I discovered these crackers back in the 90’s as a treat for myself – sweet but a little less than a cookie.
So when I had my children and wanted a healthy snack for them made with good quality ingredients, I pulled the recipe out again.
Since then, it has stayed in our family snack/treat rotation and never fails to taste good.
From the Ayurvedic perspective, this will be most suited to a vata or pitta snack with the moist and heavy quality in the what flour with the ghee or butter. However, you can make more kapha friendly by using some combination of buckwheat, barley, oat and spelt flour instead of the whole wheat. Honey is tridoshic and very sattvic in nature making it an ideal sweetener. It is considered the best sweetener for kapha and can increase pitta in excess. Heating or cooking decreases the medicinal properties of honey, making it is less than ideal to bake with. For this recipe, I make an exception but you could also try it with maple syrup or brown rice syrup.
Homemade Graham Crackers
A favorite childhood snack made with healthy ingredients and so much better than the store-bought variety. These will be a different texture than the store bought versions. You can choose to make a little softer by cooking a shorter time.
- 3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 6 Tbsp. butter or ghee
- 1/3 - 1/2 cup honey depending on level of sweetness desired
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon into a bowl.
Melt together the honey and butter (Ayurveda doesn't view cooking honey as good, so I melt the butter then mix the honey in off the stove). Pour this into the dry ingredients.
Mix with a fork then push the dough together with your hands. Do not knead or overmix.
Place the dough on a well floured surface and roll it with a floured rolling pin to 1/8" thickness. Cut rectangles (1 1/4" x 3") with a knife and prick them with a fork.
Place them on a lightly greased baking tray and bake for just 10 minutes (check at 8 minutes the first time since all ovens cook differently). Cool on a rack.
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