It’s official. I am entering that place in life where I can no longer do certain things with my body without negative repercussions. So here’s the deal: My job requires a lot of sitting at a computer. That, mixed with my dad’s terrible spinal genes (that’s a real thing, right? ha) causes for deep pain in my lower back. So I am going to the gym consistently now and trying to stretch a lot to avoid back surgery one day. Good for me right? Well you see, my gym has a workout classroom that, if empty, you are more than welcome to use. So there I was, stretching and feeling calm and then this song pops up in my iPod and all I can think is, “This song is my jam…I must dance!”  

Cinnamon ABC Crackers (gluten-free vegan) - Fork & Beans

Pause please. I haven’t been on a dance team since my freshmen year in college (a good 18 years ago). Pause again. Is that even right? Hold on, let me consult my fingers for counting. EIGHTEEN years, for reals??? *My hands just covered my face* Where is this time going?

So I get up and let go of caring if anyone walks by and sees me. I begin: Pirouette to the left, pirouette to the right (feeling a little dizzy now), kick-ball-change, turn, turn, leap. Crack. Oof, I felt that in my lower spine but nothing really hurt so I continued my routine. A day later I’m on the couch and I can barely get up. The pain in my spine was so great that as I routinely iced my back, I also had to drink scotch to medicate. I know, hardly a healthy way to deal with things but don’t judge me. It hurt that bad. Three days later and now I am still a little sore but feeling a bit better.

Cinnamon ABC Crackers (gluten-free vegan) - Fork & Beans

It’s times like these that I want to go back to those days where I was this snot-nosed 21 year old who scoffed at the idea that I would actually one day get older and my body would begin to hurt in places I never knew could. Ignorance is bliss, ain’t it? So I made Cinnamon ABC Crackers to make me at least feel young again, despite this back of mine.

Cinnamon ABC Crackers (gluten-free vegan) - Fork & Beans

Did you see the subliminal message in that photo above? Think of this like a “Where’s Waldo” game. See if you can figure it out, though it’s not that subliminal after all…

Cinnamon ABC Crackers (gluten-free vegan)
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Dry Ingredients
  1. 1 c. Cara's All-Purpose Flour blend (see below)
  2. 1/3 c. buckwheat flour
  3. 1/3 c. coconut palm sugar, or granulated sugar
  4. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  5. 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  6. 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  7. 1/4 tsp. salt
Wet Ingredients
  1. 1/4 c. coconut oil, solid (or non-hydrogenated shortening)
  2. 3 Tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
  3. 1 Tbsp. flaxseed meal + 2 Tbsp. water --thickened for 5 minutes
  4. 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. In a large bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together. Add all of the wet ingredients into the bowl and stir with a wooden spoon until a nice, smooth dough comes together. You might have to use your hands to mix well.
  2. Divide into two smooth balls, cover and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
  4. Roll one dough ball out between two pieces of parchment paper. If your dough is still too sticky, sprinkle the bottom of the paper and top of dough with a tablespoon each side of flour blend.
  5. Roll into 1/4" thickness and cut out with ABC cookie cutters. Place on baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are nicely brown. Repeat with other dough ball.
  6. Allow to fully cool and crisp up on a wire rack.
  7. Makes approx. 3 cups of cookies.
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These ABC crackers are lightly sweetened–just enough to taste so if you like them sweet, increase your sugar to 1/2 cup (whichever sugar you choose to use). Here is the flour blend I use on a daily basis. I think it gives some of the best results in baked goods:

Gluten-Free Flours

If you want to you use your own blend or mix up the flours, feel free to do so–always understand that your results might be different. Nothing is guaranteed in this crazy world of gluten-free vegan baking. Need help with flour substitutions? Check out this: Guide to Gluten-Free Flours.

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Happy baking, friends!

Here’s to forgetting that our bodies are getting older…