Endurance Crackers

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Remember the chia seed crackers that we ate at Chocolatree Café just before hiking up 0.6 miles of rocky mountainside?

Here they are in all their glory.

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We kicked some major mountain booty that day and I’d like to think the chia seed crackers had something to do with it. After all, the Aztecs and Mayans used chia seeds (known as a “running food”) for hundreds of years to fuel their long journeys! 

As soon as I got home, I knew I had to bust out a version of these in my own kitchen. I was “running” on 3 hours of sleep thanks to a 4am wake-up call and the chocolate I was inhaling wasn’t making me feel any better. The chia crackers came to my rescue!

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Endurance Crackers

These Endurance Crackers are extremely light and crispy while providing long-lasting energy. They are also vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, sugar-free, and oil-free to boot! Feel free to change up the seasonings and spices as you wish. Nutritional info follows.

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Inspired by Chocolatree Café.

Yield: 22 large crackers

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup chia seeds*
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup pepita seeds (or pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely grated
  • 1 tsp grated sweet onion
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
  • Herbamare & kelp granules, to taste (optional)

 

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

2. In a large bowl, mix the seeds together. In a small bowl, mix the water, grated garlic, and grated onion. Whisk well. Pour the water mixture onto the seeds and stir until thick and combined. Season with salt, and optional Herbamare and Kelp granules, to taste. Add spices or fresh herbs if you wish.

3. 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.

4. Bake at 325F for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, slice into crackers, 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.

Note: See the bottom of this post for where you can purchase chia seeds.

Nutritional Info: (per cracker, makes 22 large crackers): 77 kcals, 6 grams fat, 4 grams carbs, 0 grams sugar, 3 grams fibre, 3 gram protein.

The nutritional stats are impressive, eh?

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As I reached for my garlic powder, I thought why not use fresh garlic instead? My mom recently shared a trick with me for mincing garlic: just use a fine grater instead of chopping it. I used my Microplane and it was the perfect consistency for these crackers. Just be careful you don’t saw off the end of your nail like I almost did.

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10 seconds flat for fresh garlic!

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I also used the same method with the sweet onion.

After grating, I whisked the garlic and onion in a glass with the water (note: I ended up using a full cup of water instead of the 1/2 cup shown here).

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Pour the water mixture into the seed mixture and stir well. It will be thick and gel-like in consistency.

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Now season as you wish.

I used a mixture of Herbamare, kelp granules, and kosher salt for maximum flavour, but you can really play around with the seasonings any way you like! Add some spices too if you wish. Taste and adjust if necessary.

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This picture hates me, clearly.

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Spread onto your baking sheet lined with parchment (or a non-stick mat, but you will have to bake them a bit longer). You want to spread the mixture as thin as possible.

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After baking for 30 minutes at 325F, remove from the oven and slice crackers with a pizza slicer.

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I did a large diamond shape. You can do any size and shape you want, depending on how much ninja power you are looking for!

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With a spatula, carefully flip the crackers and bake for another 30 minutes until toasty and golden on the bottom. Mmm.

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My new favourite cracker, easily.

Not only are they vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, soy-free, nut-free, and sugar free, but they can be made raw if you dehydrate them.

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After cooling, they are crispy, chewy, and basically mind blowing ninja fuel perfect for dipping into hummus. Eric said they taste better than the ones at Chocolatree, but he may be biased. I couldn’t get over how light and crispy they are!

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The question is: Whose butt do you want to kick this week?

Your boss, tough assignment, killer workout, or midterm exam?

Go make a list of things to butt kick.

Eat these crackers.

Kick some butt, ninja style.

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It’s like bird food, but waaaaay better.

Do you ever see a tired bird?

I rest my case.

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Many of you ask where you can buy chia seeds. If you are looking for an online retailer in the US, try www.chiaseedsdirect.com. I’ve found both of these businesses to have very competitive prices. You can also purchase chia seeds from bulk food stores like Bulk Barn here in Canada or in natural food stores! Update: More readers also told me Costco sells them (in the supplement section) and even Winners and Homesense! Who knew?

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Sarah Williams January 31, 2012

I got my chia seeds int he health supplement section at costco for 12 bucks-one litre!!

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Angela January 31, 2012

wow that’s great!!

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Bethany :0) January 31, 2012

lol! I love your final note about tired birds. Classic! :0)

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Gloria January 31, 2012

I’m definitely going to make these. I can’t wait to dip them in hummus..Yum :)

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Kris | iheartwellness.com January 31, 2012

Ooo my love, I love crackers and are looking for a healthy one, so thank you!!!! Sometimes I make them with flax and veggies and I swoon for them with guac or hummus!!

YUM!
xxoo

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Liz @ Southern Charm January 31, 2012

GREAT recipe!! Love love love the nutritional stats!

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Eva January 31, 2012

Those cookies look and sound delicious!
I will check my local natural store for those chia seeds tomorrow, since I will be picking up biking more seriously again. I mean, do ninja-style butt-kicking! (Seriously, visualizing that made me smile!)

Thank you for yet another tasty-looking recipe, Angela!

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Mike Lieberman January 31, 2012

I’ve made regular flax crackers before, but never crackers like this. Gotta try them.

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Maria@healthydiaries January 31, 2012

I am interested in making these in my dehydrator. I wonder if it’ll work

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Angela January 31, 2012

I’m sure it would (I think the original ones we ate were dehydrated)

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Kendalyn January 31, 2012

These sound SO good – I love chia seeds! I was shocked to see you recreate them so quickly but excited because I can’t wait to make them! :)

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Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon January 31, 2012

These look so fun!! I sure hope my grocery store has restocked it’s bulk bin chia seeds! I ran out last week and went to replenish them, only to find a SOLD OUT sign on the chia seed jar!

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Christine LeClair January 31, 2012

Thanks Angela! I just can’t thank you enough for your wonderful blog and recipes :) These crackers even suit my paleo diet. They sound INCREDIBLE.

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Ileana January 31, 2012

These look yummy. And thanks for the tip with the Microplane! I’ll have to try that next time :0

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Ellie@Fit for the Soul January 31, 2012

Oooohhhh as long as it’s not jaw-breaking, I would love these crackers! It’s amazing how nicely they stay together. That’s not always the case with crackers in my experience :P And wahooo for chia seeds!! They’re so great in every way, and also help in going to the b******. haha! My parents are starting to finally eat them too, and they love its benefits.

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Angela January 31, 2012

haha nope they aren’t jaw breaking- they are just lightly crisp…very easy to bite through. You will see when you try them!

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Jenny January 31, 2012

Wow, these would give you ninja power :) That kelp seasoning looks so intriguing.

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes January 31, 2012

love these! They look so hearty :)

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Valerie January 31, 2012

I have purchased Chia Seeds at Whole Foods in Ohio!

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Lauren January 31, 2012

OMG, loved the end of this post. Butt kick!! “Do you ever see a tired bird?” Bahahahahahahaha, I actually lol’ed. Thanks for the laughter and the nutrition! :)

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Angela January 31, 2012

I didn’t expect anyone to find that funny except me, so that makes me smile. ;)

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Karen January 31, 2012

These look great… though at first glance, it seems that the fat content would be higher given that they consist soley of seeds. Maybe I’m picturing the size to be larger than they are in reality. In any event, I’ve been enjoying your especially light, fun style of writing as of late, Angela. Can’t wait to whip up a batch of these tonight!

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Angela January 31, 2012

Thanks Karen! I guess a measurement for the size may have been helpful? I agree that it is hard to tell the size from a picture!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 31, 2012

The crackers look lovely and I like that you baked them, rather than dehuydrated them. 1. many people don’t have dehyd’s. and 2. even if they do, spending 14 hours baking and flipping and waiting is just too long for my impatient self :)

And what a pretty pizza cutter! Mine just broke and I need a new one..yours is gorgeous.

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Grace @ Healthy Dreaming January 31, 2012

Bookmarked to make! These looks amazing. It reminds me of the sesame seed crackers I have back in Asia :)

Thanks so much for sharing. YUM.

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Lee January 31, 2012

These look delicious! I can’t wait to try this recipe :)

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Cait's Plate January 31, 2012

Oh my – those must just have the BEST crunch!

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Sabrina R January 31, 2012

You totally inspire me!! Like absolutely inspire me!! Thank you! :)

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Amber K January 31, 2012

I’ve found chia seeds in the bulk section of pretty much every grocery store lately. Love that they are becoming so easy to find!

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mi-an dela cruz January 31, 2012

i’m sooo making these!! these should be called ka-pow! crackers. lol i just started an intense 4 wk bootcamp yesterday and so need these for pre and post workout!

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Angela @ Happy Fit Mama January 31, 2012

I’m on a big seed kick lately so this recipe is perfect. Looks great!

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Dawn January 31, 2012

I’ve been looking for a snack that could be used and carried easily for long bike rides, or long runs. My hubby is a triathlon nut and I’m sure at some point I’ll get involved, as we sometimes do when our other half is passionate about something, enthusiasm tends to be contagious :). This sounds like the perfect thing. Thanks

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 31, 2012

Enjoy Dawn and good luck if you end up training! Eric and I did a try a tri last year and it was such a challenge.

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Siri January 31, 2012

I will definitely be kicking a midterm’s butt tomorrow with the help of these crackers! They look amazing, can’t wait to make them!

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Shira January 31, 2012

I am SO trying these! I just bought Chia and haven’t tried them yet – THANK YOU! Very excited!

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Andrea January 31, 2012

These look like the PERFECT snack!! Ahh I need them! I’ve never seen sesame seeds in bulk though, unfortunately :(

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 31, 2012

I love seedy crackers! These remind me of Mary’s Crackers, but even better! ;)

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Mara January 31, 2012

Just made these. Amazing! Smeared some hummus and a slice of orange pepper. My 7 year old daughter LOVED them. Thanks for the recipe. Oh, and in regards to your bird comment, my husband looked at the crackers when I pulled them out of the oven and said, “Well, I’m sure birds would like them!” LOL!!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 31, 2012

haha that’s funny! So happy you and your daughter loved them!

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Jessica @ Hungrygems January 31, 2012

I’m not sure if you were trying to recreate that rocky terrain in cracker form but this looks like one bad mother cracker. I’m pretty sure I recently took out a loan to buy a bag of these at the natural food store…I think I’ll try your way next time.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 31, 2012

haha awesome comment :)

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Barbara January 31, 2012

WOW Thanks can’t wait to try this recipe…You rock! Glad you had a great time in Az

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Melissa January 31, 2012

I the crackers today and they were fantastic! I think they’d make a nice breakfast for a day you need some staying power!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 31, 2012

Glad to hear that Melissa!!

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TeenyLittleSuperChef January 31, 2012

Wow, these sound really awesome and so different than anything I’ve ever made before. They definitely don’t look pretty, but I bet they taste pretty rockin. I know this is a dumb question, but are pepitas the same thing as pumpkin seeds? They’re the green ones, right?

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Summer @livefullblog January 31, 2012

Wow these look great! I am so excited to try them!

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allison January 31, 2012

Put anything next to hummus and I’ll eat it:):):) I love all the seeds in here, i normally don’t like crackers since they seem to one-dememsional (both in flavor and texture lol) but these look delish!!

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Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco January 31, 2012

These look sooooooo good. And I love that you don’t have to roll them out!

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Amber B January 31, 2012

Oh I can’t wait to make these. They look awesome! Now to see if any of my local stores sell chia seeds.

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