Whole wheat crackers are a breeze to make at home and endlessly customizable with your favorite herbs and spices. They're crunchy, crispy, and perfect for dipping! I'll show you how easy it is to make bite-size and artisan-style crackers.
Many of us have been doing more baking this spring, with homemade bread getting a lot of attention. But what about homemade crackers?! If you've never made crackers before I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with how EASY it is.
To make these whole wheat crackers all you need is 1 bowl, 2 baking sheets, parchment paper, a rolling pin, and a handful of ingredients. The idea with this basic cracker recipe is that you probably already have everything you need in the pantry.
Selecting Whole Wheat Flour
I opted for white whole wheat flour for these crackers because, well, I had a bag of it in the fridge that needed to be put to use! But also, I'm a fan of white whole wheat flour since it provides the same whole-grain nutrition as other varieties of whole wheat but with a more subtle flavor and texture.
White whole-wheat flour also makes delicious oil-free muffins!
In keeping with the pantry-friendly theme, I included dried rosemary in this batch, but fresh rosemary works, too. Or omit the herbs altogether for a plain, whole wheat cracker.
Add a splash of maple syrup or a few teaspoons of granulated sweetener for a cracker more reminiscent of Wheat Thins.
Oil-Free vs With Olive Oil
Full-fat coconut milk add a touch of richness to these oil-free crackers (for reference, all of these photos show the oil-free version). Coconut milk also adds moisture and reduces the amount of water needed to pull the dough together.
If you include oil in your diet, feel free to substitute ¼ cup olive oil for the coconut milk, and increase the water to approximately ½ cup.
If you're curious about the difference in flavor and texture, the oil-free version is definitely a sturdier, healthier tasting cracker. While still delicious, it's not as flaky as crackers made with olive oil.
So if you're not avoiding oil and prefer a flakier, buttery-tasting cracker more similar to store-bought, you'll prefer the olive oil version included in the recipe below.
Step by Step Photos
In a mixing bowl whisk together the dry ingredients. Then add the coconut milk (or oil) and stir. The dough will be lumpy. Next, add the water, and mix again until the dough begins to hold together. It should look rough and shaggy.
Gather the dough into a ball, then divide it in two. Loosely re-shape the halves into rectangles, and set one aside.
Place one rectangle of dough on a large piece of parchment paper. Place another piece of parchment on top, and roll the dough until it's approximately 14 inches long and 7 to 8 inches wide.
The overall shape doesn't really matter, just make sure it will fit on your baking sheet.
Tips for Rolling and Shaping the Dough
The important thing is that the thickness is the same across the entire sheet of dough.
For example, if the middle is thicker than the edges, the edges will be crisp and golden but the center won't be done. So it's worth it to spend a few extra minutes making sure the dough is rolled out evenly.
For bite-size crackers use a pizza cutter or a knife to cut the dough into equal-size pieces (as pictured above).
For rustic artisan-style crackers, simply leave the sheet of dough whole, and break it into crackers once cool.
These whole wheat crackers are perfect for scooping up vegan cheeses and dips like:
They're also fantastic with this popular Vegan Tuna Salad!
If you try these healthy whole wheat crackers I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment and star rating below to let us know!
Whole Wheat Crackers (WFPB/Oil-Free Option)
- 2 cups white whole wheat flour Can also use whole wheat pastry flour, regular whole wheat, or 1 cup all-purpose flour and 1 cup whole wheat.
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¾ to 1 teaspoon fine sea salt Depending on how salty you like your crackers.
- 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, optional
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, optional
- ¼ teaspoon dried parsley, optional
- ½ cup canned full-fat coconut milk (for oil-free version) or ¼ cup olive oil for classic version
- 4 to 6 tablespoons water for coconut milk version or ½ cup water for olive oil version
- If making the coconut milk version, shake the can very well before opening. If the fat and liquid have separated, warm the coconut milk slightly then stir until homogenous. Measure out ½ cup (reserve remaining coconut milk for another recipe).
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a mixing bowl whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and any herbs or spices you're using. Drizzle in the coconut milk (or olive oil) and mix with a fork.
- Drizzle in the lesser amount of water (¼ cup for the coconut milk version or ½ cup for the olive oil version). Stir again to combine. The dough should look shaggy and rough. If there is still quite a bit of dry flour in the bowl add 1 to 2 more tablespoons of water and mix again. Don't overwork the dough.
- Gather the dough into a ball, and cut in half. Shape each half into a rectangle about ¾-inch thick. Cut three large pieces of parchment paper (about the size of a standard cookie sheet). Place one piece of dough on a piece of parchment. Place another piece of parchment on top, and roll the dough until it's about 15 inches long and 7 to 8 inches wide. Aim for even thickness across the entire sheet of dough. Otherwise, thinner areas will be done first. Carefully peel away the top piece of parchment. Re-use that piece of parchment to roll out the other piece of dough in the same way.
- For bite-size crackers use a pizza cutter or a knife to score individual pieces, or for artisan-style crackers, simply leave the sheets of dough whole. TIP: sprinkle extra black pepper on top for added flavor.
- Transfer the bottom piece of parchment and the dough to baking sheets. Bake for 25 to 40 minutes. NOTE: bake time depends on the thickness of the dough. Also, the oil-free version typically requires a longer bake time. Begin checking the crackers after 22 - 25 minutes. They're done when crisp and golden. Allow to cool. If you baked the dough as one large sheet, break into artisan-style crackers in any shape and size you prefer.
Estimated Nutrition (per serving)
Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact amounts and specific products and ingredients used. We calculate this information using the online calculator cronometer.com. For the most accurate nutrition information we recommend calculating it yourself to reflect the specific ingredients used in your dish.