Garlic Parmesan Flaxseed Crackers

Garlic Parmesan Flax Crackers
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Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

Calories 240
Fat 18g
Carbs 12g
Protein 10g
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Total Time 25 min
Prep 10 min, Cook 15 min
Servings 3 (4 crackers each)

These garlic Parmesan flaxseed crackers are a great high fiber, crunchy, nutritious, and tasty snack. With just 5 ingredients, 6 simple steps, and only 15 minutes or so in the oven, you will have these crispy crackers ready in no time. They are delicious with dips, spreads, or just on their own. Try serving with olive tapenade, eggplant caponata, or hummus. Your guests at your next party will never know you've supplied them with a boost of nutrition!

Flaxseeds boast a plethora of health benefits, and several studies have shown that these seeds can ward off cancers, such as breast, prostate, and colon. They also have been shown to lower blood pressure and prevent heart and lung diseases. They are packed with fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, as well as antioxidants, all important factors in maintaining a healthy body.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup​ flaxseed meal
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water

Preparation

  1. Heat oven to 400 F. Cover a sheet pan with a silicone mat or greased parchment paper.
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and spoon batter onto prepared sheet pan.
  3. Cover the mixture with a piece of parchment or waxed paper. Even out the mixture to about 1/8 inch. (You can use a ruler, rolling pin, or wine bottle. The important thing is not to let it be too thin around the edges or that part will overcook before the center firms up.)
  1. Remove the paper and go around the edges with your finger and push the thin part inward to even it up.
  2. Bake until the center is no longer soft, about 15 to 18 minutes. If it starts to get more than a little brown around the edges, remove from oven. If you want to cut into squares or rectangles, cut into 12 even pieces before it cools completely. Otherwise, let cool completely—it will continue to crisp up—and then break into random sized pieces.

Ingredient Substitutions and Cooking Tips

This recipe—minus the garlic and cheese—is quite basic, and allows for a variety of flavors. Instead of Parmesan garlic, you can give the flax seed crackers a Mediterranean flair with Italian seasoning, or a Mexican twist with some cumin and chili powder. 

To make cutting even easier, score or slice the batter before putting the sheet pan in the oven. And since the edges will brown faster than the middle, you may have to remove the pan from the oven before the center is fully cooked.

Not to worry—the center should finish cooking while the pan is still hot and the crackers are left to cool.

Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 (4 crackers each)
Amount per serving  
Calories 240
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 527mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 10g 36%
Total Sugars 1g  
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 10g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 189mg 15%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 333mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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