This Vegan Graham Cracker recipe is the ultimate healthy twist on the classic cracker. These crackers have all flavors you know and love, and it is made with all whole foods plant based ingredients! This recipe is: vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, and refined sugar-free!
Graham crackers were everywhere when I was a kid. I loved having s'mores, graham cracker pie crusts, you name it.
There are many things I haven't had since embarking on my health journey. Most of them I don't miss at all, but when I'm outside sitting by a fire, boy do I miss graham crackers. Well...until now!
This vegan graham cracker recipe will take you back to your childhood. They have the perfect crispy crack, and they're just the right amount of sweetness. They're perfect for s'mores, using as a crust, or just for snacking!
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- Vegan Graham Crackers Variations:
- Equipment For This Vegan Graham Cracker Recipe:
- How To Properly Store This Vegan Graham Cracker Recipe:
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Ingredient For This Vegan Graham Cracker Recipe:
This vegan graham cracker recipe is one of my favorite quick recipes to whip up and keep on hand, because I almost always have the ingredients on hand.
- Maple Crystals - One of my favorite plant based sweeteners ever. Maple Crystals are packed full of vitamins and minerals, and are even sweeter than cane sugar, therefore a little goes a long way. Even though they are sweeter than sugar, they have a lower glycemic index. I always get mine in bulk from Wilderness Poets. You can use my code: "VEGAN10" for $10 off your purchase!
- Oat Flour - Please don't buy oat flour! Make your own by simply blending rolled or quick oats in the blender until smooth (should only take about 30 seconds.
- Cassava Flour - Although it is not a super common flour, cassava flour is one of my favorite flours to use in baking. It has a slightly sweet taste that goes well with pretty much everything. I love using for crackers, crusts, and bars, because it does not rise much (which is a good thing in this case!).
- Cinnamon (optional) - Although this ingredient is optional for this vegan graham cracker recipe, I recommend it. It helps deepen the flavor, and give the recipe a slightly honey flavor.
- Salt - The smallest bit of salt can elevate a recipe so much.
- Baking Soda - Since these vegan graham cracker don't need to rise, and only to crisp up, baking soda is the perfect ingredient to use.
- Applesauce - There are two ingredients I absolutely love to use in oil-free baking, and they are both featured in this recipe. One of them is applesauce. Applesauce is the perfect oil replacement in vegan baking, because it adds moistness and sweetness.
- Coconut Butter - My favorite oil-free substitute is coconut butter. Coconut butter helps ingredients to melt down and bake evenly (I love using it in my cookie recipes!).
- Water - A little bit of water helps to hold all the ingredients together and achieve the perfect graham cracker.
- Vanilla Extract - No baked good is complete without vanilla! I always opt for Mexican vanilla, because it has a much deeper flavor.
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How To Make This Vegan Graham Cracker Recipe:
These Vegan Graham Crackers may seem a bit tedious, but I promise this is an extremely easy recipe to make, and you'll never want to use store bought graham crackers again!
Begin by sifting all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix until evenly combined.
Add the wet ingredients and mix until dough forms. Preheat the oven to 350.
Dust some cassava flour on a smooth surface and roll out the dough until about ¼ inch thick.
Press holes into the crackers with a fork. Transfer the crackers onto a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
Cut into rectangle squares. Press the knife lightly into the rectangles to make 4 equal sized smaller rectangles. Do not press too hard and cut the dough, you just want to make an indention.
Hint: Do not forget to let these crackers rest and cool. Just like my Vegan Gluten-Free Samoas, this Vegan Graham Cracker recipe needs to cool to achieve that perfect crunch!
Substitutions For This Vegan Graham Cracker Recipe:
Some of the ingredients in this recipe can be a bit tricky to find, or you may have to order them. Even though I strongly recommend making this recipe as-is, there are substitutions that can be made if needed.
- Maple Crystals - I love using maple crystals as a natural sweetener. However if you don't have time to wait for them to come in the mail, there are substitutions that can be made. You can use equal amounts of brown sugar, or coconut sugar.
- Coconut Butter - If you can't get your hands on coconut butter, you can also use raw cashew butter, sunflower seed butter, or coconut oil. Use half the amount called for if using coconut oil.
Vegan Graham Crackers Variations:
As delicious as the classic graham cracker is, It's not the most exciting dessert out there. If you're ever looking to spice it up (literally), try some of these variations for a fun twist!
- Deluxe - add nuts, seeds, or Chocolate chips for a loaded vegan graham cracker.
- Spices - If you're looking for ways to add more flavor to this vegan graham cracker recipe, you can add all kinds of spices. I love adding cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and even cloves for a a more fall flavored graham cracker.
Equipment For This Vegan Graham Cracker Recipe:
Equipment can have a big impact on how a recipe turns out. This Vegan Graham Cracker recipe does not require any crazy equipment. However here's a lit of the equipment you will need to succeed.
- Large Bowl - You will need a large mixing bowl to make the dough for these vegan graham crackers. I love using glass mixing bowls, because I find that they're much easier to clean!
- Rolling Pin - Any plastic, metal, or wooden rolling pin will work fantastically for this recipe. I've had this fondant roller for over 10 years, and I absolutely love it!
- Knife - Any knife will work, I recommend using a chef knife, because you'll be able to cut longer sections.
- Fork - To poke holes in the graham cracker. This will allow it to not puff up too much, and bake evenly.
- Baking Sheet - Any baking sheet will work, however I recommend baking on a light metal baking sheet. Light colored metal baking sheets don't heat as much, and therefore your baked goods won't burn on the bottom.
As always, you can find links to all my equipment and more on my Amazon Storefront!
How To Properly Store This Vegan Graham Cracker Recipe:
Store this Vegan Graham Cracker recipe can be a bit tricky. They can either dry out, or lose their crunch quite quickly. I recommend storing them in a plastic bag with the air sucked out of them on the counter.
Do not place them in the fridge, or freezer. This will cause them to lose their crunch. Since these are vegan graham crackers, they will not go bad if they sit on the counter. However I do not recommend letting them sit out in a sealed bag for more than a week.
Allow the vegan graham crackers to cool completely before serving. They will not be crispy right out of the oven. They will need time to chill. I recommend waiting about 20 minutes before eating.
Honey is a common ingredient in graham crackers. However honey is a bit of a grey area when it comes to veganism. Technically honey is not vegan. It comes from bees and therefore is not a plant based sweetener. Luckily for vegans, graham crackers are super easy to veganize!
One of the most common pairings for this vegan graham cracker recipe is s'mores. However if you are looking to make vegan s'mores, it's super important that you use specific marshmallows, because not all marshmallows are vegan. My go-to vegan marshmallow brand is dandies!
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Vegan Graham Crackers
- 2 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup coconut butter *see note
- Begin by sifting all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix until evenly combined.
- Add the wet ingredients and mix until dough forms. Preheat the oven to 350.
- Dust some cassava flour on a smooth surface and roll out the dough until about ¼ inch thick. Cut into rectangle squares. Press the knife lightly into the rectangles to make 4 equal sized smaller rectangles. Do not press too hard and cut the dough, you just want to make an indention.
- Press holes into the crackers with a fork. Transfer the crackers onto a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooking rack. Allow crackers to cool completely (about 20 minutes) before serving. Enjoy!
- Do not grab hot pans/dishes without oven mitts
- Don't leave uncooked food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
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