What a week it’s been! I’ve been able to have fun in the kitchen every day – always a good indication of how my week is going. The one thing about being in the kitchen pretty frequently, though, is that I always seem to lose track of time and.. forget to eat. Kind of ironic, considering I’m in there making food. I often get so caught up in the process, though, that I remember at least to squeeze in a good bit of water (and subsequent bathroom breaks), but not food. Of course, by the time I finally to remembering about actually eating some food, I’m pretty hungry. So something quick and substantial is key.
Enter in these crackers. They’re filled with good for you seeds: chia seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds (pepitas). A yummy way to fuel yourself through the day with protein, fiber, and healthy fats. My lunch has been these crackers, carrots, and roasted garlic hummus with a bunch of fresh strawberries, raspberries, and cherries. Quick, healthy, delicious. And filling!!
These crackers don’t have any extra oil – only water is needed to hold them together, since chia seeds are pretty good at that once they absorb the water. Seasoned with salt, onion and garlic powders, these are full of great flavor that can easily pair with lots of toppings.
I’m personally really excited to have these with some extra sharp cheddar. Cheddar with garlic and onion has always been one of my favorites. They’d be fantastic with salsa, too. Let’s be honest, here – any dip you can think of, these crackers probably go well with it. Except for the dessert dips, anyway…
What I especially like is that these crackers are super crispy, which is always key for me in a good cracker. They stay crispy even after a few days of sitting in an airtight container, so you don’t have to worry about eating them while they’re fresh! They’re perfect to pack away to fuel your next big hike or long car ride. The next time I go camping (which I hope will be soon), I’ll definitely be packing some of these!
What are your favorite snacks for trips? Do you go for “junk foods” like peanut M&Ms (I’ll admit, I often do!) or do you try to pack healthy snacks?
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 cup sesame seeds
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (pepita seeds)
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1 cup water
Line a baking sheet with parchment, and preheat the oven to 325ºF.
In a large bowl, stir together the seeds, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes (if using), and salt. Pour the water into the seed mixture, and stir until it is combined and begins to thicken (it won’t be watery at all).
Spread onto the parchment lined baking sheet to about 1/4 inch thick. Bake at 325ºF for 30 minutes, remove from the oven, and cut into squares (or whatever shape you choose). Gently flip each cracker to the other side, and bake again at 325ºF for another 25-30 minutes, until golden. Allow to cool in the pan. Store in an airtight container.
adapted from Oh She Glows