Gluten Free Graham Crackers
These homemade gluten free graham crackers are warmly spiced, crunchy, and delicious! They have a sweet, slightly nutty flavor and satisfying crunch. Both kids and adults love them. Traditional graham crackers are not gluten free, but this recipe is! Great for s’mores, cheesecake crusts, yogurt parfaits, trifles, and energy bites!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- These gluten free graham crackers are nostalgic and timeless!
- This recipe takes only 30 minutes in total.
- They are better than store bought crackers!
- These homemade graham crackers are warmly spiced and flavorful.
- This recipe is made with mostly pantry staple ingredients.
- They are crispy and crunchy!
- These graham crackers are sturdy enough for s’mores.
- They are sweet and buttery for cheesecake crusts or pie crusts.
- This recipe is gluten free, egg free, and can be easily made dairy free and vegan.
- Check out this S’mores Dip for a fun way to eat these gluten free graham crackers!
Are Graham Crackers Gluten Free?
Traditionally, graham crackers are not gluten free because they contain wheat flour.
However, with the increasing demand for gluten free products, several brands now offer gluten free graham crackers.
It is important to carefully read labels to ensure that the specific product you choose is indeed gluten free and produced in a dedicated gluten free facility to avoid cross-contamination.
This homemade version is entirely gluten free. It uses a combination of gluten free all-purpose flour, oat flour, and almond flour to achieve the perfect texture.
Ingredients & Substitutions
These are the main ingredients and substitutions. Scroll down to the recipe card for full ingredients list and instructions.
A combination of three gluten free flours provide the perfect texture. These include gluten free 1 to 1 flour, gluten free oat flour, and almond flour. King Arthur Flour and Bob’s Red Mill have great gluten free flours. Double check that the oat flour is certified gluten free. Use finely blanched almond flour.
A little brown sugar adds sweetness. I have not tried this recipe using coconut sugar, but it may work for a refined sugar free option.
Both baking soda and baking powder help leaven the crackers slightly.
Cinnamon adds the warm and cozy flavor.
Add in a pinch of sea salt.
Melted butter adds the classic buttery flavor. Feel free to use regular butter or vegan butter sticks. I love Earth Balance butter sticks for vegan baking.
Pure maple syrup adds a comforting sweetness. If desired, replace with honey to create gluten free honey graham crackers.
A little milk helps thin out the cookie dough. Use regular milk or dairy free milk.
Lastly, add in vanilla extract.
Taste & Texture
Gluten free graham crackers boast a remarkable taste and texture that can rival their gluten filled counterparts.
These crackers feature a delightful blend of sweetness and a subtle nuttiness.
The texture ranges from crispy to slightly chewy, creating a satisfying bite. They can be enjoyed both on their own or as a base for other treats.
How to Make
First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the gluten free flour, oat flour, almond flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted butter, maple syrup, milk, and vanilla.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir until a dough forms. If needed, use your hands to fully incorporate all of the ingredients.
Place the dough between two sheets of parchment paper. Roll it out to ⅛ inch thickness. Then, use a cookie cutter or sharp knife to cut the dough into desired shapes.
Carefully transfer the cut-out crackers onto the parchment lined baking sheet. Leave a little space between the crackers.
Bake in the preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the graham crackers are golden brown along the edges.
Remove the baking pan from the oven. Allow the crackers to completely cool on a wire rack. They will firm up as they cool down.
Once cool, serve these gluten free graham crackers. Enjoy!
Expert Tips & Tricks
Experiment with flavors. Enhance the taste of your gluten free graham crackers by incorporating different spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom.
Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough. Roll into an even thickness.
Use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut out the crackers. Cookie cutters work well too. I find that a pizza slicer is the easiest tool to use.
Follow the recipe instructions carefully and accurately measure ingredients to ensure the perfect balance of flavors and textures.
Allow the crackers to fully cool before eating. They will firm up nicely as they cool down.
Where to Buy
Gluten free graham crackers are becoming more accessible. They are sold in various health food stores, specialty food sections of grocery stores, and online retailers.
Popular brands such as Pamela’s, Schar, Annie’s, and Kinnikinnick offer gluten free graham cracker options that you can explore.
Check out Walmart, Target, Amazon, Whole Foods, and other grocery stores to buy them.
Graham Cracker Uses
Pie Crusts: Crushed graham crackers mixed with melted butter or coconut oil make a fantastic base for pie crusts. Whether you are making a classic cheesecake, a key lime pie, or another pie, a graham cracker crust adds a delightful crunch and flavor. Check out this Gluten Free Graham Cracker Crust!
S’mores: Graham crackers are an essential component of the beloved s’mores. Layer a piece of Hershey’s chocolate and a roasted marshmallow between graham crackers for a gooey and nostalgic treat.
Parfaits: Create delicious and visually appealing parfaits by layering graham cracker crumbs with yogurt, whipped cream, and fresh fruits. Great for breakfast or dessert!
Cheesecakes: Graham crackers make a classic crust for cheesecakes. Crush the crackers, mix them with melted butter, press the mixture into the bottom of a springform pan, and then add your favorite cheesecake filling. Bake and enjoy a velvety cheesecake with a crunchy graham cracker base.
Ice Cream Toppings: Sprinkle crushed graham crackers over a scoop of your favorite ice cream flavor for an added crunch and flavor.
Trifles: Layer graham cracker pieces with pudding, whipped cream, and fruits in a glass dish to create a visually stunning and tasty trifle.
Dessert Dips: Crushed graham crackers can be used as dippers for dessert dips such as chocolate mousse, peanut butter dip, or cookie dough dip. Their sturdy structure makes them perfect for scooping up creamy and sweet dips.
Dessert Crumbles: Use crushed graham crackers as a topping for fruit crisps or cobblers. Mix them with butter, sugar, and spices, and sprinkle the mixture over the fruit before baking.
Tart Shells: Press crushed graham crackers into tart pans to create a base for tarts or mini cheesecakes. Fill them with your choice of fillings like lemon curd, fruit compote, or chocolate ganache for a bite-sized dessert.
How to Serve & Store
Gluten-free graham crackers are incredibly versatile and can be enjoyed in various ways:
- Classic Snack: Savor them on their own as a satisfying gluten free snack.
- S’mores: Use them as a base for creating delicious gluten free s’mores.
- Crusts and Crumbles: Crush them to make a gluten-free pie crust or use as a topping for ice cream, yogurt, or fruit crisps.
- Cheesecake Bases: Crushed gluten-free graham crackers make a delectable base for gluten-free cheesecakes.
Store them in an airtight container at room temperature.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are several brands of gluten free graham crackers. My favorite brand is Pamela’s. Other brands include Annie’s, Kinnikinnick, Schar, Simple Mills, and Mary’s Gone Crackers. Simple Mills are delicious, but much smaller than traditional graham crackers.
Yes, check out these Kinnikinnick Gluten Free Graham Cracker Crumbs!
Yes, these graham crackers are great for a cheesecake crust.
This recipe can be vegan. Use vegan butter and dairy free milk.
USA Pan 3 Piece Cookie Sheet Set: These cookie sheets are great for baking!
Pre-Cut Parchment Paper Sheets: Use parchment paper to help roll out the cookie dough.
Pyrex 3 Glass Mixing Bowls: These are great mixing bowls!
Pyrex Glass Measuring Cups: I always use these glass measuring cups when baking.
Whisk: Whisk together the ingredients.
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Get the Recipe: Gluten Free Graham Crackers
- First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the gluten free flour, oat flour, almond flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted butter, maple syrup, milk, and vanilla.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir until a dough forms. If needed, use your hands to fully incorporate all of the ingredients.
- Place the dough between two sheets of parchment paper. Roll it out to ⅛ inch thickness. Use a cookie cutter or pizza slicer to cut the dough into desired shapes.
- Carefully transfer the cut-out crackers onto the parchment lined baking sheet. Leave a little space between each cracker. If desired, use a fork to lightly pierce the crackers.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the graham crackers are golden brown along the edges.
- Remove the baking pan from the oven. Allow the crackers to completely cool on a wire rack. They will firm up as they cool down.
- Once cool, serve and enjoy!
- This recipe uses a specific flour blend. Use the correct amount of gluten free flour, oat flour, and almond flour.
- The cookie dough will be pretty thick. It is somewhat similar to cut-out sugar cookie dough.
- Roll the dough out to ⅛ inch thickness. Anything thicker will taste like cookies instead of graham crackers.
- This recipe can be made entirely vegan. Use vegan butter sticks and dairy free milk.
- These graham crackers will become crunchy as they cool down. Allow them to cool completely.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
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