Tuesday, May 19, 2015

What are you going to put your hummus on?

Unfortunately, if your diet is paleo, low carb, gluten-free or anti-inflammation, you might be finding it difficult to find good cracker options.

Problem solved.  This is a really good homemade cracker.  But most importantly, it has something that a lot of "paleo" and gluten-free crackers don't.  It's been carefully crafted to have special healing factors.  We've added two seed meals, one spice and three herbs that are highly anti-inflammatory.

Fresh rosemary!

And yet, did I say, that this is a really good homemade cracker?  Really, really good?

Inflammation is at the root of many of the diseases plaguing us modern folk (see the blue box below for a list of diseases linked to inflammation).  Plus, who wants to live an inflamed life anyway?  Puffy, overweight, brain-fogged, tired and unhealthy?  Not for us!
By the way, eczema is an inflammatory disease.   If you're working to heal eczema, you'll want to see the EatRx Healing Guide to Eczema.  In addition to everything you could possibly ever want to know about eczema (and a bunch of stuff your doctor simply does not have time to explain to you), it has our anti-inflammation diet plus our list of Top 40 Anti-inflammatory foods and our list of Top 40 Anti-eczema foods. These are lists created by our Deep Web search engine, RxExplorer, which has been creating a cutting-edge library of information on phytonutrients.  
Anyway, if you have fresh herbs, all the better.  I used fresh rosemary and oregano, but dried thyme, only because I live in the mountains and the weather just hasn't been quite warm enough yet to get my thyme up and happy.  My rosemary plant came indoors for the winter.  Poor thing, I pinch so much anti-inflammation rosemary off each week that it has a hard time keeping up with the demand.

One last thought...if you eat paleo or low carb, you may sometimes miss that full belly carb feel. These crackers are a way to fill up your tummy and get that feeling without piling up the carb count. They are low carb but they taste and feel like carbs, sort of low carb carbs, if you get my meaning.

Sunflower, Pepita and Rosemary Crackers

On a gluten-free diet, where are you going to put that hummus? Right here on a crispy delicious rosemary and seed cracker. We've optimized this recipe with anti-inflammatory herbs, cracked black pepper and anti-eczema seeds.

dry ingredients:
1 c almond meal
1/4-1/3 c coconut flour*
1/4 c sunflower seeds
1/4 c pepita pumpkin seeds
2 t arrowroot
1 t freshly ground sea salt**
1 t onion powder
1/4 t garlic powder
1/2 t freshly ground black pepper**
1 T  fresh rosemary chopped fine
1/2 t dried thyme or 1 t fresh chopped fine
1/2 t dried oregano or 1 t fresh chopped fine

wet ingredients:
3 T olive oil
2 eggs from pasture-raised chickens whisked

Grind the seeds with a mortar and pestle. Add all the dry ingredients into a bowl and stir. Make a well in the center and add the olive oil and eggs and stir all ingredients together.

Place the dough in between two pieces of parchment paper and roll out with a rolling pin to about 1/8" thickness. Remove the top sheet of parchment paper, and using a pizza-cutting wheel, cut the dough into cracker shapes. Move the parchment paper with crackers intact onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 16-18 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool.

*We find that the amount of absorbency varies from brand to brand with coconut flour. Start with the lower amount and add more if your dough is too sticky.

**Tip:  Do grind your own high quality sea salt and black pepper.  This is what gives the crackers their pizazz!

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