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:
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…
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)
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…
After baking, they are more of a pale green, but beautiful nonetheless.
Sneaky Shamrock Spinach Crackers
32 shamrock crackers or 64 small rectangles
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.
Adapted from Homemade Wheat Thins.
- 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)
- 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.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, dill).
- With a pastry blender (or two forks), cut in the Earth Balance into the flour mixture until crumbly. See image below.
- 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.
- 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!)
- 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.
Nutrition Information(click to expand)
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!
If you don’t want to make green hummus, you can try making my favourite guacamole for another pop of green.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Those look SOOOO good! And I love that you made them shamrocks!! So cool!!!
Those look SOOOO good! And I love that you made them shamrocks!! So cool!!!
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 :)
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?!
I can’t wait for the news!!! This is so hard waiting!! Love the crackers-such a cute way to use a cookie cutter!
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! :)
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. :)
Hi, Do you have a recipe for the Dark Chocolate Coconut Coffee Macaroons mentioned in this post? :)
loving the st patricks day ideas and can’t wait to hear the big reveal!
How adorable! I just love making crackers!
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!
do you think i can add kale instead of spinach?
Who needs artificial coloring when you have spinach?! Love this recipe, definitely going to try it this weekend!
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 :)
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 :)
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!
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?????
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. :)
Any thoughts on how these might freeze?
Im not sure, sorry about that.
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?!
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!!
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!
Those are so cute! What a great way to eat your greens! :D
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!
Can’t wait to hear this news :P
I’m making your easy avocado pasta tonight…hoping I will love it :P
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!
Omg these are so cute! Its 8 am and I want spinach cracker and gaucamole:0 Thanks Angela
Can’t wait to hear the news!!!!!!!!!!!!
So YUMMY!! Congrats on your new home-enjoy the ride!!! ;)
I made hummus with spinach and I had to keep adding more and more spinach to get it as bright green as yours! Tastes awesome though. And the color makes me smile.
I made the shamrock crackers and green hummus today and we loved them both! Thank you!!! Btw, we are obsessing over the blueberry banana pie vegan overnight oats right now – ridiculously delish!! I just put another batch in the fridge for tomorrow morning!!
How adorable! Love this idea!
Ok, so I think it is only appropriate that I finally leave a comment to say… I ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOUR BLOG! Seriously, you make being vegan very easy and extremely delicious. I switched to a vegan diet in July and luckily I found your blog shortly after because it made the transition extremely easy. I look at your blog daily to see what will be on my menu at home. I’ve tried other recipies from other blogs but yours are consistently incredible. Every single recipe is delicious! There is no going wrong. With that said, I thank you because you have made a huge impact on my life as well as my family’s! Who knew a complete stranger could do that? ;)
these are absolutely adorable! what a great idea :) thanks!
Love the addition of the spinach! Going to make these ASAP! Thanks :)
I so have to try these for Christmas with trees & wreath cutters!
These crackers look amazing and I am just dying to make them! My only question (which may sound really stupid) is what Earth Balance do you use? Is it the baking sticks? I clicked on the link for it and it took me to a website with a whole slew of stuff (like milk and shortening) and I just want to make sure I am buying the correct thing when I go to the store. I’m not vegan so I’m not too sure what I’m looking at when I see some of your ingredient lists, hehe. Thanks and I love your website!
Hi Holly, I usually use the soy-free earth balance in the red tub. Any of them will work though. Enjoy!
What is Earth Balance? Does this recipe call for a butter product or a milk product? I found the website online but am unfamiliar with what this recipe is calling for exactly. I would love to make these for this weekend! Thank you :)
Hey Ashley! Earth Balance is a vegan butter substitute, you can read more here: I use the soy-free in the tub http://www.earthbalancenatural.com/product/soy-free-buttery-spread/
Thank you!!! I am making them tonight. :)
I found the dough really moist, has anyone else had this problem? I found I had to add quite a bit more flour (more than 1/2 cup). Overall, the crackers came out great and look fantastic. I am going to serve them with guacamole at a St. Patrick’s Day party tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe!
How much hummus and spinach did you use for the dip?
Just made these with fresh spinach and basil and margarine and they were perfect!! Thanks for sharing
Is it possible to modify these using gluten free flour?
I just made this as a test for my son’s upcoming birthday party. (The theme will be something like bears & friends in the forest, so I cut these out in a tree shape.) They turned out light green and a bit brown, so I think I’ll test them again using half all-purpose organic flour with half whole wheat organic flour to see if the green colour comes out a bit better. By any chance, have you tried them with a pinch of spirulina to help them be a bit more green?
We made these to go with soup and they were great! We found them a tad sweet, so we’d use 1 tbsp sugar, and we used less water to ensure that it was still doughy. We would definitely make this again!
I measured the ingredients exactly; but found the batter way too wet to roll out.