Fragrant Rosemary and Seed Raw Crackers: Yes, Sometimes I Do Eat Like A Bird
I lived in Switzerland for many years and each snow blanketed winter, I put bird feed out to help out our winged friends, and I must admit they looked a bit like these! But seeds aren't just for birds or plant based eaters, they provide powerhouse nutrition for everyone, so finding ways to include them in your diet is a great way to give your body some body loving nutrition. So, eating like a bird doesn't always have to mean eating little. It can mean nibbling on more seeds!
Making raw seed crackers at home is quick and easy and a wonderful way to consume nutrient rich seeds and dried herbs, which are also loaded with antioxidants for the tiny quantity consumed.
Sunflower seeds were one of my favorite snacks as a child. I loved cracking the salty shells in my mouth to get the little inner seed. I'm sure many of you have similar fond memories too, so why do we stop eating seeds as adults?
I enjoy these crackers with a little hummus or cashew cream, or crumble them into my soups and salads for added crunch and texture.
To your health and happiness!
You'll need a dehydrator for this recipe.
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup cracked flax seeds (whole flax seeds are not bioavailable)
- 1/2 cup hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup sesame seeds
- 2 tbsp dried rosemary
- bit of fresh rosemary (optional)
- sea salt to taste
- 1 cup water
- Blend all ingredients together until well combined.
- Place a parchment paper on the dehydrator tray (unless your tray has a net)
- Spread a layer of moistened seeds that is thick enough so it will keep its form.
- Dehydrate on 60 C for at least 12 hours. (The longer you dehydrate, the drier your cracker will be.)
- Carefully remove from the tray.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months (if they last that long).
P.S. If you have a nut allergy, seeds are a great alternative for plant based protein! (Seed allergies are not as common as nut allergies, but you'll want to be more careful with sesame seeds, as they are a more common allergen.)