Yesterday I told you about all the cleansing foods I’ve been craving this week. I compared the bodies’ natural detox patterns to trees shedding their leaves in the fall, and we enjoyed a bowl of glorious green soup.
But I kinda left a small detail out of the story and it’s time I let it out of the bag.
I’ve been craving animal crackers.
Little crunchy, sweet, life-like animal crackers.
Dipped in nut butter, eaten plain, or topped with a couple pieces of dried fruit. *drool*
But, when this craving came on I was faced with a dilemma – either buy an $8.00 box of gluten-free animal crackers that contained corn and risk tummy aches, or come up with my own darn recipe.
Bet you can’t guess which option I chose…
Thumbs up for the animal cracker challenge!
While they’re not exactly cleansing, they are ridiculously better (and tastier :D) than the store-bought variety.
Vegan Banana Bread Animal Crackers
Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar reduced, Yeast free, Corn free
These animal crackers make a great take along snack for any age!
Yield: 130 animal crackers
Servings: 13 (10 crackers per serving)
- 1/2 cup +3 tablespoon sweet white rice flour
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoon brown teff flour *see note
- 2 tablespoon coconut flour
- 1/4 cup arrowroot flour/starch/powder
- 2 tablespoon freshly ground flax seed
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan rock salt
- 3/4 cup mashed bananas
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar *see note
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- Water (optional)
- Preheat oven to 325F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
- Combine all dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Set aside
- In a larger bowl, combine wet ingredients and beat with a hand blender until well mixed.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix well.
- Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough pulls away from the sides and forms a large ball. The dough should stick together and have a thickness of pie crust.
- Place the dough on a floured surface (I used extra rice flour) and roll out the dough until it’s 1/4-inch thick.
- Use animal shaped cut outs to make small animal crackers. I used these ones.
- Place each cut out on the prepared baking sheet leaving sliver in between each cracker.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes, depending on desired crispness. They are cracker-like at 15 minutes and slightly chewy at 12 minutes. My favorite was 15.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool completely to firm up.
note: you could probably use buckwheat or brown rice flour to replace the teff flour if it’s challenging to find.
note2: if coconut sugar is difficult to get, try replacing with brown sugar or sucanat sugar.
calories: 126 | fat: 5g | saturated fat: 3.7g | carbohydrate: 18.5g | fiber: 1.9g | sugars: 5.3g | protein: 1.7g
I tried to love each animal equally, but every time I ate an elephant I giggled.
Look at their little trunks!