Easy St. Patrick’s Day Appetizer: Sneaky Shamrock Spinach Crackers & Green Dip

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This has to be one of the easiest green recipes I’ve ever made, aside from the Green Monster. I’ve wanted to make green crackers for a while now, using spinach for the lovely green colour and burst of nutrition. Attempt #1 was adapting the gluten-free crackers with spinach. The dough was super sticky and it was just a big flop. I’ll have to work on that one a bit more.

For attempt #2, I adapted the Homemade Wheat Thins I made a while back:

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If you’ve made those crackers you’ll know that the dough rolls easy and they taste much better than the store-bought version. It’s almost impossible not to eat the entire batch in a day…or maybe that’s just me.

The dough isn’t the sticky, annoying dough that you fight with either. I was happy that the spinach crackers also followed suit…

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I picked up this shamrock cookie cutter at Bulk Barn the other day and somehow resisted the strong urge to buy Easter stuff…(help me)

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As you can see, the dough is a lovely bright green before baking! It’s amazing what 1 cup of spinach can do. Imagine all that green power inside your body…

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After baking, they are more of a pale green, but beautiful nonetheless.

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Sneaky Shamrock Spinach Crackers

Another sneaky way to get in your greens…and no one will be the wiser, especially kids! Crispy but chewy, wholesome, green, and the perfect vehicle for your favourite festive dip or spread.

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Adapted from Homemade Wheat Thins.

Yield: ~32 shamrock crackers (or 64 small rectangles)

Ingredients:

  • 1 & 1/4 cups (5 oz) 100% whole wheat flour
  • 1 & 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp kosher salt, plus extra for sprinkling on
  • 1 tsp dried dill weed (or other herbs/spices of choice)
  • 4 tbsp Earth Balance (I used soy-free)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp water
  • 1 cup fresh spinach (30 grams)

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a non-stick mat. Or just use 1 baking sheet and bake 2 separate batches like I did.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, dill).

3. With a pastry blender (or two forks), cut in the Earth Balance into the flour mixture until crumbly. See image below.

4. In a blender, blend the water and spinach until smooth. Now pour this into the flour and Earth balance mixture. Stir this mixture until it just comes together and then gently knead with hands until it forms a ball. Be sure not to over handle the dough.

5. Split the dough in half. On a non-stick mat or lightly floured surface, roll out one half of the dough very thin (1/16th inch). Cut with cookie cutters or with a pizza roller. Gently lift off with fingers and place on prepared sheet. Repeat as necessary. Sprinkle with more salt (I used Herbamare and it tasted amazing!)

6. Bake for 9-10 minutes, rotating pan half way through baking to ensure more even baking. Crackers should be lightly golden when ready. My crackers took 10 minutes, but watch closely after 8 minutes. Be careful because they burn quickly. Cool completely on baking sheet and serve immediately. Store leftovers in a glass container.

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Don’t be fooled by the long directions…this recipe took me just 10 minutes to throw together! I just like to be detailed for you. :)  I was in and out of the kitchen in 30 minutes flat.

To pair with the crackers, I added some hummus into my blender along with a touch of water and some spinach to make this gorgeous BRIGHT green dip!

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If you don’t want to make green hummus, you can try making my favourite guacamole for another pop of green.

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This batch made about 32 crackers…and they go fast! My suggestion is to double the batch if making for a group. No one wants fight club to break out on the dining room table.

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Serve with Homemade Baileys on its own or in a Green Monster, as some of you suggested the other day (really good!). Breakfast on Saturday morning? I think so.

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Remember when I told you that I have news to share, but I wouldn’t know exactly when that would be? In the words of Stephanie Tanner, how rude. bahah

Well, I can finally share the news this weekend…..finally! I don’t know how I’ve waited this long because I’m an incredibly impatient person. By the way, it’s not baby-related news, just in case the Baileys didn’t confirm that for you…More deets to come!

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Andrea (Our Lighter Footsteps) March 15, 2012

I can’t wait to hear the news…I hope that it is cookbook related :)

I also cannot wait until you perfect a gluten free recipe for the green crackers…I suppose that I could start on doing it myself but your just so much better at it :)

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Andrea (Our Lighter Footsteps) March 15, 2012

ummmm, I meant you’re so much better…I am my own grammar police ;) he he

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Yellow Haired Girl March 15, 2012

I love this!!! And I love Bulk Barn, too ;)

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Ellie March 15, 2012

I am all about adding spinach to anything and everything! I recently made vegan brownies and added spinach to the peppermint coconut butter frosting i made to make it Green :)

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Jasper @ crunchylittlebites March 15, 2012

it’s not possible to make as much cute with green as you do Angela. seriously. cute to the bone

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Anna D March 15, 2012

Making these this weekend! YUM, thanks Angela!

Also, I’m surprised it’s not baby-related news–all my favorite bloggers keep getting pregnant!! Hopefully a book for me to pre-order?? :)

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brytnie March 15, 2012

thank you! i made these and my son and husband loved them! i used a star cookie cutter, i didn’t have a ute shamrock ;(. but i used spelt flour (wheat allergies) and stevia (sugar allergies) and they were great. i am going to make a double batch tonight for our playgroup tomorrow since this batch will disapear. thank you! brytnie

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 16, 2012

glad to hear that! :)

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Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie March 15, 2012

Can’t wait to hear the news! And dying to hear about the surprise news :)

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Amanda March 15, 2012

Your creativity never ceases to amaze me!

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Shannon March 15, 2012

Hi Angela! I hadn’t been by in quite a while and am catching up on your blog! It looks great, and congratulations on the cookbook! Just signed up for the newsletter :)

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Molly @ Oh Gnome! March 15, 2012

Looks delicious! I don’t have any dill though, do you have any other spice ideas?

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Lindsay Ford March 15, 2012

So a cute idea! So much healthier than drinking the day away with unhealthy snacks. So excited to try these. I’m nervous though I always seem to skip a step when cooking. If they turn out good I’ll post them on my vegan blog. Thanks!

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Kaila @healthyhelperblog! March 15, 2012

Those look SOOOO good! And I love that you made them shamrocks!! So cool!!!

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Kaila @healthyhelperblog! March 15, 2012

Those look SOOOO good! And I love that you made them shamrocks!! So cool!!!

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TeenyLittleSuperChef March 15, 2012

That’s funny you had to add the disclaimer at the end about your news not being baby-related. It seems everyone and their mother is getting knocked up here in the blog world. I can’t wait to hear what the good news is. And thanks for this fun recipe for St. Patty’s Day crackers. They sound so cool and a great way to get in more spinach. I love the new design on your title page too. Really pretty and vibrant :)

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Hayley March 15, 2012

Ooh so excited for the news. I have been following your incredible journey since the day you started your blog, on Halloween. Are you opening a restaurant or bakery?!

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Jacqueline@digintobooks March 15, 2012

I can’t wait for the news!!! This is so hard waiting!! Love the crackers-such a cute way to use a cookie cutter!

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Moni'sMeals March 15, 2012

Leave it to you to make the most adorable yet extremely healthy holiday food for St Patti’s. Oh I wish you would just cook for me. haha! :)

So brilliant!

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Willow March 15, 2012

Those crackers look so good! I still have yet to make your original wheat thins recipe, but they sound so incredible… I love wheat thins, but never let myself by them – definitely on my to-make list!
And I’m so excited to hear your news! I wait with bated breath. :)

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Holly March 15, 2012

http://ohsheglows.com/2010/07/12/summer-roast/

Hi, Do you have a recipe for the Dark Chocolate Coconut Coffee Macaroons mentioned in this post? :)

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Sarah @ The Healthy Diva March 16, 2012

loving the st patricks day ideas and can’t wait to hear the big reveal!

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers March 16, 2012

How adorable! I just love making crackers!

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Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit March 16, 2012

Great minds think alike, I tell ya! I made green crackers last weekend from spinach. Only difference is, yours are pretty. Mine were horrible looking. I didn’t think to use a cookie cutter so just did them in squares. Needless to say, they didn’t make the blog this week! Can’t wait to hear your news!

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lisa r. March 16, 2012

do you think i can add kale instead of spinach?

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Taylor @ Nuts for Apples March 16, 2012

Who needs artificial coloring when you have spinach?! Love this recipe, definitely going to try it this weekend!

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Stephanie @ Legally Blinde March 16, 2012

Those shamrock crackers are so adorable! I’ve been meaning to try your homemade wheat thins, but now I really want to go buy a shamrock cookie cutter and try this version as soon as possible! Excited for your news :)

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Colleen N. March 16, 2012

Love these! So festive! I made a vegan Irish soda bread today and brought it in to work. People are going crazy for it! It was a simple 1 to 1 substitition. Unsweetened Almond milk for the buttermilk and earthbalance for the butter! Turned out great :)

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Jennifer March 16, 2012

What do you think we need to do to make the gluten-free crackers to work? I have Bob’s Red Mill flour mixture and xanthum gum… What did you use? The crackers look so great and I’ll make the wheat ones for my guests but i want to eat them tooooo! The spinach was genius!

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Margaret March 16, 2012

Love the green crackers for St. Patrick’s day.
Will you save some of those for me next week.
Do you think I can guess your surprise?????

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Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes March 16, 2012

These looks so amazing! I love the spinach in there, love the color it adds and I bet it tastes great! I’m craving this now, better go make it. :)

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Jessica March 16, 2012

Any thoughts on how these might freeze?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 16, 2012

Im not sure, sorry about that.

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Diana @ frontyardfoodie March 16, 2012

So delicious and adorable! This makes me want to get all kinds of cracker cutters.

I LOVE the green hummus idea! Hummus is one of the best things in the world so why not make it green?!

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Amber March 16, 2012

What fantastic mean green vegan machine idea you are sharing! I’m going to be dipping all sorts of stuff in that green hummus tomorrow, I reckon. Cheers!!

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Angela @ Happy Fit Mama March 16, 2012

Love these!!! I’m always looking for ways to sneak in extra greens into my families food. This is perfect!

Maybe I’ll have hubby make these for me tomorrow instead of a birthday cake? On second thought, I’ll have him make the crackers AND a birthday cake!

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Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner March 16, 2012

Those are so cute! What a great way to eat your greens! :D

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Brittany March 16, 2012

These look awesome. I’ve never made homemade crackers but I’ve always wanted to try. I’ll have to try one of your recipes.

Can’t wait for the news!

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Jocelyn March 17, 2012

Can’t wait to hear this news :P

I’m making your easy avocado pasta tonight…hoping I will love it :P

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Claire @ Un Bello Aperitivo March 17, 2012

The crackers are so cute! I love this idea. I’ve currently had kiwi today, so I’m counting that towards some of my “green.”

Excited to hear the news!

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sarah@www.sarah-otoole.com March 17, 2012

Omg these are so cute! Its 8 am and I want spinach cracker and gaucamole:0 Thanks Angela

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Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) March 17, 2012

Can’t wait to hear the news!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jo March 17, 2012

So YUMMY!! Congrats on your new home-enjoy the ride!!! ;)

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