I’ve talked about getting making my health a priority again, one big way is with how I eat. I’ve gotten out of some of my real food eating habits over the last couple of years. I have lots of excuses but none are that good, but isn’t that how it normally goes?!
I’ve had two health scares in the last year or so. Even though both ended up being nothing major, it does make you think. I’m in my late 20’s, I need to take my health seriously before I have a health scare that does turn out to be something serious.
That’s why I’m working so hard to eat better, exercise more, and take care of my body. It’s easier to eat better when we have a lot of healthy options.
I love to bake and I love crackers so when I was reading The Healthy Lunch Box I knew I had to try the homemade wheat crackers.
Cheese, crackers and some fruit is one of my favorite things to snack on or even to have for lunch. It only makes sense I would learn to make my own crackers. It saves so much money and gives you control over the ingredients.
I also love this recipe because I had everything already on hand. No crazy ingredients that I have to search for, simple ingredients for a simple but delicious treat.
My husband was skeptical about these crackers but I saw him try one and he goes “wow, these are good.” I’m not sure how I feel about him discovering they are good, now I have to share.
- 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour (or spelt or white wheat)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar (or honey)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- salt for topping
- Combine flour, sugar, salt and paprika in a medium bowl.
- Using pastry blender or a fork, cut cold butter thoroughly into the flour mixture until it looks like large crumbs.
- Combine the water and vanilla (and honey if using) in a measuring cup and add into the flour mixture. Mix until dough forms, do not over mix.
- Roll out dough on parchment paper or lightly floured surface, using a quarter of the dough at a time.
- After you've rolled the dough on a floured surface, as thin as possible. Use a pizza cutter or knife to cut 1 inch squares.
- Place your squares on your baking sheet, stone or move parchment paper to cookie sheet.
- Sprinkle lightly with salt and repeat with the remaining dough.
- Bake crackers in a 400'F preheated oven, one sheet at a time, until crisp and browned. About 5 to 10 minutes but keep a close eye on them as once they are done they can quickly burn.
Adapted from The Healthy Lunch Box.
For best results and easiest cleanup, use parchment paper and a cookie sheet. You can also use a lightly greased cookie sheet or an ungreased baking stone.