4th of July Ideas: Quinoa-Oat Chia Crackers with a Cashew Cream Cheese

Crackers and cream cheese. What a classic snack and party appetiser!

These are not your average crackers. They have added nutrients through the quinoa flour oats and the array of other ingredients used. They are refined sugar-free. However, they are so delicious!

The cream cheese was made from cashews. In general, I hate nuts. However, I still invested in developing this recipe and it turned out amazing. Those who love cashews and tried it said that they couldn’t tell it was cashew-based. This was not just because of its taste, but because of its creaminess too. This cashew cheese can go from a cracker spread to a bagel spread, dip and almost whatever you would normally use cream cheese for.

Nutrient-wise, this recipe contains vitamin A, thiamin (vitamin B-1), riboflavin (vitamin B-2), niacin (vitamin B-3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), pyridoxamine (vitamin B-6), biotin (vitamin B-7), folate (vitamin B-9),  cobalamin (vitamin B-12), vitamin C, ergocalciferol (vitamin D-2), alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E), gamma-tocopherol, delta-tocopherol, vitamin K, choline, copper, calcium, beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, magnesium, molybdenum, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, potassium, phytosterols, omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids, zinc, iron and fibre. As usual, an elaboration of each nutrient can be found in the Nutrient Index.

Let’s get on to the recipe!

Bon Appétit!


 

Ingredients

Quinoa-Oat Chia Crackers

70g quinoa flour

30g oats flour (or smooth porridge oats)

100g flour (to keep gluten-free, use equal parts quinoa flour and oat flour)

1tsp sea salt

1.5-2tsp date syrup

1.5tbsp coconut oil 

0.5-1tsp baking powder (increase amount if gluten free)

0.5tsp cinnamon 

Water

Almond milk

1tsp chia seeds (turned into a chia egg)

Cashew Cream Cheese

200g cashews (soaked in warm water for at least 4hrs)

Lime juice (1tbsp-half a lime)

Nutritional yeast, to taste

Sea Salt, to taste

Water (few tablespoons at a time till chosen consistency)

Chives (optional)

Toppings

  • Strawberries, sliced
  • Blueberries, halved

 

Method

Crackers

  • Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • Cut in the coconut oil using the side of a spoon, a fork or pastry cutter.
  • Combine the mixture with the date syrup and stir in the chia egg
  • Add a few tablespoons of almond milk and water to the mixture and cut the pastry further before combining using one of the aforementioned utensils followed by clean hands. (N.B. The dough should barely be sticky when held)
  • Form a ball out of the dough, wrap it in cling film and place in the fridge for at least 1.5hrs
  • When the time has elapsed, cut the dough in half and roll it out between two pieces of parchment/baking paper until it is very thin
  • Using a pizza cutter, slice the rolled dough into rectangles and pierce holes into it using a fork or wooden skewer
  • Place on baking sheet and bake at 190 degrees for 5-12mins or until desired consistency and level of brownness.

Cashew Cream Cheese

  • Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Stir in (or sprinkle) some freshly chopped chives or leave plain.

Quinoa-Oat Chia Crackers with Cashew Cream Cheese

  • Spread some of the cashew cream over a cracker and place as many blueberries or strawberries as desired on it.

Serve.

 


 

If you try the recipe, upload a picture of it to Instagram with the hashtag #lickyourplaterecipe so I can have a look at and like it.

 

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