Sunday, April 21, 2013

Nutella Covered Crackers

If you land up on a random day at my home with kids in tow, you will not find a pack of Oreo cookies, sack of Doritos or a bag of soft chewy cookies in my pantry.

It is not that my kids survive on carob chips and spelt flour cookies. I don't even know what they are, just wrote them like that. But because if I do have the oreo and the doritos, the conversation every 15 mins goes like this.

"Can I have a oreo? Pleaaase" with a big smile and the best of behavior.  No

"Then Dorito chips?" smaller smile but hopes still high.  No

"You are being mean. I don't like you," followed with lots of tears and feet stamping. Good.

If things get still worse, a white paper is scribbled with "I Don't Like Mommy" and presented to me with much flourish. Remind me who said that crap about Motherhood and divinity ?

Usually it is the younger one delivering the above dialogs. The nine year old is pretty aware about healthy eating, what with the school enforcing it and nothing but fruits or veggies being allowed for snack in school. The younger one though a fruit lover will eat cookies/chips and candy if she can set an eye on them.I am still monitoring Valentine Day candies and rationing 4 M&M's a day.

So I have stopped buying the kind of junk snack I don't want the kids to eat unless of course they are on vacation and I want peace.

However when it comes to Nutella, my views are pretty relaxed.
I like to believe Nutella is made with flax seeds and has Omega 3. What ? It doesn't ? Oh bummer.

So when I came across the Chocolate covered Graham Crackers at Tasty Kitchen, a voice in my head whispered "NUTELLA"

We have been making nutella covered crackers since then.

It is child's play. Literally. And it is the 9 year old child who does it except for handling the hot bowl or tray part.

We have used different kinds of crackers as base -- Marie biscuit, saltine crackers(the ones like cream cracker) and club crackers. The club crackers taste the best and the girls love it. They add sprinkles and stuff to pretty the crackers up and are very happy to have their own homemade chocolate crackers. Well, after the first few times LS lost interest in these crackers though. She however hasn't asked for oreo either.But BS loves them and it works perfect for her snack.

For the recipe of these crackers and a review of Chitra Banerjee Divakurani's latest children's book "Grandma and the Great Gourd" head over to my Kids' blog.

These lovely Lunch Skins reusable sandwich bags were gifted by my blog friend Indosungod. It was a pleasant surprise when they arrived on Friday. The amazing thing about these bags which can be used to pack sandwiches, cookies etc. is they are reusable. Cleaning is also very easy as they can be put in the dishwasher. Thank you so much Indo. The girls loved their bags and cannot wait for Monday. In fact BS liked them so much that she put her crackers in them and clicked the above pic.

Thank you Indo.


  1. Even I had stopped buying chips etc... the same strategy! Unfortunately sometimes I m forced to, and exactly the same happens to my home.... I can very well relate to what u face :) I really cant understand why my one takes maggi with interest, but when it is egg noodles made in healthier manner, he is uninterested!

  2. I feel for you , i always have cookies at home even now that is a habbit here as when we have our coffee , we have a biscuit ot sweet. So Shyama was always used to that habbit and she knew these cookies were for coffee time. But then chips etc..;that are totally different story even i can't keep off them if i hae them in my home . I used to eat pots of nutelle spoon by spoon but then my cholestrol is gone so high, i am trying to be good which is difficult only if i had these cookies right now. They look yumm

  3. Sandeepa, so glad they like it and they are indeed mom friendly, washable and reusable.

    I have heard bad things about Nutella :( mainly about sugar and palm oil in there. That doesn't stop me from buying them but I am not as liberal with them as I used to be. I had bought hazel nuts ready to make my own but never got around to it.

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  5. Carob chips and spelt flour cookies? Heh heh!

    I somehow have never been tempted by Nutella. I don't know if I've even tried it. I see the jars sitting there but ... Good, God knows I don't need it.

  6. Mouth watering crackers. I love nutella.

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  8. I stopped buying junk except chips - I keep it for my sambar rice :) Nutella is super processed food but eating once in a while won't hurt in my opinion. My son never liked it so brought once and trashed away! Hehe love little S saying about mommy in paper :)

  9. I'm embarrased to say it but I do use spelt flour to replace all maida and atta in my cooking, even cakes and cookies. Tastes very good! And I make nutella at home too!

    1. Prostrating at your feet and doing pronam :) Nutella at home is definitely a far better option.
      Any particular reason to replace atta with spelt ?


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