One of my goals this fall is to eat healthier. And one thing we are working on is decreasing/eliminating processed food from our diet and making the switch to all whole grains. Switching to all whole grains should be easy, right? Just pick up the whole grain varieties at the grocery store, right? Well, I was pretty surprised how challenging it can be to simply buy a loaf of bread or a box of crackers that don’t have an ingredients list that is a mile long and are filled with additives and/or preservatives.
I experimented with baking my own bread. Something I know I will do occasionally, but I quickly realized that this was not something that I wanted to commit to on a regular basis. So, I was very happy when I found a local bakery that uses local, organic ingredients to make there bread. One hurdle overcome. But crackers have been more difficult and so one day out of sheer desperation I made Bread Crackers. And the kids loved them (and so did I).
These really couldn’t be simpler. Just take a few slices of your favorite bread, cut off the crusts and use a rolling pin to flatten out each slice. Then, using a bread knife, cut the bread into whatever size pieces you like. An average sized slice of bread cut into 6 pieces works pretty well for most things.
Place the bread pieces in a single layer on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake in a 375 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until they are lightly browned, turning once halfway through.
It’s fun to play with the shapes too. Cut the rectangles in half diagonally to create triangle, use a narrow drinking glass to cut circles or cookie cutters to create fun shapes in different sizes. Mini cookie cutters make great crackers for garnishing soups. Lots of possibilities and lots of ways to make lunch fun.
You can eat the crackers right away, while they are still warm. Or you can let them cool completely and store them in an airtight container for a few days. Perfect for a snack or to pack in a lunch.
They are perfect for school lunches too. I just pack a spreader and some veggies and let the kids make their own. Something all the kids around here love to do. Add a new vegetable to the mix of familiar/favorite ones and you will be surprised at how adventurous kids will get when they get to create their own.
I’m sure at some point I will find a cracker that is made with 100% whole grains and doesn’t include a mile long list of ingredients I can’t pronounce, but in the meantime these are serving us very well.
I’d love to hear what your favorite cracker toppers are (always looking for new ideas:). Just leave me a note in the comment section if you have any you would like to share.