Grain free, gluten free, nut free.
Grain-Free? Tick. Nut-free? Tick. Lunchbox friendly? Tick.
My kids love these sunflower seed crackers – and they are perfect for school lunchboxes when you are removing gluten-filled sandwiches from your family’s diet. The only problem is that I have to stop myself eating them all!
You don’t have to make heart shapes – I usually just roll out the dough and use a pizza cutter to cut it into squares. Store in a glass mason jar with a rubber sealed lid to keep them crispy.
And yes – we do eat cheese. We don’t drink milk but hard cheese, yoghurt and milk kefir have been fermented enough for the natural bacteria to eat up all the milk sugar (lactose). There is 1/50th the amount of lactose in cheese as there is in the same amount of milk.
Quality grass-fed cheese (most cheese is predominantly grass-fed in Australia) contain significant amounts of four key fat-soluble vitamins: vitamins A, D, E, and K. These vitamins are vital for proper child bone and tissue growth.
If you haven’t heard of Dr Weston Price and you have children, I highly recommend you check out www.westonaprice.org
Dr Price was a dentist who travelled the world in the 1930s photographing and researching the world’s traditional cultures that were still intact.
He found their remarkable good health, their strong bodies, white teeth and amazing bone structure all to be attributed to a diet high in “fat soluble activators” which were Vitamin A, D and Vitamin K2.
This was common to all tribes worldwide, whether they came from the alpine highlands, tropical south seas or even Eskimos living in the north.
However, where tribes had been influenced by a western diet – where canned foods, processed grains and sugars were becoming common and saturated fats decreasing. Their health, immunity, bodies and facial structures had noticeably diminished.
Being of Celtic heritage, I really paid attention to what my ancestors ate that kept them healthy for thousands of years. For me it was dairy, fish and meat – but definitely no wheat – just potatoes and sometimes soaked oats.
There is a treasure trove of great health articles and recipes on the Weston A. Price website.
In the meantime, enjoy these crackers – we are having ours tonight with soup for an easy dinner while hubby is away.
Cheesey Sunflower Seed Crackers
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup pumpkin seeds
- 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons of butter
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
- 2 tablespoons of dried chives
- Preheat oven to 180C. Whizz all ingredients - except chives- in a food processor until smooth and comes together as a dough.
- Add chives and stir through.
- Roll out a ball of dough onto baking paper and place another sheet of baking paper on top.
- Using a rolling pin, roll dough out until they are your desired thickness. (Large thick crackers are great, smaller, thinner dipping crackers are yummy too?)
- Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden and just browning at edges.