Rosemary Almond Crackers Two Ways

by Susan on July 29, 2012

Last week I posted this recipe for raw Rosemary Honey “Cheese” with Figs. Hiding in the background are the raw Rosemary Almond crackers that go with it. Incorporating the rosemary and cracked pepper into the almonds make the crackers a great compliment to the “cheese”. I promised the raw recipe for the crackers and here it is! 

Since I get so many substitution questions, I decided to do something different when I developed this recipe for raw crackers. I made half the batch with golden flax and half the batch with chia seeds. I wanted a really good side-by-side comparison. The chia substituted in for the flax, beautifully. I also decided to skin my almonds after soaking to make a lighter colored cracker. Its a little time consuming but certainly doable. You do not need to skin the almonds for this recipe. 

Both crackers came out crunchy and good. I am a firm believer that using fresh golden flax does not leave a “flax” taste that so many people don’t like. In this cracker, all you taste are the almonds, rosemary and cracked pepper. The flavor is deep and mellow. Delightful in your mouth. The chia crackers are a little crunchier, and have a bit of a lighter taste. but not the depth and mellowness of the flax. But both are a great compliment to the Rosemary Honey “Cheese” with figs.

I found chia seeds on sale here:CHIA  It is a pretty good price!

Rosemary Almond Crackers

  • 1/2 cup ground golden flax (or 1/2 cup chia seeds)
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups almonds, soaked overnight, rinsed and drained with skins removed*
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary, chopped fine
  • Himalayan Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

1. Stir ground flax (or chia seeds) into water and set aside for 1/2 hour to soften.

2.  Place wet, drained almonds in the food processor and process until very fine.

3. Remove almonds to bowl, stir in flax (or chia) mixture, rosemary, salt and pepper.

4. Spread thin on a non-stick sheet. I place another non-stick sheet on top of the mixture and roll out with a rolling pin. Score into rectangles.

5. Dehydrate at 145 for 45 minutes**. Decrease heat to 115 and continue to dehydrate until crisp approximately 8 hours.

*The skins come off easily after soaking. You do not need to remove the skins.

**Is it still raw when you start the dehydration so high? Yes. Read here: FAQ


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Lisa Reynoso July 29, 2012 at 10:51 pm

For those who live in the west, WinCo sells chia seeds in the bulk section for around $8 a pound. And Whole Foods also sells them in the bulk section for a little less than WinCo.


Gabriela July 30, 2012 at 1:29 pm

We have been dying to try out a raw cracker recipe because we have not been making bread and don’t know when we will again. Thank you for sharing this recipe! Can’t wait to try it.


Katherine July 30, 2012 at 1:51 pm

I was given about 5 lbs of beautiful fresh almond flour (now in my freezer) and I’d really like to use it in this application. 3 cups of whole almonds equals approximately how many cups of almond flour? Thank you!


Susan July 30, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Unfortunately, using almond flour would require re-working this recipe. You would have to add water (because the almonds that you start with in the recipe are saturated). You will have to experiment with this one. :-)


Elizabeth July 30, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Can I use the pulp from my nut mylk?


Susan July 30, 2012 at 3:32 pm

This recipe was created using soaked almonds. That is a completely different ingredient than nut milk pulp. Cheers!


Yael July 31, 2012 at 11:09 am

OMG,this looks so awesome! I plan to try it tomorrow. I’ll let you know how it goes :)


Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy July 31, 2012 at 1:43 pm

wow those look outrageously good! gourmet! i HAVE to make these!


Deb August 1, 2012 at 3:01 am

Just pulled these from the dehydrator and they are lovely! They are very light and crispy and not overpowered by the flax seeds. I can imagine these working with all kinds of seasonings and I plan to try them with some finely chopped leeks next. Thanks as ever for sharing :)


Randahl August 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Katherine: 1 cup of almonds makes about 1.2 cups flour…i imagine if you hydrated it after it could work :)


Susan August 1, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Using almond flour in this recipe won’t work without some tweaking. You are trying to substitute a dry ingredient for a wet one. Does that make sense?


Sara August 3, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Just pulled these rosemary almond crackers out of the dehydrator and they are delicious! The ‘batter’ was the perfect consistency to roll out and work with and the flavor is lovely. I used A LOT of freshly ground pepper for a bit of bite and although I didn’t take the extra time to peel the soaked almonds – they still turned out great! I made a spicy dip out of my almond pulp that was left over from making milk and will serve the crackers with it. Delicious! Thanks so much!!


Mel August 5, 2012 at 6:34 am

Have you tried anything like sunflower or pumpkin seeds for the chia/flaxseed?


Susan August 5, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Chia and flax are binders so pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds would not do the same thing. Cheers!


GetSkinny GoVegan August 5, 2012 at 11:04 am

Oh the rosemary sounds divine. Love the crackers that are heavy on the caraway and think I will do rosemary next!


Erin Hess August 8, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Those look so flavorful. I just used a dehydrator for the first time to dry sprouted seeds. It worked great but i want a better dehydrator that has settings. Which dehydrator do you use?


Susan August 9, 2012 at 10:24 am

You can search “dehydrators” in the search box and you will find a few articles I have written on dehydrators.


Lisa August 28, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Hi, these crackers look amazing and I plan on making them tomorrow. I am wondering how many trays I should expect the recipe to make. I have an excalibur dehydrator. Thanks, Lisa


Makaʻala September 11, 2012 at 1:08 am

can you use soaked dehydrated almonds and add liquid for the moisture displacement?


Susan September 11, 2012 at 11:44 am

You can try but I have no idea what the measurements would be. Cheers!


Aana December 27, 2012 at 4:22 am

Thank you for such delicious and innovative recipes. I am new to dehydratimg and raw food and have no idea what i am doing. After a number of failed attempts I am now trying your recipes and having fantastic success and mouthwatering food. Thank you.


isadora January 17, 2013 at 10:35 am

TIps please on how to roll or press them out. I find this to be the hardest part.


Susan January 17, 2013 at 10:45 am

Look at this post: It shows how I roll them out and cut them.


Barbara February 7, 2013 at 6:08 am

I used Brazil nuts instead of almonds since that was what I had in the house. I LOVE this recipe and so did everyone that tasted them!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! Nothing like a Agreat cracker!!!


Barbara February 7, 2013 at 6:09 am

I used Brazil nuts instead of almonds since that’s what I had in the house. They were DELICIOUS!!! I love them and so did everyone that tasted them!! THANK YOU!!!!!


rhonda May 9, 2013 at 6:58 pm

I tried this recipe and it turned out very nice. I even created the cheese. The cheese was bit more challenging because I had challenges getting the skin off the almonds.


Tera May 14, 2013 at 4:45 pm

I made these crackers with almonds and rosemary and rosemary flowers….OMG I’ve never tasted anything this good in this world…thank you! I have a lot of white sage (very strong) I picked in the Baja desert and I wondered if I could use it instead of the rosemary? what do you think?


anina June 19, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Hey there
I really want to give these a go but I don’t have a dehydrator is there anyway I could pull it off using my oven?


Annie October 24, 2013 at 10:40 am

Hi Susan, thanks for the awesome recipe! This was my first time using a dehydrator and unfortunately mine didn’t get crunchy after the recommended cooking time. They are still very chewy. I’m going to try putting them back in the dehydrator for a while. Any suggestions? They taste soooo good! I’m just missing the crunch.


Susan October 24, 2013 at 11:10 am

Hi, Annie, Dehydration times are suggested times. Every dehydrator is different, the amount of humidity in the air changes, lots of things affect the time it takes. If they are not crisp, just keep going. Cheers!


Patricia November 25, 2013 at 10:23 pm

I made the crackers yesterday. They finished dehydrating tonight! They are amazing. The aroma from the dehydrator was a savory smell. Thank you Susan for the wonderful recipe, can’t wait to try others (and the Rosemary Cheese with figs) to go with the crackers. I would double or triple the recipe just to keep on hand!!


Lizz December 4, 2013 at 11:31 am

These look super good!! I’m on a mission to start eating more raw foods. I think these will definitely help me with that goal. :-)


Marnie January 7, 2014 at 1:21 am

these were great! i didn’t bother taking off the almond skins but still very tasty…i should have made more. now i have a use for the huge rosemary bush in the front yard.


Molly March 17, 2014 at 8:43 pm

Is this oven temperature in F or C?


Susan March 22, 2014 at 12:08 pm

F. Cheers!


Leah March 29, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Can these crackers be cooked in the oven? At what temperature and for how long? Thanks!


Susan March 30, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Hi, Leah…please check the FAQ page. Cheers!


nagila May 29, 2014 at 11:18 am

I want to thank you so much, for this recipe .God bless you 😉


Gezza July 5, 2014 at 11:56 pm

I don’t have a dehumidifier. Can this be done in the oven using the same temperatures you have sugested?


Susan August 1, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Please see the FYI page for information on making raw recipes in an oven. CHeers!


Melissa November 5, 2014 at 1:00 am

Hi there! Feedback for using an oven?? Thank you


Susan November 10, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Hi, Melissa, You can check out the FAQ page for answers to the oven question. Cheers!


Emily November 20, 2014 at 3:31 pm

How do you recommend storing these? In a tupperware type container? How long can I expect them to stay fresh?


Susan November 21, 2014 at 3:02 pm

You can store them in an air-tight container. They will stay fresh for a week or two. If they get soft, just pop them back in the dehydrator. Cheers!


Vida April 16, 2015 at 4:57 pm

Hi, I just transitioned to raw food diet and am loving it, but I do not owe a dehydrator yet in this case what other options do I have?


Susan April 16, 2015 at 6:23 pm

You can try baking them with your lowest heat in the oven but just know they will most likely not be raw. And the time will be much shorter. :-)


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