Regular Random: five minutes with some crackers and cheese

Cheese and crackers platter. Close-up shot of sliced brie, seed crackers with a bowl of chutney, fresh fig and some walnuts. Image: Su Lesli, 2018

Seed crackers, brie and some chutney. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

Cheese and crackers are amongst my (many) food weaknesses.

I recently found a recipe (1) for crackers made entirely of seeds: pumpkin, sunflower, poppy, sesame, chia and flax seeds to be exact. These are not only gluten and dairy free (for those with such intolerances) BUT also incredibly quick and easy to make.

AND delicious.

Did I mention delicious?

Basically you throw a bunch of seeds into a bowl and add water. The chia and flax seeds go all gooey and mucilaginous (don’t you love that word) in water, and that’s what holds the mix together. (2)

After about 15 minutes you have a blob of stuck-together seeds that can be spread out on baking paper and put in the oven. About 50 minutes after that, you have crunchy, yummy crackers.

Of course, I had to spoil the dairy-free bit by serving them with cheese.

And fig & pear chutney. And a few walnuts.

Yum.

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1. Seed Crackers (gluten and dairy free), Bite NZ’s Home of Food

2. I didn’t have any flax seeds, so I doubled the quantity of chia seeds. That worked perfectly well in terms of holding the mixture together, but meant that the finished crackers were quite grey-black in colour.

41 thoughts on “Regular Random: five minutes with some crackers and cheese

  1. Sounds a yummy and easy recipe to whip up. I’m just sitting in our mansion away from home indulging in Brie, crackers, Smith’s crisps, grapes and a glass of white wine. (Sighs) life is so tough away from home!!!

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    • 🙂 Yes, they are crisp and crunchy like other crackers. I not dairy or gluten-intolerant, but definitely find that the more processed food is, the less my body likes it. I also love cooking and trying out new food ideas (you’ve probably figured that one out already) and it’s nice to make something a bit different and that I can share with friends who are vegan or do have to avoid gluten.

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      • Could you come cook for me? I love “real” food, but do not like cooking. Mostly we eat salads, eggs, grains (pasta, bread), fruit and vegetables, chicken or turkey or fish. But I am not creative about it.

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  2. Ooh! These look so scrumptious, Su! Could tuck into them right now! (Although I´m actually allergic to chia seeds and probably shouldn’t! Lol!) The crackers look so perfect and you describing them to be made easy makes me wonder if I should give it a try… 😉 And yay to the camembert!! Just had some Finn crisp flatbread with cheddar for lunch, so I totally get your weakness 😉 xxx

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    • I hadn’t realised there were allergens in chia seeds. I’ve just looked it up. 😦
      It might be possible to use only flax seeds for the binding agent, but that would depend on whether you like them and can tolerate them.
      My version of the crackers would have been terrible for you as I only had chia seeds and used double the amount to compensate for not having flax seeds.
      And speaking of cheddar is making me hungry. I should go and have breakfast. xxxx 🙂

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      • I think you can be allergic to pretty much anything. It’s a very stupid bodily misfunction. I think I could use linseed to work as the binding agent for the crackers, I’ve no problems with those. Xxxxx 😊

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    • I love both, and to be honest, the locally-produced brie and camembert are almost interchangeable. Both are tasty, but neither really does justice to a really good artisan version of either. Except that they are affordable and “good enough” for non-special occasion consumption.

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  3. Cheese and crackers. Cheese and wine, Cheese and ….. Yum!! I haven’t eaten breakfast yet, so I think that had better be the next thing on my agenda. As for the crackers, if you hadn’t included a link to the recipe, it would have been all over between us! I haven’t made my own crackers yet, although I’ve been tempted to many times, but this sounds rather easy. Thanks.

    janet

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    • … and fruit (apple and cheddar / pear and stilton). You can’t really think I’d risk our friendship by not including the recipe 🙂
      I have made other crackers (including some very nice parmesan wafers once), but these were the simplest I’ve ever found and no less yummy for it.

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