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graham cracker mayhem

Hi there! I’m quite tired from swimming + the rock gym today…yikes!  Lot’s of graham cracker talk…I’ll get to it!

Oats + 2 of the granolas I made yesterday.  Not only is granola easy to make, it honestly tastes better than any I’ve ever bought in the store.  I love being able to control the ingredients I put into it.

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Applesauce + Chia + Cinnamon + Banana Oats

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It is dangerous to have all this delicious granola sitting in the pantry.

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Hellloooo graham cracker mess.  Again, this looks intimidating but it’s SUCH an easy clean up.  A lot of ingredients to put away, but really it’s only 1 bowl and measuring cups/spoons plus a utensil or 2.  No messy pan cleanup because it’s covered in parchment.

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I was following my recipe from when I made them a few weeks ago :)

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Mix all the dry ingredients, then make a well and add in all the wet.  Then mash together with a fork + then with your hands until a ball forms.

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You want a fairly stiff dough.  Stick a fork in it ;) to test it.

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Cut the lines with a pizza cutter. 

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Apparently I have a hot spot in my oven :(  At least I don’t own it!

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Something I did differently than last time:  So this will add about 5min but it was worth it.

  1. Line the pan with parchment.
  2. After cutting the lines w/the pizza cutter, transfer each graham separately to the pan.

This is instead of transferring the whole sheet of grahams to the pan at once.  It really helped them crisp up on all 4 edges.  You can see the difference from the last time I made them.

New batch: [after baking]

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Old batch:  [pre-baking] It made for cleaner grahams, but they just didn’t bake as well when you left them all together like this.


Crunchy graham goodness!

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Another thing I realized.  Poke the grahams with the fork AFTER transferring them to the pan.

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I made THREE batches.  On the last one I got creative…I should have stopped with 2.  I thought I would test out coconut flour.  Yipes!  I need to do a LOT more research and experimenting with coconut flour.  They are edible, but the texture is off.  No coconut flavor, if you’re wondering.  I urge you to look into coconut flour…super interesting ingredient!

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Crunchy grahams.  Batch 1 + 2 are almost exactly the same.  I don’t think I could tell a difference.  I think I’m happy with the recipe now!

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1 – whole wheat pastry flour 2 – whole wheat pastry flour + oat flour 3 – whole wheat pastry flour + coconut flour

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3 Trials: All VEGAN [adapted from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World]

  Trial 1 Trial 2 Trial 3
whole wheat flour 1.5c + 1T 1c 1c
coconut flour     .5c
oat flour   1c  
sucanat 2T 2T 2T
baking soda 1/2t 1/2t 1/2t
nutmeg 1/8t 1/8t 1/8t
cinnamon 2t 2t 2t
salt 1/2t 1/4t 1/4t
safflower oil 3T 3T 3T
unsweetened applesauce 1T 1T 1T
molasses 3T 3T 3T
vanilla 1t 1t 1t
unsweet. almond milk 3T 3T 1/2c + 1T
maple syrup 2T 2T 2T

*Updated Notes 3/17*  All of the recipes are Vegan.  I tried to keep out AS much sugar as possible, so just know that when making them.  They are NOT as sugary and sweet as the ones you get out of the box.  If you want to add more sweetness I would say to add more sucanat, but then you also will need to increase the amount of liquid you add.  Just add things slowly to make sure you get the right consistency dough.

Trials 1 + 2: I didn’t vary much between trial 1+2.  It was mostly the change in flour.  I think the oat flour must not absorb as much liquid as whole wheat pastry flour because I had to add 1/2c more flour to absorb the same amount of liquid as in recipe 1.

Trial ONE is definitely the keeper.  Trial 2 just seemed a bit off w/the liquid + flour issue, although it tasted about the same.  Trial 3 was a fun try, but not successful.  For my next coconut flour recipe, I’ll start with an actual recipe that someone has tried before ;)

Notes comparing the trial a few weeks ago:  I realized the perfect amount of oil/applesauce is 3T of oil + 1T of applesauce.  I added 1T extra molasses and 1T extra maple syrup for a more pronounced flavor.  Last time they were a bit bland.  The 1/8t of added nutmeg helped as well.  I reduced the sucanat from 3T to 2T and sprinkled some on top before baking.  If you have any questions let me know!

Process: preheat oven to 350*

  1. Start adding the dry ingredients into a large bowl.  You only need ONE bowl for this!
  2. Whisk dry ingredients together with a fork until evenly distributed.
  3. Create a well with your hands, in the middle of the dry mixture.
  4. Pour all wet ingredients into the well [except the milk].
  5. Whisk together with a fork, until well combined.
  6. Stream in the milk and then get to mixin’ with your HANDS!
  7. Stop mixing when a ball has formed.
  8. Tape down a piece of parchment paper to your counter.  Believe me you must tape it down!
  9. Spread a little flour on the parchment and then use your hands to get the dough into a basic rectangular shape.
  10. Use a rolling pin to roll it out 1/8” thick.  You want it thin!!
  11. Use a knife or pizza cutter to trim the edges.
  12. Cut them into any shapes + sizes you want. 
  13. Line a pan with parchment paper.
  14. Transfer each cut graham to the pan.  You don’t need much space in between them at all. 
  15. Bake at 350* for about 14min.  You will see the edges start to brown but they still might seem soft.  They will stiffen once out of the oven. 
  16. Set on a cooling wrack and they will be crispy in no time.

Remember you can check the last time I made these for more of a step by step process.  A few things changed but not a whole lot.

Another package from the parents came today.  This one was quite evil!

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Malley’s dark chocolate shamrocks filled with MINT creme….ahhhhhhhh.  A serving of these is FOUR but I think they are pretty big..and ONE works perfectly to make my sweet tooth happy!  Thanks M+D!!

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After making three batches of graham crackers, Chris and I went to the rock gym :)  I was kind of tired on the way over, but really wanted to go.  There was a bouldering problem we both were eager to tackle…and we both got it!  Tomorrow is definitely a REST day, from exercise at least!

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Solving the problem, as they are called. :) With the walls going every which way it’s hard to tell how I’m positioned.  Basically my body is parallel with the ground.

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Here, I’m at the same spot Chris is at, in the picture of him above.

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SO much fun and it actually helped wake me up! 

HAPPY ST.PATTY’S DAY!!!!  This holiday reminds me of our honeymoon to Ireland!!  I have some pics from that up in the “fast fwd” tab under My Story.  Such an amazing + adventurous trip!



I had an extra post yesterday, check it out! Lentil burgers…mmmm

Reader Comments (49)

There's nothing like homemade granola.

P.S. Can I give your parents my address? =]

Ooooooooooooh how I miss my oven! This is at the top of my list for when I return to the US!!! Yum!!!!!

Homemade granola is the best - luckily I've been able to make a very delicious stove top version :)

I definitely want to try them now!! They look so good. And I think I have all the ingredients!

March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

Homemade graham crackers sound so good!

Graham crackers are my fav!

Happy St. Patty's Day!

March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEstela @ Weekly Bite

Something you should know about coconut flour: it is by far the MOST fiber-rich thing I've ever eaten... might not want to eat too much of it before a long run!

The graham crackers look fabulous though, I'm going to have to try making them at some point.

Those chocolates look soo delish! I have to laugh because your kitchen looks how mine does when I cook, with the laptop perched on a tiny edge amongst all my ingredients.

March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Now I know why you arms are so nicely toned. Rock climbing! Except you're supposed to use your legs more though..hmmm...
Love the shamrock chocolates. Happy St. Patty's Day!

March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMeg @ Be Fit Be Full

I'm so excited to try out your keeper recipe. And seriously, your parents rock. Those chocolates are so cute!

I was fantasizing this morning about taking Rob to Ireland as a graduation gift next year. Hopefully in about a year from now, it will be realizing and I'll be asking you for advice! :)

Yum grahams. I wonder if I could make them gluten-free...

ALSO, your pictures of rock climbing got me excited! I just found out that the gym where I'm doing my PhD has a rock cave INCLUDED in membership...suhhweeeet!

March 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdarryn (brio.gusto)

Yum graham crackers! I've always wanted to try the rock climbing wall at my gym but I'm too scared of heights! Maybe one day I'll muster up the courage..

Hope your patty's day is great :)

I didn't know you went to Ireland! My best friend from college and I traveled through Ireland for two weeks after graduation. I want to go back! Such a beautiful place. I have a pair of green earrings from Ireland that I am wearing today in honor of the holiday.

March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

YUMMMMMMMMM i love graham crackers! for recipe week (or just whenever) you should tackle completely homemade s'mores! i'll be your test-taster :) also, i MIGHT not have have to work this weekend...I'll let you know and we can hit up the Farmer's Market!

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YUM. wow these must be soooo much better than from a box. mmm

I have been browsing around for oat recipes. Yours looks great from this morning! And I love graham crackers too!

March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDawn Hutchins

1. I adore the trials/comparisons, so interesting to read.
2. You are too impressive bouldering, it's so hard and you guys look full-on professional!

March 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteremily

Thank you for the great granola recipes! I must get some parchment paper and brown rice syrup stat. And thanks for the tip re: the lentil burger recipe. Every time I've made veggie burgers they come out really dry, so I must try these. Thanks!!!

March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

Omg. Those crackers look ridiculously amazing. I wish I could make them...but I fear they will only last two hours (including baking time). haha :P
Those chocolate shamrocks are begging to be melted and spread over the crackers!
Also, did u rock climb with your glasses? Wow..It would of been a disaster for me.

March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterValerie C.

I am going to have to make those graham crackers!

March 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterchristina cadden

Wow what a day! Those crackers look great!!

March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

OK, how cool is this? I have to at the very least get me some Chia..And homemeade graham crackers? I think everyone must try this, at least once!

March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGloria

Homemade graham!

hahaha, but they are pretty if you half the batch you should be good to go....they are also amazing with pnut butter in the middle ;) And yes, I did go climbing w/my glasses...they somehow stay on my face pretty well..I was too lazy to change into my contacts!

March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hi there! Just wanted to comment as a new reader. I was linked to your blog today and I've been reading through it all day. I'm hooked. I love all the vibrancy and color in your food as well as the fact that it seems to be all vegetarian! Also, I am in Colorado as well so your blog is super helpful. I went out and bought some chia seeds today at WF all due to you. Anyway, you have a new reader. Huzzah! Do you have any good tempeh ideas?

March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

TWO kitchen necessities....for REALZ :) Try using homemade breadcrumbs...I used store bought this time and it made them a little dry...

March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

1. Hooooraaay...I like when people tell me they enjoy my long posts, lol ;) I do them for me, but hope others enjoy them as well.
2. We are sooooooooo not professionals, hahahaa...not even close..we've really just started!!

March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Awesome let me know!!! LOL about homemade are you challenging me to make chocolate?

March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

LOooooooved it there!!!

March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I almost certain now, I'm gonna get a pair of these. Thought you should know. :)

March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterC

Awesome!! Yesterday morning I made graham crackers too (and from Vegan Cupcakes too)! They turned out AMAZING!! This was my first time so I did it "as is"... next time I may tinker.... though the kids LOVED them and my 5 year old declared them better than the organic ones we usually buy at the store. I posted pics on my blog too. I really want to try the applesauce though next time! I always have that on hand in the fridge.

I even told one of the teachers in my little one's preschool about the graham crackers and gave her a sample and she is going to bake the recipe with the kids on Monday!!

Very impressed with the bouldering!! That looks TOUGH but it must feel so good to be able to do that on your own strength! So is your foot okay now? I remember trying rock climbing on a straight wall and my foot hurt so badly. I'm hoping you are all healed!

March 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Cohen

Just a question about your graham crackers - any reason you didn't use graham flour? They look tasty!

March 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJanelle

Woop woop!!!

March 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Just a quick question...what is sucanat? I've never heard of it.

June 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

You can check in my ingredients tab or's basically the least processed sugar you can find!

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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no lie. when you sent me my package back a while ago -- the grahams were my favorite part! i ate them all almost immediately. especially with your peanut coconut chocolate butter. i may need to commission you to make me some more of that!

These look so good! About how many graham crackers come out per batch?

October 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRaychel

Depends what size you cut them. But typically around 20-24, 2x3" crackers.

October 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hi there, I've made these crackers once and they were fantastic! Thanks so much for the recipe :) I would like to make a chocolate version (but still keep them healthy) - do you have any suggestions as to how to go about it?
do you think taking out the spices and adding in around 3tbs cocoa powder and a little more sucanat would be fine?

November 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElle

ooooooh....that is such a good idea...I'll have to think about that and maybe try something out when I get back from San Fran! I think maybe if you add cocoa powder..maybe 1/4c, just add a little more sugar + liquid so they're not too dry. Let me know if you try it out!

November 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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Gah. Seriously...I just made these and they are almost gone! In 5 minutes! This is gonna be a problem... ;)

November 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPaije

Glad you liked them...I have been wanting to make a chocolate variety!

November 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Okay, really old post, I know, but I went back to it after seeing all the chocolate ones! I'd like to make smore kits for Christmas for my coworkers. One happens to be wheat you happen to know if there is another flour I could use in a batch just for her?

I love reading your blog! And I am so grateful for the processor you recommended. I bought it and use it ALL of the time. :)

December 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrandy

I'm so glad you revisited this post. :) However, I have no idea what to suggest for GF flour. Maybe google search "gluten free graham cracker recipe" for some ideas. Bob's red mill makes a general GF flour blend that could work too! SO glad you like the food processor. YAY!

December 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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