Vegan Banana Bread Animal Crackers

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
Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar reduced, Yeast free, Corn free
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Serves: 130
These animal crackers make a great take along snack for any age!
  • /2 cup +3 tablespoon sweet white rice flour
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoon brown teff flour *see note
  • 2 tablespoon coconut flour
  • ¼ cup arrowroot flour/starch/powder
  • 2 tablespoon freshly ground flax seed
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon himalayan rock salt
  • ¾ cup mashed bananas
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar*see note
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • Water (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 325F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Set aside
  3. In a larger bowl, combine wet ingredients and beat with a hand blender until well mixed.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix well.
  5. 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.
  6. Place the dough on a floured surface (I used extra rice flour) and roll out the dough until it’s ¼-inch thick.
  7. Use animal shaped cut outs to make small animal crackers. I used these ones.
  8. Place each cut out on the prepared baking sheet leaving sliver in between each cracker.
  9. 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.
  10. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely to firm up.
You could probably use buckwheat or brown rice flour to replace the teff flour if it’s challenging to find.

If coconut sugar is difficult to get, try replacing with brown sugar or sucanat sugar.

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I tried to love each animal equally, but every time I ate an elephant I giggled.

Look at their little trunks!

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  1. My mom made these last night for our turn at snack day in my son’s kindergarten class. I just tasted one and I’m quite confident that they will go quickly! They’re really good!!

    The only comment is that the recipe only yielded us about half of what was indicated, but maybe Leanne used REALLY small cookie cutters. I think that the ones that I got are about normal size for animal crackers, but without holding them side-by-side I could be wrong.

    Great recipe!! Thanks!!

  2. Hi Leanne, I’ve been waiting SO long to make these animal crackers (they are so cute!) and finally just found the small size animal cut-outs needed for these crackers! The thing is.. a recent visit to the doc once again eliminated coconut and almonds from my diet, at least for a little while. Since there is such a small amount of coconut flour in this recipe, what would you suggest I use as a replacement?

    Thanks and can’t wait to finally enjoy animal crackers again! :)

    • Hi Melaina – glad you found the cut outs! They are super cute, aren’t they? I made cookies with them the other day and just died with excitement eating each little character. Can you have peanuts? If so, peanut flour would be a good replacement. If not, then I would double up on the flour and replace it with additional sweet rice flour. So instead of 2 tbsp coconut flour, try 1/4 cup extra sweet rice flour.

      • Peanuts are okay as long as I don’t eat them everyday so I will definitely give that a try, especially for a little protein boost! Thanks so much and love all your recipes! :)

        • Would love to know how they work out for you, Melaina!

  3. i just made these and they’re great! do you know how i could add some more protein to them next time i make them? i’m thinking hemp protein powder but i’m not sure how to add that in…do i omit something else??

    • Glad you liked them, Shannon! You could try to replace some of the flour with hemp protein. I’ve never tried it, but would love to know how it works out for you!

  4. My daughter has been asking about animal crackers! I have never made them, but I am inspired to try now. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  5. Do you think I could just alter these and use whole-wheat flour (in the same amount?) if that’s all I have on-hand? I’m going on a cruise with my family next month and I wanted to make these for my niece and nephew!

    • I’m not 100% sure… but I’d start with replacing it one to one and adding more flour if needed. The batter should be liquidy… like normal pancake batter. A cruise, how fun!

    • Oh my gosh, I thought you were replying to my pancake post! haha long morning I suppose. Yes, I’ve been told that you can replace the flour with whole wheat with no issues. Sorry about that, Char!