These easy, absolutely delicious, crispy seed crackers are vegan and nutritious. This seed cracker recipe is gluten free, and made from a blend of flaxseeds, sunflower, sesame, and nettle seeds.
Influenced by Middle Eastern cuisine, I adore appetizers like hummus, mutabal, and other dips. They often serve as healthy dinner options for me. Usually, I opt for carrots or cucumbers as dippers and avoid eating bread in the evening. However, this crispy seed cracker recipe offers a delightful alternative, allowing me to enjoy the flavors and experience without feeling guilty.
Moreover, they are nutritious, easy to make, and suitable for paleo, keto, egg-free, and low-carb diets. I also sneaked in my favorite nettle seeds, which I love for their medicinal benefits.
Whether you are looking for a healthy snack or crackers for dips, platters, or cheese boards, these raw crackers are the best choice. The best part of this seed cracker recipe is that it is packed with proteins, dairy-free and vegan.
What are Seed Crackers?
Seed crackers are tasty snacks made from a mix of seeds. Unlike regular crackers with grains, seed crackers don’t contain any grains, making them a healthy choice for snacking and also perfect for people avoiding gluten.
Healthy crackers have a crunchy texture, a delicious nutty taste and are great to enjoy on their own or with dips.
Ingredients in this Vegan Seed Cracker recipe.
- Flaxseeds (also known as linen seeds) I used whole flax seeds in this recipe to get more texture, but you can use either whole or ground.
- Sunflower seeds
- Sesame seeds
- Chia seeds
- Nettle seeds, you can omit if you don’t have them. They are packed with proteins and if you want to forage them , here is a great guide on when and how.
- Paprika and salt to taste
If you have some extra seeds, turn them into birdseed ornaments. They make a wonderful gift for bird lovers.
Tools for the best seed cracker recipe
- piece of parchment paper
- baking tray
- dehydrator (optional)
- large mixing bowl
Health Benefits of gluten-free crackers
Flaxseeds, or linen seeds, are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that keep our hearts and brains healthy and fiber that aids digestion and helps us feel full.
Including Sunflower seeds in your diet is a healthy choice as they contain vitamin E, which protects our cells from damage. In addition, magnesium is important for strong bones and muscles, and selenium helps our immune system and may have anti-cancer effects.
Sesame seeds are tiny but mighty. They are a good source of calcium, iron, and healthy fats. Calcium is essential for strong bones and teeth, iron helps carry oxygen, and healthy fats are important for overall well-being.
Chia seeds are small but nutrient-packed powerhouses. They are high in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants. The fiber in chia seeds aids digestion and promotes a feeling of fullness. The benefits of chia seeds also include improved metabolic health, stable blood sugar levels, and a contribution to a balanced diet.
To make them super seed crackers add nettle seeds rich in nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids. They have been used traditionally to support energy levels and vitality.
How to make Seed Crackers
The secret of making these grain-free seed crackers is soaking the seeds in water. Flax and Chia seeds both contain soluble fiber with mucilaginous properties. When these seeds are soaked in water, they develop a jelly-like substance that keeps the crackers together and makes the cracker dough.
First step: Mix water with chia and flax seeds
Whisk the ground flax seeds with chia seeds in a medium mixing bowl until well combined. Add water and stir till all seeds are evenly coated. Let the mixture sit for about 15 minutes, allowing the seeds to soak up the water and form a gel-like consistency.
Second step: Add the remaining ingredients to the mixture
Add sunflower seeds, sesame, and nettle seeds. Add paprika and salt to a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.
Third step: spread the mixture evenly onto the baking sheet
Preheat the oven to the lowest temperature (about 150ºC/300ºF ) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking sheet and use a spatula to evenly spread the cracker mixture on a sheet pan, aiming for a thickness of about 1/8 inch.
Fourth step: Bake the multi-seed crackers
Place the tray in the oven and bake your flax seed crackers for about 1 hour. The time differs on how brown or golden you want them to be. If you want to have them cut evenly, remove them from the oven in the middle of baking while they are still soft, and cut the crackers into even pieces using a pizza cutter or sharp knife. Later, they will become too hard to cut, and you will have to break them.
Check them occasionally because they can burn pretty fast, especially thin ones.
Fifth step: Remove the keto crackers and store
Remove the flex seed crackers from the oven, set aside, and allow to thicken for about 20 minutes. Once cool completely, carefully peel them off the parchment paper and store them in an airtight container for several weeks.
Notes: you can also use a dehydrator and cut the Seed Crackers after about 6 hours of dehydrating them.
In addition to the flaxseeds, chia, sunflower, and sesame seeds, you can add hemp, pumpkin, or poppy seeds into the seed mixture. Hemp seeds provide a nutty flavor and are a great source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and other beneficial nutrients.
2)Add herbs and spices.
Rosemary seasoning (rosemary salt), Thyme, Dill or Oregano
Add one teaspoon of dried herbs that add fragrant notes to the gluten-free crackers as they bake.
Cumin, Turmeric, Chilli powder
3)Add a touch of sweetness.
Add a tablespoon of pure maple syrup, fermented honey or dandelion honey to the mixture, along with a pinch of salt. The combination of sweet and salty creates a delightful balance of flavors. You can also sprinkle some coarse sea salt on top of the crackers before baking for an extra touch of saltiness.
What to Serve with Seed Crackers
They are great for snacking on their own, but you can also pair them. here are some ideas!
- This Avocado Hummus pairs wonderfully with raw crackers, adding a smooth and savory element to each bite.
- These vegan crackers are great with a dollop of Italian basil pesto or Homemade Garlic Butter.
- Spread this sour cream and chive dip or paprika dip on the top of the crackers and sprinkle them with rosehip or elderberry powder for additional benefits.
- Explore different seed-based dips like lemon herb tahini dip or pumpkin seed dip for this crunchy snack.
- Pair your snack crackers with cheeses like goat cheese, feta, or sharp cheddar.
- The creamy texture and fresh flavors of this avocado chutney make it a fantastic match for seed crackers.
- serve them with sliced vegetables like cucumbers, bell peppers, or cherry tomatoes on a platter.