These crackers are super crispy, loaded with nutrients and they couldn't be easier. Just give them a quick soak in hot water — this helps them create a gel, for binding — and pop them in the oven. They're a great gluten-free and vegan alternative to traditional crackers as the perfect accompaniment to cheese, dips or hummus and, when broken into small pieces, for lending salads added crunch. They're so good you may never buy crackers again! By Maya Ferrante for Food Network Kitchen
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line an 18-by-13-inch rimmed baking sheet with parchment.
Combine the oats, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, poppy seeds and 2 teaspoons salt in a large bowl and stir to combine with a rubber spatula. Add the olive oil, maple syrup and hot water and stir to incorporate. Allow the mixture to rest for 15 minutes.
Stir the mixture to ensure any residual liquid on the bottom is evenly dispersed and then pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Place a second piece of parchment on top and then use the palms of your hands to press and spread the mixture into an even layer (1/8 to 1/4 inch thick), making sure to spread all the way to edges of the pan (gently running a small offset spatula over the parchment also helps to spread the mixture evenly). Remove the top piece of parchment and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Bake until the edges are slightly golden brown and beginning to pull away from the sides of the baking sheet, about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and cut into 24 pieces (each 2 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches) using a pizza cutter or sharp knife (see Cook’s Note). Return the crackers to the oven and continue to bake until light golden brown and crisp, about 45 minutes. Allow the crackers to cool completely before serving. Store the crackers for up to 1 week in an airtight container.
You can also skip cutting up the parbaked crackers and simply break them into irregular pieces once they're fully baked.
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