Lemony Herb Crackers
Tired of triangular biscuit bits wedged in your favourite dip? I want to introduce you to my itty bitty bickies… Their sturdiness stands up to the toughest of condiments and I’m so pleased with the result of these stoic, soldiers.
If you think you can’t have the perfect cracker in less than 15 mins, then think again. These simple and straight-forward biscuits are not at all difficult or fussy to make.
Living a life of optimum health doesn’t need to be a mission to the ends of the earth. Yes, you may need to abandon some of those ‘convenience’ food items in order to avoid preservatives, copious amounts of refined sugar and other artificial ingredients that destroy your health. But any convenient supermarket snack can be replicated at home with wholesome, living ingredients.
Take for example, traditional store bought crackers. Handy for parties, scrumptious with dips and a quick, convenient snack when you feel jelly legs coming on, the down side to the story is that most of these savoury supermarket aisle crackers and biscuits boast amazing health promoting promises: ‘100% wholegrain’ or ‘High in fibre’; but along with the copywriter’s hot air and words comes high amounts of sodium, emulsifiers, vegetable oils, MSG, artificial colours, flavours and other harmful additives. You’d probably gain more nutrition by eating a handful of dirt, I kid you not.
Making your own is a convenient solution to your cracker desires and that’s why I’ve come up with an easy, additive free and delicious cracker recipe that utilises only a handful of ingredients. It’s the kind of healthy alternative that can be whipped up in a matter of minutes and one that will have your tastebuds partying in your mouth. These Lemony Herb Crackers are seriously delish and because they are gluten, wheat, yeast, sugar and dairy free they contain a big nutrient hit without all of the harmful additions.
Almond flour is a must have ingredient for the health-chasing home cook. Almonds are high in healthy monounsaturated fats, the same kind found in olive oil, which have been found to reduce the risk of heart disease, and will make your skin glow. Almonds are also high in vitamin E, which fights free radicals; keeping you younger for longer, whilst also protecting and fighting against cancer. They’re rich in minerals magnesium, calcium and potassium; making them a fantastic way to improve the health of your bones, teeth and nervous system.
Besides these scrumptious crackers, you can use almond flour to make all kinds of sweet and savoury goodies of the gluten free variety. Some of my favourites are this delicious Almond and Zucchini Bread, a spectacular fast-food alternative; Pizza with Cauliflower Crust , and if you have a sweet tooth then I know you’ll love these Coconut and Almond Bliss Balls.
While salt may seem like an insignificant ingredient, it deserves a standing ovation; but only if you choose natures best. Salt is essential for life, but comparing the cheap ‘table’ variety to fine quality salt, is like comparing a billy cart to a Porsche. The good stuff; the Celtic or Himalayan sea salt, has a range of added benefits that the shaker salt just can’t compete with. Plus, you need only a smidgen to get loads of wonderful flavour.
Conventional table salt is around 97% sodium chloride and 2.5% chemicals, including things like moisture absorbents, aluminium hydroxide, stearic acid and other harmful additives. Table salt has also been excessively heated, altering the natural chemical structure of the salt. Inorganic sodium chloride can keep our bodies from maintaining an ideal fluid balance, and can overburden our elimination and detoxification systems. Eating cheap salt can cause excess fluid in your body tissues, contribute to problems such as cellulite, rheumatism, arthritis and gout, and kidney and gall bladder stones. Dunking it your nearest bin is the best thing you can do.
Celtic or Himalayan salt are superior to their cheaper counterparts. They contain no pollutants or toxins, will promote the balance of chemicals that are vital for the bodies function, and possess an array of important trace minerals including potassium, calcium and magnesium which promote a healthy balance by maintaining fluids and replenishing electrolytes. Studies show that including Celtic or Himalayan salt in your diet will support respiratory health, regulate sleep, promote bone strength, support libido, promote a healthy pH in your brain cells, help the uptake of nutrients in the digestive tract, promote blood sugar health and reduce the signs of ageing. It’s worth a pinch for those kind of results
In all Supercharged Food recipes, every ingredient is important, and has the potential to act as medicine for your body; so be sure to choose organic ingredients wherever possible, and make simple swaps; like replacing your table salt to quality Celtic sea salt, and you’ll begin to see your health and energy levels really improve.
Even a humble homemade cracker can have astonishing medicinal properties if you choose the healthiest ingredients. Once you’ve made these crackers once, the dough is a blank canvas for you to add flavoured oils, herbs, spices, or seeds or whatever you desire to make them your own.
Compliment them with No Bean Hummus, a delicious Baba Ganoush, or this dreamy Creamy Avocado and Tahini Spread, and you’ll have yourself a very impressed bunch of guests at your next get-together. You might want to keep a few on hand as a guilt free savoury treat to munch on through your day. You’ll love the zesty, herby flavours, and your body will be praising you for choosing to invest that little bit of time to convert a lifeless, mass produced snack into a scrumptious, aromatic, nutrient filled nibbly!
Here’s how to do it below or you can watch the video:
Lemony Herb Crackers
Makes about 35 crackers
- 1 1/4 cups almond meal (140 gms)
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1.5 gms
- 1/2 cup sesame seeds 50 gms
- 1 TBS dried mixed herbs 1.5 gms
- 1 egg 40 gms
- 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 15 gms
- 1 tsp Lemon Rind 1.2 gms
- Preheat the oven to 175°C and grease a baking tray
- Combine the almond meal, salt, sesame seeds, mixed herbs and lemon in a bowl
- In a small jug whisk the egg, then slowly add the olive oil while still whisking
- Pour egg mixture into the dry ingredients and mix to form a firm dough. If it is too dry to roll out, mix in a little water
- Roll the dough out on a sheet of baking paper to a thin rectangle of about 35 x 25 cm
- Place the prepared baking tray face down over the top then invert the two together so you now have the dough on top. Peel off the baking paper
- Using a sharp knife cut the dough into 5 cm squares
- Bake until crisp, 12-15 minutes, turning them halfway through
- Remove from the oven and let cool completely before serving
- Keep in an airtight container for freshness