So often in the past I’ve had grand intentions of making something creative for lunch but get busy and before I know it it’s 1pm and my stomach is growling! I’ve decided that during the week any fancy cooking has to be done in the evening and lunch needs to be a quick and snappy business.
I always have hummus in the fridge, as do most vegans or plant-based eaters I know. Crudités and hummus are great but they can only take you so far and personally I like a little more than that for lunch. That’s where these quick and easy Hummus Crackers come in!
So called for 2 reasons:
1. They’re perfect with hummus.
2. They’re made from the same ingredients as hummus (!)
The miraculous ingredient that is chickpeas somehow transforms into both a creamy dip and a crunchy, crumbly cracker!
I didn’t actually add tahini but I did add lots of sesame seeds which are basically the same thing, plus the usual garlic, lemon, oil and salt.
I also added a fun new-to-me ingredient for a little health boost and fun green colour.
You’ve probably heard of and maybe tried various green superfoods available in the West like spirulina, chlorella, wheatgrass, etc. but you might not have heard of moringa which is actually even more nutrient-dense than those and a rich source of iron, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium.
According to Aduna “The moringa tree is native to Africa and Asia and is widely considered The Miracle Tree. Drought-resistant, fast growing and perennial, every part of the tree is valuable: from the seeds that are used for purifying water, to the medicinal properties of the bark, roots and flowers and — of course — the exceptionally nutrient-dense leaves.”
It doesn’t have an unpleasant taste so it’s pretty easy to incorporate into your diet. I found it slightly earthy and savoury so prefer it in sauces, soups, salads, etc. rather than in smoothies, but if you just add a couple of teaspoons it’s not very noticeable.
- 1 Tbsp Coconut OR Olive oil
- 3 Tbsp Ground flax seed
- 1 1/2 C (1 can ) Cooked chickpeas
- 1/3 C Sesame seeds
- 1/4 tsp Garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1 Tbsp Lemon juice
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Moringa powder (optional)
- Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Add all the ingredients to a food processor and blend until you have a smooth dough. Roll the dough into a ball and use a rolling pin to roll into a very thin, even layer. Use your fingers to patch up any gaps.
- Score the dough into cracker shapes and bake for 30-40 minutes, until just beginning to brown.
- Leave to cool for at least 10 minutes before breaking into crackers.
Aduna also produce another superfood called baobab which is rich in vitamin C, fibre and antioxidants. It also happens to be delicious! It’s a little sweet and tangy, kind of like lemon sherbets (!) and is very good in smoothies or even on porridge or yoghurt.
As I strive to be a responsible consumer it’s also reassuring to me that Aduna is an ethical company. They work directly with producers in Africa who coordinate harvesting, collection and the highest quality standards, as well as ensuring that growers are paid a fair price. You can read more about their mission here.
Hope you give these crackers a go and are maybe tempted to give moringa and baobab a go!
[Disclosure: Aduna kindly sent me some of their Moringa and Baobab for review purposes, but I received no other compensation and, as always, all opinions are my own]
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