Make use of your carrot juice scraps by making these easy, gluten free and vegan carrot pulp cumin crackers. It's a waste-free, healthy and nutritious snack!
According to the USDA, 30-40% of the food supply in this country is food waste. Yeah, that's those bananas you discarded because you never got around to making my healthy cookies with them. Those bananas along with 70 billion pounds of food waste is thrown away each year. I've given you several recipes so far to cut down on food waste like carrot and broccoli stem chips, smoky sautéed kale stems and today I have some carrot pulp cumin crackers.
The juicing craze is still going strong in Los Angeles, as well as many other spots across the country. While juicing can be a great way to get a big shot of vitamins and minerals, it does leave a large pulp pile in its wake. What to do with pulp? Make crackers!
The pulp is loaded with fiber and retains a nice amount of moisture, making a good binder for the rest of the ingredients. And the rest of the ingredients in this recipe amp up the protein level, help with digestion and boost your Omega 3s.
Talk about winning a few times over. Not only are you saving money and some room at the landfill, you're getting a healthy gluten free, vegan cracker that makes for a great snack!
Carrot Pulp Cumin Crackers
Makes 2 half baking sheets
- 1/2 cup carrot pulp
- 1/2 cup ground flax seeds
- 1/2 cup ground walnuts
- 2 tablespoons cumin seeds, ground
- 2 garlic cloves, grated
- Salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix with your hands until combined and you can form a ball. Separate equally into two halves.
- Place one half in between two large pieces of parchment and pound out with your hand. Then take a rolling pin and roll the mixture until it's thin, but be careful not to tear. Transfer the rolled out piece to a parchment lined baking sheet and then repeat with the other half.
- Bake in the oven for approximately 15-20 minutes, or until crisp. Check halfway through to ensure the ends don't burn. You can also score the crackers at this point, but I don't mind free flowing, random sized pieces. I also like to flip the cracker halfway through, but you need to be very gentle or it will break into many pieces. They'll turn into crackers anyway, so not a problem.
- Enjoy out of the oven or keep on the counter in a tightly sealed container for 3 days.