When it comes to cravings, for me it’s either chocolatey or it’s salty.
Sometimes it’s both, but I digress.
In my mind, somehow crackers don’t seem quite as unhealthy as potato chips or Cheetos. But taking a look at that ingredient list makes me think twice. Surely there doesn’t need to be twenty+ ingredients in a simple cracker?!
In my search for an easy-to-make-at-home cracker that is still tasty, a couple months ago I made these cheesy treats. Delish! But now I’m looking for a recipe that can compete with the multi-grain crackers from Sam’s Club, to which I am hopelessly addicted.
And currently out of.
While I wouldn’t necessarily mind taking the time to drive to Lexington to visit Sam’s Club, I can’t rationalize spending the gas money for a box of crackers!
Healthy Homemade Crackers
(adapted from Super Healthy Kids)
1 cup whole wheat flour
½ cup oatmeal
3 tablespoons wheat germ
¼ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
1/3 cup water
¼ cup olive oil
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
First, grind the oatmeal in a food processor until it is a fine meal. Then, add the flour, wheat germ, salt and herbs to the oatmeal in the food processor. Pulse a few times to blend the dry mixture. Add the water, olive oil and cheese and process until well-blended. The mixture should stick to itself and easily form a ball in your hands. Add more water or oil if it seems too dry, or more flour if it gets too wet.
Roll the dough out on a floured surface and get it as thin as you can. Thinner = crispier. Cut crackers out with your favorite cookie cutters or, if you’re in a hurry, just use a knife. We did both. I prefer to bake my crackers on parchment paper, but a silpat liner or plain ungreased cookie sheet should work also. Poke ’em with a fork before baking if you want to avoid some bubbles.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. I left mine in even longer, because I wanted them really crispy.
I really like how these crackers turned out. No, they’re not quite as addicting as those crackers from Sam’s Club, but they sure are cheaper! (Think $$ for gas to get to Lexington and back.) Next time I make them, I am going to play around with the herbs and seeds. Toasted sesame seeds would be fabulous in these crackers (unfortunately, I don’t have any right now). I like the Italian seasoning, but might try something else as well. Also, perhaps substituting the salt with garlic salt or seasoned salt would lend them a nice extra flavor.
What I know for sure is that Violet loves them and therefore I do too!