Gluten-free Vegan Mediterranean Rosemary Seeded Crackers (Δενδρολίβανο Κράκερ)
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Healthy multi-seed rosemary crackers made simple with one mixing bowl. They are crunchy, gluten free, vegan, and packed with good for you ingredients including various seeds and whole grains.
You can swap the rosemary for any other dried herbs, like oregano, paprika, chilli flakes, black pepper, za'atar or leave out entirely.
150g buckwheat flakes (bub quinoa flakes, tigernut flakes, brown rice flakes or amaranthi flakes; or a mixture of one or more)
40g tigernut flour (or teff flour)
40g buckwheat flour (sub oat flour, sorghum flour or quinoa flour)
30g sunflower seeds
30g pumpkin seeds
2 Tbsp sesame seeds (optional)
2 Tbsp chia seeds, or poppy seeds (optional)
1½ Tbsp dried rosemary
1 tsp sea salt
a good grind black pepper
3 Tbsp dark tahini sesame paste
3 Tbsp Greek extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
Preheat the oven to 160ºC and gather 1-2 baking trays.
In a large bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment, add all the dry ingredients, give a stir so all the ingredients are well combined. (you can also do this by hand)
Add in the water, tahini and olive oil and mix until a crumbly dough forms.
Use your hands to gather and form into a ball.
Using a rolling pin, roll the cracker dough about 3-4mm thick directly onto the baking tray. You can place a piece of baking paper on top to help prevent sticking then remove once ready. Ensure they are the same thickness throughout so they bake evenly.
Cut a grid into the rolled out dough using a pizza cutter or large chef's knife.
Bake in the upper - middle level of the oven for 30-35 minutes or until they are crisp and golden. Check every 8-10 minutes so not to burn. Check the central crackers as they take the longest to bake.
When ready, leave to cool on a wire rack.
These will keep for 2-3 weeks if stored correctly in an air tight container.
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Millet flakes - naturally gluten-free and a good source of protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals. (Source)
Tigernut flour - is high fibre and loaded with resistant starch, which feeds your good bacteria = healthy gut. (Source)
Quinoa flour - high in protein and contains all the essential amino acids that you need, making it an excellent protein source for vegetarians and vegans. (Source)
Pumpkin seeds - are a rich source of minerals including Iron, Zinc and Magnesium. (Source)
Sunflower seeds - are high in fibre, protein and essential fatty acids. (Source)
Flax seed / Linseed - are a rich source of the omega-3 fatty acid ALA, lignans and fibre, all of which have been shown to have many potential health benefits including improving digestive health. (Source)
Chia seeds - Provide all 8 essential Amino Acids and non essential Acids and are a good source of dietary fibre, calcium and protein. Chia seeds are also rich in Omega 3 fatty acids which is needed for brain and heart health. (Source)
Sesame seeds - are a rich source of B vitamins that boost energy and brain function, vitamin E, which is protective against heart disease and stroke, and important minerals, such as magnesium, iron and calcium. (Source)
Tahini sesame paste - is full of healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. It’s also rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which may help reduce risk factors for heart disease and protecting brain health. (Source)
Greek extra virgin olive oil - specifically Greek oil, has the lowest acidity (approximately 0.5%) and is packed with essential vitamins and minerals. Benefits may include anti-inflammatory properties, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure and improves bone calcification. (Source)
Rosemary - rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which are thought to help boost the immune system and improve blood circulation. (Source)
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Many of my recipes call for Greek products like Greek extra virgin olive oil, Greek honey or Greek oregano. It is not mandatory for it to be Greek in order to make the recipe, you are more than welcome to use a good quality alternative; just keep in mind if you are after the authentic flavours of Greece these details do make all the difference in Greek cuisine. You can shop these ingredients here.
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Disclaimer: None of the health benefits listed are intended to diagnose or treat any pre-existing health conditions. Always consult a health care practitioner before making any health decisions. The benefits listed are from my own research and personal interest, and encourage you to follow the Source and do further research.