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I saw a great recipe on Mark’s Daily Apple yesterday that I just had to try – crackers! You can dip them, spread cheese on them, or eat them by themselves. Of course, as Mark points out in his post, this is not something you should be eating for every meal just because it tastes so good, but it does make a great snack once in a while.
I’ve modified the recipe a little so that it’s not so crumbly, which makes it a bit easier to cut and cook. I substituted part of the almond meal for flax meal. This also adds some extra fiber to the cracker without really changing the taste or the texture. I’ve described the basic recipe below along with one option for seasoning, but you can change the seasoning to any spices that tickle your fancy.
- 1 1/2 cups of almond flour (or almonds food-processed into small chunks)
- 1/2 cup of flax meal
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil (I love the Columela Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Spain because it just has amazing flavor with everything!)
- seasoning: (3/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon basil. 1/2 teaspoon thyme, 1/4 teaspoon oregano, 1/2 teaspoon onion flakes, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder)
- Preheat oven to 350F (175C).
- Place all the ingredients into the food processor and food process well to make a dough.
- Shape dough into a log (as shown in the photo below) or roll into a flat sheet using tin foil or parchment paper.
- Place in fridge for 10 minutes to harden the dough.
- If you made it into a log, then cut into thin slices (1/3 of an inch). If you rolled it into and then cut into cracker shapes using a pizza cutter or knife).
- Place crackers onto baking tray and bake for 10-12 minutes.
- Let cool and store in the fridge over night (this hardens them even more).
Nutritional information (per cracker): 76 calories, 6.7g fat, 2.6g carb (1.7g fiber), 2.7g protein.
Bacon Wrapped Blue Cheese-Stuffed Dates of course!! I couldn’t stop thinking about these after having them at Traif last weekend. And they are so easy to make as I discovered from an allrecipes.com recipe. They are great as an appetizer or as a quick snack (or even as a dessert I think!). So here’s the recipe:
Ingredients (makes 14):
- 14 pitted dates
- 7 slices of bacon (cut each in half to create 14 shorter bacon slices)
- 0.2lbs of blue cheese (I just bought the cheapest one I saw at Wholefoods)
Preheat oven to 350F. Slice each date along one side so that it opens up as shown in photo 1. Fill the date with blue cheese and close it up (photo 2). Wrap one of the half slices of bacon around the date and place in a baking tray with sides (as the fat from the bacon tends to run) (photo 3). Then place the tray in the oven for 20min before flipping the bacon-wrapped dates over (I found tongs useful for this). Cook for another 10min (i.e. for a total of 30min) in the oven.
End Result: Deliciousness!