How to Make a Simple Snack Using Graham Crackers

by Jill Corleone, RDN, LD

The sweet graham cracker may conjure up memories of sitting by the campfire with family and friends eating s'mores, but the snack cracker is more than just a vehicle for delivering the gooey, chocolaty treat. Graham crackers can be topped with a number of items, both sweet and savory, to help tide you over till your next meal.

Peanut Butter Goodness

Peanut butter makes everything taste better. Spread the nutty butter on a graham cracker square, top it with the other square and eat your cracker snack like a sandwich. Add banana slices or raisins for taste and texture. Or, to satisfy your sweet tooth, sprinkle a few chocolate chips in your peanut butter before topping it off with the other cracker.

Tips

  • Don't limit yourself to only peanut butter. Try:

    • Almond butter
    • Soy nut butter
    • Cashew butter
    • Pistachio butter
    • Walnut butter
    • Sunflower butter
    • Tahini

Bacon Graham Crackers

Everything goes well with bacon -- graham crackers included. Break your graham crackers into smaller rectangles and line them on a cookie sheet. Top each cracker with a piece of uncooked bacon cut the same size as the cracker and bake the treats in a 250-degree-Fahrenheit oven until the bacon is crisp, about 45 minutes. This variation is adapted from a recipe offered by the Texas Farm Bureau.

Tips

  • Add cayenne pepper, brown sugar or Parmesan cheese to your bacon graham crackers before baking to vary the flavor.

Cream Cheese and Fruit

Salty and sweet always makes a good combo at snack time. Top your graham cracker with a smear of cream cheese and enjoy. To vary your snack, add sliced strawberries or kiwifruit.

Or make a dip out of your cream cheese for your graham crackers. Good mix-ins include:

  • Honey and chopped almonds
  • Brown sugar and cinnamon
  • Apple butter
  • Rosemary and thyme
  • Red pepper and Parmesan cheese

Tips

  • The graham crackers shaped like bears or popular cartoon characters might hold up better for dipping than then usual rectangular cracker.

Popcorn, Graham and Nut Mix

Make a snack mix with some of your favorite salty favorites: popcorn and nuts. Break your graham crackers up into bite-sized pieces or use the character-shaped grahams and mix them with popcorn, peanuts, almonds and cashews. Spice it up by sprinkling a little paprika or chili powder on your mix.

Tips

  • When adding dry seasonings to your popcorn, graham and nut snack, spray it with oil before your sprinkle to help the seasonings stick.

Chicken Bites

Don't limit your graham cracker crumbs to pie crust. The next time you're making chicken bites, dredge your chicken chunks in graham cracker crumbs before frying or baking. Serve the chicken bites with a sweet honey mustard or barbecue sauce for dipping your sweet-and-savory snack.

About the Author

Jill Corleone is a registered dietitian and health coach who has been writing and lecturing on diet and health for more than 15 years. Her work has been featured on the Huffington Post, Diabetes Self-Management and in the book "Noninvasive Mechanical Ventilation," edited by John R. Bach, M.D. Corleone holds a Bachelor of Science in nutrition.