Seeds: A Superfood in a Tiny Package
Not a lot of people get excited when they see crackers made with seeds. Most of the time, it’s just a bland, flavorless piece of crispy paper. However, this recipe is the absolute opposite and will make you think twice about having seedy crackers. They are actually quite tasty, getting their flavor both from the combination of seeds and the added oregano, red pepper, and salt. You end up with something that makes a yummy snack, or as a base for something heavier when you’re craving for some extra calories.
Plant seeds are one of the best things that you can eat, as they are generally quite high in healthy monounsaturated fats, protein, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Regularly consuming seeds in your diet has been shown to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. (1) Many people like to enjoy seeds raw all on their own, but I personally prefer using them in recipes like this to combine them into an incredible “superfood” snack.
Chia Seeds for Added Nutrients
Of particular note with these crackers is the addition of chia seeds. They are quite possibly one of the healthiest seed options of them all, as research has shown that they have incredible benefits for human health. (2) They are used in a wide variety of paleo recipes for good reason due to their omega-3 fats, iron, protein, and antioxidants. By using chia seeds along with the other seeds in this recipe, you end up with crackers that are both light and easy to enjoy while still satisfying your hunger pangs as well. These seedy crackers are truly the perfect paleo snack.
Dips to Go With Your Paleo Crackers
Chips and crackers almost always need a tasty dip to pair with, and this recipe is no exception. If you’re serving these at a dinner party as an appetizer, you’ll want something that will sit a little heavier on the stomach while waiting for the rest of the meal to be prepared. Here are some of our top picks:
1. Green Goddess Dip – This dip is made with an avocado base, so it’s high in healthy fats and protein, so it’s a little more filling than say, a yogurt dip. The green color comes from the avocado as well as tasty herbs such as parsley and basil. This is a versatile dip that will go with almost anything, including today’s featured seedy cracker recipe.
2. Honey Yogurt Dip – This recipe makes use of ‘faux’ yogurt thanks to the coconut cream base, but make no mistake, this dip is a crowd favorite and can be paired with savory or sweet appetizers. You won’t miss the dairy at all!
3.Paleo Buffalo Chicken Dip – This recipe is unique because it’s really high in protein thanks to the shredded chicken but it’s still technically a dip. Buffalo chicken fans will go nuts for this recipe because it still has that rich, buttery flavor but without the cheese. Yum!
Looking for a snack option that’s both low in calories, but high in fiber and satiety? These seedy crackers are just the thing for you. They take little to no time to prepare, as it’s a simply a matter of mixing all of the ingredients together and then letting them sit. Consider looking through our other recipes for inspiration, as there is no right or wrong way to do it. Feel free to try out different combinations of flavors until you find one that suits your personal preferences.
PS. I also have a few other paleo cracker recipes that I wanted to share with you today. All of these choices are just as healthy as these seedy crackers and are 100 percent paleo-approved. The first one you should check out is this yummy nut and seed cracker recipe. It incorporates almonds along with some plant seeds to make deliciously nutritious crackers. We also have a fantastic recipe for sesame crackers with baba ganoush dip. The dip uses eggplant and tahini and it’s absolutely to die for.
- 1 cup water
- 2 tbsp flax seeds
- ½ cup chia seeds
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup sesame seeds
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp dried oregano
- ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a bowl mix all the seeds with salt, oregano and red pepper flakes.
- Add the water and mix to combine. Let it sit for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- Spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet in a 1/6'' thick layer.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden around the edges.
- Let cool completely, then break or cut into pieces.
- Keep the crackers stored in an airtight container.
|Vitamin A||0.9 µg|
|Vitamin C||0.3 mg|
|Folic Acid (B9)||12 µg|