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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Raw Juicer Pulp Crackers

One day a few weeks ago, I did a LOT of juicing.  I had piles of juice pulp in bowls, and I didn't want to have to put in all into the compost bin.  It just seemed like such a waste to me.  Instead, I decided to experiment and make some juice pulp crackers.  I was pleasantly surprised at how well they tasted!

I did make an effort to separate out the pulp that I didn't think would work well in the crackers.  I removed the orange pulp and cucumber pulp, and I kept the beets, carrots, apples and kale, and just mixed them all together really well in a large bowl.

Here are my recipes (scale them up or down, depending upon how much pulp you have to use).  I made double recipes for everything I made, as I had so much pulp:

"Cheezy" Crackers
1 1/2 cups juicer pulp
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/4 cup water

Cinnamon Spicy Crackers
2 cups juicer pulp
1/3 cup chia seeds
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 - 1/2 cup water (add as needed)

Add the ingredients into a food processor and process until well mixed.  Add as much water as needed to get a good, spreadable consistency.  You may need to stop the processor and scrape the sides a few times and continue processing.

Spread the mixture out onto Paraflex sheets into a thin layer and score into a grid of cracker-sized squares.  Sprinkle sea salt or pink Himalayan salt over the top and lightly press into the crackers (so it doesn't blow off once you put it in the dehydrator!)

Set dehydrator to 114 degrees and dehydrate for 16-24 hours, depending upon how wet the pulp is and how thick your crackers are.  When finished, break apart and store in air-tight containers.

They came out nice and crispy and were quite tasty!  I'm not sure which flavor I liked best, as they were both good.  You could also use sesame seeds in place of the chia seeds.  I did make one other recipe with sesame seeds, but I added some garbanzo bean flour to them, and they didn't come out as well (they were a bit "gritty").

These make a great, healthy snack.  They're nice and crispy and the chia seeds really fill you up!