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Healthy Homemade Graham Crackers

A S’more just isn’t a S’more without graham crackers. Skip the boxed version and give these healthy homemade graham crackers a try. They’re nutty and sweet with the perfect combination of spelt flour and raw honey.

August 10th is National S’mores Day!

We like to practice our S’mores making all year so we’re ready for “the big day”.

Our favorite way to practice? With homemade spelt & honey graham crackers! I mean, why wait until August when you can have S’mores anytime of year? (Cooking them in a cast iron pan in the oven happens year ’round here!)

Homemade Graham Crackers, chocolate squares and marshmallows ready to put together the perfect s'more.

Once you taste these homemade treats, it’ll be hard to grab a box from the store again.

It’s no secret that our family LOVES camping. We also love easy camping food! This past week we had our first taste of summer-time weather, which means we’re itching for camping season to begin!

With camping comes tents, campfires, snipe hunts and S’MORES! But we also try our best to avoid sugar-overloads (and subsequent behavioral crashes from our offspring). Which is why we like to bring as many homemade goodies on our camping adventures to curb the onslaught…but, we also realize camping just isn’t camping without S’mores! Am I right?

Melty, ooey-gooey marshmallows, hot off the flames, melting the chocolate square ever so slightly, smashed between two graham crackers…what genius invented this recipe? 

Because store bought graham crackers are full of harmful ingredients like synthetic vitamins (in the enriched flour), sugar and soybean oil, they do anything but make our tummies happy. So today we’re sharing our very favorite recipe for homemade graham crackers!

Once you taste these beauties you’ll never go camping without making a fresh batch again!

Two graham crackers, and chocolate, too. With marshmallow turned to warm, white goo.
A treat indeed, a dripping mess. A touch of melty joy – oh yes!
It’s bedtime soon, but I’m not done. I simply cannot stop at one.
Because, you see, it takes three s’mores, to make a night of happy s’nores.” – Unknown

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Fresh-milled flour?

OK, so you might be wondering…do I HAVE to use fresh-milled flour in this recipe? Certainly not, but in case you’re wondering why we like to, hop over here and read our answer to the question we get asked most, “Is Flour Bad for Me?

We like to grind our flour fresh for a few reasons…

  1. The taste is AMAZING! – I mean truly, unless you’ve tasted freshly milled flour, it’s hard to understand. The flavor is almost sweet and nutty! (I used to think I disliked whole-grain flour, but I’m pretty sure this is because I was buying flour from the grocery store that had likely gone rancid!)
  2. It’s healthier – Once flour has been ground, it has a shelf-life of just three days. After that, you lose the nutrients and the oil in the grain goes rancid. (This can be extended by refrigerating flour up to one week, and freezing up to six months.) Alternatively, if you buy white flour (where the bran and germ have been removed), you’ll have a longer shelf-life, but you’ll be missing out on all the fiber, vitamins and minerals within the bran and germ of freshly-milled whole grains.
  3. It’s more affordable – Grinding our own grain saves us money a few different ways. First, whole grains, when stored properly, will last for YEARS! So we can buy in bulk without the fear of using up the grain before it goes bad. And we all know when you buy in bulk, you save money! Second, pound for pound, whole grains are cheaper than flour. Even in smaller quantities, a pound of whole grain will cost less than flour. Third, a grain-mill allows us to quickly and easily grind fresh grain as we need it, without the need to store the excess. Also, because we buy whole grains we pay less per pound than expensive whole-grain milled flours. (A half-cup of grain will roughly equal 1 cup flour.)

Grain-Grinding Options

If you’ve never ground your own grain, there are a few options for home grain-milling. We use the Mockmill 100 and love the fine, pastry flour it gives us. In the past we’ve used our Vitamix Dry Blade Canister, but never got flour fine enough for bread baking. It works well for a recipe like this, though, so if you have one, by all means, use it!

We love the Mockmill because it’s small enough to keep out on your countertop. This makes it easy to grind fresh grain every time you need it without having to lug out the mill for each use. For this recipe, I simply measure out 1 1/2 cups grain, flip on my Mockmill, let it do it’s thing (which takes about 30-60 seconds), and let the flour pour into my mixing bowl.  It’s that simple!

  • NOTE: Mockmill has put together a special, limited-time offer for our Full of Days readers! They’ve not only reduced the price of the Mockmill, they’ve also thrown in an entire grain-mill package with free Einkorn grain, sourdough starter from Breadtopia, three free eBooks AND we’ve also thrown in our Everyday Sourdough eBook. If you’ve been looking for an affordable home grain-mill, don’t miss your chance to grab this limited-time offer!
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Homemade Graham Crackers


  • Author: Full of Days
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10-15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25-30 minutes
  • Yield: 25 servings
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

A S’more just isn’t a S’more without graham crackers. Skip the boxed version and give these healthy homemade graham crackers a try. They’re nutty and sweet with the perfect combination of fresh ground spelt flour and raw honey.


Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375℉.
  2. Mill your grain (if using freshly ground flour). Then sift together flour, salt and baking soda, set aside.
  3. Place butter, coconut oil, honey and vanilla into the bowl of a stand mixer and cream together until smooth.
  4. Slowly mix in dry ingredients until a ball of dough is formed. Dough should be workable, not too sticky, nor too tough. If it’s too sticky, add more flour, one tablespoon at a time. If too dry, add water, one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  5. Remove dough from bowl and form into a ball. Place between two pieces of parchment paper.
  6. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out onto one full sheet pan or two 9×13 pans.
  7. Continue rolling until dough is about 1/8 inch thick.
  8. Using a sharp knife (or pizza cutter), cut your crackers into desired shape and size (we do about 2×2 or 3×3 inch rectangle crackers) and prick each cracker 2 or 3 times with a fork.
  9. Bake for 10-15 minutes at 375℉, or until the crackers are golden brown. You may need to remove the outer crackers before the inner crackers finish baking as the edges tend to be thinner and brown more quickly.
  10. If crackers need to be cut again (they can sometimes spread slightly and stick back together) then do so while they’re still hot as they firm up once cooled.
  11. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Notes

  • Learn how to mill your own grain affordably at home here.
  • This recipe doesn’t call for a soak time, it’s our recommendation to use sprouted spelt flour for health benefits.
  • If your dough is too thick it will be more like shortbread, too thin and it will be like a crispy cracker. 
  • Cool crackers completely before eating. They continue to harden as they cool, becoming more like crackers and less like a cookie. 

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 Crackers
  • Calories: 128
  • Sugar: 7.9g
  • Sodium: 117mg
  • Fat: 6.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.4g
  • Carbohydrates: 17g
  • Fiber: 1.6g
  • Protein: 2.1g
  • Cholesterol: 10mg

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Showing 8 comments
  • Julia
    Reply

    Yum! These look amazing!! Love the simple ingredients list.

  • linda spiker
    Reply

    I LOVE these. And let’s just say I am still dreaming about the video. Swoon!

  • Reply

    You just made my day!! I just made homemade marshmellows so now with a healthier graham cracker I can make smores!!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      Awesome! The perfect s’more! FYI…in the video above, our dark chocolate is filled with salted caramel (it’s the Endangered Species brand!)…SO YUM!

  • Daniela
    Reply

    These look amazing! My kids would go crazy over them…and well me too : )

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      Thanks Daniela! At least they’re a little more acceptable to go crazy for! 😉 Our whole family devours them!

  • Raia Todd
    Reply

    My kids love graham crackers, but I’ve never tried to make them at home. I’m sure these would be a huge hit! Especially with homemade marshmallows… 😉

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      YES!!!! These are so simple! I’ve only made homemade marshmallows once…the recipe I used I wasn’t thrilled with. Do you have a good one you could share?

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