Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sierra Crackers - Gluten Free - Grain Free

The first time I ever made these crackers, I made them for my family at Christmas because they were soo good. I was a little unhappy with the carbohydrate content and GI of the original rice flour and oat flour combination.
Today, I was able to get the same great taste but replacing the rice and oat flour with coconut and flax meal. I was very pleased with the result. I also ground up all of the healthy seeds prior to adding them to give a smooth texture and help reduce the starch level.

Sierra Crackers - Grain Free - Gluten Free - Dairy Free - Paleo

In a mixing bowl combine:
1/3 C coconut flour
1/4 t kosher fine sea salt or Herbamere
1/2 t garlic powder
1/2 t onion powder
2 T flax meal or 1 T chia meal
3/4 t xanthum gum 
1/4 c tapioca starch or arrowroot
1/2 t aluminum free baking soda
Mix together with a pastry blender.

In a coffee grinder or blender grind until coarse:
1 T roasted sesame seeds
1 T poppy seeds
1 T dry roasted sunflower seeds unsalted
1 T dry roasted pumpkin seeds unsalted
1 T hemp seeds hulled
Combine in bowl with first ingredients.

Combine wet ingredients in a small bowl:
2 T olive oil extra virgin
1/2 c filtered cold water
1 T organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar

Slowly add the wet to the dry mixing very well with a pastry blender to avoid clumps. Once combined mixture should be wet but not sticky. You should be able to roll it out without it sticking to your hands.

Roll out dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper to 1/4 inch thick or less. Try to keep the dough even or the thin pieces will burn.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-22 min until just golden brown but firm. Cool completely 

To make these in the dehydrator simply cut out into squares or circles with a cookie cutter and place on drying sheets. 

Spread out on drying sheets so they are not touching but no significant space is needed. They need about 4 hours drying at 130 degrees. I just walk by and taste one after it is cooled slightly. If its crunchy they are good. Place in a plastic bag and keep in the pantry.

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