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Homemade Peanut Butter Crackers

Feeding your kids a snack can really be quite a chore.  There are so many things to consider - you want it to be healthy, not take forever to make, something they will actually eat, tide them over until dinner, and the list can go on and on.  I have been feeling under the weather lately, and admittedly my kids have been eating whatever their little arms will allow them to reach in the pantry.  To quote Ursula from Little Mermaid (which we have been watching a lot of) 'So sad, but true'.  Anyway, I received a request from a reader for a substitute to cheese in our Homemade Cracker recipe.  It seems like a lot of kids are lactose intolerant/have a milk allergy these days.  These crackers are super easy to whip up and perfect for a Winter afternoon snack.  

Anyway - to keep the protein source in the cracker so they aren't just complete fluff I came up with this recipe using peanut butter.   I had some family over when I made them and they got a 3 out of 4 approval rating.  The 4th un-approving person said that she was expecting them to be more sweet.  The recipe has honey in it, and if you like them a little more sweet then you can definitely add a little more honey.  I didn't feel like they needed more and for me the less sugar the better!  These are a mild tasting cracker with the creamy hint of peanut butter.  

First thing is to mix the ingredients together.  You can use a food processor, a blender, or even mix by hand.  I ground my oats in my Blendtec and so I just decided to mix everything in there.  If you mix it in your blender, you will just want to pulse until it forms a dough ball.  The dough should be smooth and not overly sticky.  If you feel like it is too sticky add a little more flour.  

After everything is combined, place your dough on a floured surface. 

Roll it out as thin as possible, and then you can use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes.  If you just want squares, you can cut the dough with a pizza cutter.  

We chose dinosaurs and hearts, because don't those just make sense??  They definitely did to my 3 year old. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake in a 350 F oven for 7-10 minutes depending on how thin you rolled your crackers and how big your shapes are. 

We baked ours for about 9 minutes and the little dinosaur tails got a wee bit crispy.  The hearts weren't quite as crunchy and could have maybe been left in for another minute or so.  These go perfect with an ice cold glass of milk.   

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Homemade Peanut Butter Crackers


Instructions

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup oats, ground
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (if you like a little more peanut butter flavor you can add a bit more)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1-2 Tbsp honey

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix together all ingredients in a food processor, blender, or by hand.
  3. Roll dough out onto a flour surface as thin as you can get it.
  4. Cut out shapes and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. 
  5. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until golden and slightly crisp.
  6. Cool and serve.  

 

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Comments

Karen
01/11/2013 12:52pm
Did you use real peanut butter? I know a lot of times in baking it makes a difference if you use real or the peanut butter with all the added ingredients.
01/11/2013 1:01pm
I used natural peanut butter. In this recipe it worked out great - my original cracker recipe called for oil, but I omitted the oil because of the natural oils in the peanut butter.
Karen
01/11/2013 1:04pm
Perfect!!! Thanks!
01/11/2013 1:40pm
This looks perfect for my 2 year old. I can't wait to try it. Thanks!
01/11/2013 2:41pm
This recipe looks so fun to make. Simple ingredients, and something my kids could partake in as well. I like how you can make your own shapes with cookie cutters. Often my kids will try something if it just looks fun. When placing these in the oven do you use the middle rack?
01/11/2013 9:06pm
Yes I baked them on the middle rack. :)
01/13/2013 9:28am
This is really yummy and yes, healthy way to snack in between meals. I'll copy your recipe and do this at home.
Crystal Well.
01/26/2013 4:17pm
Thank you for posting this recipe! My husband can't have dairy and we wanted a cracker for the whole family. They are in the oven now!
01/27/2013 5:43pm
Awesome! Hope you like them as much as we do!
Lauren
01/29/2013 9:25pm
Hi this recipe looks great, do you think I could substitute another nut butter in place of peanut butter? I haven't introduced peanut butter to my daughter yet, the doctor recommends waiting until she is two, she is almost 22 months old. Thank you.
01/30/2013 9:37am
Yes you definitely can substitute another nut butter - the flavor will be a little different. I find that other nut butters have a more mild flavor than peanut butter, but they should turn out fine. If you try it, let us know how they turn out!
Karen
08/02/2013 11:52am
Your dough looks beautiful! Mine came out crumbly, so I kneaded it together, and it was hard as a rock. What's your secret? I used a food processor. Same ingredients. The only thing I could come up with is what do you consider "natural peanut butter"? I used 1-ingredient peanut butter.
08/05/2013 2:18pm
What is 1-ingredient peanut butter? Maybe the peanut butter you used doesn't have enough oil in it. If that is the case, just add a tablespoon of oil until your dough isn't so crumbly.
Karen
08/05/2013 2:44pm
Where the only ingredient on the list is "peanuts", maybe also salt. I was thinking afterwards that it'd probably have held together better if I'd added in a little oil.
Pam
02/09/2014 5:08pm
How do you store extras and how long will they keep?
02/10/2014 2:00pm
Store in an airtight container. They will keep for 1 week.
Dion
03/19/2014 11:06pm
hi is it okay to use homemade peanut butter ?
03/20/2014 2:11pm
Yes definitely!
Maggy
06/02/2014 9:18pm
Hi. I have never made homemade peanut butter. Can store bought peanut butter be used? Like Peter Pan or skippy. If so, do I change the recipe or does it stay the same? Is Quaker quick cooking white oats good to use? I'm overseas and natural peanut butter isn't found here and there isn't any other kind of oats. Please adjust the recipe if it needs to for me. Thanks
06/10/2014 12:15am
Yes you can use a store bought peanut butter, and the recipe will stay exactly the same. Yes you can use the Quaker Quick Cooking oats. Use what you have and it should turn out just fine :) Good luck!
sarah
06/13/2014 5:59pm
I made these today using skippy "natural" peanut butter. The dough was too dry, even with two tablespoons of honey. So dry that I couldn't use it all and it was really hard to roll thinly. I plan to try again soon...adding a little oil or using truly natural peanut butter.
Tara
06/09/2014 8:02pm
Can you substitute almond flour or a gluten free all purpose flour? I can't have gluten/GMOs. Found this out in April. It's making it a bit tough to enjoy great tasting food. :-(
06/14/2014 5:14pm
I haven't ever tried it with this recipe, and so I'm not quite sure what the ratio would be. So sorry!
Jessica
06/09/2014 8:31pm
I can't wait to try this recipe next week with my 2 yr. old son! Such a cute and fun idea :)
Kourtney
06/11/2014 10:21am
Do you possibly have a link to the dinosaur cutter? I couldn't find it on amazon at first glance. I loved the link to the goldfish cutter for the cheese version of these!
06/14/2014 5:13pm
I added a link to the dinosaur cutters at the bottom of the post :)
Kourtney
06/22/2014 6:14pm
Much appreciated! :)

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