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graham crackers

There's no doubt that graham crackers are a kid favorite—they're tasty anytime snack and even better when used to make the ultimate summer treat, s'mores. But many big-brand options contain artificial flavors, colorings, preservatives, and GMO soybean oil. This homemade recipe features whole wheat graham flour, very little sugar, and nothing artificial. Your kids will love making them—and eating them everywhere from the kitchen to the campfire.

Active time: 30 minutes

Total time: 90 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces graham flour (we like the whole wheat version from Bob's Red Mill)
  • 4 ounces all-purpose flour
  • 3 ounces brown sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¹⁄8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 ounces unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 2 ounces molasses
  • 3 Tablespoons whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

 

 

 

 

Directions

  1. Parent & Child: Precise measurements are crucial for this recipe, so think of it as an opportunity to teach your kids how to use a food scale. Have your child help you measure out the graham flour, all-purpose flour, brown sugar, butter, and molasses into individual dishes so they're all set to use in the recipe.
  2. Parent & Child: Pour graham flour, all-purpose flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to combine.
  3. Parent & Child: Add butter cubes and pulse until the mixture resembles a coarse salt. Add molasses, milk, and vanilla and process the dough until a ball forms.
  4. Parent: Remove dough from the food processor, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Parent: Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  6. Child: Unwrap chilled dough and place between two sheets of parchment paper. Roll out the dough to ¹⁄8 inch thick. Transfer dough and parchment paper to baking sheet.
  7. Child: remove the parchment paper and use a kid-safe pizza cutter to cut the dough into 2-inch squares. trim off any excess, then use a toothpick to poke holes on the top of each square.
  8. Parent: Bake in the middle rack of the oven for 16 to 22 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. remove from the oven and transfer the sheet of parchment paper onto the cooling rack.
  9. Child: Allow graham crackers to cool before separating them.

Variation

Scrumptious S'Mores: We added fruit to make these treats better for you and extra tasty.

Strawberries & Cream Combine in-season strawberries with roasted, all-natural marshmallows (we like the vegan ones from sweetandsara.com) between your homemade graham crackers for a fruity delight!

Banana Split In lieu of marshmallows, your kids can roast chunks of banana on sticks. Sandwich the roasted banana with graham crackers and organic milk chocolate (try the bars from lakechamplainchocolates.com).

Peanut Butter & Yum Slather one graham cracker with organic peanut butter—our test kitchen used the creamy version from santacruzorganic.com—and have your kids top with blueberries. Add a roasted marshmallow, another graham cracker, and enjoy!

Makes 25 to 30 crackers

Per serving (two crackers): 141 calories, 5g fat, 2g protein, 22g carbohydrates, 2g fiber, 8g sugar

Packed in an airtight container, the grahams will stay fresh for about a week.

 

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