Homemade Graham Crackers with White Chocolate Frosting + Finding Balance

homemade graham crackers with white chocolate frosting 2

 

I knew vaguely for some reason that graham crackers were meant to be a “healthy” food. I’m not sure if it’s something I was told from my childhood or a belief held by society or what. This has always confused me because the modern graham cracker of today certainly doesn’t look, feel or taste healthy. They’re loaded with sugar, use uber refined ingredients and are mass produced by the bajillion. Considering that most people eat (or at least associate) them as S’mores, cheesecake crusts and piecrusts, the health label seems like another lie people tell themselves. Another delicious lie.

graham crackers with white chocolate frosting

Well, apparently graham crackers are meant to be healthy. MEANT to. A health nut minister named Sylvester Graham invented graham crackers in 1829. He was an advocate of vegetarianism and believed that an unhealthy diet would lead to uncontrollable, carnal urges and sexual excess. He swore that physical lust was harmful for the body (as any good minister should) and caused consequences as dire as pulmonary consumption, spinal diseases, epilepsy and insanity. So, to Graham a high fiber, vegetarian diet was the key to purity and chastity, while meat and refined foods meant debauchery, destruction and non-stop sex. Hmm… tough choice. 

No. Not really.

 graham cracker bite

Like most North Americans, I have yo-yo’d with my weight and my ideas of (read: dedication to) a healthy lifestyle. From a heavy set youth to starving myself to eating everything in my path to severely restricting my food intake, I’ve gone through the self-hate-through-food thing for a good portion of my life. So many of us have. Eating disorders are a fairly new phenomenon in the history of human kind. Born out of excess (something that didn’t exist for anyone other than royalty until the middle class appeared) we binge, we purge, we starve and we judge our food.

homemade graham crackers with white chocolate frosting 

The puritanical reactions to unhealthy lifestyles aren’t really any healthier. As an ex-raw foodist, I remember convincing myself (many years ago) that certain foods were evil and that my pure insides would surely burn and melt if I consumed a piece of white bread or grain of refined sugar. I didn’t realize until much later that these were thoughts of someone who hates food.

 cinnamon bark for grinding

The whole thing is such an old, tired story full of clichés and I’m sick of it. I LOVE food. I LOVE cooking and I LOVE eating. I took a stand against the horrid cycle and found something that feels balanced and real. Here are my guidelines:

Eat in moderation.
Try anything I want.
Always choose fresh, real ingredients.
Don’t deny myself (denial responds with feelings of rebellion, resentment and guilt)
Exercise regularly.

This has worked for me for several years. I’m in the best shape I’ve been in ages and I feel more balanced and happy with my relationship to food. Hail Mary.

 

These graham crackers were made using a somewhat similar recipe to Minister Graham’s original recipe. But as I’m not one to deny myself of a tasty idea, they also contain chocolate. A bit of balance goes a long way.

Homemade Graham Crackers with White Chocolate Frosting

Ingredients

  • 2 ½  cups graham flour
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/8 cup molasses
  • 1/3 honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • 1 ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp anise powder
  • 5 oz of white chocolate (optional)
  • licorice candy powder (optional)

graham cracker ingredients

Directions

Melt butter. Add honey and molasses to the butter and mix.

Add eggs and water to the mixture and mix.

In a different bowl, combine salt, baking soda, flours and spices. Stir.

Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until well incorporated and smooth.

Wrap in plastic and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

graham cracker dough

Preheat oven at 350ºF/180ºC/Gas mark 4.

Find a clean surface to roll your crackers and spread flour over it to prevent sticking. Make fist sized balls of dough and roll evenly to a 1/8 inch thickness.

graham cracker dough 2

Cut your crackers into small squares or rectangles, about 2×2 inches.

graham crackers 1

Use a fork to mark those satisfying graham cracker dots.

graham crackers 2

Bake for about 12-15 minutes until golden brown.

graham crackers 3

If you wish to add white chocolate, melt some in a double boiler and spread a thin coat on the back of your crackers. Refrigerate to harden.

white chocolate melting in double boiler

If you wish to add licorice powder, sprinkle some to the layer of chocolate before cooled.

Makes 20-24 crackers.

Eat with love.

graham crackers 4

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9 thoughts on “Homemade Graham Crackers with White Chocolate Frosting + Finding Balance

  1. Food Fan March 27, 2013 / 8:23 PM

    Looks incredible! I had always thought of graham crackers as a health snack, too…. it’s good to be reminded that cookies are cookies even if they are square in shape. Thanks for the reminders of how to enjoy food.

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  2. sharifa March 28, 2013 / 2:53 AM

    I love this posting dear Habibi.
    xoxox

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  3. Kass April 9, 2013 / 11:40 AM

    Lookes delish im making these!

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  4. Yaer! June 18, 2013 / 9:48 AM

    Bookmarked this recipe! It’s SO hard to find graham crackers in Seoul! >_<

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