Raw Flax Crackers, Tomato Basil




This is one of many different and delicious varieties of flax crackers I enjoy making. These are a great alternative to glutinous crackers and bread and are a delicious vessel for sandwich fixins. A little about flax seeds; they are a great source of fiber and also a good plant based source of omega-3. Flax contains lignans which can reduce the risk of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. Start slowly if you are new to flax as it may cause bloating If you don't build up to it.

Step 1: INGREDIENTS and Equipment

1 cup flax seeds (ground optional for better nutrient digestion) soaked in 2 1/2 cups filtered water 1/4 cup chia seeds soaked in 1 1/4 cup filtered water 1/2 cup almonds raw (soaked and peeled optional) 1 1/2 cups cashews raw 1 cup sunflower seeds raw 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds raw 1 large or 2 medium red bell peppers large dice 1 medium red onion half large dice half small dice 2-3 cloves garlic 1 large lemon juiced 4 Tablespoons nutritional yeast 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon salt 1 bunch leafy greens chopped small 10-15 large basil leaves chopped small 1 cup tomatoes medium dice 3 green onions small dice 7-10 sheets nori seaweed Equipment Food processor Rubber spatula or tool for spreading Dehydrator

Step 2: Soak Seeds

Soak flax seeds and chia seeds in water separately. Cover and let stand for 10-24 hours on counter top

Step 3: Seed Slury

When seeds have soaked, put them together and set aside

Step 4: BellPeppers

De-seed and chop bell peppers. Add to the food processor.

Step 5: Onion and Garlic

Cut onion in half. Roughly chop half and small dice the other half. Add rough chop to the food processor saving small diced onion for later.

Step 6: Food Processor

Add the cashews, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, nutritional yeast and salt to the bell pepper, onion and garlic already in the food processor. Blend until mostly smooth or desired texture.

Step 7: Almonds

Add almonds and pulse until they are chopped up. It should yield about 2 cups

Step 8: Combine

Combine the vegetable and nut mixture with the seed slurry until thoroughly mixed. Add the sunflower and pumpkin seeds and mix well. Add the remaining ingredients saving the tomatoes for last

Step 9: Seaweed

Take your nori sheets and cut them in half. Lay the rough side up on your dehydrator. Be sure to do the next steps on your dehydrator trays because you will not be able to move them one assembled.

Step 10: Spreading

Place a nice amount in a line down your nori.

Step 11:

Spread evenly making sure to get all the corners. You can do as thin a layer as you like but the thicker you go the longer it will take to dehydrate. I tend to do a 1/4 inch with this recipe.

Step 12: Dehydrating

When done assembling, cover and dehydrate until desired crunchiness. 24 hours is usually enough but on occasion 48 hours is needed.

Step 13: Alternatives

1. If you have an aversion to seaweed or prefer a lighter cracker you can use the plastic inlay that comes with some dehydrators and spread the mixture directly on it. 2. To spice it up a little I sometimes put a tablespoon or two of Harrissa in the mixture.

Step 14: Enjoy

These crackers are wonderful with a soft cheese like brie. Also hummus, harissa and sliced cucumbers are a favorite. Pretty much anything you would put on a traditional cracker will be nice with your tomato basil flax crackers. Thank you, enjoy and eat your way to healthy

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    10 Discussions


    Question 7 months ago

    Hi. Do I need to drain off the water from the flaxseed and chia before adding to the mixture? How should I store these if I made them a week or two ahead of eating them ?

    1 answer

    Answer 7 months ago

    Hi Rosabarn

    You only need to drain them if there is extra water floating around but generally the flax seeds absorb everything.
    When done, I store them in a good ziplock bag and suck the air out after every use. If they start to get a little less crunchy then I'll pop them back in the dehydrator for a few hours but they're usually all gone before that.
    Also, if there's extra flax slury, you can freeze it for the next batch.
    Hope that helps.
    Happy cooking.


    3 years ago

    Oops. Spellcheck. Dehydrator


    3 years ago

    I put them in the dehydration rator anywhere from 105- 135


    3 years ago


    what is the temperature i should set ? can i do these in the oven ?



    5 years ago on Step 14

    This looks delicious and pretty simple; thanks for sharing. This will go on a PCT hike that my husband is starting,,

    I am making this for sure someday, I love flax seeds. Thank you so much for sharing. :)


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I will share this with my daughter, thanks for sharing.


    Am very impressed by the pictures and precise instructions as to make the recipe...it looks yummy as well as very healthy. Will get these ingredients and try this out!


    5 years ago on Introduction

    These are amazingly good. You'll have to invest in a dehydrator, for sure, but well worth it. Very tasty. Just thought I would add for those who don't know. . . .harissa is a Tunisian hot chile sauce. Quite good and gives a nice bite to the crackers. I highly recommend.