Thursday, January 15, 2009

homemade grahams

                              © One Healthy Mama 2008
I have been wanting to make these for a long time. I am so glad I finally did - they are delicious!  My kiddo loves graham crackers, but they all have high fructose corn syrup in them (I know there are some ads out there that say it's okay, but it really isn't. There may be more on that later.).   So I looked for a recipe to try, and this was just the ticket.  I found it on a few different blogs, and they were pretty much all the same.  This is the version I made, a collaboration of them all. 

3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups whole-wheat graham flour (you can use reg. whole wheat flour, if you want)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup cold, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces (keep it in the fridge 'til you need it)

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons molasses

1/4 cup cold water

1 teaspoon vanilla 

Mix together the flours, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. 

Add the cold butter and mix or process until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs (this took my kitchen aid a few minutes).

Add the honey, molasses, water, and vanilla. Mix until the dough comes together in a ball.

Roll the dough 1/2-inch thick between wax paper or plastic wrap. 

Chill for 1 hour, until firm. Lightly flour the dough and roll 1/8-inch thick. 

Cut into 2-inch squares (I used my pizza cutter). 

Arrange on a nonstick or parchment lined cookie sheets. 

With a fork, prick several holes in each cracker.

Bake at 350 for 10 minutes, until lightly browned at the edges (mine actually took 8). 

Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan.

You'll never go back to the box.  These are SO good and rich and satisfying and you can feel good about eating them.  Try it!


thamesarino said...

ooh those look so good! I want to try and make some... where do you find graham flour? I had no idea that it even existed!

Who am I? said...

I found some at one of the grocery stores nearby. It's Bob's Red Mill - they have tons of different flours and grains. Some stores carry it, some don't. I've used it in a few other things, but it's really dense.

5thsister said...

I'm with you on the high fructose corn syrup soap box, along with modified corn starch, hydrolyzed vegatable protein and natural flavor (all code words for MSG). It is very difficult to stay away from these additives as they are in EVERYTHING. My kiddos love graham crackers so I am going to copy and print your recipe to try at a later date. Thank goodness there is a natural grocer nearby where I can be sure to find graham flour. Thanks for posting!

Pamela said...

Those look really good! I'm saving this recipe to try later. :)

Call Me Cate said...

They look yummy! Just stopping in from SITS to say hello.

Call Me Cate said...

They look yummy! Just stopping in from SITS to say hello.

melanie @ don't expect much said...

Those look delicious! I stopped by the featured bloggers site this morning and she has PEEP S'MORES!! The two of you are gonna throw me into a sugar coma today... YESSSS!!!

B said...

Thanks for posting this, I was hoping to find a healthier alternative for graham crackers!

Nate & Courtney said...

Adding this to my health friendly snacks, thanks for sharing!

Kristen said...

I am trying these this weekend. I cant wait. Thanks for sharing so many yummy recipes.
Happy Day!