Homemade Crackers

This girl loves her carbs.  But I try to avoid packaged foods.  Particularly those that contain hydrogenated oils and loads of ingredients I can’t even pronounce.  This sometimes creates a dilemma.  Especially when the afternoon munchies strike at work and the only snack within sight is a Costco-size jar of peanut butter filled pretzels.

It was during just such a dilemma that I had the epiphany to google recipes for homemade crackers.  What snack could be better… thought I… than delicious crackers that I know contain all natural ingredients and whole grains from my very own pantry?  So I googled.  And I ran into a blog called Kitchen Stewardship and a wonderful recipe for homemade thin wheat crackers (doesn’t take a lot of imagination to figure out what brand name packaged snack it might be replicating).

I made them according to the recipe and, other than finding it a challenge to roll them out thin enough, found they were extremely easy to make.  And delicious.  On the next attempt, I decided to change things up a bit.  I felt like adding some extra crunch with sunflower and flax seeds, and was low on whole wheat flour so I improvised.  I am also not a fan of the earth balance flavor I used to replace the butter, so I tried them with coconut oil.

When was the last time you had still-warm-from-the-oven crackers?  Never right?  Well now you can change that – make a batch of these next time you’re craving a salty treat and enjoy these delicious crispy crackers… with none of the hydrogenated oils and preservatives that accompany the store box version!


Homemade Crackers

adapted from Kitchen Stewardship’s homemade crackers

1/2 cup white whole wheat flour

1/2 cup sweet white sorghum flour

1/4 cup whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon whole flax seeds

1 tablespoon raw sunflower seeds

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons coconut oil

1/4 cup water

1 tablespoon honey

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Combine flour, seeds, and salt in food processor until combined.  Add coconut oil and pulse until mixture resembles wet sand (really appetizing metaphor right?).  In a separate bowl, combine water, honey and vanilla and mix well.  With food processor running, slowly pour the wet mixture into the flour mixture until a dough forms.

Spread one fourth of the dough onto a piece of parchment paper.  Roll the dough as thin as possible using a rolling pin or pastry roller.  Cut into desired shape (squares seem logical here) and transfer parchment paper onto a baking sheet.  Sprinkle with sea salt and bake at 400° for 5 to 7 minutes or until golden brown.



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