Healthy Homemade Graham Crackers
When I was challenged with the task of making dessert for our family Christmas I thought I would get creative. It is a tradition in our family to have cheesecake for family gatherings. My grandma had one of the best cheesecake recipes, which eventually I will have to make a healthy version of :) Following tradition I decided to make a cheesecake (well 3 to be exact). Because the crust of cheesecakes are many times graham crackers I wanted to make my own version that would be healthier.
I am a huge fan of cinnamon and about double it in every recipe! So my first thought was the graham crackers must have a lot of cinnamon which will give them a good flavor and limit the amount of sugar you will need. I also often substitute maple syrup/agave/honey for the sugar content but know this would give the graham crackers a different and interesting flavor. So I set out to find a recipe I can tweak.
My graham cracker recipe is based off of Chocolate Cover Katie’s recipe. Just added a lot more cinnamon and less sugar. I have used sugar free maple syrup while making this recipe many times. You can definitely taste the syrup but I like the flavor it gives the crackers.
Feel free to mix around with the sugar, sweeteners, and flour. Choosing a different flour will give the crackers a different texture. The various sweeteners will change the flavor a bit but it is all a personal preference.
HEALTHY HOMEMADE GRAHAM CRACKERS
- 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour (have not tried another flour option before)
- 1 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon (I prefer more) – extra for sprinkling on top
- 1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 3 Tablespoons Sugar (or sweetener of choice)
- 3 Tablespoons Agave (or pure maple syrup – I have used sugarfree maple syrup as well)
- ¼ cup Oil (of choice – I use less)
- 2 Tablespoons Water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a baking sheet.
Combine all your dry ingredients in a small bowl: flour of choice, Baking Soda, and cinnamon.
Combined your wet ingredients in a mixing bowl: Vanilla, Sweetener of choice, and Agave. Combined well and slowly mix in your dry ingredients. The mixture will be dry, slowly mix in oil as needed. If you would like, you may use coconut oil in replace of the oil or add extra water and less oil. Add water as needed.
Mix all the ingredients well. You may have to get down and dirty and use your hands. Form a ball with your hands – for those of you who do not like to get your hands dirty, try putting the mixture in a plastic bag and squish into a ball form.
Place the ball on a cutting board lined with wax paper. Set another piece of wax paper on top of the dough. Roll the dough flat with a rolling pin (or if you are like me and do not own one, use a beer bottle or wine bottle covered in flour). Roll the dough until desired thickness (about ¼ an inch).
Cut the dough into squares. You can also get creative and use cookie cutters to make fun shapes. Place the cut pieces onto the prepared cookie sheet. The shapes do not have to be perfect. I like to add extra cinnamon on top of the cut crackers for extra flavor.
Bake for 12-15 minutes depending on desired crispiness. Be sure to check half way through and flip the crackers on the other side. Once finished baking let cool to harden some more.
Ideas for the crackers:
- Make homemade pie crust – Add the crispy crackers to a food processors with 2-3 tablespoons of oil and pulse until desired consistency
- Spread peanut butter on top of crackers and dip in chocolate
- Use for s ’mores during your campfires