Another Bread Alternative: Rosemary Linseed Crackers

Another very worthwhile book to read is “Why We Get Fat” by the science journalist Gary Taubes. He also has an excellent video in which he talks about many of the key points from this book.

I am particularly interested in his view that the widely believed Calories in Calories out model is fundamentally flawed. This model assumes that you gain weight either from overeating or too little exercise. For this to be true, a human can go from being lean at age twenty to being obese at age 40 just by overeating 20 calories per day! He reasons that this makes no sense but rather the causation of weight gain the type of calories consumed, not the quantity. The weight gain mechanism is insulin, which is driven by fattening carbohydrates.

Todays recipe is another alternative to bread –  Linseed Crackers.20160222_144044 (1)


  • 100g ground almonds
  • 80g of whole linseed, golden or brown
  • 50g of carrot, grated
  • 1 clove of garlic, grated
  • 1 tsp of rosemary or other fresh herb
  • 1/2 tsp of salt


Mix all the ingredients in a bowl to form a dough. The dough should stick together, add a tablespoon of water if it is dry.

Place a sheet of parchment paper onto a baking tray. Spread the dough out on top of the parchment paper and roll flat with a rolling pin. Another sheet of parchment paper on top of the dough will make this easier.

Score the flattened mixture with a knife to make your desired cracker size. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 deg c for 15 minutes.

When they have fully cooled, break them up and store in an airtight container.

Remember this is what you are avoiding, the ingredients in typical shop bought bread!