Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Homemade Goldfish Crackers & DIY Goldfish Cutters!

I think Goldfish Crackers are definitely on the top 5 if not the top 3 list of a toddler's favorite snack food.  I don't know what it is, but I just never got on that bandwagon with Kaden (and now Addison).  They will eat plenty of them at friends' houses, school, birthday parties etc., so I decided a long time ago they would not enter our house.  I honestly try as hard as possible to limit the amount of snacks that come from a bag, although, it really is difficult when "snacks from the pantry" are all my kids want!  

So I am on a mission now to try and re-create and "copycat" some of our kids favorites.  Just a couple weeks ago I attempted the Clif Bar ZBar for kids.  You can see that recipe HERE.   

These goldfish for starters, are vegan.  So the cheesy taste will come from Nutritional Yeast.  I've included a lot of recipes with this ingredient and you may be confused on what it is and why I use it.  I've included a link for you to read about HERE from a great blog called FatFreeVegan.com.

They are also a bit softer and a tad crumblier than the go-to favorite.  So yes, I will continue to perfect this recipe but I think they turned out pretty darn good!  

The second reason I dragged my feet on making them was because I didn't want to take the time to buy a small goldfish cutter.  TAH-DAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii made those!!  And it was a damn good excuse to empty out my husband's last can of coca cola!  It only took me an hour (lol) to figure it out, but now that I have 5 perfectly good goldfish cutters, I want to give them to YOU!  All you have to do is enter a comment on this post on facebook AND share the recipe post on your wall, and I will mail out your very own cutter.  Easy enough!  Oh... and since I only have 5, its limited to the first 5 people who do this.  

Recipe by Chef Chloe
1 cup all-purpose flour, plus extra for work surface
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
¼ teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon turmeric (I didn't have this, but it is more to add a yellow color rather than for taste)
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper (optional, but recommended for adults)
5 tablespoons vegan margarine
3 tablespoons cold water

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
In a food processor, combine flour, nutritional yeast, salt, onion powder, and turmeric. Process until combined. Add margarine, and pulse about 15 times until crumbly. Add water and process until mixture just comes together.
On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough until it is 1/8-inch thick. It will be easier to roll if you work with half of the dough at a time. Using a goldfish cookie cutter, or other small cookie cutter, cut out the fish and line then on a baking sheet. If desired, carve a face, as pictured. I used the prong of a fork for the eyeball and a toothpick for the smile. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until golden and very lightly browned. Let cool and store at room temperature in a tightly sealed container or bag.

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