Healthy Party Snacks: Hummus & Spicy Crackers

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Do you get razzed for bringing “healthy snacks” to the party? I know I do, but the razzing stops here! With Summer picnics and parties just around the corner, these Coriander Hummus & Spicy Crackers are the perfect healthy party snacks. With these recipes, you can snack well, and let your friends and family in on a little secret: healthy party snacks can be delicious, right?!

Chickpeas in the hummus are high in fiber which benefits your gut health, while sesame seeds can act as a overall tonic for your body. And as you probably know, garlic is an amazing superfood and immune booster too.

Spicy Crackers are also packed with a variety of protein-rich seeds for a boost of energy, and fiber to help aid digestive health.

Surprise your guests or hosts by serving these delicious, healthy party snacks at your next event.

Healthy Party Snacks

“ Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
– Socrates

Socrates was right. The more I learn about the medicinal benefits of ALL whole foods, the more amazed I am. These recipes are from Neals Yard Remedies Healing Foods: Eat Your Way to a Healthier Life. It really exemplifies the whole concept of “food IS medicine”, and is one of my go-to cookbooks! And it’s full of recipes for healthy party snacks.

The front half of the book is super educational, sharing health benefits of individual fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, spices, herbs and more. You’re gonna LOVE what you learn in this book! Then the second half of the book is packed with over 100 recipes organized by health categories including:

  • Detox with Whole Foods
  • Digestive Health
  • Energy Boosting
  • Eye Health
  • Heart & Circulation
  • Immune Support
  • Men’s Health
  • Metabolic Balance
  • Mind & Emotional Support
  • Muscles & Joint Support
  • Respiratory Health
  • Skin & Hair Health
  • Urinary Health
  • Women’s Health

Coriander Hummus

For this recipe you can make your own chickpeas from scratch (letting them soak overnight before you cook them.) Or you can use canned chickpeas. Store any leftover garlic purée under a layer of olive oil in a tightly sealed jar. Refrigerate and use within two weeks.

Hummus Ingredients
1 TBSP roasted garlic purée (see recipe below)
14 oz chickpeas, canned (or 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas)
3 TBSP tahini paste
Juice of half a lemon
1 tsp coriander seeds, finely crushed (or 3/4 tsp powdered coriander)
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 TBSP Organic olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tsp black sesame seeds
1 TBSP pomegranate seeds, for garnish
Small bunch of cilantro leaves, finely chopped, for garnish

Garlic Purée

Garlic Purée Ingredients
2 heads of garlic, cloves separated and peeled
1/2 cup organic olive oil
1 tsp white wine
1/2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped (or 1/4 tsp dried thyme)
1/2 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped (or 1/4 tsp dried rosemary)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325°F. To make the garlic purée, place the garlic cloves in a small baking dish. Add olive oil, wine, thyme, and rosemary. Cover the dish with a lid or foil. Bake for 40 minutes or until the garlic cloves are soft. Pulse the softened mixture briefly in a food processor or Vitamix to make purée.

For the hummus, put 1 TBSP of the garlic purée and the rest of the hummus ingredients (except sesame seeds and garnish) in a food processor or Vitamix. Pulse to a semi-course paste. Add the sesame seeds, taste the hummus, and add more seasonings and/or lemon juice if needed. If the mixture is too dry, add a little water to thin it. If you prefer a smoother texture, use a hand immersion blender and add the sesame seeds, along with the rest of the ingredients.

Serve in a bowl garnished with pomegranate seeds and chopped cilantro leaves, accompanied by the Spicy Crackers, makes for delicious, healthy party snacks!

Makes 2 Cups

Healthy Party Snacks

Spicy Crackers

Seeds are packed with protein for energy and fiber to boost digestive health. Here flaxseed, chia seeds, and black and white sesame seeds (ingredients in Furikake, a dried Japanese condiment) are enlivened by savory tomatoes, spices and herbs. Drying or baking the seed mixture on very low heat to make “raw” crackers means the seeds retain more of their beneficial nutrients.

Spicy Crackers Ingredients
1 1/4 cups whole flaxseeds
1/3 cup cracked flaxseeds
1/3 cup whole chia seeds
2 tablespoons Furikake (or mix of black and white sesame seeds)
1/4 cup of sun-dried tomatoes (not in oil) or tomato paste
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Chili flakes, to taste
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning (basil, time, and garlic powder) or similar mixture
2-3 medium tomatoes

Spicy Crackers Directions
Mix the seeds and Furikake together in a bowl. Pulse the sun-dried tomatoes, if using, to fine pieces in a food processor or Vitamix. Add the tomato pieces or the tomato paste to the seeds and season with salt, black pepper, chili flakes, and the dried mixed herb seasoning. Mix everything thoroughly, taste, and adjust the seasoning if necessary.

Place the fresh tomatoes in a food processor or Vitamix and pulse to a fine purée. Gradually mix this fresh tomato purée into the dry seed mixture with a wooden spoon.

Divide the cracker mixture into three equal batches and spread it thinly (1/8”to 1/4” thick) onto three silicone baking mats or sheets of parchment paper. Score the surface of the seed mixture into small triangles, squares, or rectangles to defined the shape and size of the crackers.

If you have a food dehydrator, place the crackers into it and dry at 113°F for 6 to 7 hours, turn them halfway through. If you don’t have a dehydrator, preheat the oven to 120°F. Place the crackers (on parchment or on silicone baking mats) onto cookie sheets. Cover the top of the cracker layers with parchment. Bake for two hours. Remove the cookie sheets from the oven and carefully turn each cracker layer over to dry out the bottoms. Remove from the parchment paper or silicone baking mat‘s, and place the cracker layers directly on the oven racks. Bake for one hour more. Remove from the oven allow to cool.

Once cool, break along the scored lines to make individual crackers. Store in airtight containers. Spicy Crackers will keep for up to two weeks.

Makes 50 crackers

Tip: instead of using sun-dried tomatoes in oil, look for sun-dried tomatoes that have the consistency of dried fruit, they have a dryer texture that is excellent for this recipe.

Now that you have your healthy party snacks ready to go it’s time to get your summer party shoes on (or maybe that’s bare feet!)

Please leave a comment to let us know how you and your friends or family liked these savory, healthy party snacks. And if you want more delicious recipes like these, check out Healing Foods!

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