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by Liz Nolan

These gluten and dairy free crackers are so nutritious and are delicious served with hummus or any type of dip or as a snack or broken into smaller pieces to scatter over a mixed salad. As they are slow baked on a low heat setting the seeds retain their nutrients—omega 3 and 6 essential oils, many vitamins and minerals including A, B, and E and calcium, magnesium and zinc. Seeds also contain protein and are a great source of soluble fibre.

  • 75g flaxseeds
  • 25g chia seeds
  • 25g sunflower seeds
  • 25g pumpkin seeds
  • 25g sesame seeds
  • 100ml water
  • ½ tsp mixed dried herbs (optional)
  • ¼ tsp chilli flakes (optional)
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil plus a little more for oiling.

Preheat the oven to gas 2/100°C

Line a baking tray with baking parchment and lightly oil using some kitchen towel and olive oil.

Mix all the seeds into the water in a flat bowl so that they are all covered. Cover with a plate and leave for 45 minutes.

Remove the plate and stir in 1 tbsp olive oil.

Add the mixed herbs and chilli flakes if using.

Place spoonfuls of the mixture over the paper on the baking tray and smooth and press down with a knife till more or less evenly distributed.

Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Bake in the middle of the oven for 1 hour then remove from the oven to check to see if it is crispy around the edges.

When it is cool enough to handle, peel away the paper. Put back on the tray and return to the oven for another 20 minutes to make sure the centre is crispy as the sides crisp up first.

Cool again and break into pieces and serve with hummus or any type of dip.

These keep well in an airtight container for a few days.

Liz Nolan is a Nutritional Therapist at Health and Herbs and is a practitioner for Zest4life Patrick Holfords Low GL weight loss programme.

She is author of a vegetarian cookbook called My Goodness available in all good books shops and Health and Herbs.

Liz holds Vegetarian Cookery Classes in Moycullen on a regular basis—the next one is for a very special cause…

Details of the class are on Liz’s website or to book a place please text 086 8099604.