Crackers have been one of those love/hate relationships for me. Kids sure do love them don’t they? But who has time to make batches of crackers every week?
But because kids really get a kick out of crackers (and because, let’s face it…sometimes you just need a little crackers and cheese with your soup!), I have tried what seems like 100 different cracker recipes since having kids. Most of the ones you find in the store are just plain not ingredient lists I want my kids ingesting regularly. And the ones that do have decent ingredients cost more than I would like to spend.
This year was a little different because I have a kindergartener. That means snack time. Snack time at her school is served to them – a fruit or vegetable and crackers. Every. Day. Don’t get me started on my thoughts on whether children need crackers (or pretzels or rice cakes) everyday, but I had to do something. I may have my beliefs, but I do want my kids to feel somewhat “normal” and be able to sit down and socialize with their friends at snack time.
At the beginning of the year I just sent along some (pricey) gluten free crackers, but hit my kitchen a few times to try to come up with a cracker that had some nourishment to it – and didn’t take all day to make. I don’t make these for her to take every week, but it is a nice rotation to her Mary’s GF crackers that I send along to school.
Best part?! These will take you less than 10 minutes to get onto the baking sheet and just over 10 minutes in the oven – they really are simple and quick!
My husband thinks they taste like Wheat Thins, and I think that is pretty accurate. I promise you will not taste the coconut flour – believe me, my husband can taste if there is even a teaspoon of coconut in anything you give him 🙂 Normally, I loathe working with coconut flour in just about any recipe, but because it is so drying, it works really well to create a crisp, crunchy cracker – and provide some fiber and nourishment.
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Everything into a medium mixing bowl and combine. I start out with a spatula and finish it off with my hands – you want to press it into a ball of dough. The dough should not be too wet, but you also don’t want it crumbling everywhere. I usually use the entire ¾ cup water, but with the dry air here that may be different depending where you live.
Put the ball of dough on a piece of Silpat or parchment paper and press it down into a disk that you can roll. Put a piece of parchment paper over the top of the dough and roll the dough out – the thinner you make it, the crisper the crackers will be. I do leave mine a little bit thicker right now since I have a younger one chewing them – they turn out a little bit softer the thicker you make them.
Use a butter knife to square off your crackers in the shape you want, and then sprinkle the top with sea salt.
Bake at 400 degrees for 12 -13 minutes. Check them around the 10 minute mark in case our ovens run different. Let them cool about 15 minutes before handling.