces (whatever shape you want).
Put in dehydrator at 105 degrees for 6 hours (or overnight is you do this at night, or all day if in the morning). Check after 6-8 hours (maybe sooner). Flip the sheets and then peel away the teflex sheet (picture below).
Put trays back into dehydrator and dehydrate until the crackers are as crunchy as you like them. Remember that they will soften up a bit after out of dehydrator for a while so make sure you keep them in long enough.
This picture is from a raw food class on dehydrating that I did so I had variety of raw crackers including the beet and carrots ones which are show on the left. I LOVE being creative with crackers!! They can be a work of art. Don’t be afraid to be inventive – let your creative juices flow!
STORING YOUR RAW CRACKERS
I find the best way to store the crackers are in brown paper bags (they will continue to dry so this is good for short term). I use Rubbermaid containers that are made of a good plastic and they seem to last a long time in these. I do not close lid tight.
I urge you to try and come up with your own cracker recipes. If you do, please let me know
I would love to hear about them!
What is your favorite cracker flavor?