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I am a lover of potato chips and almost anything that is crispy and salty. My taste buds can get enough of sweet flavors but can never really get enough of the crispy, crunchy, salty crackers/chips etc. Ever since I became aware of all the horrendous chemicals present in the processed foods including chips and crackers, I have been looking out for healthier snack options in my grocery store. And to be honest, there are some really good and clean brands out there who are eco friendly and comply with the non gmo project standards and produce snacks with organic and non gmo materials.
Anyhow, I decided to also go the extra mile and bake my own snacks to be completely sure of what’s going into my food and enjoy it even more. I have been looking for easy, tasty and healthy recipes and found a great one here. Since, I didn’t have all the ingredients I decided to tweak the recipe a bit and also add in a little more spice which I totally love!
To begin with, chia seeds are a complete powerhouse of nutrients and to know more about their health benefits, read my post on chia seeds here.
So here is what you need:
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup flaxseeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup oats
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp paprika/chili powder
1/4 tsp pepper powder
1 cup water
How to prepare
Pre heat the oven to 300F/170C.
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and taste the mixture to see if it suits your desired taste of salt and spiciness. Let this mixture sit for about 45 mins so that the chia seeds start acting as a binder because of its ability to absorb very well with liquids and form a bulky gel.
Check the mixture after 45 mins and pour this mixture onto a foil. Take a spoon and spread the mixture in all directions. Place another foil on top of this mixture and spread it out with the help of a rolling pin. Make sure you do this slowly and softly. Be patient with the dough as it will be quite gooey. Remove the top foil and check the dough. It should look something like this.
Make sure the dough is not too thick or too thin.
Once you are satisfied with the way you have spread your dough, take a sharp knife and slice out square pieces of this dough. Make these big in size so that it’s easier to break them once they are out of the oven. Transfer this dough onto a baking sheet along with the foil. Do not attempt to separate out the pieces at this stage, as this will be impossible due to its semi solid state.
Put this into the oven for about 35-45 mins and keep checking the oven after 15 mins interval to ensure they don’t over bake and take a knife to poke into the dough to see that they are crisp and hard. Once you are satisfied, take the sheet out of the oven and let it cool for about 15-20 mins. At this stage, you can break the dough into square pieces and enjoy the crackers!!
Enjoy this healthy snack and you can experiment by putting in crushed nuts and sunflower seeds, whole wheat flour, spelt flour etc.
Important note – I would not recommend eating more than 2-3 crackers a day as the consumption of chia seeds should not exceed an 2-3 tablespoons per day.
Enjoy and happy snacking!