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hat trick in the kitchen

I feel like I’ve been in sort of a cooking slump lately.  This is partially due to the craziness that has been going.  Crazy good though!  First, there was the Foodbuzz Festival.  Then, 1.5 weeks later, I flew to Portland to take photos for Mama Pea’s book!  Then, Thanksgiving.  My time in the kitchen has been quite rushed lately.  The most creative thing I’ve made were the smoked paprika almonds.  If you haven’t tried them yet, you must!  They also make a great holiday gift.

Despite trying to play catch-up today [wait, that is always], I had a hat trick in the kitchen!  You know, 1 player, scoring 3 goals in a single game of hockey.  In other words, 3 delicious creations!

Goal #1 – Chocolate Banana Oats

I’ve made chocolate oats before, but never with such success.  They were beyond delicious and not too sweet or rich for breakfast. 

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I couldn’t decide which towel I liked in the background.  I’m quite indecisive, especially in the morning!  The white looked better on the camera preview, but after uploading the photos, I liked the orange better.

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Homemade roasted peanut butter is the way to go.  You will be changed forever once you try it.  Don’t believe me?  Just ask Ashley!

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Chocolate Banana Oats

  • 3T rolled oats
  • 2T oat bran
  • 2T ground flax meal
  • 3/4c chocolate almond milk
  • 1/2c water
  • 1/2 thinly sliced banana
  • splash of vanilla
  • 1/2t cinnamon
  • 1/2T cocoa powder
  1. Add all ingredients in a small pot and bring to a low boil over medium heat, whisking every few minutes.
  2. Lower heat at notch or 2 once it starts to boil and cook for about 8-10min, until desired consistency is met. 

*If you don’t have chocolate almond milk, use plain almond milk instead and add 1 heaping Tablespoon of cocoa powder.  You also might need to add 1t sugar/honey/maple syrup, if using plain unsweetened almond milk.

Topped with: peanut butter, banana bread, unsweetened coconut


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Goal #2 – Chocolate Graham Crackers

You may remember last winter, when I decided to make homemade graham crackers.  I completed 7 trials before concluding which recipe was best.  I have made them time + time again, and absolutely love them.  The original flavor is molasses/cinnamon. 

I felt like jazzing things up a bit and trying to make chocolate graham crackers this time.  The chocolate almond milk is really starting to come in handy!

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This recipe is very easy and you only need to dirty 1 bowl.  I had these in the oven within 20 minutes.

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Chocolate graham dough ball!

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Instead of dusting the parchment with flour, for easier rolling, I used cocoa powder to add even more cocoa flavor.  :)

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You do not need to be exact when cutting the grahams.  Varying the sizes makes them all unique!

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Poke with a fork to look authentic.

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The dough should be about 1/16 – 1/8” when you roll it out.

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Easy clean up!

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Crispy chocolate grahams!!

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How to eat them?

  • plain
  • peanut butter
  • frosting
  • cream cheese
  • almond butter
  • with yogurt
  • on oatmeal
  • homemade graham crust
  • s’mores

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Crunchy texture.  Rich chocolate flavor.  Slight sweetness. 

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Chocolate Graham Crackers *Vegan* [makes about 30-40 depending on how you cut]

  • 1.5c + 2T whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2.5T pure cane sugar
  • 1/2t baking soda
  • 1/2t salt
  • 3T safflower oil [or other tasteless oil]
  • 1T unsweetened applesauce
  • 3T brown rice syrup [or agave]
  • 1t vanilla
  • 1/4c chocolate almond milk*
  • 1/3c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2T maple syrup
  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. In a large bowl whisk all dry ingredients together.
  3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and add oil, applesauce, brown rice syrup, vanilla, and maple syrup.
  4. Whisk together [will be very thick].
  5. Add milk + mix dough with hands.
  6. Knead in the bowl until a smooth ball forms.  Should take about 1min of kneading.  If the dough isn’t coming together and feels very wet, add 1T extra flour and go from there.  If it’s extremely dry, add 1/2T more milk. 
  7. Secure parchment paper to counter with tape or use a wood board. 
  8. Dust surface + top of dough lightly with cocoa powder [or flour].
  9. Divide dough into 2, so it’s easier to work with.
  10. Form dough into a rectangle with hands and press rolling pin into dough to flatten. 
  11. Roll dough out into a large rectangle.  Edges will be jagged and probably cracked.  If you keep rolling the surface will smooth.  Make sure the dough is not sticking to the surface you’re rolling it on.
  12. Roll out to about 1/16 – 1/8” thick.
  13. Cut into about 16 grahams with knife, or pizza cutter.  [~32 grahams if you’re rolling out all the dough at once]
  14. Transfer grahams to a parchment lined baking sheet, leaving about 1/2” space in between them.
  15. Poke holes in grahams with fork. 
  16. Sprinkle with sugar.
  17. Bake for 15min.  They will seem soft when you take them out, however once you transfer them to a cooling rack, they will harden once fully cooled.

*If you don’t have chocolate almond milk, sub in any non-dairy milk.  I’m guessing that you should also add 1.5T extra cocoa powder, ~1T extra milk, and 1t extra cane sugar [if the milk is unsweetened].

It seems like a lot of steps, but I really just tried to break it down in a lot of detail.  I like bake the jagged edges that are leftover.  No waste and just as delicious!

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Check back tomorrow afternoon for more graham photos!! 

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Goal #3?  You’ll have to wait til Wednesday ;)

Time to do a little reading + then get some sleep! 


Also, be sure to check out my story on Faces of Beauty, Tuesday!  I love what Heather is up to with that project, and am so excited to be a part of it.  You can join the movement too!

Reader Comments (79)

Ashley these look great! I love a graham and have always wanted to make one! chocolate is even better!! thanks for sharing! :D

November 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristina @ spabettie

i like the orange with brown (chocolate) best, too :) although, there's no such thing as a bad EP picture.

Sorry to muck up your cooking schedule! Not really. You are mine. Muhahahahaha!

I definitely have to make these. The girls would LOVE them!

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMama Pea

i like the red background better too...and i now want chocolate oats for dessert #2

if it makes you feel any better (although i dont know why it would), ive felt totally out of sorts in the kitchen too. rushed doesnt even begin to describe it. i feel like im in a never ending whirlwind game of catch up.

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterelise

Love all the chocolate recipes, especially the chocolate porridge. :)

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Bookworm

Based on the first two goals, I'd say you are exceeding your own expectations. I can't wait to see what #3 is!!

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

OMG I was just thinking of you grahams yesterday and how I wanted to make them, and now you make chocolate?! You read my mind!!

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

Oh, wow! The chocolate grahams could be used for so many different things! Personally, I think I might just throw a bunch in a bowl and add some almond milk...the perfect cereal. :)

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristy @ KristyRuns

Oooh I just saw your vanilla cinnamon peanut butter recipe, that sounds so good! I like the chocolate oats idea, sounds like a delicious way to start the day. As long as you don't end up with a sweet tooth for the rest of the day!

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie @ Honey B. Nutrition

Oh I'm so happy to see these chocolate graham crackers! My 2-year-old will LOVE these! I hate all the icky ingredients in store-bought grahams. Will bookmark immediately.

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaryea @ Happy Healthy Mama

All these chocolate pictures look great. I use a King Arthur Flour chocolate graham cracker recipe. I just veganized it and they are always a hit with my family. I will have to try your version next time. If you haven't tried it yet, make them into a graham cracker crust for a pie instead of using store bought. The homemade crackers make a great crust. :)

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStefanie

Those grahams look amazing! Can't wait to make them for myself! I will just have to make sure I'm paying attention the whole time...a few days ago I tried to make Matt Crack(ers) from KERF's blog and burned the crap out of them! Lol! Oh well, if at first you don't succeed...

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I've been wanting to make your DIY grahams lately and now you go and add chocolate... oh my!

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLiz @ Blog is the New Black

totally love the choc graham crackers recipe, m going to try my hand at it thanks! :P

love your photographic tips too!

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlena

That is so cool that you made chocolate graham crackers! They look awesome!! :)

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrittney

that oatmeal looks delicious! love the idea of using chocolate almond milk in oats.

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at KeepItSweet

Okay I want to try everything you have made today - I think chocolate oats are in my future... except they will be mint chocolate oats. Silk is probably the most addicting thing ever.

Chocolate Banana is my fave flavor combo! I am trying this tomorrow morning!

Those are some gorgeous graham crackers! Those are definitely added to my "to bake" list :)

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

wheeee!! I haven't had breakfast chocolate oats it must be! I'm in the same camp as you were..i've tried makin' them before, but it never really turned out amazing....can't wait to try this formula! Thanks for sharing...
cathy b. @ brightbakes

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBright Bakes

Homemade Graham Crackers = brilliant!! They look so cute with your authentic-fork-addition ;)

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather C

Perfect!! I need this for my vegan raw cheesecake. Thanks a bunch!

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNoelle

can we make a goal for you to make those incredible oats for me?!?! :)

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather (Heather's Dish)

Those graham crackers are so cute. I need to make those. They'd be perfect for s'mores. And, after all, making s'mores is the purpose of graham crackers.

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTracey @ I'm Not Superhuman

Would you believe me if I said your graham cracker recipe has been life changing? Ha ha :P Obviously I'll be trying the chocolate version plus I've been meaning to buy some of that Chocolate Silk!

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

these look so delicious!! and the fact that i have all of those ingredients makes it even more exciting !

this post = a menstruating woman's delight! chocolate chocolate chocolateeeeeee!

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

I have been craving graham crackers something fierce, so I might have to get in on this action!

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristin@purplebirdblog

mmm that bowl of chocolate oats looks awesome!! I will have to try it this weekend or maybe even tomorrow! Although, I don't have banana bread! Boo.

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTheHealthyApron

I've never even thought about making my own graham crackers before! These would make a great crust for a cheesecake :)

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate (What Kate is Cooking)

K, your chocolate grahams look AMAZING- love that you use chocolate almond milk as the base :) I hold a special place in my heart for chocolate anything, so I will so be trying these in the future!

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNamaste Gurl

I never thought to make my own graham crackers. :) These look delicious! I wonder if I could shape them into teddy bears.

mm those graham crackers look delish!

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJess@atasteofconfidence

Oh my gosh, your oatmeal and graham crackers look amazing! Those grahams are so adorable it makes me want to make them so I can have such adorable things in my kitchen. :)

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersassy molassy

i love the idea of putting chocolate milk in the oats! I always just use cocoa powder, but choc milk sounds a lot better :)

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie (Moves 'N Munchies)

Oh wow - these look fabulous Ashley!

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDee

Holy canoli - chocolate graham cracker! I can see myself devouring the entire batch in one sitting.... better make a double batch :)

Wow, both oats and crackers look great! I love the looks of the graham crackers, I love homemade grahams, they are the best. I must try your recipe!

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAna

Yup, I'll be making those grahams to go with the homemade PB! :)

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAbby

Ooh, chocolate grahams! The rolling with cocoa reminds me of when I told my mom that when I bake chocolate cakes, instead of greasing and flouring the pan, I grease and cocoa it, so the white flour won't come off on the chocolate cake. Her mind was blown, and this is a woman who has been a baking master for decades!

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnna (twelve22)

I've never thought of making my own grahams--brilliant idea! And to make them chocolate? You're my kinda gal!!!

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaSaundra

Really want to make cinnamon sugar next! I was obsessed with cinnamon sugar anything as a kid.

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

hahaha, too funny!! That is a great idea when making chocolate cake for sure! I was thinking when I did it...I don't want these grahams to end up white!

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

best combo everrr

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I think so!! I don't have any cookie cutters, otherwise I would try ;)

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Definitely!! I have used them for homemade crust before and it's out of this world. :)

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

HAhahahaah!!!! :)

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That makes me so happy to hear! ;)

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Awesome! I'll have to check out their recipe....I wish I could get the same lightness of store bought grahams though!

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Totally! They are definitely very kid friendly :)

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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