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Animal Crackers: The homemade healthy kind!
Do animal crackers count as a healthy letter A food? These animal crackers do!
Homemade Animal Crackers Recipe
- 1 cup shelled sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup flax meal
- 1/4 cup coconut (optional. If you don't use coconut, use 1/2 cup flax meal so there is at least 1/2 cup more of dry ingredients.
- 1 TBL honey
- Dash of salt
- 1/4 cup cold water.
Place shelled sunflower seeds in a food processor or blender. Grind until it's the texture of coarse meal. Place seed meal into a bowl and add remaining ingredients and stir with a spoon. Spoon batter onto wax paper. Cover with wax paper and roll out with rolling pin until 1/4-1/8th inch thick. Cut out shapes (my fish is actually a leaf cookie cutter). Place shapes on greased cookie sheet. Bake in 300° oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack. Delicious served with sweetened yogurt.
Recipe adapted from 1981 Book by Lendon Smith, Foods for Healthy Kids. Awesome things about these animal crackers (as opposed to store bought) is that it is gluten free, dairy free, without HFCS or Trans-fats!
The sunflower seeds in these crackers make them a nutrition powerhouse! A quarter cup of Sunflower seeds provides
- 90% of the Daily value for Vitamin E (providing anti inflammatory benefits.)
- 54% of the DV for Vitamin B1
- Also a good source of manganese, magnesium, copper, and tryptophan.
- Contains 7 grams of protein!
Post edit feedback: Brenda, reader who tried this recipe, thinks adding a little more sweetener is a good idea. They really aren't very sweet even with the coconut and honey. If you like them sweet,try adding some more honey.