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Healthy White Cheddar Vegan Goldfish Crackers

One fish.

Two fish.

Homemade White Cheddar Goldfish Crackers

Red fish.

Blue fish.

Say! What a lot of fish there are.

-Dr Seuss

Quoting a beloved childhood author seemed a fitting way to begin a post about a beloved childhood snack: goldfish crackers! Or, as Pepperidge Farm says, they are “the snack that smiles back.”



I drew on the smiles.

But these homemade goldfish crackers—filled with whole grains, fiber, vitamins, and deliciousness—are surely smiling inside.

Vegan Goldfish

The recipe was inspired by (and heavily adapted from) an adorable cookbook called Classic Snacks Made from Scratch, by Casey Barber. Her recipes are neither vegan nor particularly healthy; but the photos are super-cute, and I love flipping through the book for ideas. Next on my “healthy makeover” list are Klondike Bars, pudding pops, and Milano Cookies. Today, we are going with the goldfish: they taste more rustic (and less “fake”) than goldfish crackers from a store, yet they are just as delicious!

Homemade White Cheddar Goldfish Crackers

Healthy White Cheddar Vegan Goldfish

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  • 1 cup spelt or all-purpose flour (Bob’s gluten-free will work here) (130g)
  • 1 1/8 tsp salt (If you don’t like salty crackers, decrease to 3/4 tsp)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • optional: pinch turmeric for color
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp milk of choice (75g)
  • 3 tbsp coconut or vegetable oil (30g)

Preheat oven to 375 F. Combine first five ingredients in a bowl, and stir together. Mix in remaining ingredients until evenly incorporated. Transfer to bag and smush into a ball, then roll out between two sheets of parchment paper. Cut goldfish shapes, either with a goldfish cookie cutter or with a knife. (I cut them out carefully with a knife. After the first few, I gave up with the goldfish and cut the rest out with a circle cookie cutter.)  Cook on a parchment-lined baking sheet for 10-11 minutes. The yield will depend on the size of the cookie cutter you use (about 150 of the size shown in the photos). Thicker dough means puffier crackers; thinner dough yields crispier crackers.

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homemade goldfish

Question of the Day:

Do you like Goldfish crackers?

Cheeze-Its, Cheez Doodles, and Goldfish were some of my sister’s favorite snacks when we were growing up. Me? I rarely ate any non-chocolate snack foods. I have a theory that my sister subconsciously developed a taste for salty, cheesy snacks as a defense mechanism when I refused to share any of the chocolate!

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Published on April 7, 2013

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  1. Tanner says

    I never really liked goldfish crackers, but these look so cute, I think I might have to make them. You said they don’t taste “fake”, though, so they’ll probably be great! I like Annie’s chocolate chip bunny grahams, they’re delicious!
    P.S. For my English class we had to write evaluation essays this week, and I evaluated Chocolate-Covered Katie! It was hard because there are so many great things about the site, but a 525 word limit 🙂 🙁

  2. Jenny says

    This is just plain adorable. I used to love munching on goldfish as a kid, but they were always so processed… I’m definitely gonna to try this 🙂 Thanks, CCK!

  3. Claire Elizabeth says

    Oh my goodness! This is EXACTLY what I have been looking for! Thank you SO SO SO much! I am DEFINITELY going to make these after I decide what to cookie-cut them with! I am very excited now! Thanks again, Katie! 😀

  4. Lisa says

    These look super interesting!
    But, I love anything with nutritional yeast so they look like a win for me.
    I love how cute they are ha, so creative.
    I always loved goldfish crackers and those graham bunnies at the grocery store. Those were my top picks!

  5. Anonymous says

    Ha-ha, Katie, I like your theory about why your sister developed a taste for salty things. I wonder what sort of an impact I had on my younger sisters’ preferences (though, terrible to admit: she used to LOVE this snack called “Snappea Crisps” when we were little, but after I *gasp* showed her my mouthful of the chewed up snack, she was grossed out and didn’t touch them for YEARS. I felt so bad . . .)

    Anyways – I used to LOVE goldfish very much – they’re so darned cute! Now I need to make these . . . Maybe I’ll add beet juice and spinach to make some colored ones!

  6. Leah says

    Hi Katie! Just wondering, are these supposed to have any vegan cheddar in them? It isn’t listed in the ingredients, but I would imagine that they have some sort of vegan cheese product in them to make them taste like goldfish!

    • Allie says

      that’s where the nutritional yeast comes in, it gives our the cheddar cheese flavor. 🙂 the bulk bins at most health food stores have it! sprinkle on popcorn or anything you want for chest flavor!

  7. Dawn says

    Excuse my vegan ignorance….however, is there white cheddar in the “Healthy White Cheddar Vegan Goldfish?” or does the cheddar type flavor come from the nutritional yeast?? They look yummy, and I would like to try them…just do not see the cheddar in the recipe.

    • Karen says

      Yes, the nutritional yeast has a “cheesy” flavor and is used to replace traditional milk-based cheeses.
      Also, and excellent source of B12 for vegans.

  8. Sam says

    I’m also new to using coconut oil (my first time was with your homemade chocolate recipe, which was AMAZING by the way!) So if using coconut oil, is it 3 tbsp of the solid stuff or melted down?

  9. Regina @ Fit4Mom says

    Can’t wait to try these for my toddler! Any idea how long the shelf life is? Can I freeze the dough if I make it in big batches? Or the crackers? Sorry, I’m new to baking, especially with bread/crackers.

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Caloriecount. And yes, sometimes you have to watch it and figure things out by hand. Some items are listed incorrectly (such as canned beans or rolled oats). Definitely keep in mind that a free online calculators provide a general guideline but are rarely 100% accurate.

  10. stephanie chin says

    ..I’ve been looking to buy some nutritional yeast for popcorn and i guess for these goldfish as well… suggestions on places?

    I have to say that I’m not much a of cheesy snacker… recently no added sugar persimmon cinnamon chocolate chip cookies have been my “go-to”..

    • Tanner says

      They have a bunch of different kinds of nooch on 🙂 That’s where I get a lot of my specialty foods, because they are inexpensive and shipping is usually free.

  11. Christine Moore says

    Terri Romano and Isa Chandra Moskowitz, in their book “Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar,” have a copycat recipe for Milano cookies. They call them “Mo-Mos” or something of that nature.

  12. Yvonne says

    Yummy! I jumped up and made these the moment I saw this recipe today and they are dee-licious! I will probably back off the salt a little bit next time for myself, but you did warn me! 😉 I didn’t have any tumeric so I opted for a pinch of paprika

  13. Samantha&Nicholas! says

    OMG these are so perfect! We are vegetarian, not vegan, and my mother got my son Nicholas addicted to “whole grain” Goldfish, of which I do not approve <_< (Thanks, mom) I've been looking for a satisfactory copycat recipe- and now I have one! You are a mind-reader, Katie! Thank you so much!

  14. trajayjay says

    I was never in love with goldfish, but i ate them anyways b/c i didnt know about sodium or refined flour or tbhq for freshness. But i do have two interesting stories about goldfish. One time we bought a big box of goldfish but we barely ate any of it. One day my mom decreed that we werent allowed to eat any other snacks until we ate all the goldfish. So for the rest of the day, practically the only thing we did was eat goldfish and water. It sucked.
    Another time we had to write a letter to pepperidge farm to persuade them to make another goldfish color. This was a school project. How the hell am i supppsed to say i want blue goldfish and not not sound ridiculous

  15. Nicole @ Fruit 'N' Fitness says

    Yum, these sound amazing! I have just recently tried nutritional yeast for the first time and really liked it, and loved goldfish when I was little.

  16. Jenae says

    Is there anything I could substitute for the nutritional yeast? I don’t necessarily need a vegan option either. Thanks!! If I can substitute the yeast somehow I would love to try these! 🙂

  17. Anonymous says

    What do you mean by “transfer to bag and smush into a ball”? Is it a special bag for making dough? Btw this recipe sounds delicious!

    • Louise says

      A bigger ziploc bag for example works like a charm. Or if you don’t mind getting your hands sticky you can just use your hands to smush the dough together.

  18. Melissa says

    As soon as I saw this recipe I went to the kitchen and made them! They are super easy and super delicious!!! I didn’t have a little fish cookie cutter (plus I was feeling pretty lazy and wanted to eat them as soon as possible!) so I just rolled it rolled and baked it as one giant cracker! Amazingly delicious! Thanks for such a great, easy, delicious and healthy recipe! You are the best!

  19. Julie says

    So, if I read the comments correctly, the nutritional yeast is for “cheesy” flavour only? I’m not familiar with nutritional yeast, sorry!

  20. Katy @ Katy's Kitchen says

    These are so cute! Absolutely adorable as always. I love that last photos with the one fish in focus and the rest blurred. 🙂

  21. Tala says

    Hey Katie! I’ve noticed that a lot of your recipes call for nutritional yeast. I can’t find it anywhere here as I live in Paris. I’m not vegan, do you think I can substitute it for plain old shredded cheese? I understand that it will increase the calories, or can you think of any other substitute? 🙂 thanks

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