The Sister scolded me the other day for not sending her any baked goodies in over a year. How thoughtless of me! What kind of sister am I?! I’m surprised I haven’t been disowned yet. How lucky I am to have such a forgiving, patient sibling to put up with my lack of baking generosity.
Yes, she is that dramatic. But only sometimes. Love you Amanda!
So I asked her what she wanted! One of her suggestions was a s’mores-inspired treat. LOVED that idea! And I knew just what I wanted to make – a sweet, quick bread made from graham cracker crumbs and laced with carob chips and naturally sweetened marshmallows. It would be perfect. Except I couldn’t find naturally sweetened marshmallows anywhere! (Side note: If anyone knows where this can be done, let me know!) Bummer, for sure, but the show must go on. I forged ahead with my marshmallow-less bread and out of the oven came Carob Chip Graham Cracker Bread.
The recipe is below. It’s fun and easy and low-fat to boot!
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup applesauce
1 cup whole wheat graham cracker crumbs
1 flax egg
1/3 cup honey
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup vegan carob chips
Preheat the oven to 350*F. Spray an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside. In a large bowl, mix together white whole wheat flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, mix applesauce and graham cracker crumbs (I ground 14 of these crackers in my food processor to get 1 cup) until well combined. Add flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flax seed whisked with 3 tablespoons water) and mix until well combined. Add honey and mix until well combined. Alternatively mix in flour mixture and almond milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir in carob chips. Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes before removing.
This was my first time baking with a flax egg substitute – why I have no idea! – and it worked wonderfully. I will definitely be using it more in the future! As for the bread itself, how ’bout we turn to The Sister for her thoughts?
When I first received the package that contained the bread, I didn’t have any silverware nearby but couldn’t resist trying a piece. I used my hands to tear off a chunk. It took every ounce of restraint in me not to eat half of the loaf then and there with the plastic wrap still on it. It was so moist, so flavorful and so tasty!
So I guess it’s a keeper!
Do you have any favorite graham cracker treats?