The cracker – that basic snacking staple – actually has quite the history, dating back centuries. Immigrants and explorers used to eat hardtack – the cracker’s predecessor – because it didn’t spoil for years. Troops in the Civil War then paired it with cheese to make an ad hoc breakfast or lunch. In the mid-19th century, bakers began adding ingredients to lighten the texture of these “crackers,” and restaurants began adding them to their menus.
Over the years, crackers have entered the mainstream, and Americans now enjoy them throughout the day. Packaged Facts estimates the total U.S. retail sales of crackers will be around $9.3 billion by 2018.
Like millions of others, I enjoy crackers and pair them with everything from hummus to avocado and more. Because crackers are so versatile, it’s important to make sure they’re healthy. One of my favorite cracker recipes is this one from Raw Food Recipes. The walnut base gives these crackers a savory, rich texture and flavor. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Simple Savory Crackers
- 2 cups walnuts
- 1 cup hemp seeds
- 1 cup grated carrots
- 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, sage)
- 1 tablespoon shallot, minced
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup water (more if needed; should be a firmer consistency but still easily spreads onto dehydrator sheets)
- 1/4 cup flaxseeds, ground
- In a food processor, grind the walnuts; then add hemp seeds, carrots, herbs, shallot, oil and water.
- Process until you reach your desired texture.
- Pour into a bowl, and add in ground flax.
- Let firm up, then spread onto parchment paper (if baking), cut into desired size.
- Dehydrate at 115 F for 10 hours or until crispy!
(Photo source: Raw Food Recipes)