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Fig + Olive Flax Crackers

olive flax crackers

These fig and olive flax crackers would be a perfect addition to your xmas party or a healthy accompaniment to any snack table. They’re gluten and wheat-free and loaded with fibre to fill you up and help support your body’s natural detoxification system.

In creating these delicious crackers, I realised something… I love making food from scratch! There’s something so rewarding about figuring out ways to make healthy home-made alternatives to those things I used to buy off the supermarket shelves… Things filled with artificial chemicals, preservatives, additives, flavours and nutrition-less calories, that caused me to have a whole host of mental and physical health issues.

I certainly didn’t always have this joy for getting creative in the kitchen. In fact I used to HATE cooking!! I didn’t know what I was doing half the time, and I felt like I was useless at it. I’d find it stressful, a big pain in the butt and the last thing I felt like doing when I got home after a long day at work.

What changed for me though, was when I changed to eating a whole-foods diet I started to really value where my food came from and what it did for my body. I saw food as a way to nourish it and give it the nutrients it requires to function well. I started to understand that things out of boxes gave me less of those vital nutrients and a whole lot of things that weren’t even food in most cases! So I had to get creative if I wanted to enjoy some of the things I used to love, and being more involved in the whole cooking process (researching, reading recipes, shopping, planning, creating, devouring) made me start enjoying it more.

One of my favourite supermarket-shelf homemade substitutes are my quick and easy fig and olive flax crackers. They are so much better for you than most supermarket crackers that are full of wheat, gluten, vegetable oils, preservatives and even sugar which can all cause inflammation and digestive issues for many people. And more importantly, none of those things are actually supportive of or nutritious for your body. Crazy right?

These fig and olive flax crackers are super nutritious and just perfect on those occasions when I feel like indulging.. along with a wedge of Camembert and a chilled glass of sauvignon blanc!

 

Olive Flax Crackers

Why they’re good for you:

  • Flax seeds have one of the highest fibre content of any food (both soluble and insoluble) meaning they are wonderful for balancing blood sugar, and promoting detoxification. By keeping your body cleansed of waste and toxins, nourishing nutrients can reach your cells helping your body to function optimally¹. They also contain vital omega 3 fatty acids which can help reduce inflammation in the body.
  • Nuts and seeds are full of healthy fats which are vital for the functioning of our brain and heart and reducing inflammation in the body. They also contain protein, fibre and antioxidants including vitamin E (which helps keep skin looking youthful and healthy)
  • Olives are brimming with health benefits. They contain a diverse and unique range of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients that help the body combat ‘oxidative stress’ which causes damage to our cells, and therefore reduces the risk of cancer². These nutrients also mean olives act like a natural Ibuprofen in the body due to a compound called oleocanthal which prevents the body from making inflammatory enzymes (the same way non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs work)3. How cool is that!

With all that goodness, you’ll never want to buy a box of crackers off the shelf again! I hope you enjoy making these homemade and delicious crackers in your kitchen soon.

Fig + Olive Flax Crackers
Figs and olives are the best of friends and the sweet and saltiness of these healthy and nutritious crackers go wonderfully well with a slice of good quality cheese or a dairy-free dip.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup ground flaxseeds
  2. 1/3 cup mixed seeds and/or nuts (ground/crushed into smaller pieces) *see notes
  3. 1/2 tsp salt
  4. 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  5. 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
  6. 2 dried figs very finely chopped until they are almost a paste
  7. 6-8 kalamata olives very finely chopped until they are almost a paste
  8. 1/2 tbsp honey
  9. 1/2 cup filtered water (start with 1/4 cup and add more as needed to make a workable dough)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C
  2. In a large bowl combine all the ingredients and mix until an even dough forms.
  3. Spread evenly onto a sheet of baking paper
  4. Cover with another sheet of baking paper and using a rolling pin roll the mixture out until you get an even dough that is about 1/4 - 1/2 cm thick (and square-ish in shape)
  5. Gently score the dough with a knife or pizza cutter into cracker sized squares (you don't have to cut all the way through as they will snap easily once baked)
  6. Transfer to the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes until crisp and the edges are browned. Depending on your oven you may need to turn them over for 5 minutes towards the end.
Notes
  1. *I use what ever I have in the cupboard - usually about 2-3 tbsp each of chia seeds, sunflower seeds pepitas, sesame seeds to make up 1/3 cup. For this recipe I also added some crushed pistachios which go beautifully with the figs.
  2. You can make these crackers as small or large as you like. I usually make double the recipe and make some that are small for dips or cheese and some larger sandwich sized crackers to top with a salad for lunch.
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 12013 The Beauty Detox Foods – Kimberly Snyder
2http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=46
3http://healthimpactnews.com/2013/10-reasons-you-should-be-eating-olives/

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