Vegan Graham Crackers

I am So excited to share my adaptation of Served From Scratch’s graham crackers. I started making the original recipe for Asher a few months back and they are DELICIOUS, but I don’t eat any dairy. They were so hard to resist so I decided to try making them vegan. These graham crackers are sweet with a little hint of salt, way more flavorful than store bought. I hope you bake, love, and share!

Be sure to check out the original recipe here! https://www.servedfromscratch.com/homemade-graham-crackers/


The ingredients Equipment

  • Graham Flour/ Whole Wheat Flour – I have been unable to locate any graham flour. It is basically a special whole wheat flour, so I substituted it for a plain whole wheat and it works great.
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Brown Sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Coconut Oil
  • Mollasses
  • Full Fat Coconut Milk
  • Vanilla Extract
  • A Large Bowl
  • A Pastry Cutter/ Fork
  • Rolling Pin
  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment Paper

First you add all the dry ingredients, and gently mix. I used a fork to do this.

Next add the room temperature coconut oil. Using a fork/ pastry cutter press the coconut oil into the dry ingredients until you achieve a sandy texture.

Once the sandy texture is achieved add the remaining ingredients. I usually start with 3 TBSP of coconut milk. As I mix the the dough I decide if it needs 1 more TBSP. The dough will be a little crumbly but you want it to hold together when pressed.

Once the dough is holding together, pour it out onto a lined baking sheet. I like to put a second piece of parchment paper on top while I roll it out. Begin rolling it out trying to make it as square as possible.

Roll until it is 3/8″. If there is lots of cracking around the edges, simply break pieces off and roll them back in to fill the large cracks. When baking the edges get super crisp, so I try to make them as smooth as possible. At this point you are going to cover and let chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Preheat your oven to 350

After cooling, remove from the fridge and cut. I use a pizza cutter and ruler to do this. This could definitely also be accomplished with a knife. The ruler is totally unnecessary but it does make them all uniform and pretty. Then using a fork poke those signature holes into the crackers. Now it’s time to bake for 20-25 minutes.

You’ll know they are done when they are browned around the edges. Place on a cooling rack and let cool until you can easily handle them. I find they are easiest to break apart when they are slightly warm. Break apart and enjoy! When they are fresh they are slightly chewy and crisp up over the next few days. Store them in an airtight container on your counter.


Vegan Graham Cracker Recipe


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups graham flour/ whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 6 TBSP room temperature coconut oil
  • 4 TBSP molasses
  • 3-4 TBSP full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Equipment

  • A Large Bowl
  • A Pastry Cutter/ Fork
  • Rolling Pin
  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment Paper

Step 1.-Combine all dry ingredients into a large bowl, and gently mix together.

Step 2- Add the 6 TBSP room temperature coconut oil. Either with a fork or pastry cutter, press the coconut oil into the dry ingredients until a sandy texture is achieved.

Step 3- Add the molasses, 3 TBSP coconut milk, and the vanilla extract. Begin to combine the dough. I mix with a fork and eventually finish with my hands. Mixing with a kind of pinching motion. You want the dough to be crumbly, but still hold together when pressed. If it feels like it needs a little more moisture, add 1 TBSP of coconut milk.

Step 4- Dump dough out onto a lined baking sheet, cover with a second piece of parchment paper and roll out into a square about 3/8″ thick. If you have large cracks around the edges, I would break pieces off and fill in those cracks. Cover and chill in the fridge for 30 min.

Step 5. Pre-heat oven to 350

Step 6- Remove from fridge and cut into squares. I use a pizza cutter and a ruler to cut into 2″ squares, but this is not necessary. They can be cut into any size. Then poke those signature holes into each cracker using a fork.

Step 7- Bake for 20-25 minutes until they are brown around the edges.

Step 8- Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack. Once cooled enough to handle, break apart the squares and enjoy! Store in an air tight container.

My Meal Planning How To

Meal planning can be daunting and sometimes hard to figure out where to start. Here is my guide on how I plan our meals for the week!


Lets start with where I search for recipes. My go to is http://www.foodgawker.com

It is like Pintrest, but only for food blogs! I seriously look here for everything from cocktails to desserts. It’s a great way to search, store and find food inspirations. This is also a great place to search for recipies if you are trying to follow a certain kind of diet. We’ve tried paleo, keto, vegan, and the Mediterranean diet. Foodgawker has it all!


Everyone loves home cooked meals, but the idea of cooking 7 nights a week is definitely overwhelming. My secret is that in my house, leftovers are king. Leftovers get a bad rap, but in all honesty as a busy mom leftovers mean a night off! And lets face it, some food actually taste better the next day!


Ok here comes the good stuff, the meal breakdown. For breakfast we kind of fend for ourselves. Kyle usually eats some kind of overnight oats, or eggs, and I am an avocado toast fanatic. Asher eats pancakes, oatmeal, eggs, or the occasional bowl of cereal + a serving of fruit. For lunch I meal prep lunches for Kyle and I for the whole week. This requires a dedicated amount of time up front, but ultimately is worth doing in the long run. Usually it is some kind of quinoa salad. Asher often has a grilled cheese, PB&H or sometimes mac and cheese + a serving of fruit and veggies . Now dinner is where the planning really comes into play, and where we all eat the same thing. I try only to cook 3 times a week. So the rhythm might look like Monday- cook, Tuesday- leftovers, Wednesday-cook, Thursday-leftovers, Friday- cook, Saturday-leftovers, and Sunday-family dinner/take out. This rhythm has really worked for me since becoming a mom, and I hope it might work for you! In the future I will post exactly what the plan was for the week, with pictures, links, and everything you’ll need to know to do it yourself!

My Must Have Activity Supplies

Lets face it, most of the time when we want to do an activity with the kids, it is on the fly. Here are a few of my must have activity supplies that I always have on hand.


  • I always have basic craft supplies like pipe cleaners, various sizes of popsicle sticks, feathers, and lots and lots of pom-poms! They are great for crafts but they come in handy for all kinds of activities. I bought a large craft supply kit that had all of this stuff in it for less that $15. I also recommend getting the jumbo pom-poms that are 2″ in diameter. They are so squishy and fun to hold, and much to big to be swallowed.
  • Painters tape! Useful for so many activities! It holds things down perfectly, and it’s easy to pull off without leaving a sticky mess.
  • Corn starch!!!! This pantry staple has become a necessity in our house. It is useful for messy activities and science experiments. Seriously useful to have on hand.


The other things I recommend are these plastic storage containers. You will see pictures of Asher sitting inside this big one all the time! It is a lifesaver with messy activities. The mess mostly stays inside the container, it’s easy to pickup off the floor when we are done, and easy to wash. It fits perfectly under Asher’s crib for easy out of the way storage.

I also recommend a couple of the smaller containers with lids. It allows me to prepare the activity up on the counter, and easily transport it into the larger bin. Then and when you are done simply pop the lid on and remove from your child’s reach.

Toddler Activities That Take Less Than 5 Minutes to Set Up

As a busy mom I look for activities that are super easy to set up, have zero mess, and will keep my toddler busy. Here are five activities that take less than five minutes to set up! If you enjoy these please play, love and share!


Pom-Pom Push

This activity is so simple, but takes the foresight to hold on the egg carton. Simply poke some holes in the back of the carton and pick out some pom-pom’s that fit through the holes. I have also seen this done with Q-tips. 

Warning: If your toddler puts everything in their mouth like mine does, keep an eye on the pom-poms as they are a choking hazard. 


Toy Rescue

This activity can be done with any small toys (action figures, bath toys, plastic animals animals) . I used cars because Asher is a car lover. I placed them on a fabric cutting mat, but they could easily go onto the floor or table. Simply tape them down and let your child at it! Great for fine motor practice.



Toilet Paper Stack

An activity to use your toilet paper hoard! Asher knew just what to do when I pulled these out. He immediately started stacking and knocking them over. Such fun!


Ball Spider Web

Make a web out of tape, I used painters tape but you could use packing or masking. I put the web between our kitchen island and other countertops, but you could easily do this in a doorway. Stick balls, pom-poms, or whatever else you want to it! I also brought out our laundry basket so Asher could put the balls in after he pulled them down.


Tape Pull

Similar to the toy rescue, I taped down popsicle sticks, and pipe cleaners to Asher’s high chair tray. This was the perfect activity to keep him busy while I cooked dinner!