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graham cracker

A rectangular-shaped, whole-wheat cracker that has been sweetened with honey or molasses. This snack cracker was marketed as a health food in the 1830s by its creator, Rev. Sylvester Graham, an avid vegetarian, who promoted the use of unsifted and coarsely ground wheat flour for its high fiber content. The flour was nicknamed "graham flour" after Rev. Graham. Graham-cracker pie crust is made from a mixture of crushed graham crackers, sugar and butter that is pressed into a pie pan. The crust is usually baked, but can be simply chilled before filling.

Graham flour is not available in all countries. A correct substitute would be to mix white flour, wheat bran, and wheat germ in an appropriate ratio. Plain whole wheat flour can also be used as a substitute, but the resulting texture would be different from that of graham flour.

plural: graham crackers


Season: available year-round

How to select: Can be purchased in the cracker and cookie section of the supermarket.

How to prepare: Often ground into a powder and used as a sweet biscuit base such as in cheesecake.

Substitutions: Substitute with plain cookie such as vanilla wafers, shortbread, ginger snaps, Marie biscuits, digestive biscuits (British) by Mcvitie's.

More Graham Cracker Recipes
Popular Graham Cracker Recipes
Vegan Graham Cracker Crust (For Vegan Cheesecake)
Basic Graham Cracker Crust
Oven Baked Mahi Mahi With Orange and Graham Cracker Crust

Nutrition Facts

Calculated for 1 cup, crushed
Amount Per Serving %DV
Calories 355
Calories from Fat 76 (21%)
Total Fat 8.5g 13%
Saturated Fat 1.3g 6%
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.2g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 400mg 16%
Potassium 113mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 64.5g 21%
Dietary Fiber 2.4g 9%
Sugars 2.4g
Protein 5.8g 11%

How is this calculated?