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My first raw bread became a cracker – every beginning is hard!
We are planning a raw food week again ... Normally our nutrition is up about 50 percent raw because we all eat huge mountains of salad, but this November we just felt cold and cloudy and had the feeling that we could an extra energy boost. 100 percent raw foods faced me again with the question: "What will we eat?" Three times a day and in between and always .. In my last 100-percent-phase I made plenty of salad and a variety of raw food dishes because I wanted that every family member to find himself and herself something to eat according to the individual preferences. But this turned out to be very time consuming after a while, so I was quite relieved when our self-imposed 100 percent raw food phase ended.
This time I wanted to reach the goal with less stress. Therefore I considered making just a few raw food standard dishes that you can vary and combine and which should be tasty for all of us. So I began to study recipes for the preparation of raw bread that had until now always put me off because of the long drying process. A few times I have also tried raw food bread recipes without drying - but the loaf made of minced vegetables and nuts turned out as no taste sensation. So I decided to give the dried version a chance. I started my experiment with flaxseed crackers because they are really easy to make. And this time I was successful: All family members including occasional present guests liked the crackers. With a super delicious sweet spread made of dates and fresh orange juice even our youngest daughter ate with enthusiasm ;-) And the adults enjoyed the crispy crackers like a biscuit in between.
Flaxseed crackers with date and orange mus
- 2 cups brown or yellow flax seed (superfood!)*
- 2 ½ cups water
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
*Read more about superfood "flaxseed" here: http://www.lifeextension.com/magazine/2008/10/flaxseed/Page-01
Date and orange Mus:
- 150 grams of dried dates
- 2 organic oranges
- Season with: cinnamon, nutmeg & cloves (optional)
Let the flax seed soak for an hour in water until the liquid is absorbed, then mix it with soy sauce and scatter the paste onto a baking paper. I you don’t have a dehydrator (like me) you can use your oven at almost 50 degrees. Cut the dough in pieces and after about two hours and continue to dry. After about 5 hours total drying time the crackers should be done. If they are still wet on the bottom, you can also turn it and let it dry for another hour.
For the date puree mix the dates with orange juice in a blender to a smooth paste. If you have untreated organic fruit available, you can also rub a little of the bowl and add. End up with a bit of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves to taste - you should use the spices very sparingly, because the jam has actually very intense flavour. The sweet spread tastes great together with the fresh, at best still warm crackers.
Do you have experience with raw food bread? I would be very pleased, if anyone had some tips. To remember: raw food bread is bread without flour and baking – only drying is allowed. Write to email@example.com or post your tips right here.