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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Gluten Free, Vegan "Graham" Crackers - kid tested and approved

My little nephew unfortunately inherited a lot of my allergies. On the plus side, it's really easy to cook for him. If I can eat it, he can. I made an attempt at gingerbread cookies a while back and got my sweetener/oil proportions wrong and ended up with something that tasted like graham crackers. I remembered when I was little I loved graham crackers plain, so I decided to make a batch yesterday when my nephew was over visiting.

Gluten Free "Graham" Crackers8.5 oz Brown Rice Flour
2.2 oz Arrowroot Powder
2.8 oz Sorghum Flour
1 1/2 t baking powder*
3/4 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
2 tsp powdered ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
3 oz palm oil
3 pitted dates & 3 dried apricot halves soaked
1/2 c soak water
4 oz Maple Syrup

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. In a high speed blender, put the dates, apricot, soak water, and maple syrup. Slowly combine the liquid into the dry ingredients until it's a workable consistency. Put a little sorghum flour on your rolling surface (or on the baking, and roll out the dough into a rectangular shape. The dough should be 1/6-1/8 of an inch thick. As the crackers dry, they become harder. These are actually better a couple days after they are baked.

Last time I made the recipe, I had anticipated a cookie flavor, so I cut the dough out into little snowman shapes. This time I used a pizza cutter and a fork to cut what resembled little graham crackers. I cooked them for much longer than I would a cookie to make sure they were crispy. Next time I am going to cut the recipe in two and roll the dough much thinner. Because of the baking soda and baking powder, the dough rises a bit. This is good because you want some airiness in there for texture, but if the dough is too thick, the texture isn't crunchy.

I held my breath a bit when Owen first tried the cracker. I just handed him a little bit and then he started signaling for more and humming and doing his yummy cookie dance.

It's the one-foot cookie shuffle!
I'm one of those strange people who has a camera tripod in their kitchen. Owen is fascinated with anything with buttons, so after a few trips in the kitchen to grab more crackers I could see the tripod start to move around ON ITS OWN??? Nope, there was a little short person attached to the legs trying to reach the buttons. Mom picked him up, and Owen took a series of pictures (mostly of his shirt).

It's time for my close up, Mr. Deville
Owen, Mom, and my brother are on their way over, so it's time to start baking again. I have plans for blackberry muffins and improved ginger cookies. I had a bit of really fantastic ginger cookie from the Flying Apron in Seattle today and it inspired me to make some revisions.


  1. Good luck with the ginger cookies. I hope they turn out just like you want. And by the way, I had a tripod in my kitchen in Wisconsin that unfortunately got left behind. I sure wish I had it here!

  2. I haven't had graham crackers in forever! Looking forward to trying these out. Clearly, Owen-approved--and that's good enough for me! :)

  3. These look really good! My son used to love graham crackers before going GF. I'll have to make these for him. THanks!!

  4. This is Cami's mom and Owen's Gramma, Kathy. I just had to post some comments on Cami's blog regarding the wonderful food she prepared for all of us this last weekend.
    As most of you probably know, preparing meals and treats for people with allergies is a huge challenge. Even if you make sure all the ingredients are safe then there is the problem of taste, texture and consistency.
    Every time Owen comes to Gramma's house I worry about what on earth I'm going to feed the little guy and I usually end up making something that doesn't taste good with a weird, crumbly texture and consistency.
    So what a treat it was this last Saturday to go to Auntie Cami's house and have all kinds of yummy, nutritious, allergy safe foods for Owen to eat. It was great to see him doing his happy-food-dance all day long as he tried all the different items.
    Of course his favorites were the ginger cookies and the graham cracker cookies. Owen couldn't get enough of those and he looked like a chipmunk with his little packed cheeks. I'm afraid Gramma looked like a chipmunk too and when I packed up to go, somehow the rest of the ginger cookies ended up in my bag. :) The ginger cookies were Gramma's favorite. They didn't crumble or fall apart like typical non-gluten baked goods and they had tiny chunks of candied ginger that were moist, chewey, and added little bursts of flavor. Oh so yummy and good for the tummy.
    Then there were the wild blackberry muffins...that definitely didn't taste gluten-free and were so moist and had a wonderful texture like regular muffins. Owen and Gramma both enjoyed the muffins.
    We didn't just have desserts though. Cami fixed the most wonderful dinner of stir-fried vegetables, quinoa, rice noodles for Owen, and lemon garlic chicken for the meat eaters. There were definitely lots of yum yum noises being made around the dinner table.
    All in all, it was very fun day filled with lots of good food for everyone, big and small. And it did my heart good to see Cami and Owen having such a variety of tasty things to eat.

  5. Quick comment. I'm the only vegan in my family, so the agreement is if they buy, chop, and prepare it, it's fine with me. We have an area in the fridge for "Lance food" and specified cutting boards, pans, and cleaning procedures. I did help flavor because I have a soft spot for "Pookie" (Owen), but Mom was a good sport and purchased, chopped, and pan roasted. My family is supportive of my decision to be vegan (my Mom even checks labels before buying Christmas present clothing) - it's what works for my family.

  6. That was nice of your Mom could comment and be so complimentary toward you. It's also really nice for your nephew to have you to make him special treats. One of my best friends has a son who has an egg and dairy allergy, and (while I hate that he has to have allergies) I always liked that I could bring him special treats and that he could eat our food. You did a great job with the crackers.