Fresh Cracked Pepper & Sea Salt Chia Cracker topped with home-made sauerkraut, mung sprouts, avocado & Dijon.
Light-n-Crispy Chia Crackers are perfection for SO many reasons...
- Nutritional powerhouse
- Boasting the richest vegetable source of beautifying omega-3's
- Major calcium power (more calcium by weight than whole milk!)
- Antioxidant rich (giving chia a shelf life of over 2 years!)
- Packed with complete protein (all 9 essential amino acids!)
- Fueling long lasting energy (Chia's slow conversion of carbohydrate in to sugar in the body provides a constant stream of energy)
- Brimming with cleansing, satiating fiber
- Oh so crunchy, crispy & light &
- Totally customizable to suit your mood!
I've made both savory and sweet varieties including Sea Salt & Fresh Cracked Pepper, Garlic & Herb and Cinnamon-Vanilla Crisps. Even a fantastic Cheesy Jalapeno Dippers version (Which I hope to share soon- great with fresh nut cheese & salsa!) Depending how thick you spread the mixture you can make these thicker like crackers or super duper thin into airy crisps (my fav). I store my Chia Crackers & Crisps in an airtight baggie in the pantry to have on hand whenever a snacking mood strikes.
Slice up some banana to top Cinnamon-Vanilla Crisps. Or...
Avocado to top a few Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper Crackers.
I love breaking the Cinnamon-Vanilla Crisps into a bowl with fresh nut milk, bananas & organic molasses for a protein, calcium, iron & omega 3 rich breakfast .
As always the options are endless and ridiculously simple. It's all up to your mood and imagination!
Let me know your favorite twist!
Recipe for Light-n-Crispy Chia Crackers
- Dehydrator (I like the Excalibur) If you don't own a dehydrator, try using your oven on the lowest setting with the door propped open.
- 1 Cup Chia Seeds
- 5 Cups Filtered Water
- Sea Salt to taste
- Optional: Fresh chopped herbs & spices. For a sweet variation try vanilla, cinnamon + your favorite sweetener, or cacao, maca, cinnamon, vanilla + sweetener. A chai flavor can be achieved with ginger, cardamom, clove &/or star anise and even a bit of dried tea ground together in spice grinder + sweetener. All of these sweet varieties delicious with a cup of tea in the afternoon :)
- Mix the 1 cup chia, 5 cups water (yes that's right, 5 cups - chia holds up to 10 times it's own weight in water) and sea salt to taste together in a large bowl. (If you plan to add any optional savory or sweet additions mix them in at step 1 as well.)
- Allow to sit for 10 to 15 minutes until a thick gel has formed
- Spread onto teflex sheets of your dehydrator as thick or thinly as you choose. Don't be worried about going too thin- the crisps hold together beautifully.
- Optional: score the crackers or crips with a knife so that they break apart uniformly- or just leave as one mass and break apart when finished for an artisinal look which is just as yummy and easier too!
- Dehydrate on 115 for several hours (amount of time depends on the humidity of the season, where you live etc. so check on them periodically to determine when the top is dry) then flip to dry the other side (just place another sheet on top and flip, then peel off the top layer of teflex)
Add your favorite toppings or enjoy as is!
What is your favorite way to enjoy Chia?
Have you ever owned a chia pet?!
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