View Full Version : Flax Seed substitute
10-31-2009, 08:54 PM
My experiences w/ flax seed crackers have been awful. What are some good substitutes for flax seeds in crackers. I know the flax has the consistency to hold crackers together. Has anyone tried something else and just a very small amount of flax seeds?
10-31-2009, 10:38 PM
I haven't tried it but chia apparently has the same consistency as flax when soaked. Flax seed gives me bad gas:o
10-31-2009, 10:58 PM
Slippery elm is very mucilaginous like flax. I think you could add it if you substitute another seed for the flax (hemp, amaranth, sesame, etc.), and get the same benefit of helping hold it all together. I've used it in smoothies, crackers and kale chips, and faux burgers so far.
11-02-2009, 11:13 AM
I have used sunflower seeds in my crackers....I got the recipe out of Alissa's book and modified it to my needs.
11-03-2009, 01:34 AM
I have never made flax crackers with the whole seeds...I always use it ground..maybe that would work better for you?Or is it the taste you don't care for?
11-03-2009, 06:07 AM
I have started to use camelina sativa, after I found an oil mill that's selling it to me. I don't know if you can find it in the US. It tastes much better than flax, and it has the same properties as flax. When you soak it it produces jelly like flax and it holds the batter together. In some recepies I grind it unsoaked. I don't digest flax well, with cameline there is no problem.
11-03-2009, 10:28 AM
I have started to use camelina sativa, after I found an oil mill that's selling it to me. I don't know if you can find it in the US.
Thank you for the mention of camelina as it has helped me come up with another possible source of a natural pesticide for the garden.
In September I visited an organic farm in SW Wisconsin that is growing camelina for the oil. I believe they might just be growing it at this point for biodiesel and animal feed. Surely though, they are looking at marketing oil for human consumption once it is approved by our Food and Drug Administration, as they also produce sunflower oil. I am not sure of it's status with the FDA to date. From reports read that are dated Feb and July 09, it was approved for some animal feeds at low percentages but not for human consumption yet. It is a shame that we have to use a regulatory agency to approve God given foods for us.
That was the first I had heard of camelina, which I have since found out is a brassica. Brassicas planted near garlic, or turned into the soil, are supposed to help fend off root and stem nematodes and other pests to garlic. As luck would have it I (before I knew this about brassicas and garlic pests) I just planted some garlic next to a patch of mizuna mustard greens (another brassica). I am looking forward to trying some out next season if I can get some seed.
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