Healthy Toddler Crackers

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My kids love animal crackers.   Problem is, I have never been able to find a store bought brand with a super clean ingredient list.  Sure you can buy GMO free animal crackers at Trader Joes and Whole Foods, but even their brands have too much sugar for me.  So when Wholesome Sweeteners sent me a sample of all their products, I decided to use their coconut palm sugar in this recipe.

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Ideally, I would have liked to make these in animal shapes, but I didn’t have an animal cookie stamp.  I found this one on Amazon and ordered it, so I will make these again once it comes in the mail.  For now, these are just cut into tiny squares.  Since these cookies are for toddlers, I made them only mildly sweet.  My daughter loved them and I hope your kids do as well.

Healthy Toddler Crackers

Healthy Toddler Crackers

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Healthy Toddler Crackers

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup spelt flour (for a GF option, try using GF all purpose)
  • 1/3 cup Wholesome Sweeteners coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 eggs (I used a flax egg replacer)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground vanilla bean or vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used oat milk)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350. 
  • In a food processor, grind up the oats into a coarse crumb-like texture. 
  • Add them to a bowl with the rest of the dry ingredients. 
  • Add all the wet ingredients into another bowl. 
  • Add dry to wet and mix only until combined. 
  • Gather the dough into a ball and wrap in plastic.  It may be a bit sticky. 
  • Stick dough in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to firm up a bit. 
  • While the dough is firming, cut two sheets of parchment paper the size of your baking sheets
  • Using a bench scraper, cut the dough in half. 
  • Lay the parchment paper down on the counter.
  • Place the plastic wrap you had the dough wrapped in between the rolling pin and the dough.  By doing this, you will be able to roll the dough out very flat and it will not stick to the counter or the rolling pin.  It will also make for easy transport to the baking sheets
  • Roll the dough as flat as it can get and transfer to the baking sheet. 
  • Repeat the same steps with the second half of the dough. 
  • Before you place the dough into the oven, score it for easy cutting once it’s baked.  I used a pizza cutter to make squares. 
  • Bake for about 15 minutes. 
  • Remove the pans and very carefully, flip the pieces over.  If you have scored the dough beforehand, they should easy break into little pieces. 
  • Put back in the oven for another 15 minutes, carefully watching them to make sure they don’t burn.

If you have really young children, you may want to bake them a little less so they can easily be chewed. I filled a large mason jar with the crackers I made. Enjoy!

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49 thoughts on “Healthy Toddler Crackers

  1. Do you think Sorghum Flour or a GF whole grain baking mix (brown rice, sorghum, tapioca starch) would work in place of the whole wheat flour?

    1. I don’t eat eggs so I make an egg out of flax meal. Works great in all recipes. 1 T flax + 3 T warm water. Whisk it together and throw in the fridge for about 2 minutes. It will get gummy, just like an egg.

  2. I accidentally left out the egg , didn’t grind up the oats (forgot to write that part down), and didn’t have any applesauce so I subbed 3 oz grated apple. This isn’t the sort of recipe I normally make, but they came out awesome! I rolled them about 1/4″ or thinner and they were perfectly crispy in about 15 minutes total.
    My 18mo LOVES them and I myself had a very hard time not eating all of the uncooked dough, it was just so yummy raw.
    I am glad to have these as an alternative to store-bought graham crackers and cereals.

  3. I have a recipe similar to this that doesn’t last very long- you have to eat it all within a few days. How long did these last for you?

  4. Just found your site and am in love! I do a “Fantastic” post on Fridays of things I find online and love. I really want to put so many of your recipes on there. :) Can’t wait to try these. We are a dairy-free house and are very sensitive to eggs as my son does not always respond well. So many things on your site just make me happy. Great work!!

    1. Thank you! I am happy you like the site. My daughter is allergic to dairy, soy and sesame seeds so I totally understand.

  5. Do you think these would work as a teething biscuit for my 11 month old, or would they be too tough? She only has 4 teeth, so she needs something that will dissolve a bit. Thanks!

  6. I made these for my kids today as a change from my usual go-to recipe for whole wheat crackers and they turned out great! It is the first time I have made anything with oat flour and I’m hoping my 4-year-old won’t notice the ground oats (He normally refuses anything made with oats). For a little chocolate twist, I replaced 1/4 cup of the whole wheat flour with 1/4 cup cocoa. I’ve taste-tested them and I think they are yummy and I’m sure the kids will feel the same! Thanks again! Love your blog and your recipes! :)

  7. The rolling out of these recipes always intimidates me but do you think rolling the dough into a log, freezing it, and then cutting slices off to bake would work for these?
    Loving your website!

  8. I subbed the flour for an all purpose gf flour. (I used namaste specifically) they turned out so well and my picky son loves them!

  9. Curious about coconut products. I get a bad skin reaction from coconut oil in lotions, lip balms, etc. It makes me nervous to try coconut oil/sugar/milk in cooking. Thoughts?

  10. I just made these I didn’t have unsweetened apple sauce I did have a berry applesauce pouch so I didn’t add as much sugar they are so good I’ll be eating these as well

  11. I have a 2 and 1/2 year old son with autism and ADHD. We started seeing increased behaviors (tantrums and such) over the past few months that were really effecting his therapy and sleep. We want to avoid medication, so we developed behavior plans with the therapists and pediatrician, slept on the floor in his room to make sure he was safe and helping him to stay asleep and made sure he had plenty of exercise. Nothing seemed to help and his tantrums and behaviors (like biting, hitting and yelling) were increasing. I happened to come across your site and really liked the recipes so I decided to try a few. They were AMAZING (especially the pumpkin enchilada)! I got to thinking about Jack’s eating habits and it was only recently, maybe within the past few months, that Jack had started eating food that I had not made. Coincidentally, that was around the time his therapists started noticing the increased behaviors. Since I now had recipes that toddler friendly and were SO GOOD without processed sugar, my husband and I made the decision to try taking out all processed sugar to see if that would help with Jack’s (my son) behaviors. After only 2 days I started noticing a huge difference and within 2 weeks we were getting regular reports from his therapists that his behaviors were getting less and less. I am not a nutritional expert or claiming that this will work with every child with autism and ADHD, but for my child it made all the difference and I really have you to thank. You have a real talent for making delicious recipes with only the best ingredients and I am forever grateful. Please don’t ever stop posting!
    p.s. We are going to start taking gluten out, but in baby steps. I appreciate the gluten free options in your recipes. Maybe we will be able to become vegan some day!

    1. Hi Amber, Thank you so much for sharing your story. This is my most favorite part of blogging. It’s amazing how food can be medicine in so many cases. I am happy to hear your son is doing so much better. I don’t know if you read my daughter’s story under the about section, but we saw HUGE changes in her health when we got her off the processed formula. Thanks again for taking the time to share your story here. Hugs!

      1. Thank you for your message! I did read your daughters story and so much of it resonated with me. You have done an amazing thing with this blog and I wish you all the success and happiness! I have already shared this site with multiple friends and family and will continue to do so. Thanks again!

        Hugs to you too :-)

  12. Thank you so much for posting this recipe, I will try soon, once I have all ingredients. I am an American living in Haiti for 2 years and have two toddlers, and it is hard to find truly healthy things for them to eat, because trying to stay with a Western diet here, you eat a lot of processed food because it lasts, otherwise, EVERYTHING is imported and soooo expensive. Because of this, I have tried tons of recipes with beans ( obviously cheap here, huge staple in their diet) and found so many delicious recipes that we have cut our meat consumption in half, therefore our grocery bill. I love your site, am going to make your peanut butter granola bars for my kids’ and husband’s breakfast, so he stops taking a pack of pop-tarts with him before work. I am a nurse, and so much of our health comes from what we put in our mouth! Thank you for your site! I love it!

  13. Do you think these would freeze well? I like to make a batch and freeze half when I do any baking because with only one toddler stuff usually doesn’t get eaten quick enough.

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