Sweet and Delicious!
I made my favorite carrot/beet/apple juice and decided I was going to experiment with the leftover pulp and make a Pulp Flax Cracker. I knew it had to be a sweet cracker, not a savory one because of the sweet carrot, apple and beets. Beets are the largest source of sugar after sugar can. So how was I going to accomplish this???
Growing up, my parents loved a dish called Borscht! Borscht is a Russian or Polish beet soup usually served cold and usually served with a dollop of sour cream. As a child, I did not love it. I do believe beets are an acquired flavor! As an adult, I’ve come to appreciate beets and I like them better RAW instead of roasted (though roasted are delicious as well) What I LOVE about beets is that they’re so good for you! Here are some facts about beets from an article from Full Circle.
- Beets are natures Viagra! The Romans used beets as an aphrodisiac. Beets contain Boron which which are related to the production of human sex hormones.
- Beets are high in vitamins and minerals. They contain Potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron; vitamins A, B & C; beta-carotene, beta-cyanine; folic acid.
- Beets cleanse the body. They are a wonderful tonic for the liver, works as a purifier for the blood, and can prevent various forms of cancer.
- Beets improve mental health. Beets contain betaine, the same substance that is used in certain treatments of depression. It also contains trytophan, which relaxes the mind and creates a sense of well-being, similar to chocolate. Beets can also lower your blood pressure.
- This is my favorite beet fact. Beets are used as a stomach acid tester. How in the world does that work? Glad you asked. If you are eating a lot of beets or beet juice, and your pee turns pink, guess what? You have low stomach acid. Pee still clear? Ratchet it up and get juicing (use the greens too)! Nutritionists use beets and beet juice to test stomach acid levels, so stay ahead of the curve by adding beets to your diet now
- Beets are a high source of energy. At the same time they are low in calories and high in sugar (although the sugar is released into your system gradually, as opposed to chocolate). Very few foods found in the natural world are as beneficial as beets in this regard.
So after making my Beet Juice, it was a shame to discard the pulp (I don’t have a compost . . . shame on me!!!)! I had to figure out a recipe using the pulp and using the ingredients that I had available in the house. Running low, and not going to the store any time soon, I made the base with flax seeds and whatever chia seeds I had left. I usually throw in sesame seeds as well, but didn’t have any so I used pumpkin seeds (useless fact . . . pumpkin seeds are one of my favorite all time snacks).
I wanted to make this a sweet cracker instead of my usual savory crackers, but wasn’t sure which flavors would be intensified by the dehydration process. I was worried that the root/woodsy flavor of the beet and carrot would be intensified, so I wanted to sweeten it mildly. I did not write this recipe down and am jotting it down now from memory! I think I got it right.
Raw Juice Pulp Crackers
1 1/2 cups pulp from juice (mine was sweet . . . carrots, beets and granny smith apple. I also removed large chunks of fruits and veggies that made it through my juicer).
1 cup flax seeds soaked*
1/2 cup chia seeds soaked*
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1 tsp. coconut crystals re-hydrated with warm water to form a liquid
2 tablespoons orange juice
Mix all the ingredients together and spread on a Paraflex sheet for your dehydrator. Dehydrate at 115° for 6 hours. Score and remove paraflex sheet, flip over and continue to dehydrate on mesh tray for another 4-6 hours until you obtain the consistency, crispness, crunchiness, etc. you desire.
* I soaked the flax and chia seeds longer than I anticipated. That is why I added the 2 tablespoons of orange juice into the recipe and it worked out just fine.
Don’t be afraid to play around with a recipe. I never used coconut crystals before and didn’t know how to use them. That is why I dissolved them in water. I didn’t want the crunchiness of sugar crystals in the cracker. Throwing in the 2 tablespoons of orange juice was also a “dare” for me — not knowing how the finished product would come out.
The crackers are delicious!! The end product had a flavor with subtle “sweet” notes. It was just enough orange juice and coconut crystals not overpower the natural flavor of the cracker itself. Everyone enjoyed them and I enjoy knowing that they’re healthy for you!!!
Play around in the kitchen. Try new things. Don’t be afraid. Not everything works out the way you plan, but some things do and when that happens . . . it’s a great feeling!