Monster Crackers aka Nutty Spelt Crackers

Apparently it’s been a while since I updated…sorry for the delay to anyone out there actually following me 😉
As most of you know I am vegan and recently have some new dietary restrictions come up; No Yeast, No Sugar, No Vinegar…This makes it increasingly difficult to eat out, let alone that most of my dining partners are omni’s! I have been slaving away in the kitchen trying to keep a good rotation of different & interesting foods so that I don’t become bored with what I am eating. After all, food is life! Without good tasty food and awesome people to share it with…where would that leave us? I decided I was really missing crackers. There are many yeast free crackers out there, but most contain modified milk products, honey or gasp….sugar! Really? Sugar in a cracker? Believe it! I did find a few crackers that met my criteria but they were pricy or bland so I set out to bake my own with a little help from the internet! I found a recipe on http://www.suite101.com/ that seemed like a good idea but definitely needs some tweeking. So here they are!
Ingredients
•2 cups whole spelt flour
•1/2 cup tamari almonds, ground
•1/2 cup flax seed, ground
•1 teaspoon each garlic salt & mustard powder
•2 tbsps dehydrated minced onion
•1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
•3/4 cup water
•sesame seeds or organic cornmeal for dusting
Directions
  • Grind seeds in a coffee grinder or blender until they become like a flour. Be careful not to over-grind as they will easily turn into nut butter.
  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together the whole spelt flour, ground nuts and seeds, whole sesame seeds and salt.
  • In a separate cup, emulsify the oil and water by stirring rapidly.
  • Pour the oil and water into the centre of the dry ingredients and mix together until most of the liquid is incorporated, then begin to knead the dough with your hands until all of the liquid is mixed in.
  • Split the ball of dough into two.
  • On a lightly floured work surface, roll out one of the balls of dough to 1/4 inch thickness and either cut shapes with a cookie cutter or slice squares with a knife.
  • Repeat with the other half of the dough. Alternatively, split the dough into smaller portions and run the dough through a pasta maker until the dough reaches desired thickness.
  • Dust a baking sheet with organic corn meal or sesame seeds and place the cut dough pieces onto this.
  • Place the baking sheet into the oven and bake at 350F for 10-15 minutes*, depending on the thickness of the dough. The vegan crackers will not turn golden brown when finished, but will be crispy and will crack easily when snapped.
*I cooked my first batch for 7 mins, checked them, did another 3 mins, then flipped and cooked for 2 more. They are nice and crispy!!
Read more at Suite101: Nutty Whole Spelt Flour Crackers: A Savoury Homemade Vegan Snack Food http://vegan-food.suite101.com/article.cfm/nutty_whole_spelt_flour_crackers#ixzz0uzwPXb6A
Also pictured is cashew cheeze!
Ingredients:
  •  1 cup cashews (I like a mixture of Cashews & Mac nuts)
  • 1/8 cup lemon juice
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • water to thin.
  • Grind nuts in food processor to fine paste, add garlic & lemon juice with a pinch of salt.
  • Slowly add water until you reach you desired consistency.
  • Serve with crackers & veggies!
**Cheeze will firm up when out in fridge
and just for fun here is a picture of Sir Wiley Styles
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