Just for fun, try making your own crackers. They are easier than you would expect and these little flax seeds have some surprising health benefits.

6 tablespoons ground flax seeds (or grind 1/4 cup whole seeds)* 2 tablespoons whole flax seeds 1-1/2 cups flour** 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1-1/2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted 1/2 cup fat-free milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, combine ground flax seed, whole flax seeds, flour, baking powder, salt, and cheese. Stir to mix. Add butter and stir. Add milk and stir until well mixed and mixture forms a ball. Add an extra tablespoon of milk if needed.

Divide dough into 4 balls. Place balls, one at a time, on a plastic cutting sheet. Flatten with your hands and roll out with a rolling pin or pizza roller. Use a small amount of flour to prevent sticking if needed. Roll out very thin. Transfer to an ungreased baking sheet.

Using a sharp knife, cut into small 1 inch square crackers. Crackers do not need to be similar shapes.

Bake for 20 to 35 minutes or until golden brown and crisp.

*Note: 1/4 cup whole flax seeds will yield 6 tablespoons ground flax seed. Ground flax seed provides more nutritional benefits than does whole seeds. A small amount of whole seeds are used in this recipe to add an interesting and crunchy texture.

**To make the crackers gluten free, use a gluten-free flour such as quinoa flour.

Serves 120 small crackers

Nutritional Information per serving:

Calories 10 Fat, gm. 0.5 Protein, gm. 0.5 Carbs, gm. 1.5 Cholesterol, mg. 0 Fiber, gm. 0.2