Kids love crackers, right? It’s something easy to satisfy a cranky kids until you can get a full meal ready for them. You toss them in the diaper bag, bring them to the restaurant, and in a moment of desperation–let a kid munch on them in the van!
I went searching for an easy, minimal ingredient cracker recipe for the same reason I bake our own bread these days–because I had zero interest in scouring the labels of crackers to find one that would only include DD’s safe foods. The only type of crackers I have ever seen with a short list of ingredients are Triscuits. My daughter only has 4 teeth. She isn’t ready for those. As much as I enjoy them with a nice piece of cheese, they are too big and too chewy for her tiny teeth.
Another perk of making my own crackers is that I can add anything I want. DD only has a few safe vegetables so far, so I like to add them to the crackers to sneak them in. I blend about a half cup of them up with the water and oil and mix it all up. As long as the final dough feels like playdoh, the crackers turn out pretty good! I’ve made crackers with broccoli and sweet potato and both turned out delicious.
Simple Crackers with Optional Vegetables
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2/3 cup water
- 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
- 1 egg
- Toppings of your choice
- Optional: vegetables like steamed broccoli or baked sweet potatoes, up to 1/2 cup
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix all of the dry ingredients together. Combine the water and oil. Use a blender if adding vegetables.
- Mix together the wet and dry until the dough comes together like a playdoh texture.
- Divide the dough into 2 or 3 equal pieces. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out very thinly directly onto cookie sheets. Put a silpat or damp towel under your cookie sheet to make rolling the dough out easier.
- Beat the egg with two tablespoons water and brush the crackers with the egg wash using a pastry brush.
- Top the crackers as you wish! I only use salt and a little pepper for Dear Daughter. For the rest of us, I have used a combination of garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. I also did cinnamon and coconut sugar.
- Use a pizza cutter to cut the crackers into your desired size and shapes. Bake for 10-14 minutes, until lightly golden and crispy. If you added vegetables, they might take a little bit on the longer side.