These raw crackers are easy and delicious. In traditional Chinese, food is seen as medicine. All foods have a thermal property, taste and affect certain organs, meridians and the balance between Yin and Yang. The chia seeds tonify qi and lubricate dryness. They are higher than flax in omega-3 fatty acids. They have been traditionally used by Southwest Native Americans for endurance. They treat the symptoms of constipation. Sunflower seeds (optional only if you are further along on gut-repair) are warming in nature, sweet and support the spleen-pancrease. They tonify qi, increase energy, and are also used to treat symptoms of constipation due to dryness. They are high in polyunsaturated fatty acid so keep them in the freezer to avoid rancidity. Pepitas (optional only if you are further along on gut-repair) are neutral in nature, sweet and bitter, and influence the colon and spleen-pancrease as well as being a slight diuretic. They can help expel parasites – especially round worms and tapeworms. They are a good source of zinc and omega-3 fatty acids..
- 1-2 cups organic chia seeds
- Pink sea salt to taste
- 1 teaspoon ground rosemary, thyme or pepper (all optional)
- Water, enough to almost float them but not quite.
Optional – These are not strict gut repair
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ½ cup pepitas
- 1/3 cup diced sundried tomatoes
Pour the chia into a bowl and add enough water to soak them, not float them. Soak 15 to 60 minutes or overnight for convenience. Spread on parchment paper, in any size or shape you desire. Lay on dehydrator tray and salt. Dehydrate at 105 degrees for about 3 hours or overnight until crunchy.
If you don’t own a dehydrator you can also make them in the oven on the lowest temp your oven will go. Keep a close watch on them as they may only need an hour.
Use with raw dip or nut butters (not strict gut repair) as a healthy snack.