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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. Abby says

    does anyone know if there’s a substitute for the nutritional yeast? I live pretty far away from anywhere that carries it. I want to get some in the future but… for right now?

  2. Emily says

    I made these tonight.. not quiet goldfish at all but I found a new treat to dip in Mariana sauce!

  3. Annmarie says

    Does anyone know if these would work with almond flour or another kind of grain free flour? I’m sensitive to all grains so I can’t even have the gluten free flour mixes.

  4. Kerri says

    I have my batch in the ov n right now! I used a knife to cut small 1/2 inch squares and poked them with a fork. I hope they taste as good as they smell. Super easy to make. I was intimidated by the idea of making crackers but these are so easy.

  5. Anna says

    I’ve made them 2 times. My husband loves them a lot, so do i. But my husband ask if I can make them more cheese (he doesn’t know that there is no cheese in it). So it’s a challenge for me. I could get cheese flavor, but we are sailors in carribean and its hard to find any bakery shops here. I’d be happy if anyone can help me with ideas.

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