Raw Food Appetizers: Walnut Cranberry Crackers

by Susan on December 1, 2009

What do you get when you put together walnuts, cranberries, oranges and flax seeds? Super healthy raw food crackers that are festive and full of flavor! These beauties are packed with nutrients and are perfect for your raw holiday table. Pair them with the Cranberry Orange Spread and you have a healthy, raw food holiday treat that is great for entertaining or just family snacking.

Walnuts are considered to be one of the healthiest nuts available to us. They are loaded with omega 3′s. More benefits include protection of your cardiovascular system, support of your cognitive function, and immune system. They are anti-inflammatory, and also have many cancer preventing properties.

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Cranberries are off the charts with the benefits they provide. Scientific studies have shown that they are good for your heart, full of anti-oxidant, and can help prevent both urinary infection and yeast infections. But did you know that they can help elevate your HDL (good) cholesterol and lower your bad cholesterol. They are anti bacterial and also help with oral and gastrointestinal health.

You can serve these crackers to your family and guests, knowing that you are not only providing them with great nutrients, but also tons of flavor!

Cranberry Walnut Crackers

  • 4 C Walnuts (soaked overnight)
  • 1 C Ground Flax
  • 2 C Fresh Cranberries Coarsely Chopped
  • 1 C Orange Juice (from fresh oranges)
  • 1/4 C  Agave (or liquid sweetener of your choice)

Place roughly chopped cranberries in bag with orange juice and 1/4 C raw agave. Marinate for 2 hours. Place walnuts in food processor. Process until finely chopped. Add cranberries, agave and orange juice and pulse until cranberries are well combined. Add flax and pulse until combined. Spread on non-stick sheets about 1/4 inch. Score. Dehydrate at 145 for 45 minutes then 116 for 3 hours. Peel off sheets and continue to dry until done. (6-8 more hours).

Cranberry Orange Spread

  • 1 Orange, juice and zest
  • 1/2 C flesh from young coconut
  • 1 C Cashews, soaked for 6 hours, drained
  • 3 T Agave
  • 1 C Fresh Cranberries

Place cranberries in processor and coarsely chop. Remove from processor and set aside. Place cashews, coconut flesh, orange juice, orange zest and agave in food processor. Process until very blended. Remove and stir in chopped cranberries. Makes about 2 cups.

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Kat Caverly December 1, 2009 at 2:35 pm

even the photographs for this recipe are delicious, this is a must try for the holidays!

Pam Cook December 1, 2009 at 2:52 pm

These look incredible!

Are the cranberries whole, raw cranberries, as opposed to the already dehydrated ones?

Just checking. I’ll be making these for sure!

Susan December 1, 2009 at 2:59 pm

They are whole, raw cranberries. When I used dried cranberries, I state that. :-)

Miriam/The Winter Guest December 1, 2009 at 3:51 pm

These must taste awesome! I’ve got to try them, I happen to have all the necessary ingredients at home!

Cora December 1, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Very beautiful! I will be making these for my holiday party!

Eco Mama December 1, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Fabulous! I love that you cut them into triangles–very festive and pretty!
xo
Eco Mama

Brooke December 1, 2009 at 7:04 pm

I can’t thank you enough for making raw food so appealing to me. It helps me so much on this journey towards health. I don’t feel like I am depriving myself of anything when I look at your food. This appetizer looks awesome and I think I am going to make it for Christmas when I go to my mom’s house. Keep up the great work!

Steve Finikiotis December 1, 2009 at 9:12 pm

Susan,

Thank you. Very appetizing! Wonderful idea for eating healthfully and making better dining choices. I like the look and feel of your blog. Cudos!

Steve

Bev December 2, 2009 at 7:13 am

You state that the walnuts and cashews are to be soaked overnight. Since I am new to raw food preparation, I am confused by this instruction. Are the nuts soaked in water, or something else? Thank you.

Susan December 2, 2009 at 9:05 am

Yes, you soak the nuts in filtered water. This releases the enzymes that make them harder to digest. For the cashews, it also helps provide a texture that blends better.

Michal December 3, 2009 at 3:06 pm

These look amazing! :)

Kelly Parr December 3, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Oh my! My mouth is already watering – and the photos make ‘em look so appetizing!
These recipes are so creative, easy looking and perfect for the Christmas Holidays!

Anne December 4, 2009 at 2:31 pm

These sound delicious! I don’t have a dehydrator…..is it possible to bake them??

Susan December 4, 2009 at 2:40 pm

You can bake them at a very low temp. Just know that they will no longer be raw, if that is your desire.

Anne December 4, 2009 at 2:41 pm

DUH! Didn’t think about that part of it! I’m simply looking for alternate snacks for my daughter as I’m trying to reduce glutamate and eliminate gluten in her diet.

Joyce Holsten December 4, 2009 at 3:23 pm

You are doing an rawsome job Susan! Always inspiring! Keep it up! I look forward to your e-book!

Cheers!
Joyce from Vermont :-)

Joyce Holsten December 4, 2009 at 3:24 pm

haha, sorry, I meant to write this on your most recent post :-)

Sheila Bocchine, Pinhole Photographer March 24, 2010 at 7:39 am

Can I use dried cranberries? I live in South Korea and we don’t have fresh cranberries here.

Susan March 24, 2010 at 7:41 am

Yes…actually you can reconstitute them!

Helene April 13, 2010 at 10:19 pm

Gorgeous! HOW do you cut them in triangles? Certain food scissors? WHERE do you get them? AND do you do this before dehydrating?

Helene July 11, 2010 at 12:51 am

Hi–second question–apparantley asked back in April–how do you get them in triangles–and did not receive answer?? We get our wires crossed? Thanks so much…H

Susan July 11, 2010 at 7:36 am

I cut them with a knife.

Eva October 7, 2010 at 4:08 pm

I just made these, they were easy…I added a little cinnamon

Thanks for the great reciepe!

Your site is awesome!!

Eva

Eva October 8, 2010 at 6:35 am

Question, mine are in the dehydrator right now….they have been in for for over 8 hours, are they supposed to come out really crunchy or a little soft?

they look great either way – just want to be sure they are done

Thanks!

Susan October 8, 2010 at 7:34 am

Dehydration times are estimates. It completely depends on the humidity, air temp, your dehydrator, how thick you made the crackers….you can have them a little soft or wait until they get harder. That is up to you. :-) These actually stay a little softer…I cut them after they were done.

Eva October 6, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Do you think these would be good made with Almonds?

Susan October 7, 2011 at 8:28 am

You could try. It would change the consistency and flavor. You might have to tweak the recipe a bit.

Wendy Youngblood October 17, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Do you think if I have dried coconut I can soak it for a couple of hours and use that instead?
Thanks! Looks amazing!

Susan October 17, 2011 at 5:36 pm

It never reaches the same consistency.

Erin October 28, 2011 at 9:42 am

I LOVE your blog! What an amazing accomplishment! Thank you for sharing your journey, and helping the rest of us! I am new to “raw” and well…new to cooking anything besides salad;) (*Its getting pretty boring, so ai am GRATEFUL to have come upon your blog!!!)

What is “flesh from young coconut” where would one buy it (both type of stores and location in the store? Is it an actual coconut cut in half and digging out its guts? Or do you buy it in a jar?)

Thanks!!

june March 29, 2012 at 10:13 am

i am new to raw food and have been trying seveal raw breads and crackers to make. i find that whichever recipie i do the crackers seem to have a bitter taste. what am i doing wrong

Susan March 29, 2012 at 10:15 am

Honestly, they shouldn’t taste bitter. I can’t speak for anyone else’s recipes but you do need to pay close attention to the quality of ingredients you put in, etc. If your flax or nuts are rancid, which happens easily, you can get that bitter taste. Cheers!

Mandy Pena August 29, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Susan,
I know this is a long time later. But how many dehydrator sheets do you use? 2? Mandy

hope October 23, 2012 at 11:56 am

hello susan these look yum cool

Anna June 28, 2014 at 2:52 pm

I really need dehydrator to make this beauties. Great recipe!!! Thank you

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