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January 7, 2016

Sprouted Cinnamon Grammy Crackers for Big and Little Kids

As a proud Grammy, caring part time for my grandson, I've decided to create new food ideas perfect for toddlers and their mommas. I'm thrilled to present this amazing nutrient-dense treat. Not a Mom or baby? No'll enjoy these too!   It's NUT, Dairy, Gluten and Sugar FREE! Don't have a dehydrator? Try a low temperature oven..I like to use a  dehydrator and I've not personally tried it, but I can't imagine it would be difficult.

Directions for sprouting buckwheat are available on my blog. Please don't be intimidated! It's so simple and done pretty much within 24 hours. And, guess what else? Buckwheat is gluten free, grain free....and charmed with amazing nutrients. It's a FRUIT SEED and sprouting takes it to a whole new level.  

Once sprouted, buckwheat can be dehydrated and/or ground into flour, depending on recipe. Its a great idea to have both on hand. Why not keep a jar of buckwheat flour and a jar of sprouted/dehydrated grains in freezer, so you are ready to go? 

I'm ecstatic to see my grandson gobbling these down and asking for more. He loves, loves, loves them!!!! My daughter, Lindsey stores them in the freezer. I'm happy to note, Momma and baby are very happy with Cinnamon Grammy Crackers!!!!! They don't last long, even with double batches, so I'm not constantly sprouting more buckwheat as I get calls from my daughter saying, "Grammy, Leo wants more Grammy Crackers!"  Who am I to say no to Leo?

Now lets get UN-COOKING!!!

2 cups SPROUTED buckwheat (1cup soaked 20 min and sprouted until tails JUST begin to form. Usually <24 1="" begin="" br="" cup.="" doubles="" hours="" note="" size="" so="" sprouting="" usually="">1 ripe banana
1-2 Tbsp  goji berries
 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
 2 Tbsp  chia seeds
 2 Tbsp  raw sesame seeds
 1 Tbsp  ground flax seeds
 ¼ cup raisins
 3 medjool dates(or figs), pitted
 1 tsp  cinnamon
 1 tsp vanilla extract (or 3 drops Medicine Flower vanilla extract - my fav)
 ¾  cup coconut water (or water)

1/2 - 3/4 cup kale, dandelion, veggie pulp from juicing (or other greens) - optional
 Pinch Himalayan salt

 Dried, shredded unsweetened coconut

After sprouting buckwheat according to directions, mix ingredients in food processor until batter blends to a spreadable consistency. (Because sesame seeds are so tiny, for little ones not yet chewing, its a good idea to do a quick grind first. I use a nut/spice grinder. (Note - I also make this in a HIGH SPEED blender, but it does require a lot more water and  even my powerful blender food processor is best or do smaller batches at a time).

Using Offset Spatula, spread mixture onto a non-stick dehydrator sheet (about ⅛ " thick). Garnish with coconut.

Dehydrate at 110 degrees F for 4 hours.

Flip onto a mesh dehydrator sheets, and gently peel off non- stick sheet. Using a dull-edged knife, cut Grammy Cracker squares to desired size. For younger ones, BE SURE  to BREAK into smaller pieces they can pick up and not choke on. As they get older, they can hold onto little crackers and self feed.

On mesh dehydrator tray, continue to dehydrate up to18 hours or to desired consistency.  

Options - once dehydrated, break into bite-sized pieces and serve with breast milk, almond milk, coconut milk, etc, and serve as "cereal." Add bananas or fresh fruit for a real treat.

This is also a great "diaper bag" snack for on-the-go parents. My daughter grabs them with an apple and banana for a quick, effortless snack while working. She arrived home one day saying how great she felt and was not starving as she walked in the door.

If totally dehydrated, store in airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Refrigerate or freeze to extend shelf life. Ours do not last long at all. 

Grammy and Leo
Suggestion - For a breakfast cereal similar to oatmeal, use freshly sprouted buckwheat, gently pulsed in food processor, and serve with almond milk, chopped nuts, dates, coconut, bananas, your fav sweetener, etc. Care more for a "Farena-type" cereal? Grind dehydrated buckwheat into flour and add warm almond milk. Stir and let sit. Add your favorite sweetener, nuts, seeds, etc., and enjoy. 

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joey said...

Is the 2 cups buckwheat measured after sprouting or before?

Barbara Kessler said...

Great question, Joey! The measurement is AFTER sprouting. It usually doubles in start with about 1 cup...give or take...

Let us know if yiu prepare it!!!

John Ocampos said...

Wow it looks delicious and yummy! I am sure my kids will defiitely love this! I will find time to make this this weekend. thank you for sharing this recipe. I also follow one website which talks about vegan food and fitness,

RawfullyTempting - B.Kessler said...

Thanks @John Ocampos! I hope you enjoy the recipe!

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