Chia Seed Crackers With Beetroot & Garlic Dip

Chia Seed Crackers With Beetroot & Garlic Dip

A superfood-filled snack that's a hit with kids and adults alike, these all-purpose crackers provide an omega 3 hit as well as plenty of protein and iron. Delicious with the beetroot dip, you can alternatively cover them with avocado, cheese or anything else.
Makes approximately 28 Crackers 
Total Time
1 Hour 5 Minutes
For the crackers
1 cup (150g) of linseeds
2 tbsps of chia seeds
2 tbsps of sunflower seeds
3 tbsps of pumpkin seeds
2 tbsps of pine nuts
1 tsp of sea salt
1 tbsp of za’atar (or mixed dried rosemary, thyme and salt)
1 tbsp of cayenne (adds a lovely heat, but not for children)
For The Beetroot & Garlic Dip
4 medium beetroots
5 garlic cloves
2 tbsps of olive oil
1 tbsp of tahini
Juice of one lemon
½ tsp of cumin powder
1 tsp of Dijon mustard
A splash of apple cider vinegar
Salt and pepper
2 sprigs of parsley
Step 1

Place all the cracker ingredients in a bowl with 250ml water and leave for 15 minutes. The seeds will absorb the water and become jelly-like.

Step 2

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas mark 4. Line two baking trays with baking paper and spread the seeds evenly between the trays. Use a spatula and spread as thinly as possible, without any holes forming (if holes form, just patch up with a little of the seed mixture).

Step 3

Score them in to squares very lightly on the surface with a sharp knife (this makes breaking them up easier later).

Step 4

Bake for 15 minutes, then very carefully flip the whole layer over and bake for a further 10 minutes to ensure it is all really crispy.

Step 5

Snap pieces off and store in an airtight container for up to 5 days. They are crispest on the first day, so pop them back in the oven to regain their crunch.

Step 6

For the dip, preheat the oven to 170°C/340°F/Gas mark 3½. Roast the whole beetroots and garlic cloves in the oven drizzled with oil and a splash of water on a tightly foil-covered baking tray for about 45 minutes.

Step 7

Check with a fork that they’re soft in the middle.

Step 8

Leave to cool and then peel and roughly chop. Add them to the food processor with the remaining ingredients and blitz until smooth and thick.

Step 9

Add a couple of sprigs of parsley towards the end and season to taste. Trickle in a little water if the consistency is still too thick, depending on the water content of your beetroots.

Step 10

Keeps in jars in the fridge for a week at least.

 Recipe courtesy of Lizzie Loves Healthy Family Food by Lizzie King (Trapeze, £13.60)

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