Eating these crackers I just got a serious flashback to the 1980s and those "garden veggie" crackers from holiday parties at Grandma's. Yep, those were my favorite. But they are full of such weird ingredients, bad oils, and who knows what else. Now, from Simple Mills, I can have my veggie crackers and eat them, too: Rosemary & Sea Salt Almond Flour Crackers have the simple combination that brings back all those memories of Midwestern hors d'oeuvres: olives, pickles, and cheese & cracker assortments. Sometimes, going back to one's past isn't so bad, after all. ~
For the true, true stories behind this incredible foodstuff, read on.
Aside from toasted nuts and bacon cooked to within an inch of its life, there isn't much truly in the crispy/crunchy realm in paleo-friendly foods. Raw veggies don't count, sorry. They're a different kind of crunchy than the kind we crave when presented with guacamole or salsa or a nice spread of pâté.
We want something rich, buttery, decadent. We want CRACKERS. Simple Mills has provided me, and you, and all of us, with genuinely delicious crackers. Not like those weird round rice ones (you know what I mean, all super-crisp but not satisfying), and not lacking in flavor like many of the GF varieties on the market.
These ingredients are spot-on: almond flour, flaxseed flour, sunflower seed flour, and some mellowing flours like tapioca and cassava. A hit of rosemary for that super-garden flavor punch that seems to mimic an entire spread of veggies with just one herb. Finally, salt. Nothing that isn't needed. Nothing that isn't tasty.
This is the winningest flavor: Rosemary & Sea Salt Almond Flour. To me, they taste just like a cracker should: crispy but rich, crunchy but melt-on-your-tongue. There's no extra weird flavors to get in the way of the simple goodness here. Sure, topping them with anything that strikes your fancy is an option. One day, I'll get there. First, I need to finish this next cracker. And the next.
Why Simple Mills' crackers are so good for you
Basically, it's the ingredients. Well-sourced, sustainable, nutritious. Simple Mills' recipes take those raw materials and transform them into perfection.
Here are some of the amazing ingredients in Simple Mills' crackers:
Simple Mills' almonds are blanched - that is, soaked to remove the skins – this removes all the anti-nutrients so that your body can absorb all of the wonderful vitamins and minerals and make it easier for you to digest.
With 6 grams of protein per ounce, a low glycemic index and the 12 vitamins and minerals they contain, Almonds are one of the most nutrient-rich nuts on the planet. Almonds are a good source of Vitamin E (great for healthy skin and eyes), magnesium (helps digestive health), protein (keeps you fuller longer), and potassium (essential for maintaining normal blood pressure). What's not to love about that?
The wide open plains of North Dakota are a perfect for flax to grow with its moderate summer temperatures, and enough (but not too much!) rainfall. Flax is produced from an herbaceous plant that blooms with beautiful blue flowers. After growing for roughly 100 days, the flax plant is cut down and dried, and then the protein-packed seeds are removed.
Flax has an abundant amount of health benefits ranging from things like hormone balance and cell health to helping the body fight off viruses. Flax seeds are packed with all kinds of fabulous nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, folate, vitamin B-6, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, calcium, phosphorous and pantothenic acid (to name a few!). Not only is flax high in fiber and low in carbs, but it has a ton of antioxidant power as well!
Cassava flour comes from the cassava root which is a woody shrub that originates and thrives in warm environments close to the equator. After growing for about a year and a half, cassava is ready to be harvested. Our cassava is ground so that it mimics the texture and particle size of glutinous flours, making it an ideal gluten-free alternative ingredient to use in baked goods!
Cassava is rich in minerals such as potassium, iron, manganese, phosphorus and calcium. Cassava is also a complex carbohydrate which are known to help fuel a work out or keep you fuller for longer. The high amounts of fiber in cassava helps to reduce cholesterol, which helps to keep our hearts healthy! As one of the most drought tolerant crops, cassava has helped provide basic diets for over half a billion people throughout the world.
How to enjoy your Simple Mills crackers:
At the most simplest, they're crackers. Eat with abandon. Top with stuff.
Want to get fancier?
- Grind them up for a breadcrumb replacement to coat anything from fish to eggplant! (Parmigiana, anyone?)
- Crumble up for a salad topper better than croutons
- Making a pie that normally would use a graham cracker crust? You know where to go with this...
- Add to your stuffed-mushroom recipe for savory satisfaction
- Sweet tooth? Google for "pine bark recipe". You're welcome.
About Simple Mills, in their own words
"Simple Mills began out of a necessity and a desire for a food that is simple, healthy, and delicious.
In her very own living room in North Carolina, Katlin made the very first Simple Mills muffin mixes one-by-one, using intentional ingredients that made her feel great.
Now based in Chicago, Simple Mills continues the tradition of baking with love. The brick walls, big windows and mini kitchen of our little office are still where our baking innovations come from.
Occasionally, however, we’ll stop to laugh at the weird stuff, get excited about accomplishments big and small, or break out the kombucha and have a dance party."
- Katlin Smith, Founder of Simple Mills
Here are answers to some of your most important questions!
Do these crackers contain allergens?
All of Simple Mills' products are FREE OF: grain, gluten, soy, corn, and peanuts; all are dairy free. All products are produced in a peanut-free facility.
What is something really cool about Simple Mills?
In a nutshell (ha!), this company is a strong example for women-driven businesses. Simple Mills has been featured in Inc. Magazine about female-founded companies. Just take a look at their staff list: an overwhelming page almost completely full of friendly happy women.