It’s nice to have a homemade graham cracker recipe on hand for pie crusts, s’mores, and snacking. People inherently understand the value of a homemade chocolate chip cookie or brownies made from scratch. However, even seasoned bakers seem to turn to a box rather than a homemade graham cracker recipe. Although, not as simple as buying a box, this graham cracker recipe is fresher than the boxed variety, slightly less sweet, easy to make, and you can make the graham crackers in any shape you like!
Homemade Graham Cracker Recipe
Graham Crackers Destroy Your Sex Drive?
Maybe graham crackers are typically served to kids because somewhere in our collective memory we know that graham crackers are wholesome and we worry that graham isn’t good for sex?
Graham flour and later graham crackers were created by the Presbyterian minister Sylvester Graham.
He had some great ideas…
- We should eat foods high in fiber and with whole grains.
- Eating pure foods on a regular basis results in a long, healthy life.
and some less great ones…
- If food sits in the stomach for too long, it overstimulates the organs and causes sexual arousal.
- Rich, fatty foods only increase sexual urges.
Graham invented graham flour in the 1830s. It’s a form of whole wheat flour that has a slightly coarser grind. It’s higher in fiber than white flour and according to Graham, digests faster so as not to subject people to the desires of the flesh. This flour led to to the graham cracker: The Anti-Sex cracker. Now there’s a marketing campaign slogan if I ever heard one.
Graham crackers were originally made with 100% graham flour. Nowadays as you saw in the recipe in this post, they are typically a mix of graham or regular whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour.
I wonder what Graham would think of my Better than Sex Chocolate cupcakes?
Graham Crackers and Dieting
As far as dessert snacks go, graham crackers are not that bad for you. According to calorie-count.com, two squares of graham crackers are 59 calories.
When I was a kid, I used to put graham crackers in my cereal bowl every morning. I loved eating them all soggy with milk. (FYI – I strongly recommend dunking graham crackers in milk. Mmmmm.)
Anyway, one day I decided I needed to lose weight and I decided the way to diet was to stop putting graham crackers in my cereal. I don’t recall if that 59 calories a day reduction in food intake caused any weight loss, but I do wonder if I am the only one to ever go on a diet that only involved refraining from graham crackers.