Sugar. Sometimes it’s my arch nemesis, sometimes it’s my best friend, most of the time it’s somewhere in between.
I’ve been on a personal journey for a few years to reduce the amount of sugar and processed foods that my family and I consume. I also recently attempted the 21 Day Sugar Detox (we made it to about day 18, nobody’s perfect!).
When Steph asked if I might review a recipe from Sarah Wilson’s book, I Quit Sugar, I was glad to skim the pages and see what she had to say.
Plus I got to try out a yummy new recipe for healthy, homemade crackers – perfect for those salty/crunchy cravings. Read on for the recipe as well as my thoughts on the book and your chance to win a copy…
Just the title of the book is challenging. Is it really possible to quit sugar completely? Is it realistic to think we can live without consuming it in our sugar-crazy world? If anyone can give you confidence to take on the challenge, it’s Sarah.
She shares her own struggles with sugar addiction, and offers you a flexible plan and lots of recipes. Her eight-week program gives you something new to focus on each week, so you gradually reduce your sugar and replace it with nourishing foods that can keep you sane and satisfied.
Sarah includes over 100 recipes in her book, including breakfasts, smoothies and drinks, detox meals, snacks, treats and ideas for feeding the kids. After flipping through all of the tasty-looking dishes, I decided to test out a recipe she calls Meal-In-A-Cracker- hearty seed crackers made with a blend of sesame, chia and sunflower seeds.
The crackers came together quickly and easily for me, as I already had all the ingredients on hand. I paired them with avocado, cheese and cucumbers for an afternoon snack that left me satisfied (AKA not heading to the pantry to eat chocolate chips straight out of the bag). I will say that the crackers can be a bit crumbly for younger kids to eat without supervision, but that could be remedied by cutting them into smaller squares.
We’re lucky enough to be able to share the recipe for Sarah’s crackers here on MPMK today. Even if you’re not sold on a life without sugar, these can be a yummy addition to your regular snack rotation.
Sarah Wilson’s Meal-In-A-Cracker
From I Quit Sugar, page 154. Makes 20 crackers.
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup sesame seeds
- 1/2 cup almond meal, hempseed meal or other nut meal
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 teaspoons freshly chopped herbs (Sarah likes sage for these)
- 1 teaspoon dulse flakes (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line a baking pan with parchment paper.
- Combine the seeds and almond meal in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the remaining ingredients with 1 cup water. Pour the liquid mixture onto the seed mixture and stir until thick and combined.
- Spread the mixture on the pan, pressing down using the back of a spoon, until it is 1/4 inch thick.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, cut into 20 crackers using a knife, flip them over and bake for another 25 minutes. Allow to cool completely on the pan.
- Store in a sealed container for two weeks.
If you’re intrigued by the idea of quitting sugar (or just adding some sugar-free recipes to your rotation) sign up for the MPMK newsletter and enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a copy of Sarah’s book.
Or hop on over to Amazon now and pick up:
I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson
I Quit Sugar Kids’ Cookbook by Sarah Wilson
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