Flaxseed Cracker a.k.a. PMS Cracker

Flaxseed Crackers | She Paused 4 Thought

I discovered this recipe while on a quest to entertain for friends who are gluten-free, sugar-free & dairy-free. I was delighted to see my non-special needs guests gobbling down these crackers too, not knowing they were supposed to be anything other than tasty.

Fabulous Flax

Flaxseeds have been called the new wonder food as well as one of the most powerful plant foods on earth. Why all the fuss over this ancient seed?

They’ve got:

  • Fiber – One tablespoon of flax equals around 8 grams of fiber. This helps keep things moving along so to speak.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids  – These essential acids are only obtainable by eating the right foods, as the human body isn’t able to produce them. They play a vital role in the anti-inflammatory system of our body.
  • Lignans – these help reduce the risk of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men.
  • Possibly reduces hot flashes in menopausal women  – I love a seed that can do this!  It is also thought to regularize the menstrual cycle. Who wouldn’t like to have something tasty to help your “PMSing” or “power-surging” friends and family?

But the real reason I love these flax crackers? They are crunchy, satisfying and addictive.

Today’s Recipe:

I use Bob’s Red Mill flaxseeds and chia seeds.

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Just mix the seeds with 1 cup water and let it set for 20 minutes.

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Add the rest of the ingredients to the seeds and mix well.

Spread the mixture evenly on a non-stick baking mat or parchment paper on a baking sheet and bake at 200F for an hour and a half. Flip it over and bake for another hour and a half. Turn the heat off and let it cool inside the oven.

Once cooled, break it into free-form pieces.

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My favorite accompaniment is Cashew Nut Cheese. CLICK HERE for the recipe.

Flax & Chia Seed Crackers
Recipe type: Appetizer
These healthy and tasty crackers work with any dip or hummus. Makes about 30 crackers.
  • 1 cup flax seeds
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt (I use Real Salt)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Dash of cayenne pepper (to taste)
  1. Preheat oven to 200F.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with a baking mat or parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, soak flax and chia seeds in water for 20 minutes.
  4. Add the rest of the seasonings to the seeds and mix well.
  5. Spread the mixture evenly on a non-stick baking mat or parchment paper on a baking sheet and bake at 200F for an hour and a half. Flip it over and bake for another hour and a half.
  6. Turn the heat off and let it cool inside the oven.
  7. Once cooled, break it into free-form pieces.
Prep time: 20 mins | Cook time: 3 hours |
Total time: 3 hours 20 mins

Fun facts about flax

  • The Flax plant has served not only as a food source, but also for source of linen, the creation of sails for ships, bowstrings, and body armor.
  • One of the meanings for the flaxseed flower is “I feel your kindness”.

Hmm, that might explain why is it is used for PMS.
…and then, she paused for thought.

About Cathy Arkle

Cathy Arkle is a food blogger, culinary explorer, graphic artist, and cooking class junkie. Her inspirations come from her travels across the globe (50 countries) in the last 20+ years partaking in various ethnic cuisines while working as a graphic artist for major networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX & ESPN). She has collected a few Emmys in the field of graphic design for sports & entertainment. Cathy is also a graduate of the Pro Chef courses at The New School of Cooking in Culver City, CA

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32 Responses to Flaxseed Cracker a.k.a. PMS Cracker

  1. Natalie January 27, 2014 at 5:39 pm #

    Like cashews, I also love flax seeds! This is definitely making it on the “to make” list. Thanks for sharing!

    • Cathy January 27, 2014 at 10:11 pm #

      Natalie I think they are a natural pair. Enjoy!

    • Cathy January 28, 2014 at 8:36 pm #

      Thanks Natalie. The combination really works. Let me know what you think once you have made them.

  2. Lentil Breakdown January 27, 2014 at 8:23 pm #

    Wow, this is fantastic! Thanks! You can also use a flax and water mixture as an egg substitute, so I’ve read. I haven’t tried it yet, but am planning to. Right after I try your crackers and cashew cheese!

    • Cathy January 27, 2014 at 10:10 pm #

      I didn’t know you could use flax and water as an egg substitute, but that makes sense. I wonder if you could do that with chia seeds as well? Enjoy the recipe and use the spices you like in either recipe as they both are very versatile.

  3. Nan January 28, 2014 at 9:45 am #

    The best! These crackers never disappoint. For variety and a little punch, you can add Mexican spices, cumin and jalapeño to taste.

    • Cathy January 28, 2014 at 8:35 pm #

      You are so right Nan. The possibilities of flavors are endless. Next time I am adding Jalapeños – great idea!

  4. Susan Herrmann January 28, 2014 at 10:06 am #

    I made these and I love them. They’re delicious and it is hard not to eat the whole batch….Thank you, Cathy!

    • Cathy January 28, 2014 at 8:35 pm #

      I am so happy you love them Susan! Take them to the next level and let me know what you have created. 🙂

  5. Fresh Food in a Flash January 29, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

    Thank you for the recipe. I definitely want to try these. Also, just shared your post with my friend who grows flaxseeds commercially.

    • Cathy February 1, 2014 at 9:20 pm #

      Thanks! I hope you try to the crackers and let me know what you think.

  6. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen February 1, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

    Wow Cathy, these look great! I have been wanting to try to make these for the longest time!

    • Cathy February 1, 2014 at 9:23 pm #

      Thanks Kristi, I think you will really like them. 🙂

  7. sippitysup February 4, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

    In one of those odd coincidences I was just holding bag of flax seeds that I bought on a whim and was wondering what the heck should I do with it. GREG

    • Cathy February 4, 2014 at 9:34 pm #

      Greg add the spices you like to them. It is a very flexible cracker recipe.

  8. Priscilla - She's Cookin' February 4, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

    For crunch, I top almost everything with seeds but have never made a seeded cracker (or any cracker)! Great recipe – thanks for sharing.

    • Cathy February 4, 2014 at 9:36 pm #

      Let me know what you think Priscilla. It is a super easy cracker that works well with most spices and herbs.

  9. Lynne @ CookandBeMerry February 9, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    This is really an interesting thing to do with flax seeds. Crunchy and good for you. Thanks.

    • Cathy February 10, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

      Thanks Lynne, I hope you enjoy this recipe.

  10. Cheri Newell February 21, 2014 at 10:37 pm #

    Loved the cashew nut cheese and these crackers look yummy! You are getting me back into the kitchen after my hiatus since my twins left for college. I’m embarrassed to say they are Juniors and I am just now getting the urge to cook again thanks to you!!!

    • Cathy February 22, 2014 at 10:42 am #

      So happy to hear that I am motivating you Cheri! I really think you will enjoy being back in the kitchen.

  11. Emma September 23, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

    I am so making these tomorrow !! They sound fantastic. (And I think this is a much healthier alternative than our other store bought brands.)

    Since the boy here is in love with his peanut butter. lol. I’ve decided I’m going to split the batch in two, and do your recipe on one and a cinnamon/vanilla mixture for the other to sweeten it up a bit 🙂 can’t wait !!

    • Cathy Arkle September 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm #

      I hope you enjoy these as much as I do Emma.

  12. Leyda August 12, 2016 at 11:48 am #

    What if you don’t like cashews??

    • Cathy Arkle August 12, 2016 at 11:55 am #

      You can substitute almonds instead of the cashews.

      • Leyda August 12, 2016 at 3:33 pm #

        Okay thanks

  13. Nancy August 28, 2016 at 3:09 pm #

    Love love love these crackers. I live in super humid climate- how do you keep crispy?

    • Cathy Arkle August 30, 2016 at 10:15 pm #

      Nancy that is a great question. I live in a very dry area so I not sure. Sorry I can’t be of more help! Anybody else have any suggestions?

  14. Cathy Ronce October 10, 2016 at 8:22 pm #

    I’ve been making a variation with onion powder, dried garlic, rosemary, and a dash of italian herbs. Oh my… incredibly addicting.


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