I love it when food-prep mistakes turn into fun new recipes. Yesterday I was going to add chia seed to my naturally leavened bread. Not having done so before I added 4.5 cups of water to my bread mixer and some chia seed. I wanted to allow the chia seed to stand for 10 minutes in the water before adding the bread-making ingredients so that it could absorb water and swell first. Well, I got carried away and added 1 cup of chia seed and it absorbed all the water needed for bread-making. As I sat there it occurred to me that just then was a great time for inventing a new dehydrator cracker out of my flopped bread-making experiment. After giving it a go, the cracker turned out to be very good. So here are the ingredients and instructions for making a very chewy, delicious, and healthful cracker using chia seed as the binder.

Ingredients:

  • 4.5 cups water
  • 1 cup chia seed
  • 1 to 2 cups honey, to taste
  • 2 to 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 2.5 cups oat groats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • optional: could also add sunflower, pumpkin seeds, raspberries, etc. 
Instructions: Add water and chia seed to bread mixer and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Then grind oat groats into oat flour in high-speed blender or grain grinder and add flour to bread mixer along with all other ingredients and mix well for a few minutes. Remove the mix from mixing bowl onto teflex dehydrator sheets (about 1/4 to 1/3 inch thick and dehydrate for six hours. Flip the sheet over on the dehydrator tray and peel the sheet away from the cracker mix so that it can continue drying more thoroughly. Also score the cracker mix with a pizza cutter at this point to create your crackers according to whatever size you want. Then allow to dry for another 12+ hours. Because of the honey in this mixture it will remain chewy no matter how long you dry it. This is a really fun and tasty cracker. Enjoy!

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Two questions...How much does this make and could it be made without a dehydrator ?  Thanks in advance for your time and answers.  :-}
Hi Kallee, you can set your oven temperature to 100 degrees to accomplish more or less the same thing. It made four full dehydrator trays of crackers. If you make it, use creative license to add your favorite nuts, seeds, berries, and so forth. You really cannot get it wrong unless you try real hard:)

Kallee Ann Cooper said:
Two questions...How much does this make and could it be made without a dehydrator ?  Thanks in advance for your time and answers.  :-}

Can they be poured in circles, dried less, and made into roll-ups? Just curious about the texture and flexibility before I make them and spread them out.

 

Thanks

Ruth Ann

These would make fun rollups and can be made much thinner than I made them. Because of the honey in them they don't become brittle as they might otherwise become. They maintain a nice chewiness.

Ruth Ann Holloway said:

Can they be poured in circles, dried less, and made into roll-ups? Just curious about the texture and flexibility before I make them and spread them out.

 

Thanks

Ruth Ann

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