Are you reducing your consumption of bread or carbohydrates because you think they make you gain weight or feel bloated?
We want to propose a light, nutritious, and healthy alternative: seed crackers. These crackers are made using gluten-free flour and are free from butter or other dairy products.
Try this delicious recipe that will allow you to substitute a much healthier food for those breads and pastries.
Is eating bread bad for you?
Bread is a food that’s rich in carbohydrates, which give you energy and make you feel full. It does have some drawbacks, however:
- Breads made with white flour are overly refined products that can alter the pH in your bloodstream and increase your chances of suffering from constipation and other intestinal disorders.
- Yeast can also cause swelling and indigestion.
- Bread is rich in gluten, which is wheat protein. More and more people are not able to tolerate this nutrient properly.
- It further contributes to being overweight and the build up of fat around the abdominal area.
- It alters blood sugar levels.
Alternatives to bread
If you want to reduce or eliminate white bread from your diet, you can opt for some healthier foods:
- Whole grain breads: rye, oats, barley, rice, spelt, corn, etc.
- Rice or corn toast
- Seed crackers
- Mexican tortillas or Indian bread
Homemade and natural seed crackers can provide you with some excellent health benefits. They:
- Are very nutritious.
- Help you feel full and curb the desire to snack between meals.
- Regulate digestion, especially if you’re suffering from constipation.
- Provide a good amount of fiber and essential fatty acids.
- Won’t make you feel bloated after you eat them.
- Don’t contain gluten, so they’re easier to digest and are suitable for people with gluten intolerance.
In addition, these seed crackers are the perfect accompaniment to any breakfast, snack, or appetizer.
Unlike the commercial alternatives, they don’t contain any additives, artificial flavorings, harmful fats, or excessive sodium.
How do you make these seed crackers at home?
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil (100 g)
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt (7 g)
- Spices, to taste: oregano, pepper, turmeric, basil, thyme, garlic powder, etc.
- 1 cup of water (200 ml)
- A cup of rice flour (120 g)
- 1 cup of cornmeal (130 g)
- A cup of chickpea flour (130 g)
- 1 cup of various seeds (chia, sesame, flax, sunflower, pumpkin, poppy, etc.) (120 g)
You don’t need to use any kind of yeast for these crackers, because your goal is to obtain something thin and crusty.
The best part about this recipe is that you don’t have to knead anything. Just add everything to your blender, as the dough is going to be very moist.
- First, add the eggs to the blender and beat them well.
- Then, add the oil, salt, spices, and water.
- In a separate bowl, mix the three flours together and then add them to the blender.
- You can add some of the seeds to the dough, or save them for the surface of the crackers. This will make them tasty and textured.
- Cover this mixture with a transparent film and store it in the fridge for approximately one hour while it rests and settles.
- Spray a little oil on a large, flat baking sheet so the dough doesn’t stick, and roll it out.
- Sprinkle the seeds until they are evenly distributed.
- Preheat the oven to 375° F and bake for 20 to 30 minutes.
- When you remove it from the oven, allow it to cool, and then break the dough into smaller pieces.
- If the seeds won’t stick to the surface very well, spread a little beaten egg over them before baking.
Ideas with crackers
Here are some healthy toppings for these crackers:
- Tomato, avocado, and fresh cheese
- Butter and jam
You can also make a sweetened version of this recipe. In that case, substitute sugar for the salt and add spices like cinnamon or ginger.
Ideally, you can combine the sweet version with sweets or cheeses.