Hello you fabulous readers :)
How’s is everyone’s weekend going? I hope you had insanely good weather like we did here in Kingston. It was straight up summer, complete with pool-weather temperatures! Spent a ton of time outside and loved every second of it!
it’s beginning to look like summer out in the backyard :)
It’s been nice to catch up on some rest in a location other than the couch- while I do appreciate being super cosy inside with my mug of tea, getting lounge outside with an ice cold beverage is a welcome change! I’m still feeling pretty blah but the glorious weather is helping!
So the other week, I opened up the freezer in search of some frozen fruit to make myself up a smoothie I noticed the sheer amounts of nut pulp that were hanging out in there. I mean I know I make my own milks fairly often, at least once a week, if not more, but I never really thought about how much nut pulp that created! Every batch I make makes about 1 cup of pulp- multiply that by how many times I’ve made and you get left with a whole lot of pulp! So I decided it was time to make use of some of it. I figure it was win win- make some room in the freezer and get the most out of those raw organic nuts I buy ;)
These crackers are the results of that mission. They taste so similar to wheat thins, which were some of my favourite crackers growing up. Slightly sweet, a little salty, crunchy and textured. Basically the perfect cracker. They were perfect for scooping up dips, soup or just eating by the handful!
What I love about using almond pulp to make these crackers…they are basically free! The almond pulp is leftover from making almond milk, therefore basically costs you nothing. Plus this ensures nothing is wasted! The rest of the ingredients are fairly low in cost, therefore these are not only healthful but very economic crackers!
Plus you are getting loads of awesome fibre from the pulp itself! That makes these filling, wholesome little bites that will actually make a dent in my seemingly endless hunger!
Raw “Wheat Thins” (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Raw)
Inspired by Angela’s baked whole wheat version over at Oh She Glows, these helped use up leftover pulp from making almond milk and taste delicious! The flavour is pretty neutral, just like wheat thins, so they are great for loading on tasty toppings :)
I made a small batch here since I was experimenting but the recipe is easily doubled for twice the deliciousness.
- 1 cup packed dry almond pulp (from making almond milk with 1 cup almonds)
- 2 tbsp ground flax
- 1/2 tsp finely ground sea salt + more for sprinkling
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 6 drops plain stevia
- sesame seeds for sprinkling
Combine the almond pulp, flax seeds, sea salt and paprika in a large bowl. In a small bowl mix together the olive oil, water and stevia then add to the dry ingredients. Mix well. You should be able to form a ball with the dough that will hold together. Add more water with needed, but make sure the dough isn’t wet.
Place the dough on a teflex or parchment paper lined dehydrator sheet and form into a rectangle. Place another sheet of parchment paper over the dough and use a rolling-pin to flatten in out as thin as you can. The thinner they are, the shorter time they’ll take! Take the top sheet of parchment paper off the dough and using a pizza cutter score the dough to the desired shapes and size. Again, the smaller you slice, the less time they’ll take.
Dehydrate at 145 for 1 hour, then turn it down to 105 and dehydrate for another 2 hours. They will still be raw don’t worry- the food will never reach a temperature higher than 115 but having it at 145 for an hour will decrease the dehydrating time significantly.
Take the crackers out and carefully break them apart along the scored lines. Flip them over and dehydrate another 9-17 hours depending on the thinness, size you cut them and how crisp you’d like them!
I am submitting this recipe to Allergy-Free Wednesdays!
WAIT!! I’m not done with you yet! What goes perfectly with crackers? Soup! I always make sure to have crackers on hand to crumble into my soups. There’s just something about the way they start out being crunchy but then get soggy and meld into the soup. I must get it from my dad who adds so many cracker to his soup there’s barely any liquid left!
Anyway, I was lucky enough to be contacted by Kettle Cuisine to do a review of their gluten-free soups that were recently released in Canada.
When they initially contacted me I popped on over to their website to check out their offerings and I was really impressed with what I found. They use all natural, whole ingredients to make soups from scratch in their certified gluten-free kitchens. Here’s a blurb from their website:
Each of our soups is crafted with painstaking attention to detail. We search out the finest ingredients, we hand-prepare our vegetables and meats and we cook our all natural soups in small batches, adding each ingredient at just the right moment.
They offered to send me 5 soups, 2 of which were vegan and 3 were meat-containing which I let my parents try. And I have to say I was really impressed with the quality of food they delivered. Each soup is packaged frozen in an individual serving portion. I reheated them following the directions for the stove top and in the microwave and was surprised by how good they were!
This was the three bean chilli which I made on the stovetop. Very easy to make, no hassle. It has an awesome texture- so loaded with beans and it was really flavourful! It had a surprising kick to it too, which I wasn’t expecting since I find most store-bought chilli’s go easy on the spices and I always have to add more. I really enjoyed this as it and with a little nutritional yeast sprinkled on top. I served it with a salad and slice of bread to make a complete meal!
This was the tomato soup with garden vegetables. I was again impressed but all the stuff they packed in there! It was full of loads of vegetables and wasn’t the bland tomato soup you usually find in a can. It was well spiced, was very warming and made a great snack! If you paired with some bread and a salad it would be a great meal as well!
My parents got the opportunity to try the other 3: the Angus Beef Steak Chilli with Beans, The New England Clam Chowder and the Chicken Soup with Rice Noodles. They both really enjoyed the soups as well! The beef steak chilli was hearty, the new England clam chowder was creamy but not too heavy and the chicken soup was just like Grandma used to make. All three could be enjoyed as is, which is definitely rare for pre-made soups, at least it is in the this house! I would definitely buy them again and my dad even asked if I knew where to buy them here. I haven’t seen them yet in Kingston but I’m definitely going to keep my eyes peeled.!
And now I’m pleased to tell you that Kettle Cuisine wants to give one of my readers the chance to try these as well! And believe me, tasty, gluten-free, vegan, convenient options can be pretty tricky to find so you’ll want to try these!
Kettle Cuisine is giving away a prize pack which includes a handy cooler lunch bag, some branded goodies and $25 gift card for product purchase. That’s a lot of delicious gluten-free soups!
To enter: leave a comment below telling me what your favourite kind of soup is! For me it’s a toss-up between a creamy butternut squash or miso soup!
For 2 additional entries follow me on twitter and tweet about the giveaway! Leave me a separate comment for each telling me you did with your handle!
I’ll announce the winner on Friday, May 25!
Anyway, that’s it for me today! Hope you all have a lovely Monday, whether it’s a holiday for you or not and I’ll be seeing you soon! Happy May 2-4 my fellow Canadians!
- Homemade Wheat Thin Crackers (soaked) (arealfoodlover.wordpress.com)