Sunflower Crackers

Have you picked up a package of something as simple as crackers before and looked at the ingredients? Depending on which brand you choose the list of ingredients is rather large. Sometimes including up to 25 ingredients! Crackers are supposed to be flour, water and a little salt. Instead some processed crackers have included so many extra ingredients to enhance flavor, extend shelf life and alter composition to favor their tag lines that it puzzling they can even be considered crackers. Even more frustrating is the addition of ingredients we can’t even pronounce, or that have no place being in a cracker. Several crackers in the market have sugar or high fructose syrup added, which is odd since it’s a saltine. There is a large movement in the food revolution that promotes clean eating. There is no clear definition of clean eating, but overall it means avoiding added ingredients as much as possible, eating fresh and cooking more often. Eliminating artificial preservatives, flavors and colors is a good place to start as well.

Once Again Nut Butters are proud to keep our ingredient list short and simple! Most of our nut and seed butters are made up of one single ingredient. Keeping our products free of artificial additives is our way to help you eat clean every day!  It can be quite a challenge to navigate the grocery stores nowadays with the abundance of options in the store shelves. Although we agree there might be a good point to making everything at home with fresh ingredients, we also understand our busy lives inhibit  us from being able to cook and bake every single food we eat. Once Again Nut Butter is a brand you can trust to provide you the very best in flavor, quality and give you the confidence you can rely on when life gets busy.

Keeping those ideas in mind, this recipe that follows is for a sunflower seed cracker that you can make in less than ten minutes with only 6 ingredients, and we promise you can pronounce all of them!  We have listened to fan requests and  kept this cracker grain free to accommodate gluten-free and paleo friendly dietary needs. The recipe does call for an egg, but you may use a flax egg to make a vegan cracker option. If you are looking for more fiber and don’t have any grain restrictions you may also use oat flour, wheat flour or rice flour instead of the coconut flour. This recipe has been tested with wheat flour and coconut flour so far, and both options worked very well. There is also only ¼ teaspoon of salt included in this recipe: That is intentional. Another alarming figure on most cracker’s nutritional facts label is the amount of sodium they usually contain. . According to the American Heart Association, we are currently eating too much salt; therefore, any measures we can take to lower our salt consumption make sense !

Sunflower Seed Crackers

Sunflower Seed Crackers

½ cup of Once Again Sunflower Seed Butter, No Salt or Sugar Added.
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 egg
2 tablespoons of coconut flour
¼ teaspoon of salt
½ cup of flax meal

In a medium- sized bowl, lightly beat the egg, which must be at room temperature. Next, combine sunflower seed butter and coconut oil and add it to the egg. Mix well, and slowly add in coconut flour, salt and finally, the flax meal. It will be a smooth and clay-like mixture. Pour onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread it slowly with a flat spatula until the thickness is of about 1/5 of an inch or so. The thinner you spread out the mixture, the crispier the crackers. Bake in an oven a preheated oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Check every 10 minutes, and then using a toothpick, pop any bubbles that may form during baking. You may sprinkle the top of the mixture with a little extra salt and sunflower seeds before baking as well. Remove from oven, score with a sharp knife tip, then wait until it cools to completely crack into pieces. They will be fresh when stored in an airtight container for up to five days.

Watch how easy you can make them in our video below:

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