These three layers of flavors come together beautifully….cardamom, orange and hazelnut. You can taste each layer distinctively yet they meld together perfectly.
Cardamom is a fairly new spice to me and now I just love it! Did you know that cardamom contains chemicals that appear to treat stomach and intestinal spasms and gas, as well as increase the movement of food through the intestine.
Oh my gosh, where has this been all my life! Cardamom comes dried (ground) or fresh. Keep in mind that the ground cardamom has less flavor than the fresh. A little goes a long way. I used ground for this recipe, but one day I hope to try the fresh.
Hazelnuts are one of those under used and under appreciated nuts, if you ask me. By the way they are also known as filberts. This nut falls out of the husk when ripe, about seven to eight months after pollination. They can be used raw or roasted, or ground into a paste, and are rich in protein and unsaturated fat. Moreover, they contain significant amounts of thiamine and vitamin B6, as well as smaller amounts of other B vitamins.
This cracker recipe creates a firm, thick cracker that is light in weight but not in flavor. It tastes great alone but I knew I just had to create a spread to compliment it. I used raw coconut butter as the base so it is soft, at room temperature but once chilled, it firms up nice and solid… which was a great discovery for another day. I hope you enjoy this recipe.
yields roughly 100 crackers
- 1 cup raw hazelnuts, soaked
- 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds, soaked
- 6 cups almond pulp
- 1 cup ground flax-seed
- 2 Tbsp orange zest
- 1 1/4 cups orange juice (4 oranges)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/2 tsp ground Ceylon cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
Butter Orange Spread:
- In the food processor, fitted with the”S” blade, break down sunflower seeds and the hazelnuts.
- In a large bowl combine the almond pulp, ground flax, ground hazelnuts and sunflower seeds, orange zest, orange juice, maple syrup, cardamom, cinnamon and salt. Mix well with hands to ensure everything gets mixed well. Tip: zest the oranges before juicing them.
- Spread the batter on to the teflex sheet that comes with the dehydrator about 1/4″ thick. Square up the edges nice and straight, then score the crackers into desired shape and size. I used a long metal ruler to score the crackers. You can use a pizza cutter or knife, just be careful that you don’t cut the teflex sheet.
- Dehydrate at 115 degrees for 6-8 hours, flip them on to the mesh sheet and peel the teflex sheet off. Continue drying for another 6-8 hours or until dry.
- Once cool, snap the crackers and apart and store in an air tight container for 2 weeks.
- In a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, combine the softened coconut butter and orange juice. Process until silky and creamy.
- Store in fridge for up to 2 weeks or for several months in the freezer. Remember, it will become solid when chilled.
One of the greatest joys when creating raw food recipes is experimenting with different ingredients… a practice that I highly encourage. Daily I get questions regarding substitutions. Of course we all might have different dietary needs and tastes which could necessitate altering a recipe. I love to share with you what I create for myself, my husband, friends and family. I spend a lot of time selecting the right ingredients with a particular goal in mind, looking to build a certain flavor and texture.
So as you experiment with substitutions, remember they are what they sound like, they are substitutes for the preferred item. Generally they are not going to behave, taste, or have the same texture as the suggested ingredient. Some may work, and others may not and I can’t promise what the results will be unless I’ve tried them myself. So have fun, don’t be afraid, and remember, substituting is how I discovered many of my unique dishes.