Endurance Crackers

When I stumbled upon this recipe last week on Oh She Glows, I knew we had to give it a try very soon.  Gracen loves all things crunchy (crackers especially) and lives for nuts and seeds, so the recipe really couldn’t be suited to her any better.  Plus, the list of ingredients includes things we always have in the house… Score.IMG 3843

To get started, we collected our ingredients (this has become one of Gracen’s favourite parts of cooking… I retrieve the items from the cupboards and fridge, and she walks back and forth, carefully depositing them on the butcher block one at a time)…  Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, Chia Goodness (plain chia seeds would work just as well), sesame seeds, finely chopped sweet onion and garlic, water, and kosher salt is what you’ll need.
IMG 3845Start off by dumping your pumpkin seeds into a large mixing bowl.IMG 3848

Add the sunflower seeds…
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Sesame seeds…IMG 3853

And Chia Goodness (or plain chia).

IMG 3858Give the seeds a little mix and set the bowl aside.

IMG 3863Get out a separate smaller bowl, and dump in your onion and garlic.IMG 3866

Then add the water.
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Stir the mixture for a minute.IMG 3874

Next, pour the water mixture into the seed mixture.
IMG 3876Stir really well, allowing enough time for the chia seeds to absorb the water and thicken the mixture.IMG 3882

If you’re a seed fiend like this little one is, now would be a great time to sneak a few pinchfuls into your mouth.
IMG 3883Next, take a few pinches of kosher salt, add them to your mixture, and stir again.IMG 3887

Dump the mixture onto a large parchment-lined baking sheet.
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Using the back of a spoon, spread the mixture out into a very thin layer.  Don’t be too worried about holes – they’re easy to patch up at the end.  (If you’re working with a little one, this part will definitely require a little grown-up help.  I let Gracen flatten the mound at the beginning and pat down my spreading job at the very end and she was pleased with that.)
IMG 3894If your monkey is anything like mine, they may try to lick the seeds straight off the pan.  (No joke – this really happened. Multiple times in fact.  Crazy girl.)IMG 3898

In the end, we settled on her licking the spoon in exchange for keeping her tongue off of our oven-ready crackers.
IMG 3904Next, it’s time to pop the pan into the oven.IMG 3906

Halfway through the baking time, remove the pan from the oven and slice up your crackers (I used a pizza cutter and it worked great).  Crackers can be as big or as small as you want them to be and can be cut in squares, triangles, diamonds, or any other shape your little heart desires.IMG 3909

Once cut, use a spatula to help you flip the crackers over (this step was surprisingly easier than I expected it to be) and pop them back in the oven for the remainder of the time.
IMG 3913When you take them out, they should be crispy and golden.IMG 3922

Allow to cool, then gently remove them from the pan.
IMG 3920Serve to your very anxious and excited toddler.  Be prepared to hear “Mmmmmmmm!” and “More! More! More!” endlessly.

These crackers are truly delicious.  They’re light and crispy and have a perfectly nutty / savoury flavour.  Not to mention that they’re vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, sugar-free, and oil-free, so they’re the perfect snack for just about anyone!

Endurance Crackers

  • 1/2 cup of raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup of raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup of raw sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup of Chia Goodness (or plain chia seeds)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of finely chopped sweet onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt, or to taste

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mix the seeds together. In a small bowl, mix the water, garlic, and onion. Whisk well.
Pour the water mixture onto the seeds and stir until thick and combined. Season with salt to taste. Add spices or fresh herbs if you wish.
Spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet with the back of a spoon until it’s less than 1/4 inch thick. Not to worry if a couple parts become too thin, you can just patch them up at the end.
Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, slice into crackers, and carefully flip onto other side with a spatula. Bake for another 30 minutes, watching closely after about 25 minutes. The bottoms will be lightly golden in colour. Allow to cool completely on the pan. Store in a container or plastic baggy.
Enjoy!
You can see our other favourite homemade crackers here.
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6 thoughts on “Endurance Crackers

  1. Manmaw says:

    Any chance you could save one for Manmaw Charlotte?

  2. jkossowan says:

    You betcha! Between Gracen and Bradley, I’ll have to hide one, but if they’re all gone, we can make a batch while you’re here!

  3. Manmaw says:

    Where is her apron………????? aj

    • jkossowan says:

      I know, I know… She hasn’t worn it for the last couple of kitchen projects. The trouble is, the second I mention cooking, she’s now dragging a giant chair into the kitchen, and in no time, she’s up at the butcher block investigating our ingredients and we both forget about the apron! She certainly keeps me on my toes!

  4. looking at these pics I have really bad appliance envy right now.

    • jkossowan says:

      I had that same appliance envy for years, so I know just what you’re talking about! We’re very spoiled – it was actually a gift from my in-laws. 🙂

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