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.
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
- 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)
- 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!