Homemade Graham Crackers | S’mores at Sylvan Lake

September 16, 2015

Homemade Graham Crackers + S'mores at Sylvan Lake // by Faring Well

It’s 5:30AM and I’m wide awake. I look through the screen of our tent to see the dark night sky filled with the last bright stars of the night. I sneak out to boil water for some coffee while Orion’s Belt shines above me. I sit in one of our camp chairs, wrapped in my favorite camp blanket, sipping hot coffee out of a thermos while I watch the stars fade. The black night sky turns blue with a beautiful desert sunrise on the horizon. We’re in Arches National Park, and this is one of my favorite moments.

The sun goes behind the mountain and the canyon falls into shade. The cool breeze gets cooler, and I bundle up now to hopefully stay warm throughout the night. The river is rushing alongside our campsite and we are surrounded by trees. Scott shows me how to pick out the best twigs around the campground to add to the fire. Back and forth, we run, carrying handfuls of woody treasures to add to the pile beside the fire pit. I feel like a child, picking out the dry scraps of wood from the wet in the forest – collecting, running, giggling, smiling. We are camping along the Crystal River in Colorado, and this is one of my favorite moments.

It’s warm and the sun is strong in the early afternoon. The crystal blue water in the lake reflects the sky and the rolling, tree covered mountains surrounding its edges. We walk in the shade of a trail beneath the pines. Watching the fish swim in the clear water, admiring the handful of yellow aspen trees sprinkled throughout the hills around us. Everything is golden. Even the greens, reds, and blues coloring the landscape around us look “golden”. Here Scott and I stand – mentioning special beauty we see to one another, discussing our dreams, and standing in silence. We are at Sylvan Lake in Colorado, and this is one of my favorite moments.

I’m hoping to split the three major stretches of our trip into three separate posts filled with photos and stories to share with you over the next few weeks, but I wanted to sneak in a few of my favorite moments with you here today. To say our trip was “great” wouldn’t do it justice. Six days and five nights between the most diverse destinations we’ve gone to in such a short period as of yet, sleeping in our tent and living out of our car, Scott and I thrived. I know some people aren’t meant to be around one another night and day for so long – but we can confidently say that we were designed this way. Never tiring of one another, or the constant beauty and level of adventure surrounding us. We are each at our best when we are around the other. Camping makes you earn the beautiful moments you experience, making them even sweeter. Several of those moments were at night, around the campfire, roasting s’mores. You’ve survived the day of hiking, driving, exploring, tearing down and setting up camp. Eating out of the cooler in the back seat, brushing your teeth using water from your water bottle over the fire pit, washing the dirt off your face in the bathroom at the gas station. The sun starts to set, you kick back in your camp chair by the fire, skewer a few marshmallows, and you’ve arrived.

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Scott and I deemed these graham crackers to be the best we have ever eaten. We may be biased, or have different graham standards than others, but I would bet you will love these too! I’ve been making them for each of our trips over the past few years, but this batch was the first I’ve made without wheat, processed sugar, or margarine. These are packed with only the good stuff and sing to the sweet ingredients that they are comprised of. A mixture of whole spelt and oat flour yield the perfect level of crunch and crumb. The combination of coconut sugar, molasses, and honey bring the sweet flavors we all know when we bite into one of these grahams. And glorious coconut oil makes them absolutely melt in your mouth. Paired with a good bar of dark chocolate and some roasted vegan mallows – THIS is my favorite treat out of all the treats. And you get to light things on fire. WINNING.

But of course you can bake these up to simply enjoy on their own, slather with some nut butter for an afternoon snack, or grind them up to make a tasty crust. Any way you choose to enjoy them, these babies are the jam.


 
See here my favorite  bar of dark chocolate and vegan mallows for roasting. Happy camping!

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Tid Bits: As always, the flours I use in this recipe are key. If you cannot get ahold of whole spelt flour, whole wheat flour will do, but do nut substitute or leave out the oat flour! And as for the 10 minutes of freezing time for each batch mentioned in the directions below – do not skip this step unless you want burnt, crumbly edges on your cookies, the chilling is super fast and worth it I promise.

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HOMEMADE GRAHAM CRACKERS
Makes 12 large graham crackers, or 6 s’mores.

3/4 cup whole spelt flour
3/4 cup oat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup refined coconut oil
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons raw honey (or brown rice syrup)
2 teaspoons molasses

Preheat the oven to 350F.

In a medium mixing bowl combine the flours, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. In a small bowl whisk together the coconut oil, coconut sugar, raw honey, and molasses. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and mix well until fully combined.

Scoop 6 large spoonfuls of dough (about 2 tablespoons worth) using a cookie scoop (or with a spoon and then roll the scoops into balls) and place them on a plate. Set the plate in the freezer to chill the dough for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove the plate and transfer one dough ball at a time to a parchment lined cookie sheet. As you transfer each dough ball, place a small square of parchment over the ball (about 4×4 inches in size) and using the backside of a plate, press down firmly on the parchment covered dough ball to flatten into a disk. Do this one by one until all six have been flattened. Place the cookie sheet in the oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cookies are golden. While the first batch of cookies are baking, roll the remaining dough into 6 more balls and place on the plate in the freezer to set for the 10 minutes that the first batch is baking.

When the first batch of graham crackers is done baking, slide the parchment off of the baking sheet and onto the counter to let the cookies cool. Line with another sheet of parchment, and remove the last 6 cookie dough balls from the freezer and repeat the parchment/plate pressing step, then bake. Let all of the graham cracker cookies cool fully on the counter before transferring to an airtight container. They can be stored at room temperature or refrigerated, and are best if eaten within one week.

Side Note: For you s’mores lovers, I recommend a good bar of dark chocolate and vegan mallows for roasting.

50 Comments

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full September 16, 2015 at 6:09 am

    I love hearing about your adventures with Scott. You two are so lucky to have found each other. I feel like it’s really rare for two people to thrive so fully around each other, and you both clearly do. :) I’m quite envious that you live in such a place where you can access so many beautiful national parks, but I love seeing the photos from your trips. Looking forward to more :)

    • Reply Faring Well September 18, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      Aw thanks so so much Sarah. It really does feel special and I am so grateful for it all. I’m so glad to hear you are enjoying the photos too! Hope you are annoying this time of year in your neck of the woods. Hugs! <3

  • Reply Ingrid - Let's talk evergreen September 16, 2015 at 6:45 am

    Dear! This is amazing! I love the recipe. If only I knew how to build a fire.. Haha, maybe I can join you guys sometime ;). Lots of love, Ingrid (PS, changed my blog name. No longer for the love of pie!)

    • Reply Faring Well September 18, 2015 at 12:48 pm

      Yes yes yes! When you come to visit we shall teach you how to build a fire ;) and I love the new name! <3

  • Reply Abby @ The Frosted Vegan September 16, 2015 at 6:54 am

    Oh yours post it so gorgeous and lovely that it (almost) makes me want to go camping! I love that you two seem to just love the time spent together, s’mores and all :) Putting these on my ‘to make before summer slips away’ list! xo

    • Reply Faring Well September 18, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      Thanks so much Abby! You’re so sweet. I hope you get to make and enjoy this sometime too! xo

  • Reply Maya | Spice + Sprout September 16, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Jessie! This post made me teary and I don’t even know why. It is such a beautiful thing to spend time with your favourite person doing your favourite things surrounded by nothing but the quiet of the landscape. I wish all the time that I had access to a car and could go on adventures and camping trips! Definitely a big life goal of mine :) Thank you for sharing your adventures to tide me over until I can go on my own!

    • Reply Faring Well September 18, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      Aw Maya no way! You have such a sweet heart. Thank you. It really was just so special in a way thats hard to describe sometimes, but it seems you got it here :). Glad our adventures can help sooth your adventure loving soul in between escapes of your own! Have the happiest of weekends Maya! <3

  • Reply Shanna | Kiss My Bowl September 16, 2015 at 10:02 am

    I LOVE THIS! I love the atmosphere-y coziness from these photos. And of course, a childhood favorite camping treat. Love love love.

  • Reply Michelle @ Hummingbird High September 16, 2015 at 10:30 am

    lol, that photo of you eagerly chomping down the s’more. you are such a cutie. xoxo

    • Reply Faring Well September 18, 2015 at 12:51 pm

      Hahaha. I thought you would like that one. ;)

  • Reply Brooke @ Chocolate + Marrow September 16, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    I think we are emotionally in sync this month, lady! Barrett and I went camping last weekend and it was pure heaven. I love what you say about how “camping makes you earn the beautiful moments”…it’s so true and one of the most rewarding parts of it to me. We too are the kind of couple that never tires of being around each other 24/7, which is another reason I think camping is so special to us. It’s a gift, I think, to have a partner like that and it makes me all kinds of happy to know that you and Scott share that as well :)

    Now, onto these s’mores. I’m a total s’mores snob and am all kinds of excited about the use of homemade grahams…especially since they have molasses in them! We’ll be roasting our “leftover” mallows later this week and now I’m secretly wishing we didn’t have leftover (pre-made) grahams too so that I’d have an excuse to make yours! But, alas, there is always more camping in the future (In just a couple of weeks, actually!) so I’ll find a time soon, I’m certain.

    PS: Y’all should make a little trip out to PDX next summer and we can go camping together!

    • Reply Faring Well September 18, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      YES we are so in sync this month Brooke. I saw your camping photo (which I LOVED) and was like no way! Same-time-sies! That is so great you and your hubs are the same way too. We all four so have a camping adventure in our furture together. Whether its here in the Rockies or there in the NW it will happen mark my words! Hehe. I’m excited. Have SO much fun on your next campaign trip in a few weeks! Eeeee!

  • Reply Sydney | Modern Granola September 16, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    I love this! I’ve always wanted to make my own graham crackers, but frankly, I wanted to make sure it was worth the extra effort. I’m so excited to give these a try. They look and sound so fantastic! Looking forward to hearing more camping adventures :)
    xx Sydney

    • Reply Faring Well September 18, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      Ah yes please do give these a try! I would be so honored, and I think you’d love them Sydney! And thanks so so much I’m glad your enjoying the stories!

  • Reply Emily | Gather & Dine September 16, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    I feel refreshed just reading about some of these moments on your trip- it all sounds so marvelous. I love those times when you can just take a step back and be in awe of the creation around us. It’s so fun to follow along on your adventures. And I seriously want to make every single thing you post. I totally mean it- every. single. thing. Naturally sweetened whole-grain grahams- next cooking project with the kids? I hope so! (If we can find time with their new crazy school schedule!) Oh and PS, we just watched the Alaska documentary that you recommended a while back. So good!

    • Reply Faring Well September 18, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      Right?! The “taking a step back” part to just gasp at the crazy beauty around us. So true, Emily! And goodness gracious way to make me blush like child over here (!!!) you are too sweet! I already have your latest cookies on my “must make” list they are just calling my name! Thank you for your sweet words and encouragement, Emily :) and I’m so stoked you guys tried that documentary and loved it! YAY! <3

  • Reply Christine | Vermilion Roots September 16, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    I love love love graham crackers! But I try to avoid normal wheat, so I have not been able to eat them much. I love spelt though and oats of course, and this recipe sounds amazing. Thank you!

    • Reply Faring Well September 19, 2015 at 6:12 pm

      I totally hear you on not eating wheat – I was afraid I’d have to give up so much, but spelt has been amazing in replacing wheat for so many recipes. I hope you get to make and enjoy these grahams soon!

  • Reply Eliza | Pen + Pan September 16, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    I love the look of those wholesome s’mores. After seeing some homemade graham crackers floating around the Internet, I’ve been hoping to make some myself. This post might just be the ultimate impetus!

  • Reply Claudia | The Brick Kitchen September 16, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Your trip sounds so special and filled with so much beauty (and amazing s’mores!), thank you for sharing it with us! Love you writing and these graham crackers sound SO good – we can’t buy graham crackers here in NZ so it is very handy to now have a recipe (and a super healthy one, at that!) <3

    • Reply Faring Well September 19, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      Aw that means so so much Claudia, thank you! I hope you get to make and enjoy these soon. Always great when you can’t purchase something but can make it instead! xo

  • Reply Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen September 16, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    This post makes my heart ache – I only got out camping for one night this summer and it was not enough for me! I can totally relate to getting up early when camping just to watch the sun rise and enjoy the calmness of the morning. It’s the best time of the day!

    • Reply Faring Well September 19, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      It so is the best time of the day! And hey, at least you got out once, thats what counts! And the camping season is far from over, these next few weeks are some of the best times to go camping :) less crowds and perfect whether – maybe the outdoors is tugging at you to go out again! ;)

  • Reply Tieghan September 16, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Aww! I adore this post beyond belief! The photos are amazing! too cute!

    • Reply Faring Well September 19, 2015 at 6:15 pm

      You are too sweet! Thank you Tieghan! I was just absolutely swooning over your new barn photos – that place turned out incredible! A food photographer’s dream <3

  • Reply Sus @ roughmeasures.com September 17, 2015 at 8:13 am

    I can’t wait to see more photos of your trip. It sounds beautiful. It’s starting to get colder in the UK now, so we’re planning a sneaky last minute camping trip this weekend, these geaham crackers are getting put on the expanding bake-these-for-trip-snacks list. x

    • Reply Faring Well September 20, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      How fun! I hope you have a blast this weekend. And yay I’m so honored these made it onto your list! :)

  • Reply Sasha Swerdloff || TENDING the TABLE September 17, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Simply beautiful! Your favorite moments read like a poem and transport me to all those magical places. Also I can totally relate to feeling like you were meant to spend every minute with someone…Anders and I are the same way. We never really get sick of each other and we’re happiest when we’re together in the woods. Our relationship is the hardest when we’re apart actually. Love these camp photos and can’t wait to make these s’mores with my little sister…

    • Reply Faring Well September 20, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      Aw thank you so much Sasha! You are the kindest. And it makes me so happy to hear you and Anders are the same way too, its so special and wonderful. I hear you on it being the hardest when you are apart too! We are the same. I guess we just have to hang out and have fun with our dudes all the time yeah?! :) I would be so crazy flattered if you and your sis had these <3 hope you are having the best weekend Sasha!

  • Reply Sasha | Eat Me Blog September 17, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    What a great post and a time spent!! Gourgeous photography and a must-do recipe! Definitely going to make it soon. I also decided to get rid of sugars, white flour and all the ‘unnecessary’ products from my kitchen shelves. This post prooves that clean eating can be delicious too! Thanks again for the recipe.

    • Reply Faring Well September 20, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      Thanks so so much! It is so doable AND delicious ;) glad you think so too! <3

  • Reply Ana @ The Awesome Green September 17, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    I love these photos, everything looks so natural and laid back, and you’re so sweet in the last photo enjoying those crackers just like a child :)

  • Reply Grace September 18, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    I can’t get over that super cute last pic of you munching on your s’more! Adorable! Also your snuggly vibes make me wish for cooler weather! – I may just have to bust out a campfire with my man this weekend just to make these s’mores – they look so good! Can’t wait to hear/see more camping stories and pretty pics! ;)

    • Reply Faring Well September 20, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      Hehe thanks Grace! I hope you guys get to bust out a fire and some s’mores too – cooler weather is upon us! YAY! Happy last day of summer girl!! xo

  • Reply Renee Kemps September 18, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    It is as if I’m there with you. Or at least I’m dying to be there with you. Your words are amazing! That trip sounds magical. Not even talking about the s’mores. I want to live you life, go on these hikes, roast my marshmallow like you do and eat that amazing s’more like you do in that last photo. GOSH. Can I start planning a trip to you so we can go and do this? <3

    • Reply Faring Well September 20, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      You are too too sweet Renee! Sheesh! Thank you so much. And HECK YES. You are welcome to crash our place and do all of these things with us any time you’d please :) hugs!!

  • Reply KJ | Omnomherbivore September 20, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    I can’t wait to read the posts about your travels! Your trip sounds amazing :)
    Where do you buy “whole spelt”? When I trolled the bulk bins at WF I found “Whole Wheat Spelt” and “White Spelt”. I want to make sure I get this one right :p

    • Reply Faring Well September 21, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      Aw thanks KJ! They have been incredible. I love getting to explore new-to-us nooks of the country. And the “whole wheat spelt” from your store should be the same as “whole spelt” – just interesting that they include the word wheat since it does not contain any – but I have seen that around so I believe that should be the same :). (White spelt is also good to have on hand for lighter pastries and doughs too!)

    • Reply KJ | Omnomherbivore September 22, 2015 at 10:02 pm

      Thanks for clarifying Jessie!! I was a tad confused by the naming too :)

  • Reply Kathryn September 21, 2015 at 6:34 am

    Everything about this post is just perfect <3 <3 <3

    • Reply Faring Well September 21, 2015 at 12:13 pm

      You’re the best, thank you Kathryn <3

  • Reply Jenn @ A Toast to the Good Life September 21, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Anything ‘s’mores’ related and I am hooked. This looks delicious and I love the idea of making the graham crackers! A perfect personal touch. Thanks for sharing! I will definitely have to try this at home. xo

    • Reply Faring Well September 21, 2015 at 12:13 pm

      Thanks so much Jenn! Ever since I began making my own grahams a few years back I haven’t been able to buy any since! So much better homemade :) hope you get to make and enjoy a batch soon! <3

  • Reply Laura September 21, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Ahhhhh! So excited! My family and I have moved quite a bit and I really miss graham crackers (especially the crumbs). I have been known to fly back from return visits to North America with boxes of crumb, rationed for very special baking occasions. :) I never thought to try making my own. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply Faring Well September 22, 2015 at 7:45 am

      Aw yay! So glad to have brought the hope of those yummy crumbs back into your life :) happy baking! <3

  • Reply genevieve @ gratitude & greens September 22, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    All the photos from your trip looked amazing, Jessie! The photo of the stars you shared on Instagram actually had me starry-eyed. I just came back from my camping trip in Oregon and California and I really hope to come to Colorado one day. I really wanted to make smores on my trip but we chose to forego making an open fire because of all the forest fires that were happening in California, but maybe next time… Can’t wait to see all the other photos from your trip! <3

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