These gloriously green gluten-free, paleo and vegan pesto kale seed crackers are a cross between kale chips and seed crackers.
We go through crackers pretty quickly at my house. Whether paired with a chunk of cheese, a swipe of dip, a spread of nut butter or just eaten plain, crackers are a pantry staple.
And since so many store-bought gluten-free varieties are little more than nutritionally void starches and sugars I like to bake up my own homemade crackers when I can. Plus there’s something innately rewarding about making your own anyways. Lately it’s been these pesto kale seed crackers.
What are kale crackers?
These kale seed crackers are like a cross between a kale chip and a seed cracker. They’re light and crisp with a beautiful green color and rustic appearance. Just the thing for nibbling on when you get a chip craving or need a little something to tide you over until dinner. And because these flourless crackers are made with a mixture of kale and seeds instead of flour they’re more nutrient dense than most crackers.
They also happen to be one the easiest crackers you can make at home. Here’s how you do it:
First preheat your oven to 200 F. A low slow bake is the key to these pesto kale seed crackers. The low temperature and longer baking time ensures that the kale and seeds get crisp and crunchy without burning or turning brown.
Next chop your kale up in the food processor. Add your pumpkin, sunflower and chia seeds and pulse again until coarsely chopped. Then stir in some water and a bit of either homemade or store-bought pesto (I use a dairy-free pesto to keep the crackers both paleo and vegan) to make a dough.
Lastly, roll out your dough very thinly between two pieces of parchment and pop it in the oven to dehydrate.
Honestly the hardest part is waiting for the crackers to be done. Once cooled break your crackers into whatever sized pieces you’d like and nibble to your hearts content!
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