‘Really that easy?’ seedy crackers

Well Friday has come around again. It’s been a positive week. I’ve been pushing myself and training in new ways. I feel absolutely goosed, but thankfully for all the right reasons. Although after this mornings pasting, I may struggle to walk in the morning and then I won’t feel so special.

I’m posting an easy snack recipe this week. I had a little play around and worked out that you can create a brilliant seedy cracker using water as the binding agent. Crispy, snappy and super seedy, these crackers are gorgeous on their own, but really moreish with a bit of cheese, a smidge of honey or dunked in a good dip.

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To make 12 crackers, each with around 75 calories, here’s what you need:

  • 150g seeds. Equal measures of the following works well – sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, poppy seeds and flaxseeds.
  • 125 ml water.
  • Generous sprinkle of Himalayan salt.
  • Optional addition of 1/2 teaspoon of chilli flakes and a teaspoon of dried rosemary.

It shouldn’t be this easy but it is…

  1. Pre-heat oven to 170 degrees C.
  2. Add 125 ml water to your seeds and leave for 15 minutes for the water to absorb.
  3. Spread as thinly as you can on a lined baking tray. I’d say you want to aim for a thickness of 3 or 4mm.
  4. Sprinkle with salt.
  5. You can then add the rosemary and chilli flakes on one half of the cracker mix – creating 2 types of finished crackers.
  6. Place in the oven for 20 minutes.
  7. Remove and cut into the sizes you want the crackers to be.
  8. Pop back in the oven for about 20 further minutes until they really crisp up.
  9. Store in a really good airtight container.

This is one of those ones that gives back massively based on the ratio of effort vs. end result.

Happy Friday xx

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Pumpkin power bites

Sometimes you don’t need to complicate things with a hefty recipe and lots of stages, especially when you want your children to engage with the idea of healthy eating and good food. The window of focus can be pretty short in our house, so if my son asks to help I like to give some pretty instant gratification.

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These little bites took us 10 minutes to make using basic cupboard ingredients. They’re delicious, naturally sweet and ever so moreish.

Simply:

  1. Blitz together 100g raisins with 50g of pumpkin seeds and a teaspoon of cinnamon
  2. Roll 10 small balls in some linseeds/flaxseeds.
  3. Keep in the fridge

For me these little nibbles are good to have around for a quick energy fix and also to keep my digestion on track. I am putting in quite a few miles at the moment in training for an event in 2 weeks. (Take a peak at the crazy event) Sweet option snacks that can also aid good digestive health means I can perform without feeling bloated and tired.

Why are they so powerful and fantastic?

  • Pumpkins are a feel good seed, they provide a good source of protein, zinc and posses a wide range of anti-oxidant qualities.
  • Raisins provide good forms of fibre and also iron, which you need plenty of if you’re exercising regularly.
  • Linseeds are amazing little seeds. They work wonders for IBS and constipation and just one to two teaspoons a day can make a dramatic difference to your digestive health.

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It’s good to share healthy things with our kids. Sometimes I think we can forget to offer them the kinds of nutritional snacks we eat, because it wasn’t how it worked in our parents day.  I’m sure he’ll be eating icecream with his friends later too – I’d call that a pretty fair mixed bag.

Enjoy x