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This blog is going to the birds lately. I had the Nuts and Oats burger, which my mom lovingly said looked like bird seed. And now I have these super yummy seed cracker/chip things. Crackips? Chickers? I’m not sure I can combine crackers and chip to make an appealing word but I assure you, these are yummy- bird-seed looking  or not.

This is my answer to savory snacks. You know, when you are craving the potato chips from the vending machine mid-day, or just want something salty to munch on.

BIRD SEED CRACKERS/CHIPS
from Oh She Glows

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup chia seeds (can find at whole foods)
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup pepita seeds (or pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely grated
  • 1 tsp grated sweet onion
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt, or to taste

1. Preheat the oven to 325F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, mix the seeds together. In a small bowl, mix the water, grated garlic, and grated onion. Whisk well. Pour the water mixture onto the seeds and stir until thick and combined. Season with salt and/or garlic salt to taste. Add spices or fresh herbs if you wish.

3. Spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet with the back of a spoon until it’s less than 1/4 inch thick. Not to worry if a couple parts become too thin, you can just patch them up.

4. Bake at 325F for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, slice into crackers, carefully flip onto other side with a spatula. Bake for another 30 minutes, watching closely after about 25 minutes. The bottoms will be lightly golden in colour. Allow to cool completely on the pan. Store in a container or plastic baggy.

 I know some of you may think these look weird but they are actually kind of like the outside of an everything bagel…without the bagel part, you know?
 
I’m a big fan of garlic and onion so I decided to sprinkle the crackers with garlic salt when I flipped them. Delicious but SUPER garlicky. If you want to make out with anyone within 24 hours of eating these, I would probably NOT add the extra garlic.
 
One thing to note is that these are pretty fragile. If you toss them in a plastic baggy and then in your book back, they are going to get totally crushed and most likely revert back to seed form. The dilemma is they taste awesome with hummus! I was finding my hummus was too thick for these babies to handle. Totally by coincidence, my roommate made the lightest, fluffiest white bean hummus that went perfectly with these!
 
 Mediterranean-inspired White Bean Hummus
 from Exclamations of a Curious Bonnie
 
  • 1 can of white beans (cannelini or white kidney beans), drained with the liquid set aside
  • 1 TBS of tahini
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 TBS olive oil

and the following seasoning, which Bonnie says she didn’t measure but would estimate at 1/2 – 1 tsp:

  • paprika
  • cumin
  • black pepper
  • ground coriander seeds
  • cayenne peper
  • dried parsley
  • salt to taste

Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend. If the consistency is too dry or sort of “cakey,” add small amounts of the bean-water you set aside. When desired consistency is achieved, taste and adjust seasonings as necessary. Add salt if needed. Enjoy with pitas or crackers or veggies!

The slow addition of the bean water made this so fluffy. I loved it! I’d been eating my hearty garlic hummus all week and this was a great change of pace, and like I said, it worked perfectly with these cracker/chips. They were made for each other!
 
 
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go bath in listerine in hopes I can get this garlic/onion smell off of me…

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Snickerdoodle Cookies

Lets be honest with one another here- sugar cookies are hands down the most boring cookie ever. Yeah, ok…they get trooped out a few times a year when we need to decorate cookies but no one really loves sugar cookies. I don’t know anyone whose ever like, man…I could use a good sugar cookie right now. Because they are boring. They have no pizzazz!

Since cookies were homemade when I was growing up, more often than not, they were chocolate chip or oatmeal raisins (I’d pick the raisins out, obviously). During the holidays, the really good ones came out- mint chocolate chip, chocolate rolos, white chocolate dream cookies,  cookies with Andes mints in the middle, etc. So, why would we ever make sugar cookies when we had these amazing cookies to choose from?!?

The fact is, we didn’t. I called my mom for a sugar cookie recipe last year and she didn’t even have one! When I tried a few online, I felt like Goldilocks with porridge- these are too crunch, these are too cakelike- and I could never find the right one.  I quickly got bored and gave up. Sugar cookies are so not worth the effort.

So it goes without saying that I never made a snickerdoodle cookie. They’re just sugar cookies with cinnamon sugar, right? Well, having exhausted my apple and pumpkin taste buds over the last few weeks (and mildly concerned one of my my co-worker would kill me if I brought one more pumpkin thing into work), I was desperate for a different fall flavor for my Monday treats for work. Since I’ve been shoving my face with this cinnamon honey bread like my life depended on it, obviously my first thought was cinnamon. Hence, me turning to the snickerdoodle cookie. And I must admit, these cookies may be worthy enough to go toe-to-toe with our mint chocolate chip cookies…well, maybe…

Snickerdoodles

veganized version from How Sweet Eats

makes 16-20 cookies

1/2 cup vegan butter, at room temperature ( used Earth Balance)

1 cup sugar

1 Ener-G “egg”

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 tablespoons milk replacer (I used unsweetened soy milk)

1/4 cup sugar + 1 tablespoon cinnamon for dipping

Preheat oven to 375.

Cream vegan butter and sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Add “egg” and vanilla, mixing well until combine, about 2 minutes. Stir in flour, baking powder, salt, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix until dough comes together. Dough will most likely be crumbly at this point. Add in milk 1 TBS at a time until the dough comes together. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

In a bowl combine remaining sugar and cinnamon. Remove dough from fridge and roll into big 1 1/2 inch balls. Dip in cinnamon sugar mixture and place on baking sheet. Lightly press down on dough to flatten it. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.

These cookies were the perfect texture. A little crunchy around the edges, soft and chewy in the middle. I’m sort of in love with them. And, I may have just had one for breakfast…

Side note: I know I’ve been giving you guys a lot of How Sweet Eats recipes lately. This week I’m going to be getting seriously vegan on your butts though and trying out some recipes from Alicia Silverstone’s Kind Diet, as well as my second favorite blog Healthfulpursuit.com. Stay tuned!

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