Dark Days Challenge: Gluten-Free (& Delicious!) Buckwheat Crackers

I’ve decided to take the plunge this year and rock out the 4th annual Dark Days Challenge–a blog challenge that pushes each blogger to make as close to all-locally sourced meals at least once a week from December 1-April 15.  Somehow I’ve let December just fly by without making hardly any posts, so, wow, I’ve really got to get going to meet the first deadline!

Meal #1 isn’t really a meal, but these days they’ve turned into something like meals. It’s not like I like not eating properly, but somehow with work & the end of the semester & no heat & all the other things I’m dealing with, hummus & crackers have begun to fit the bill. But what about a decent gluten-free cracker? Do those exist? Mary’s Gone Crackers is certainly the best on the market, but the rest are atrocious. (Need I go into Glutino crackers? **shudder**)

So I’ve been on a quest to come up with an easy, delicious gluten-free cracker that doesn’t use 800 ingredients. After all, the seminal New York Times recipe for spelt crackers only calls for three ingredients. So this is what I came up with, and I’m pretty darn happy with them as they are. Buckwheat + quinoa + flax seeds = delicious gluten-free goodness to spread some hummus or a slice of cheese on. G with his cracker addiction is happy with them, & with their locally sourced buckwheat from Mabry Mill, they’re definitely 80% local to boot!

Gluten-Free Buckwheat Crackers

1 c buckwheat flour
1/2 c quinoa flour
1/4 c flax seeds
1/2 tsp xanthum gum
1/2 tsp salt
warm water

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the buckwheat, quinoa, xanthum gum, salt, and flax seeds.

Add enough warm water to form a ball of dough.

Roll out the dough to 1/8″ thickness on a well floured surface. Cut shapes for the crakers from the dough and place on a well oiled cookie sheet.

Brush a light coating of water on top of crackers with a pastry brush and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and crispy.

Let cool and munch with the topping of your choice!

4 Responses to “Dark Days Challenge: Gluten-Free (& Delicious!) Buckwheat Crackers”
  1. Renae says:

    I love homemade crackers and these look delicious. I’ll definitely be trying this!

  2. eileen says:

    Homemade crackers are the best. What do you think would be best with buckwheat crackers, which I for one have never tried, besides the aforementioned hummus or cheese? Maybe baba ghanouj (er, in summer), sauteed garlic greens, or braised/jammed apples and onions?

  3. Homemade crackers, absolutely fantastic. I have to try this great recipe.

    Thanks for sharing!

    -Naomi – quinoa fan:))

  4. Eric says:

    Awesome! I hadn’t heard of the Dark Days Challenge-I like it!

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