We have been trying to reduce the amount of garbage we put out each week at our house and one big way we’ve done this is by making a lot of things from scratch. Over the years we have been able to significantly reduce the trash we bring to the curb (for biweekly pickup where we live) by recycling and composting, but one area I found we were failing was in plastic bag use.
We use reusable bags for buying groceries but so much of what we buy comes in plastic bags, including bread, produce, meat, cheese, milk (yes, milk comes in bags in Canada), cereal, crackers, as well as other snacks and treats. We reuse most of these bags to carry our sandwiches to work or store foods in the fridge to keep fresh, but that only extends the plastic bag use a little bit. I want a to eliminate it altogether. (I am happy to note that we do not buy plastic or ziplock bags and simply reuse their bags that come into our home).
One way to limit our plastic bag use is through making things like cereal, bread, and crackers from scratch. Check out my earlier post on making a nice sandwich bread from scratch at home with a few simple ingredients and just a little time and effort.
This recipe makes a very hearty cracker that is both filling and satisfying. It pairs well with peanut butter, cheese, or even a little honey.
Now, onto the recipe.
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup uncooked millet or other crunchy grain
1/3 cup flax or chia seeds
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup water
Seasoning of choice (salt and pepper, rosemary, child powder)
Preheat oven to 350. In a medium bowl, mix together everything except olive oil and water. Slowly add olive oil, fluffing with a fork. Then slowly add water and begin to mix with hands until the dough comes together. Knead for 2 minutes. Roll dough out on floured surface to desired thickness (1/8″). Bake 20 minutes. Store for a week or so in your cupboard or freeze to extend storage.