Recipe By Chef John
Published Nov 30th
Prep 20m Cook 3h Additional 8h Ready In 11h 20m
Servings 32 crackers Calories 104.1

I heard that if you mix flax seeds with an equal amount of water, soak them, and spread them thin, you’ll get a tasty cracker. I heard right! These have a nutty, earthy flavor. They’re light, but still sturdy enough for dips and spreads. Experiment with other seasonings if you like.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw flax seeds
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup cold water

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Place flax seeds in mixing bowl. Add salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne. Pour in water. Stir. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.
  2. 2 Preheat oven to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C). Line a rimmed baking sheeting with a silicone mat or parchment.
  3. 3 Transfer soaked flax seeds to prepared baking sheet. Spread out into a thin, flat rectangle, about 1/8 inch thick, using a spatula. Score the rectangle into about 32 small, rectangles.
  4. 4 Bake in preheated oven until flax seeds have darkened and contracted slightly, about 3 hours. Cool in oven with door ajar. Break into individual crackers.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 104.1
  • Carbohydrate 5.7 g
  • Fat 8.2 g
  • Fiber 5.3 g
  • Protein 3.6 g
  • Saturated Fat 0.7 g
  • Sodium 224.8 mg
  • Sugar 0.3 g

Chef's Notes

I've been told that whole flax seeds are not fully digestible, and to get the health benefits you should use flax seed meal, but other sources are telling me that the soaking, and chewing takes care of that, maybe. Probably not a big deal unless you're going to eat a whole batch, but consider yourself warned if you are sensitive to high-fiber foods!; I find that these start to lose their crispiness after about a day, so if you make them ahead of time, I'd re-crisp them in the oven again for maybe 30 minutes to dry them back out.


  1. I have a bag of Red Mill Golden Flax Seeds which I normally add to my homemade granola. I decided to make these ridiculously simple crackers as I had never heard of Flackers nor have I made crackers before. I followed the instructions, no changes, adding my own blend of herbs and spices, and they - Read more ...
  2. I just made these for the third time. I wasn't really paying attention to the recipe and bought roasted flaxseed I used them and I think I like them better! They're great with Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar
  3. These are great crackers, easy to make and super high in fibre! It easy to switch up the spices to your taste. Don't use the dehydrator though, it doesn't work for these...we thought we'd save energy, but we spent more time & energy in the end!
  4. This recipe was exactly what I was looking for...easy and healthy. I only had 1/2 cup of flax seeds, so I added 1/4 cup of sesame seeds and 1/4 cup of chia seeds, and they came out well. The only problem is that they go stale within a couple of hours, but as Chef John - Read more ...
  5. I was not done with my review. Initially we liked this recipe as presented. However the next time I did make some additional changes. I added more onion and garlic powder. Also added a little more salt. These are great for someone who’s avoiding wheat and other grains in crackers.
  6. I hAbe made these twice now, and they have been a big hit both times! The first time, I followed the recipe exactly, and they were delish—-crispy, mild, and perfect for the dip I’d made. The second time I used spicy Mrs. Dash and caraway seeds instead of the original seasonings, and they added a - Read more ...
  7. I have made these twice now and getting ready to do a third batch, as these are now my non-guilty go to cracker. Who could not like them? Although I like them fine as is, I am going to add rosemary and sage this time around. As you get older, ya just can't eat what - Read more ...
  8. I let this sit in the fridge for 48 hrs instead of overnight. I think it made it less malleable. I also used parchment paper and it curled a little. I could still cut the pieces roughly into rectangles. I didn't have onion powder so I ground up dried onion. I'm still not sure about - Read more ...
  9. I have extremely dry eyes and was told by my eye doctor that flax seeds every day will help to re-hydrate them along with artificial tears. I have been taking 1 Tbsp daily mixed in yogurt. They don't have any taste, just a little crunchy. I was excited to make these so I will have - Read more ...