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Sesame Date Crisps

20 Sep


I ran into Whole Foods last weekend for my usual fare, and they had samples out all over the place.  I was in a bind, and trying to appease my 1-year-old, when I came upon these:

These Raincoast Crisps were really good, in spite of the fact that the first listed ingredient was unbleached flour.  Blah.  I grabbed them anyway and tasted them–they are good.  I knew I could knock ’em off, though.

They might be better this way!!

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

In a food processor:
1/2 cup of dates
1/2 cup of raisins

Pulse them together–until they are evenly ground, but not a paste.

Add in:

1/2 c sliced almonds
1/4 c each of sunflower seeds, pepitas, sesame seeds (I used black and regular), almond flour, flaxseed meal.
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp water

Blend until evenly ground, and somewhat sticking together.

Roll dough between two pieces of parchment paper, until very very thin.  Approximately 1/8 inch thickness.  Or less.  You may find it easier to do in two or three batches.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until lightly browned and crispy.  Use a knife to cut them into uniform “crackers”.

Serve alone, topped with chicken salad, or farm fresh goat cheese.

These little crackers are elegant…like something you would find in a little cafe in the West Village.
Salty, crunchy, slightly sweet.
Enjoy!
Leigh

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When the stomach bug catches up to you

11 Feb

So, the past 18 hours have been a complete blur (I was sprinting away from the dreaded stomach bug that has plagued the neighborhood for the past two weeks, but it finally caught me).  In the light of a new day, still put off by the smells of cooking, I was in search of something to keep me from eating my kids Gorilla Munch all day long. I tried a plain version of the garlic and herb almond flour crackers from last week, and they have officially saved my day:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (plus a but for sprinkling)
  • 1 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1-2 Tbsp water (add slowly, just enough to form a dough)

Preheat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients and form into dough. Roll out on parchment lined baking sheet (for some reason I did not need to roll out between two sheets of parchment paper today, I suppose I added just the right amount of water so it wasn’t too sticky). Cut dough into desired cracker shapes, sprinkle with additional salt and bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven, cool and break apart individual crackers. Enjoy! Your tummy will thank you!

Other snack ideas for when sickness plagues you:

  • Bone broth (I usually make a quick homemade broth each week with the leftovers from a rotisserie chicken and store in the fridge)
  • Add cooked plain chicken, carrots, or other veggies to the broth for a quick soup if you’re up to something a bit more solid
  • Cut up apples with a sprinkle of cinnamon and ginger
  • Variety of herbal teas
  • Sparkling water (the bubbles feel so good!)
  • Quick homemade ginger ale (not like from the soda shelf, but great if you love ginger!)
    -In sauce pan combine: 1/4 cup water, 3 tsp dried ginger, 2 tsp raw honey
    -Bring to a quick boil, stirring constantly
    -Lower heat and let simmer for a few minutes, stirring occasionally
    -Let cool and add spoonful at a time to sparkling water (or more, depending on flavor preference)

Sickness can be tough when you seem to crave non-primal snacks from your past like pretzels and saltines. If you’ve been eating clean for a while now though, the worst thing you can do is stray too far. It could potentially wreak havoc on your digestive system and make you worse for wear!

Here is to a happy and healthy weekend for all,

Heather

Crackers two ways

5 Feb

Since we started the primal lifestyle I truly have not looked back. I can easily look past bowls of pasta, insulin spiking desserts, and loaves of bread. However, I will be the first to admit that there are times when I wish I had something to snack on besides a handful of nuts, carrots and cucumbers, or beef jerky. So, with that said, I present almond flour crackers:  a salty version that would accompany yesterday’s baba ganoush fabulously for part of a Super Bowl spread, and a sweet version to bring back childhood memories of graham crackers and milk with Grandma. These should come with a warning label though: only to be made on occasion and not on a regular basis, can be addictive! Even my “suspect of everything almond flour” seven year old requested I make her the “super yummy” crackers for her birthday party. Now, that is what I call proof!

Almond Flour Garlic and Herb Crackers
(recipe inspired by my amazingly talented sister-in-law at Roost blog)

2 cups almond flour
1/2 tsp salt + some for sprinkling
1 tsp garlic
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried rosemary
2 Tbsp olive oil
2-3 Tbsp water

Preheat oven to 350. Combine dry ingredients, stir in olive oil, and slowly add in water until a sticky dough forms. Flatten dough on parchment lined baking sheet, place another sheet of parchment paper on top, and roll out to desired cracker height (for best results, roll out as even as possible to achieve uniform doneness when baking). Cut dough into desired cracker shapes. There is no need to transfer the shapes, they will break apart easily after baking. Sprinkle with sea salt and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden. Cool, break apart, and enjoy!

Almond Flour “Graham” Crackers

2 cups almond flour
3-4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt
4 Tbsp softened butter (at room temperature)
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 Tbsp honey

Preheat oven to 350. Combine dry ingredients, cut in softened butter with pastry blender or fork, add vanilla and honey, and form into a ball of dough.  Place dough on parchment lined baking sheet, place another sheet of parchment paper on top, and roll out to desired cracker height (again, as uniform height as possible–although I admit to liking the “burnt” edges!). Cut dough into desired cracker shapes. Again, no need to break them apart prior to baking. Sprinkle with a bit of sea salt (this is optional but I swear my kids saw it, assumed it was sugar, and dug right in) and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden. You can also optionally prick crackers lightly with fork prior to baking for a more authentic graham cracker look! Cool, break apart and enjoy before your kids clear the whole plate while you’re doing the dishes…

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