7/6/11

Whole Wheat Snack Crackers


Crackers are a tricky food. Why? Well because they seem harmless at first, but we all know that after we take a bite of one we just can't stop. The calories add up fast, along with all the junk that they pour into them. I'm so guilty of that. I can eat half a box in a sitting!

And of course they are an favorite snack for toddlers, but certainly not always the best choice. Really, at our house, they are an essential snack for everybody.

I really like this recipe for a much healthier version of cracker that still tastes good. They have a little bit of a secret ingredient, sort of inspired by the "Chicken in a Biscuit" cracker brand that was my favorite as a kid! The secret ingredient is a dab of concentrated chicken stock. Yes, it makes a big difference in the taste!


Whole Wheat Snack Crackers
1-3/4 c. whole wheat flour
1-1/2 c. oat flour (grind oats in processor until a fine powder)
1 c. warm water
4 t. Knorrs Homestyle Concentrated Chicken Stock (more for saltier taste)
1/4 c. olive oil
2 t. garlic powder
1/2 c. grated parmesan cheese
2 T. amber agave nectar
sea salt (optional)-about 3 t.

1. Mix together the whole wheat flour, oat flour and garlic powder.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the chicken stock and warm water until well mixed. Add the stock mixture, oil, agave nectar and parmesan cheese to the flour mixture. Mix until a  ball of dough forms, being careful to not overmix.

3. On a floured surface, roll out half of the dough to 1/8" thickness or less (the thinner you roll it,  the crispier the cracker). Using a small cookie cutter, or a knife to cut squares, cut out the crackers and lay on a cookie sheet lined with parchment. With a fork, poke 3 rows of holes in each cracker and sprinkle lightly with sea salt (press softly with the back of a fork to push salt into the cracker).

4. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes or until the crackers are light golden brown. The thinner the cracker, the less baking time required, so make sure to check frequently to avoid burning.

5. Store in an airtight container after cooling. 

***They taste great with salsa or your favorite spread. Makes several dozen.
















I like to store these in my empty oatmeal containers.

AND...

Was anyone as absolutely shocked by the Anthony case verdict as I was? Wow..


10 comments:

debio said...

Those crackers look great! I have a weakness for the rye triscuits!
I bet these would be great with hummus, too!

I am so sick to death of that trial! I am not surprised exactly by the verdict, the prosecution did not have "beyond a reasonable doubt" evidence, though I think she is guilty as hell. I guess karma will have to settle up in the future.

Have a great week, Tanya!

Shanna said...

Great! Now I want crackers, lol. :)

I agree with debio. The prosecution failed to do their job. She looked guilty (and I believe she is), but they didn't provide solid evidence. A verdict of "not guilty" does not equate innocence, but when dealing with life or death it needs to be backed by proof, not emotion.

‎"It is better to risk letting a guilty man go free, than to condemn an innocent one." - Voltaire

^ I think that's where the decision was made.

Joyful Things said...

Are you able to stop at one handful of these? They look really really good!

I agree with the Voltaire comment and its a good thing we're not all like Nancy Grace.

Tanya said...

I agree with what you all said. I just feel so sad for that poor little child :(

Susie said...

These really look good. I haven't used agave nectar before. Do you know how I can substitute something for it, or better yet - another use for agave nectar? I just don't want to buy a bottle and never use it. Thanks! Your photos are awesome by the way!

Tanya said...

Hi Susie! You can substitute brown sugar for the agave in this recipe. Many of my healthy living recipes use agave. In fact, the recipe I'm posting tomorrow calls for it as well as all of the oat ball recipes. Honey or pure maple syrup can replace it as well!

Anna said...

Tanya, I know what you mean about crackers and how fast the calories can add up as you eat one and than another..... These look yummy!

Anonymous said...

I understand that the prosecution may not have done their job. I wasn't able to follow the trial very much - just saw tidbits on the news. But, this woman not only lied to the police about her child, she was out partying and getting tattoos while her child was dead. How can a mother not grieve for her child? Whether or not she committed the murder (yes - in my opinion) she will have alot to explain when her day comes around to meet her maker. As my sister said, she probably won't be face to face with him very long - there is a staircase going down for her.

Shanna said...

@Anonymous...more like a swift kick down an elevator shaft.

Colleen said...

This is not the proper place I guess but I have to respond to these comments (not directly to you Tanya)... most people do not understand what "reasonable doubt" really is. I totally disagree that the prosecution did not do their job. They did the VERY BEST they could do with WHAT THEY HAD TO WORK WITH. It is not their fault that Casey hid her daughter so well that months would pass and nothing would be left except bones. How small minded to say that because the cause of death was not proven, she could not be found guilty! How many people have been convicted for murder even without the victims body ever being found! There were 1000 pieces of a puzzle and because one piece was missing, they let her go. Now they are out shopping for the highest bidder to sell their stories to. I have never been so ashamed of human beings who were given the responsiblity of finding justice for a baby girl! And one final note, I have buried one of my baby daughters and I know exactly what grief over a child is like. I have had a support group for ten years for parents who have lost a child. NOT ONE of them behaved in such a disgusting manner as Casey Anthony. She is a cold hearted murderer who was set free by a bunch of lazy jurors who did not take the time to deliberate or ask one question. Hope the one who had a cruise booked for today is off having a wonderful time!