Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Whole Grain Crackers, Tasty, Easy, and Good for You.

Fresh Baked Whole Grain Crackers
     I am a cracker eater.  I love crunchy things and I have loved crackers forever.  I think it started when I was a child and we ate lots of crackers, primarily Saltine crackers.  I remember eating crackers with sherbet when I was sick and my favorite was crackers with tomato soup.  I think crackers are a comfort food.  Another one of my favorites was  crackers with cool aid, something I have not had for years, but I still eat crackers with juice.  

     The down side of crackers is that most are made with white flour and really are not that good for you.  Especially when you have an addiction to them.  And gluten free crackers usually are made with equally not nutritious ingredients.  

     Making crackers is easy and once you make them you will discover a whole new world of crackers.  The amazing thing is with a simple formula you can do so much.  The crackers in the picture are from the same recipe, just different ingredients. I change out the flours and grains and end up with some really great crackers.  

       Mixing the dough in the bosch mixer makes it easy and fast.  Actually everything in the bosch mixer is fast and easy.

     The dough should be mixed well, but not sticky.  Wrap the dough for a half hour or more in plastic wrap.

      These are the flours I use.  I love wheat Montana flour.  You can see the three different crackers doughs made from the three different flours.  And all Wheat Montana Flours are chemical free and perfect.

     Another flour you can add to crackers is Almond flour.  Honeyville farms has a great one.  I love it all kinds of things not just crackers.


       You can see the nuts in the crackers and all the different seeds.  I love flax seed and chia.  They made great textures in crackers.

Whole grain crackers.  

Whole Grain Crackers

2 cups Fresh Ground Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 cup whole grains, or seeds,  sesame, poppy, amaranth, teff, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, etc
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup buttermilk or greek yogurt

Combine all dry ingredient together in mixer,  add butter and cut in with with wire whips. Add buttermilk or yogurt and until the dough holds together.  If the dough is to stiff add a small amount of water to the dough.  When adding yogurt I usually add a little bit more water.  Mix for a couple of minutes. Let rest for 30  minutes to one hour.  

Roll out the dough and prick with a fork.  Sprinkle with salt or herbs of choice.   Cut into squares and with a spatula place on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake in a 350 Degree oven for 5 to 10 minutes using convection mode.  

Let cool,  Store in an airtight container.

Crackers are great and can be a healthy snack if made with great whole grains and wholesome ingredients.  I love crackers and love making them and I love sharing what I make with others.  I hope your cracker experience is as good as mine.  Chef Brad~America's Grain Guy


  1. Can't wait to try it, Chef Brad! I love what you teach us!

  2. Another reason I wish you were in my family!!! So excited about this! Thank you!!

  3. Oh Wonderful a healthy cracker recipe! Thanks so much for this. I will have to wait until Sunday afternoon to make them. I usually make the copy cat wheat thin recipe and it is a big hit with friends. This one will be even BETTER!!! THANKS!!!!!!
    Eastport, Maine

  4. These look great. I have never attempted crackers until now...
    Thanks for sharing!