Homemade Crackers (Fail)
|Pie crust, masquerading as cheese crackers. Nope.|
As I began to amass ideas for homemade crackers, I thought now would be a great time to give it a go. I've started to eliminate junk snacks from our cupboards, but as they become more empty each day, the family is coming around staring into the abyss, looking for a salty crunch.
I hate to admit it, but Cheez-It crackers are the very favorite, and probably the least healthy snack we keep around. Therefore, I started with a recipe for DIY Cheez-It. You basically throw some cold butter, flour, water, salt and cheese in a processor and make a dough ball to roll out. Wait a minute... what? That's just pie crust - with cheese in it! If you know me, you know that I happen to be a TERRIBLE pie crust maker. Rolling out
|Homemade chickpea crackers... meh.|
I already had all the equipment (food processor, rolling pin, flour, parchment paper) out and the oven on. So I figured I'd try the chickpea flour "tortilla chips" recipe, since I keep that (besan) around for Indian recipes. First of all, SO NOT tortilla chips. Apparently a bunch of people tried this pin with great results, rave reviews, but to me they just tasted like a bland version of the Indian snacks we get from family sometimes. I'm sure some of my chip fail has to do with my complete inability to manage a rolling pin, as the directions were "roll it out super super thin" or it won't be crispy. For an artist, seamstress, and a darn good cook, I'm really really TERRIBLE rolling out dough. Did I mention that?
|Out of the tortilla chips that get your picky kid to eat healthy avocado? Try homemade chickpea tortilla chips... NOT!!|
Ok, ok, so they weren't THAT bad. They were cute, right? But seriously, no one is eating them. The next day, I raided the "healthy chips" section of Target and found some really good compromises. Chickpea "chips" with guacamole for my 5 year old? No way. Way Better Snacks Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips with Chia seeds were accepted as edible, and the adults really really like them.
Moral of the story? $8 artisan crackers and fancy organic bags of chips are SO worth it. Challenge abandoned!
WHAT ARE YOUR FAMILY'S FAVORITE (SORT OF HEALTHY) CRUNCHY SNACKS?