Raw Rosemary & Spirulina Flax Crackers
Nutritive, demulcent - Raw, gluten free, vegan
These crackers are the perfect springtime snack. Spring would naturally be a gluten free season as the winter stores of wheat would have either been used up or spoiled by this time of year. I was looking for a healthy spring alternative to bread that would also support and facilitate the body's natural processes during the spring. The ingredients in these crackers have been specifically selected to support the body in this transitional season.
Barley Grass Juice Powder (not to be confused with barley grass powder) - Barley grass juice is rich in vitamins A, C and B; minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus and contains all 8 of the essential Amino acids that the body cannot itself produce. It is also high in chlorophyll, and helps to inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria, balancing the PH of the body, promoting health and immunity.
Barley grass juice is excellent for facilitating lymphatic circulation which can become congested at this time of year. It nourishes and oxygenates the vascular system, heals and soothes mucous membranes; these are important actions during springtime when mucous membranes can be very irritable. Barley grass juice powder contains enzymes that help with fat decomposition; during the spring the body is naturally striving to melt away any stored winter fat that will no longer be needed in the warmer months to come.
Spirulina - both spirulina and barley grass juice are powerful detoxifiers of heavy metals, aiding in the natural detoxification actions of the body that are especially powerful in the spring. Spirulina helps lower blood pressure, another important action especially at this time of year when the blood is thick and blood pressure naturally increases.
Flax and chia seeds - both these seeds are high in fiber and a good source of omega 3 fatty acids which act to soothe the mucus membranes, relieve inflammation.
Theses crackers have two different cooking options - dehydrated-raw, or lighted baked. The dehydrated-raw option preserves the integrity of the essential fatty acids to give the best possible health benefits, but both options work well.
2 cups flax seed, separated into ½ cup and 1 ½ cup
1 cup water
¼ cup chia seed ground
¼ cups sesame seed ground
1 tsp spirulina powder
1 tsp barley grass juice powder
2 tsp dried ground rosemary
Squeeze of lemon juice
Grind ½ cup of flax seeds with the sesame and chia seeds
Add the remaining flax seeds with the other dry ingredients and stir
Add lemon juice, water and salt. Mix until you receive a paste/dough and let stand for 10 minutes to thicken.
Raw: Spread onto a silicone sheet as thin as possible with no gaps or holes in the mixture. Dehydrate on the low or raw setting for 8-10 hours or until crisp.
Oven baked: Spread onto lightly oiled unbleached baking paper as thin as possible and cover with a sheet of baking paper. Oven cook at 275 F/130 C for 50-60 minutes or until crisp.