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Sweet Potato & Apple Animal Crackers

By Seventh Generation • www.seventhgeneration.com

As the kids head back to school, finding new snacks to keep lunchboxes exciting can be a challenge. Our homemade version of a childhood favorite features sweet potato, applesauce and honey for a sweet treat that doesn’t pack the same amount of sodium and sugar processed versions do. Give them a try!

Courtesy of Seventh Generation

Courtesy of Seventh Generation

Components:

  • 1 medium-sized sweet potato
  • 3 tablespoons applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Creation:

Cook sweet potato until soft (bake, microwave or boil). Let cool, remove the skin and add sweet potato & applesauce to a blender or food processor. Mix until well combined and smooth – set 1 cup aside for recipe.

Cut butter into cubes and place in the bowl of your stand mixer, fitted with the flat beater attachment. In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together. Combine with butter and mix together on a slow setting until the flour starts to create small clumps.

Change mixer attachment to a dough hook. Add sweet potato puree & honey to flour mixture. Mix on slow until dough ball forms. Wrap and let dough sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough out as thin as you can. Cut using cookie cutters, place on parchment-lined sheet tray and cook for 5-8 minutes on each side. Check after a few minutes – ovens may vary with cooking time!

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