|Superfood Recipes -Making Raw Crackers
For a very long time (it feels like forever), I have enjoyed the friendship of a girlfriend named Zuni up in Lagunitas (near San Francisco). I used to import and design clothing from Bali and she was in her ‘dying to go to Bali’ beginnings…. and I shared my experiences with her when we worked separate booths at the National Fashion and Boutique Shows. Zuni is an incredibly bright, interesting, self sufficient woman who now travels the globe most of the year, doing things I would never do, seeing places I will never see (I mean, the minute she mentions hiking or camping, I’m ‘out’) lol, and I applaud her ability to just pick up and go. So another thing I forgot to tell you is that Zuni is a healthy eater, who just recently came up with a recipe for Raw Crackers, and this ‘Superfood Recipe’ she says tastes great. I trust Zuni. That’s why I am sharing them with you here today.
1/2 cup FLAX seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds in enough water to cover
3/4 cup …1/2 cup sunflower seeds overnight (18 -24 hours)
Zuni says any seeds will do: ‘any seed sesame – chia can be used’.
After all this soaking (she says) within 18-24 hours a sprout will start … and that’s when they are ready to become part of this mixture for making raw crackers.
Then, she wants you to juice your veggies… any veggies … brocoli stems – greens – celery – carrot -daikon – beets .. cabbage etc…
She suggests you run it thru the “Champion” Juicer (that’s the brand she uses) 2-3 times to get more juice AND to make the pulp drier.
So like all of us who juice, she drinks the juice, gets the pulp and then adds broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage stems just for the additional pulp it creates.
It’s at that point that she puts all the soaked stuff in her Vitamix with raw garlic. If you like salt and pepper this is when you add it, but Zuni says it’s just fine without it.
So now we have the blended SEED mixture with the raw pulp, mixed. She says it will be slimy from the flax but it spreads really easy onto the round clear plastic of the dehydrator. Her advice is to make them thin because thicker takes longer to dry. Drying at 105 in the dehydrator keeps it a raw food. A SuperFood!
Zuni explains that when the bottom part of the cracker is dry she takes the plastic off slowly … and turns it upside down so the top is now on the direct drying rack.
She goes on to say that it usually comes off fairly clean but sometimes a bit remains. No worries! You can just slap it back into the form you have created.
She says to make sure you dry both sides. I think she told me it dries in 6 hours, but you have to alternate the racks to get the right amount of low heat.
Zuni says her dehydrated raw crackers are a superfood recipe, and yummy!
I think what makes her even happier is she priced raw crackers in the store. 8 BUCKS for 8 OUNCES! And all she’s really doing is using up the pulp she has anyway from juicing plus adding soaked seeds. Dirt cheap to make!
Thanks for the recipe Zuni. I now have to go out and buy a dehydrator. Did I remember to tell you my birthday was last week and now I know what I want? lol