Happy Friday Friends! If you reside in the state of Illinois then you just heard the news from our governor about the “shelter-in-place” order. This is ALL so weird. So weird. I feel like I am in a movie or something. New things are happening by the hour and I feel as though it’s been hard for me to process. I was supposed to have a fun girl’s weekend up in Wisconsin (after I canceled Austin Bachelorette Party that was originally planned), but we had to postpone.
I’m looking on the brighter side of things–accepting the fact that events need to be canceled to ensure the safety and health of many. One thing that I do deCLAIRE is making me happy is this healthy, no sugar S’MORE recipe I made by baking homemade, sugar free, gluten free graham crackers and marshmallows.
I AM OBSESSED. And I also have leftovers to last me until the potential end date of “Shelter-In-Place” Order: April 7, AKA Joel’s Bday!!! If you have these ingredients or are able to find them at your store, I highly recommend making this recipe. It was very fun, took up some good time, and made me smile.
TO START, I made the graham crackers. I found the recipe for these graham crackers on All Day I Dream About Food (yeah me too!!!) For the graham crackers, you’ll need:
- Almond Flour
- Brown Sugar Substitute (I used Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener)
- Baking Powder
- Melted Butter
Whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, and baking powder. Then, add in the egg, melted butter, and vanilla. You will get a dough like consistency.
Put the dough on a piece of parchment paper and shape into a rectangular ball. You can flatten this dough a little with your handing. Place another piece of parchment paper on top and use a rolling pin to roll the dough into 1/4 thickness. You can use a pizza cutter or knife to shape it into a more perfect rectangle if you would like…I did not do this however.
With the pizza cutter–or knife–cut your graham cracker dough into square pieces. As I mentioned, some of them may not be perfect rectangles and that is ok! Using a fork, puncture each square about four times. This will give them their “graham cracker” appearance and help while baking.
I think the hardest part for this recipe is the actual baking…because you have to WAIT so long for them… and I just wanted to EAT THEM!!!! Once you are all done cutting and scoring with the fork, place the parchment paper and crackers on a baking sheet. Bake at 300 degrees for 25 minutes.
WHILE THESE ARE BAKING, MAKE YOUR MARSHMALLOWS:) I don’t have pictures for this one…but I added lots of details in the recipe below:)
When your timer BEEEeeeEEEEEeePpppS, take out your graham crackers and turn off the oven. Do not separate the graham crackers yet. Let the crackers cool for 30 minutes. Then, after the 30 minutes, place them back into the oven. The oven should be off, but still warm. If it is not warm, put it on a low temperature (no warmer than 200 degrees). Leave the crackers in the oven for 30 minutes.
FINALLYYYY, take the graham crackers out and let them finish cooling. They will harden as they cool. BAM! You’re done! Taste one right after they cool and they taste like the real deal:)
Using these two recipes, if you want to make a s’more and you don’t have the luxury of a campfire, you can use your oven broiler!! Heat your oven on broil. Place two graham crackers on a baking sheet and place a piece of chocolate on top. To make it sugar free, I used Choc Zero Milk Chocolate Squares. Then, I placed a marshmallow on top of the chocolate and put it in the oven for about 1-2 minutes..constantly checking it.
I took them out of the oven and placed the other graham cracker on top. SMUSHHHH it together and you’ll get a S’MORE. Not kidding when I say this… it was the
BEST DARN S’MORE I’VE EVER TASTED IN MY LIFE.
The picture above doesn’t even do it justice.
SUGAR FREE + GLUTEN FREE= GUILT FREE! I have 23 more marshmallows and 24 more graham crackers SO I KNOW WHAT MY DESSERT WILL BE FOR THE SHELTER IN PLACE:))))
So amidst all the craziness, I found this recipe that makes me happy! I hope you all can find little joys over the next couple of weeks and when you do… please share them:) We are all #BetterTogether.
Thank you for following along my journey!
Miss DeCLAIREing Happiness