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Homemade Animal Crackers (WFPB) and How we do Poetry Tea Parties

Sometimes you just need a cozy, fun baking activity with your kids and you don’t want to overeat on sweets. This is the perfect recipe for that time. Animal crackers are so cute and fun, but nutritionally poor. So I created this recipe and even bought the adorable cookie cutters just because it sounded too cute not to do.

 

We’ve been having poetry tea parties on Thursday afternoons since I started homeschooling last year. I bought a variety of dainty little plates and glass tea cups at a thrift store. To keep them involved, I put the tea party dishes in a low cupboard so they can set the table themselves. We whip up some snack together, like little pb&js, hummus and veggies, or a quick fruit platter. Sometimes we bake something. We usually serve orange or apple juice because that’s what makes it special (I keep 100% juice concentrate in the freezer and make up small portions at a time for special occasions). However, when serving cookies like this, soy or almond milk is the perfect “tea.” Then I read poems to them while they eat. It feels classy. They get calories they need. I enjoy the structure to the afternoon (and the poems, and the snack). It’s just been a fun little weekly tradition.

Other small snacks that are perfect for tea parties

Apple Nachos with Date Caramel

Rice Crispy Granola Bars

Green Muffins

 Mini Corn Muffins (sneaky chickpeas in them)

Chocolate Protein Blender Muffins (lentils in these!)

Zucchini Muffins 

Best Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

Banana Muffins

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Best served with some fresh fruit and vegetables! When served at a tea party they are more likely to be eaten because it’s just more fun. 😉

Melt some chocolate chips and use a toothpick to decorate with the melted chocolate if you’d like.

 

Homemade Animal Crackers (WFPB)
Servings: 50 small cookies
Ingredients
  • 2 TBSP ground flax seed
  • 2 TBSP water
  • 2 TBSP runny almond butter (or melted coconut oil if nut-free)
  • 3 TBSP maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 cup whole wheat, spelt, or oat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375. Get out a baking sheet and line with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.

  2. Mix the flax seed and water in a large mixing bowl. Let sit for a couple minutes until thick.

  3. Mix in the wet ingredients, then the dry. Mix well until a dough forms. If it's too sticky, add an extra 1-2 tablespoons of flour.

  4. Place dough between two pieces of parchment or wax paper. Roll until a little less than 1/4 inch thick. Cut out with animal cookie cutters (see blog post for link).

  5. Bake small cookies for 7 minutes, larger cookies for 9. Let cool on baking sheet before removing. Store in airtight container for 2-3 days, or freeze.

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