Vegan Raw Wraps

And no, I hadn’t heard of them until recently either. But they’ve been a bit of a foodie fashion item recently, because they’re raw(-ish), gluten-free, and of course, being vegan, dairy and egg free too. They’re a substitute for a flour tortilla or similar, but the nearest they get to flour is the inclusion of flax flour (linseed flour) or psyllium husk as a binding agent.

To get an idea of what they should look like, see Raw Wraps. My efforts are a bit clunkier. So far at least …

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I’m working on it. The picture shows one of the simplest to make – carrot, milled flax-seed, cumin, and a little salt and pepper. But even the more complicated recipes are pretty straightforward. There’s only one catch: you do need a high-powered blender and a dehydrator.

So if we take the carrot and cumin wrap as an example, we start with carrots and a little water …

Quantities aren't absolutely critical.  Freshness of the vegetables is.

Quantities aren’t absolutely critical. Freshness of the vegetables is.

Add the other ingredients including the flax meal.

Add the other ingredients including the flax meal.

Blend in the Vitamix, adding water until you get a thick batter.

Blend in the Vitamix, adding water until you get a thick batter.

The real experts can pour a perfect circle, but beginners like me make do with a rough square.

The real experts can pour a perfect circle, but beginners like me make do with a rough square.

It has to dry at around 105F-110F for at least two hours until a skin forms on the top. Then you can turn it over onto an open mesh sheet rather than a Teflon-coated one to finish drying.

This is the most ticklish part of the operation, since it's only too easy to tear holes in the wet paste.

This is the most ticklish part of the operation, since it’s only too easy to tear holes in the wet paste.

Second time round we were more ambitious, and made three varieties.

This vibrant green mixture is spinach and courgette.

This vibrant green mixture is spinach and courgette.

You can tell by the colour that this has avocado in it.  It also has courgette, sun-dried tomato, and fresh coriander.

You can tell by the colour that this has avocado in it. It also has courgette, sundried tomato, and fresh coriander.

We made enough to fill 8 of the 9 trays in the Excalibur, including some more carrot and cumin ...

We made enough to fill 8 of the 9 trays in the Excalibur, including some more carrot and cumin …

... and here's the end result.  That's one quarter of a spinach wrap piled with salad.

… and here’s the end result. That’s one quarter of a spinach wrap piled with salad.

They may not look very appealing, but they’re surprisingly delicious. Not to mention low calorie. We’d made them for the family, and just kept one back to try. But the next batch will be for us, I think!

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