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Herb & Seed Crackers

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I used to be a huge fan of Mary’s Gone Crackers, until I came to realize that I could easily make my own with a blend of seeds of my choice. Delicious, nutritious, gluten-free, soy-free, and so simple to make. What more do you need? These herb seed crackers are the perfect make ahead snack to have for the week (although they might not last longer than 2 days). Enjoy them with a spread of avocado, hummus, nut butter, or pair them with a salad for a quick lunch.

Seed crackersIngredients

1 cup ground flax seeds/flax meal

1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup raw sesame seeds

3 Tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary

Pinch of sea salt

Pinch of black pepper, optional

2 cups water

Procedure

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and combine well. Let sit for 10-15 minutes, until thickened but still pliable.
  3. Divide mixture into two baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Spread evenly into a thin layer, about 1/4 inch thick. Bake for 30 minutes. Flip over and bake for another 20-25 minutes, until browned. Let cool and break into pieces. You may also score them before putting in the oven if you want perfect shaped crackers.
  4. Store in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

Note: You can use any fresh herb or blend that you like. My favorite is rosemary. 

What herb will you add to your crackers? Be creative and share with me what you come up with.

Sunflower Seed Butter

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A few months ago I discovered that I am sensitive to nuts. I know, I felt like my life was over, especially since I was the almond butter queen. I had it every single day and more than once. Perhaps why the sensitivity flared. I used to often get bloated and gassy after eating nuts but never thought anything of it since it wasn't every time or I just wasn't aware enough to make that connection. It wasn't until I did a thorough elimination diet/detox (similar to my 3-Day Detox Plan) that I realized that indeed nuts where causing stomach bloating and inflammation. So although they're packed with nutrients and have great health benefits, my body does not agree with them anymore. And that's okay because there are so many other foods that I can get those nutrients and snack fix from. It's just a matter of getting creative, there are always alternatives.

So I discovered this delicious and creamy sunflower seed butter. If you already purchase sunflower seed butter, do yourself a favor and make your own at home. It is so much better than the store-bought kind and doesn't contain refined sugars and other unnecessary additives. Always read your labels.

IngredientsSunflower butter

4 cups raw sunflower seeds

2 Tablespoons melted coconut oil

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

pinch of sea salt

Procedure

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Place sunflower seeds on baking sheet and toast in oven for 6-10 minutes, until slightly golden. Check at 6 and 8 minutes. It's important to keep an eye on them because they burn easily.
  3. Let cool for 10 minutes and place in food processor. Process for about 7-10 minutes. The seeds will release their oils and go from a flour, to a crumbly, to a creamier consistency. Be patient, it takes time. At this point, with the processor still running, add remaining ingredients and process until it reaches desired creaminess.
  4. Transfer to jar and keep at room temperature or refrigerated for up 2-3 weeks.

Makes ~ 2 cups

Let me know how yours turns out! Share below or tag me in your picture #apurifiedlife