It was just a regular day, I was going about my business getting some work done and then I remembered that nut free snacks for my son needed to be made, for him to take to kindy. We’re gluten free, so I always send him with stuff for morning / arvo tea, to avoid vacuous ‘gluten free’ biscuits and crackers than are basically starch and provide virtually no nutrients – not what a little body needs!
I didn’t want to make another sweet thing and was keen to come up with a savoury snack that could last the week in an airtight container.
These crackers were born out of what I had in the pantry and wanting to create a seriously delicious cracker for a gluten free / nut free / dairy free / grain free snack. The little guy was really excited about these. He adores them. I hope you do to. You’ll notice that because they are so much more nutrient dense than your average cracker, 2 or 3 of these is perfect for a snack – delicious with a dip or cheese or whatever spread you fancy. I had 4 crackers with paté and a big salad for lunch Thursday, and that was perfect for the whole afternoon.
I’ll pop the original recipe here and a few sweet / savoury version ideas and serving suggestions down the bottom to help with inspiration.
How pretty is this little budgeroo hardwood board? My husband makes gorgeous boards by hand and made me this little one about a year and a half ago now. Use it every day and still going strong!
Flavour / ingredient variations. I’ve tested this recipe a couple of times this week to see how flexible it is – and it is!!
Try instead of hemp seeds, macadamia or brazil nuts. Gorgeous!
Try without garlic for a more subtle cracker – perfect with a triple cream cheese like Brillat Savarin if you’re able to enjoy dairy.
Swap fennel seed and thyme, for dried oregano and a teaspoon of lemon zest – greek crackers. So yummy!
Instead of the garlic, fennel, salt and herbs add 3 heaped tablespoons of dried blueberries or cranberries and a heaped tsp of cinnamon. Yummy! Still not incredibly sweet and if ‘weaning’ off ultra sweet processed foods, you can add 1 tablespoon maple to this. You can then top these with nut butter (if able) and a slice of banana, or a little sugar free jam. Whatever you dream up!
Different ways to serve other than crackers
Oh yum, this tart was gorgeous. I pressed the mixture for the original recipe into a little ceramic dish to see if it would bake as a tart ‘pastry’. It worked superbly. Next time though, I would pop into a mini (or large for that matter) quiche tin, greased, to be able to pop it out easily.
I filled it with a delicious, zesty probiotic filling of 1 small avocado, 1 tablespoon cultured veg, 1 pinch sea salt, 1/2 tsp dulse flakes (sea veggie packed with minerals) 1 tbsp fine chopped parsley. Mashed and combined and then filled into the tart and cracked pepper on top. Divine! You could do mini hors d’oeuvres sized tartlets with this idea. How cute! Just use muffin liners / parchment if doing in muffin tins, in case they want to stick and you waste your time!
And as a pizza base – Par bake for 12 minutes. Top with your pizza toppings of choice and bake another 10 minutes. Delicious! Best as mini pizzas and again, a gorgeous snack. Perfect to involve the kids in on!
Now over to you! Let me know what variations you try or how to serve it or enjoy it. Can’t wait to see and share!
It’s the eve of the Easter long weekend as I write this. Looking forward to winding down, chilling out, cracking a special bottle of something with the family on Sunday and enjoying some Fish fingers tomorrow for Good Friday!
P.S. If you fancy more seeds snacks for nut free crunchiness for school, head here or check out my book which has a delicious Chewy apricot bar and a chocolate buckwheat bar – both 100% kid and husband approved!
Warning – Hemp Seeds are not legal in Australia for eating, however are in the USA and Europe. I have a French passport as well as an Australian one, so I’m European when I eat these. They’re so nutrient rich and sustainable, and it just seems silly not to be able to enjoy them in the food mix.
Happy long weekend!