Crackers

I’ve been investigating a few GAPS friendly cracker recipes based on nuts. This recipe from Elana’s pantry is particularly good, though I used coconut oil instead of grapeseed.

It seems you can make them using eggs, egg whites or even egg free. Different combinations of nuts and seeds also work. So here’s a “mix and match” type recipe you can adjust to your own specific needs.
This amount will make two trayfuls of crackers.
  • 4 cups of nuts of your choice, eg: 1/3 each almonds, pecans and walnuts OR all the same nut OR all ground almonds OR 3/4 ground almonds & 1/4 sesame seeds (my favourite)
  • 1 tsp sea salt or Himalayan salt ( a bit less for a sweet biscuit)
  • 1-2 tsp herbs & spices of your choice, eg: I like basil or oregano with paprika OR cinnamon for a sweet cracker OR ginger and spices to make gingerbread. You can also add cheese or peanut butter for different flavours
  • 2 Tbs melted coconut oil, butter, ghee or duck fat
  • 2 eggs, beaten till frothy OR 4 egg whites OR an extra 2 Tbs fat
  • Water to bind if needed
Preheat the oven to 325F or 165C.
If you’re using whole nuts, grind them up in your food processor till they’re pea sized or smaller. Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse till well mixed. If you’re using ground almonds and maybe sesame seeds, you don’t need a food processor, you can mix it all up in a bowl. Mix the dry ingredients first, then the wet. If it’s too dry to hold together, add a little water drop by drop, till it all binds into a ball of dough.
Divide the dough into two halves. Cut three pieces of baking paper that are the same size as your baking tray. Put one piece of dough on one of the sheets of paper, with a second piece on top. Roll the dough out to as thin as you can get it. Carefully peel the top layer of paper off and place it on your baking tray, with the greasy side up.

If you’ve got spare time and cookie cutters, you can cut your crackers into nice shapes. But if you’re in a hurry like I usually am, just cut them into squares. (And even my squares aren’t as beautiful as Elana’s, but they still taste great).
Lay them on the tray and bake for 10-15 minutes till they are golden but not brown. Set a timer for 10 minutes, because it really is important not to let them cook too long. If some are ready before others, take them out, and put the rest back in. Meanwhile, prepare the second batch.
Cool on a wire rack, and once cold, store in an airtight container.

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