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alternatives to tortilla chips?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created February 17, 2011 at 3:50 PM

i miss tortilla chips,...mostly as a transportation device to get salsa and guac to my mouth,..but I do miss the crunch as well. Hubby made awesome guac last night - but we were not having a dinner where it would be an appropriate topping and I have texture issues eating both guac and salsa off a spoon straight. In the last few years I have come to appreciate tomatoes IN everything,..and even fresh salsa,..but the thought of eating a slice of tomato straight with nothing else gives me the willies. Weird I know.

So any paleo legal alternatives similar to Chips and dip? Or what would be a great thing to dip into some oniony guac?

thanks!

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on January 12, 2013
at 06:30 AM

Bacon + avocado = awesome!

B72e976b2df9e7f01315830062a5209c

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on January 10, 2013
at 08:42 PM

Agree wholeheartedly. Find a good brand that just has two ingredients (pork skin, salt). So far I've found 3: Goya, the generic in-store brand at Walgreens, and one brand at a Dollar Tree.

3fe2bf1367970868757ddf7ed7c62531

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on January 10, 2013
at 07:56 PM

oh! I was going to suggest this! They is a great way!

3fe2bf1367970868757ddf7ed7c62531

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on January 10, 2013
at 07:54 PM

I second the sliced tomatoes with sea salt! Best thing ever!

103a639b040a17bb579084287f2a5307

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on August 30, 2012
at 03:07 AM

I second (third?) the cucumber slices!

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

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on September 27, 2011
at 12:36 PM

Used a dehydrator at the veggies setting, so it was definitely below 150 degrees. Not sure how well the oven technique will compare.

584b19d2b6cebc7cdf070b5f8a5a7937

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on September 27, 2011
at 05:54 AM

I like it. For the yam slices, did you use a dehydrator or an oven technique?

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on August 28, 2011
at 06:54 AM

odd. i love me a nice cold slice of raw tomato. put some cracked pepper and some sea salt on that bad mama jama.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on August 28, 2011
at 06:53 AM

odd. i love eating a nice cold slice of raw tomato. put some cracked pepper and some sea salt on that bad mama jama.

47e1e207e9cd7df2a5adcf571f17f76f

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on February 22, 2011
at 08:27 PM

Ricechek - they are not branded, they are just with the nuts and dried fruit in the plain whole foods packages (like prepackaged bulk items if that makes sense?)

Fac1af832cc3c6a20059c41411fd0f6b

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on February 18, 2011
at 06:54 AM

I do something similar with cheese, but i just take shredded or thinly sliced cheese and cook it on a plate in the microwave until crispy. 2-5 minutes depending on microwave and amount of cheese. CHeddars work the best. Mozzarella does not work at all.

Efc949694a31043bfce9ec86e8235cd7

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on February 18, 2011
at 12:18 AM

Ritz, is that the Inka brand of plantain chips fried in palm oleic (liquid form of palm oil)? Inka seems to be the only brand I can Google for that's NOT fried in nasty PUFA.

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

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on February 17, 2011
at 07:48 PM

Raw tomatoes make me nauseous. Cooked are fine. Just one of those wierd things, so you're not alone.

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

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on February 17, 2011
at 07:45 PM

Or make your own. It's not rocket science.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on February 17, 2011
at 07:02 PM

google pulls it right up. http://www.foodforlife.com/product-catalog/gluten-free-wheat-free-breads/wheat-free/organic-sprouted-whole-kernel-flourless-co

Efc949694a31043bfce9ec86e8235cd7

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on February 17, 2011
at 06:41 PM

I recently used cucumber slices as a vehicle for some awesome liverwurst!

0c0c5c65612425e497b7231c21516943

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on February 17, 2011
at 06:22 PM

I just looked for them on their website (don't shoot me for looking) and I didn't see them. I would love to have those once in a while!

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on February 17, 2011
at 05:25 PM

baking almond meal and flax meal for 25 minutes? also, sorry but naming those crackers 'multi-grain' is a lame idea. if there's no grain, then there are not multi-grain.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on February 17, 2011
at 05:19 PM

I get this.. along with the same feeling form ripe bananas. bleh.

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on February 17, 2011
at 05:13 PM

Plantain chips & guac FTW! I get them at BJs sometimes.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on February 17, 2011
at 05:05 PM

Yes, texture is a huge part of eating for me as well. 8)

F6c1df7d5699661bd1f0d6d0a6c17fc6

on February 17, 2011
at 04:32 PM

I'd definitely try to find ones not cooked in diesel substitute. I've seen lots of plantain chips fried in coconut oil and/or refined palm oil.

47e1e207e9cd7df2a5adcf571f17f76f

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on February 17, 2011
at 04:32 PM

I buy mine at whole foods; they are made with "palm oleic oil". I understand that palm oil is a good thing but I'm not so sure about the oleic part - anyone have a clue?

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on February 17, 2011
at 04:24 PM

I totally get your willies, youre not alone.

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5da0583a0fa86cc08f5a49510b6468f4

on February 17, 2011
at 04:27 PM

Pork Rinds!!! Love eating them with guacamole. You can get good ones (chicharones) from Latin markets, or cheap ones in a regular grocery store near the snack food.

B72e976b2df9e7f01315830062a5209c

(1365)

on January 10, 2013
at 08:42 PM

Agree wholeheartedly. Find a good brand that just has two ingredients (pork skin, salt). So far I've found 3: Goya, the generic in-store brand at Walgreens, and one brand at a Dollar Tree.

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E76e392404a9b3e7052d6ced85c28957

(176)

on February 17, 2011
at 06:26 PM

I actually use cucumber slices as "chips" to scoop up my guac and salsa! Plus because they are pretty mild... it doesn't mess up the flavor of my much loved salsa and guac AND they are lite allowing me to eat TONS of it!

Efc949694a31043bfce9ec86e8235cd7

(970)

on February 17, 2011
at 06:41 PM

I recently used cucumber slices as a vehicle for some awesome liverwurst!

103a639b040a17bb579084287f2a5307

(608)

on August 30, 2012
at 03:07 AM

I second (third?) the cucumber slices!

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F6c1df7d5699661bd1f0d6d0a6c17fc6

on February 17, 2011
at 04:01 PM

If you're set against corn, you could do worse than zucchini chips, kale chips or pork rind chips, all suggested in this hack. I'd go for the pork rind, personally.

However, prepared (nixmalated) corn, fried in lard or coconut oil is probably not the worst non-paleo food you'll eat. This is contentious though.
See these hacks for pros and cons:

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61ff86be603d2508d10eedb1997b3532

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on February 17, 2011
at 04:22 PM

My two favorites are dried plantain chips or unsweetened banana chips. The flavor in both is pretty mild, and offer that tortilla chip crunch.

I'm currently enjoying unsweetened banana chips I ordered from www.nuttyguys.com because it's difficult to find unsweetened banana chips in stores. Plantain chips are pretty easy to find. I like the Trader Joes brand because they are so cheap, but they are also a little heavy on the salt. Not terrible for a once in a while treat.

I also warn to limit eating either of these to the occasional snack. They are often cooked in sunflower oil (and sometimes canola), which I'm not a fan of, but I'm willing to deal with on occasion for a treat. It's definitely better than the alternative - tortilla chips.

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on February 17, 2011
at 05:13 PM

Plantain chips & guac FTW! I get them at BJs sometimes.

47e1e207e9cd7df2a5adcf571f17f76f

(288)

on February 17, 2011
at 04:32 PM

I buy mine at whole foods; they are made with "palm oleic oil". I understand that palm oil is a good thing but I'm not so sure about the oleic part - anyone have a clue?

F6c1df7d5699661bd1f0d6d0a6c17fc6

on February 17, 2011
at 04:32 PM

I'd definitely try to find ones not cooked in diesel substitute. I've seen lots of plantain chips fried in coconut oil and/or refined palm oil.

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

(8280)

on February 17, 2011
at 07:45 PM

Or make your own. It's not rocket science.

Efc949694a31043bfce9ec86e8235cd7

(970)

on February 18, 2011
at 12:18 AM

Ritz, is that the Inka brand of plantain chips fried in palm oleic (liquid form of palm oil)? Inka seems to be the only brand I can Google for that's NOT fried in nasty PUFA.

47e1e207e9cd7df2a5adcf571f17f76f

(288)

on February 22, 2011
at 08:27 PM

Ricechek - they are not branded, they are just with the nuts and dried fruit in the plain whole foods packages (like prepackaged bulk items if that makes sense?)

3
8b7835a7c00bd5ae5d0c4d3d6fbdb17a

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on January 10, 2013
at 04:39 PM

Bacon!!!!!!! Bacon is a great transport vehicle for guacamole!

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on January 12, 2013
at 06:30 AM

Bacon + avocado = awesome!

3
D95a3b1f459f63443aaf8bf7eef00e37

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on August 28, 2011
at 05:25 AM

Fennel bulb makes good chips for guacamole.

3
61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on February 17, 2011
at 05:10 PM

I was a chip addict before dropping them completely. They are my nemesis and I could still sit down and eat an entire bag of them. That being said, every alternative I've tried has just been a let down.

I no longer try to get the satisfying and comforting crunch from other foods that chips bring. It just makes me sad because nothing really compares (woe is me, lol). Instead, I try to enjoy the "vehicle" for what it is and not compare it to the magnificent chip. 8)

I love salsa and other dips as well and have found the best vehicle is, as most others have said, some type of veggie. My favorite is sliced bell peppers. I prefer red or yellow over green, but they're all pretty good.

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on August 28, 2011
at 01:38 PM

Plantain Chips or Pork Rinds.

There are a handful of brands that fry their plantain chips in Palm Oil, and even low-salt varieties (we have a no-salt palm oil plantain chip in Central FL under the brand "Chifles". Maybe not paleo, but they don't upset my GI tract or give me GERD from eating them either, like normal chips fried in NastyFat(tm).

As far as the pork rinds go, I like going to local mercados where they make their own MASSIVE chuccarrones daily. When I say "no sal, por favor" they look at me like I'm from Mars, but it stil gets me my crunch fix. Also, the big plate-sized chuccarrones make a fantastic landing pad for no-beans chili.

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Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

on February 17, 2011
at 05:46 PM

how about romaine...down towards the end where it is a lighter green and the stalk is crunchier....kale chips, carrots, sliced chicken, rolled up in liverworst, rolled in boars head turkey or ham, plopped on top of my salad! stuffed in compari tomatoes.

Enjoy!

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0c0c5c65612425e497b7231c21516943

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on February 17, 2011
at 03:59 PM

I love salsa and guac too. Tortilla chips are a huge weakness of mine too! Here are some alternatives, Fresh red pepper, broccoli, cucumbers, stuff celery with guac, flax seed crackers, all natural pork rinds.

1
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on January 12, 2013
at 05:42 AM

There is no reason to stop eating tortilla chips, just make healthy tortilla chips yourself: paleo tortilla chips.

1
32be195157f00ad15a933b8bb333dcc4

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on January 10, 2013
at 08:09 PM

Crispy Bacon!!!!!!

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3fe2bf1367970868757ddf7ed7c62531

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on January 10, 2013
at 08:05 PM

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0b7c3e7fd96005f0b2dfd781e512fc2e

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on January 10, 2013
at 06:32 PM

Make your own flax crackers with flax seeds and tamari. Soak 2 cups flax seeds in 2 cups water for 2 hours until it's gooey. Stir in 1/4 cup tamari and add salt/herbs or other ingredients to your liking. Spread the mixture onto a pan and bake in an oven for about 30 minutes or until suitably dry. Or use a dehydrator if you like them raw.

Here's another recipe: http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2010/02/homemade-flax-crackers.html

You might find raw flaxseed crackers in health stores or vegan eateries. I like these: http://www.freshthegoodfoodmarket.ie/wp-content/gallery/natashas-living-food/sprouted-flax-crackers.jpg

If you want something less heavy, try kale chips.

1
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on January 10, 2013
at 04:51 PM

Pea pods, large carrot "coins" and radishes are great for dips.

1
103a639b040a17bb579084287f2a5307

on August 30, 2012
at 03:15 AM

I like to slice yams very thin (a mandolin or a food processor with a slicing blade is kind of necessary) coat them in a bit of bacon fat or coconut oil and dehydrate them overnight.

I also recent found potato chips fried in olive and in avocado oil at the whole foods near me. But at $5 per bag I still haven't tried them.

Finally, I have been meaning to try frying up some fresh corn tortillas (treated with lime) in some coconut oil. Not paleo I know... But I think that the stress of worrying if something is "paleo" or not is worse than just enjoying the food.

1
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on August 29, 2012
at 07:46 PM

Jicama is a nice crunchy alternative.

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on August 21, 2012
at 01:35 AM

endive is a great scooper for all dips. Also find the plantain chips work for me (in palm oil). I get the small bags so I won't overdo it.

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8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea

on August 28, 2011
at 01:59 PM

Jicama, and what everyone else said.

1
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on February 17, 2011
at 07:20 PM

I like to slice steak pretty thin and dip the pieces in guac and salsa. Delicious!

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on February 17, 2011
at 07:11 PM

Two things I've tried: almond meal crackers (pretty good) and shredded cheese...uh thingies. Essentially you mix grated cheddar (or whatever) and parmesan, press them into balls and bake on parchment until flat and brownish around edges. They melt down into chip shapes and are pretty sturdy when cooled.

Fac1af832cc3c6a20059c41411fd0f6b

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on February 18, 2011
at 06:54 AM

I do something similar with cheese, but i just take shredded or thinly sliced cheese and cook it on a plate in the microwave until crispy. 2-5 minutes depending on microwave and amount of cheese. CHeddars work the best. Mozzarella does not work at all.

3fe2bf1367970868757ddf7ed7c62531

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on January 10, 2013
at 07:56 PM

oh! I was going to suggest this! They is a great way!

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Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

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on February 17, 2011
at 06:12 PM

We've found that carrots go really well with guac. We've also used dehydrated yam slices, which turned out really well.

584b19d2b6cebc7cdf070b5f8a5a7937

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on September 27, 2011
at 05:54 AM

I like it. For the yam slices, did you use a dehydrator or an oven technique?

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

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on September 27, 2011
at 12:36 PM

Used a dehydrator at the veggies setting, so it was definitely below 150 degrees. Not sure how well the oven technique will compare.

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Fe6e37f8d4c49de1ecbc926c8900cd54

on February 17, 2011
at 04:33 PM

Sweet potato chips aren't bad if you can find a good brand. Or if you want to take an afternoon to make them, they're not too hard--just slice a sweet potato with a vegetable peeler, and bake in the oven, or fry in olive oil on a stove top. Season w/ salt and pepper when done.

You can also make a pretty good tortilla chip out of almond meal and eggs, rolled super thin and baked in the oven.

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Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on February 17, 2011
at 04:29 PM

Food For Life brand (famous for their sprouted ezekiel breads) makes organic sprouted corn tortillas with no added oils.

The ingredients are: Organic Sprouted Whole Kernel Corn, Filtered Water, Sea salt, Lime.

I know corn itself has the omega6 factor, but as long as you don't overindulge, these do make pretty tasty chips. I just cut them up into cips, sprinkle some sea salt, and bake them for about 8 minutes in the toaster oven.

Totally healthy? nah. probably not. But not exactly aweful either.

Warmed up these do make for excellent tacos. At least you know they are nixtamalized and you're not getting oils and weird ingredients.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on February 17, 2011
at 07:02 PM

google pulls it right up. http://www.foodforlife.com/product-catalog/gluten-free-wheat-free-breads/wheat-free/organic-sprouted-whole-kernel-flourless-co

0c0c5c65612425e497b7231c21516943

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on February 17, 2011
at 06:22 PM

I just looked for them on their website (don't shoot me for looking) and I didn't see them. I would love to have those once in a while!

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50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on February 17, 2011
at 04:09 PM

Pre-Paleo, Chips and salsa were my favorite snack. I've been trying different things to substitue, and while I havent found anything perfect, I have discovered that a good slice of hard cheese dipped in salsa is amazing, and hard boiled eggs arent bad either. Strips of Chicken too :)

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Af9537cfa50562b67979624e9007e12a

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on February 17, 2011
at 05:15 PM

pork rinds, carrots, cauliflower heads all work well.

0
4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on February 17, 2011
at 04:25 PM

I brown some grassfed ground beef with a little Garlic Basil and Fennel and then Generously Heap my Homemade Pico De Gallo on top... Then I can eat it with a Spoon... MMM.

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47e1e207e9cd7df2a5adcf571f17f76f

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on February 17, 2011
at 04:21 PM

I haven't tried this yet, but over at EverydayPaleo.com, plantain chips were a recommended substitute. Sounds yummy to me!

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on February 17, 2011
at 04:36 PM

If you have the time and would want to make the effort - here are two nice GTV's (guac transport vehicles).

http://www.elanaspantry.com/betsys-multi-grain-crackers/

http://www.lifeasaplate.com/2011/02/14/pepita-parmesan-crackers-with-warm-scallion-dip/

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on February 17, 2011
at 05:25 PM

baking almond meal and flax meal for 25 minutes? also, sorry but naming those crackers 'multi-grain' is a lame idea. if there's no grain, then there are not multi-grain.

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