I must admit we have a slight obsession with peanut butter in our house. I literally have to limit the amount of PB my kids are eating. It’s not just for PB & J sandwiches anymore, we put it in smoothies, on bananas, in our energy bites and even in our dessert – peanut butter cookies. My kids ask for a scoop of peanut butter every day after school as part of their snack. We really didn’t need another recipe involving peanut butter, but I just couldn’t resist making these peanut butter crackers.
Crackers are a great way to provide a wholesome and filling snack. Kids can easily grab them after school and serve themselves. Even the smallest of children can hold and eat these without assistance. Crackers are easy to pack and take along on outings and they can even be sent along in the lunchbox.
As with all other foods the ingredients in the crackers matter. It is very difficult to find quality whole grain crackers in a supermarket. Often they are made from refined grains and contain dozens of unnecessary food additives. Homemade crackers are a much safer and more nutritious option and they are surprisingly simple to make. The time consuming part is in cutting the dough into shapes which often you can recruit your children to do. Use small cookie cutters, plastic medicine cups or cut them into squares using a crinkle cutter. Be creative. It’s a fun activity for kids and introduces them to the importance of home cooking.
The recipe in this post uses only 5 simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen – whole wheat flour, ground oats, creamy peanut butter, salt and honey. If you are new to using whole wheat flour you can substitute white whole wheat flour which has a milder flavor and softer texture. Oats can easily be ground in a single serve blender such as a magic bullet, nutri bullet or ninja.
When I made these crackers I had a little trouble with the dough in the blender. I removed the dough, added a few tablespoons of water and mixed it by hand which turned out much better. I wasn’t sure how “thin” to make it so I cut out circles with a plastic medicine cup and then rolled back over half of them. As you can see in the picture above the ovals are a bit thinner than the circles. The ovals made a more crisp cracker but they were both enjoyed by the kids and eaten up in a few days.
These peanut butter crackers are a great source of fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals. They are a snack you can serve your kids and feel good about.