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Fig and olive flax crackers

by | Apr 11, 2020 | Food for Fertility, Food for Pregnancy | 0 comments

One of my favourite homemade substitutes for store bought crackers are these quick and easy fig and olive flax crackers.

They are so much better for you than most supermarket versions that are full of wheat, gluten, vegetable oils, preservatives and even sugar which can all cause inflammation as well as digestive issues for many people. And more importantly, none of those things are actually supportive of or nutritious for your body.

These fig and olive flax crackers would be a perfect 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.

 

Fertile Health Benefits:

  • Flax seeds have one of the highest fibre content of any food meaning they are wonderful for balancing blood sugar and promoting detoxification which can assist with balancing hormones. Also, by keeping your body cleansed of waste and toxins, nourishing nutrients can reach your cells – helping your reproductive system to function optimally. They also contain vital omega 3 fatty acids which can help improve the quality of cervical mucus, increase blood flow to the reproductive organs and 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 is excellent for regulating hormone production and healthy sperm and egg development).
  • 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 DNA. Prior to conception the aim is to ensure optimal DNA within the egg and sperm, to increase chances of a natural conception and viable pregnancy.

With all that goodness, you’ll never want to buy a box of crackers off the shelf again!

The Recipe

Fig and Olive Flaxseed 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.
Prep Time10 minutes
Active Time30 minutes
Author: TarynW

Materials

  • 1 cup ground flaxseeds
  • 1/3 cup mixed seeds and/or nuts ground/crushed into smaller pieces *see notes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 dried figs very finely chopped until they are almost a paste
  • 6-8 kalamata olives very finely chopped until they are almost a paste
  • 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup filtered water start with 1/4 cup and add more as needed to make a workable dough

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180°C
  • In a large bowl combine all the ingredients and mix until an even dough forms.
  • Spread evenly onto a sheet of baking paper
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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

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.
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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