Thursday, March 1, 2012

Primal Blueprint Cinnamon Walnut Crackers

I haven't posted in a few days as I just spent a long weekend in Orlando, running the Disney Princess Half Marathon. It's my first significant race since adopting a Paleo lifestyle, and I'm pleased to report I destroyed my previous personal best! While I did mix in some  healthy carbs in the days preceding the race, I made smart choices like sprouted quinoa and a pre-race Stinger honey energy bar.

While I enjoyed some delicious Paleo-friendly restaurant fare over the weekend, I was glad to get back into my kitchen to prep my own meals. I kicked off this morning with a freshly made juice of carrot, celery, cucumber and a little apple. Then I made some Cinnamon Walnut Crackers from Mark Sisson's Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals cookbook.

walnuts, cinnamon, baking soda & salt after pulsing

On the positive side, these truly were super easy and fast. I was able to whip them up while taking care of both kids' breakfasts and helping my daughter with some writing. I was happy to find the recipe written out online here.

melted butter and honey make it a paste

I ran into a little difficulty spreading my crackers out. I've never had much luck making crackers from scratch; in the past I have dallied in homemade animal crackers, cheese crackers and graham crackers for the kids. Every time I struggle with getting the dough thin enough. This time, the "paste" was so sticky that even a rubber spatula proved a bit ineffective at smoothing it out. I ultimately greased my hands and tried that method, but I still struggled a bit.

The crackers smelled heavenly while baking, thanks to the whopping three tsp. of cinnamon they contain. Mark's recipe suggests baking them for 12-15 minutes. I automatically went with thirteen, which  sadly scorched the crackers a bit on the edges. This really surprised me, as my oven doesn't tend to run hot, and my crackers were a bit thick. If you try this recipe out, I'd suggest erring on the side of fewer minutes, at least to start.

Still, the kids and I loved the taste of the end result. They are a little fragile, but still held together well. I would definitely remake them and watch the timing a little more carefully.

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