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Flax Seed Crackers

Chef John

"I heard that if you mix flax seeds with an equal amount of water, soak them, and spread them thin, you'll get a tasty cracker. I heard right! These have a nutty, earthy flavor. They're light, but still sturdy enough for dips and spreads. Experiment with other seasonings if you like."
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11 h 20 m servings 104 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings (32 crackers)

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  1. Place flax seeds in mixing bowl. Add salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne. Pour in water. Stir. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C). Line a rimmed baking sheeting with a silicone mat or parchment.
  3. Transfer soaked flax seeds to prepared baking sheet. Spread out into a thin, flat rectangle, about 1/8 inch thick, using a spatula. Score the rectangle into about 32 small, rectangles.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until flax seeds have darkened and contracted slightly, about 3 hours. Cool in oven with door ajar. Break into individual crackers.


  • Chef's Notes:
  • I've been told that whole flax seeds are not fully digestible, and to get the health benefits you should use flax seed meal, but other sources are telling me that the soaking, and chewing takes care of that, maybe. Probably not a big deal unless you're going to eat a whole batch, but consider yourself warned if you are sensitive to high-fiber foods!
  • I find that these start to lose their crispiness after about a day, so if you make them ahead of time, I'd re-crisp them in the oven again for maybe 30 minutes to dry them back out.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 104 calories; 8.2 g fat; 5.7 g carbohydrates; 3.6 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 225 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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I let this sit in the fridge for 48 hrs instead of overnight. I think it made it less malleable. I also used parchment paper and it curled a little. I could still cut the pieces roughly into rec...

I have extremely dry eyes and was told by my eye doctor that flax seeds every day will help to re-hydrate them along with artificial tears. I have been taking 1 Tbsp daily mixed in yogurt. They ...

I have made these twice now and getting ready to do a third batch, as these are now my non-guilty go to cracker. Who could not like them? Although I like them fine as is, I am going to add rosem...

Thought I'd try these since they are obviously a healthy alternative but I didn't go for the taste.