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Animal Crackers {Vegan and Gluten-Free}

July 3, 2013

It’s taken me a while to get around to posting this recipe. I debated posting it, not because they aren’t delicious but because they aren’t exactly the easiest thing to make. Ultimately the recipes I publish are the things that interest me and I would want to see if I were reading my blog. The problem with this is that not all of my recipes are particularly accessible or easy to make.

Vegan and Gluten-Free Animal CrackersI’ve mentioned many times on the blog that I love a good kitchen challenge. The harder the recipe and the more steps required the more likely I am to make it. I know this is definitely out of the ordinary. I suppose the more difficult the recipe, the more pride I take in the final result. One consequence of this obsession? My blog post titles end up coming off like a novel: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Raw, Refined-Sugar Free yadayadayada….
Vegan and Gluten-Free Animal CrackersBesides the long post titles, I want to know that the recipes I post are things YOU would want to make. I will always continue to bake up extravagant treats that require 12347239 steps but I don’t need to post them all on the blog (I have Instagram for that ;)). So I would a) appreciate your feedback on whether you would actually make these longer recipes and b) will try to post easier recipes with fewer ingredients and steps. Erin at Sift Stir Savour does a great link-up on Mondays for recipes that only use up to 5-ingredients. The new kitchen challenge I am making for myself is to post at least one recipe a week which I can link up to 5-ingredient Mondays.
Vegan and Gluten-Free Animal CrackersBut before commencing this challenge I had to post this recipe. I have and will always love animal crackers. However, I am very particular about what kind of animal crackers. No Barnum’s for me. I like the ones that are less sweet and more like crackers rather than cookies. My version definitely reflects this so if you’re partial to the sweeter ones just up to sugar (or coconut palm sugar). Alternatively you could always dip them into Healthy Cake Batter Dip for some added sweetness like I did for the potluck I brought these to (recipe below).

Vegan & Gluten-Free Animal Crackers

by Davida Kugelmass

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 16 mins

Keywords: bake dessert snack cookie

Ingredients (Yields: 60-80 cookies, dependi)

  • 1 flax egg (1 T flax meal mixed with 3 T water)
  • 2 T almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 4 T earth balance
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds removed (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda


1. Mix flax egg and set aside.

2. combine almond milk and lemon juice and set aside.

3. Using an electric mixer beat earth balance until soft.

4. Add in coconut palm sugar and seeds from the vanilla bean).

5. Add in almond milk-lemon mixture.

6. Combine dry ingredients.

7. Add dry ingredients to wet and beat until well combined.

8. Using a spoon mix in flax egg.

9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

10. Place batter in fridge for 20-30 mins.

11. Take two pieces of wax paper and spray or pat with coconut oil.

12. Place dough on 1 sheet of wax paper and cover with the other sheet.

13. Using a rolling pin roll out until dough is a 1/4 inch thick.

14. Use animal cut-outs to shape cookies and place on a parchment or silicone-lined tray.

15. Bake for 10 mins (turning once halfway through). Watch carefully as they may be done before then depending on your oven.

16. Repeat for each tray.

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Healthy Cake Batter Dip

by Davida Kugelmass

Prep Time: 10 mins

Keywords: blender dessert gluten-free vegan chickpeas

Inspired by: Chocolate Covered Katie

Ingredients (Yields: 2 cups of dip)

  • 1 1/2 cups chickpeas (1 can), rinsed well
  • 3 tbsp cashew butter
  • 2 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup xylitol (or other sweetener)
  • 1/4 tsp stevia extract
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • heaping 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp butter extract (optional but adds a cake-batter flavour)
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup sprinkles


1. Blend all ingredients (except sprinkles) in a food processor until very, very smooth.

2. Add in sprinkles and pulse several times to combine.

3. Store in fridge for several days.

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  • Reply
    Emily Kathryn
    July 3, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Wow I can’t believe you made homemade animal crackers that is crazy cool! I love seeing both kinds of recipes, but I know for me simpler is sometimes easier and I go towards those more because I have the time to make them. But really no preference! 🙂

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    July 3, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    I loved animal crackers as a kid. My sister and I used to beg our parents to get us a box when we were at the grocery store. I’m loving this home made version – I may have to make them and send them to my sister 🙂

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      July 4, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      Let me know if you do! I used to and actually still love animal crackers. One summer I had a serious addiction to the CVS brand…I know, so weird. Thankfully I now have these as a replacement!

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    July 5, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    I, for one, am glad that you did go ahead and post this, because I am super excited about making them! I love animal crackers and these look delicious!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      July 5, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      Thank you!!! They were delicious and gobbled up in 2.5 seconds (by my 3 year old nephew and myself ;))

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    Erin S
    July 8, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Oh my goodness, I love animal crackers! Every time I see them in the store I say to myself “darn, I wish I could still eat those”…now I can 🙂 I’m very excited! Thanks for the fantastic recipe.

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    Cindy Gordon
    July 10, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    YUMMY, lots of work but a fun outcome! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂

    Hope your week is great!

    Cindy from

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      July 11, 2013 at 2:21 am

      Thanks Cindy 🙂 Sometimes the work is worth it! Definitely going to try to make easier recipes too! I’ll be linking up again tomorrow.

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    Gabby Ouimet
    July 12, 2013 at 3:07 am

    Hey Davida! I love this recipe! I was addicted to animal crackers when I was younger so this totally speaks to te kid in me! I have to admit, for me, the easier the recipe, the better. I totally admire people who tackle complicated recipes!

    Anyway, I’m featuring this recipe on HVF this week! Hope to have you back again 🙂

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      July 12, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      So excited you featured these! I’m happy you enjoyed. I’ll definitely get working on some easier recipes for Healthy Vegan Fridays. Thanks for hosting Gabby!

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    January 20, 2019 at 8:34 am

    I like that these are gluten free because I’m sensitive to gluten. The recipe also looks nutritious—very nice. I’m just confused about baking soda listed twice with no more about this in the instructions. Please explain.
    Thank you!

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