About a month ago, Little M sighed as we walked through the grocery store: “I wonder when I’ll ever be able to have goldfish for a treat again.” Well, you can imagine this gluten-free momma’s heart and imagination had to jump right on that one! My research led me to www.adventuresofaglutenfreemom.com, where I found a veritable wealth of allergy-free goldfish creativity! Which led me to this:
I used rice milk, with a splash of cider vinegar in it.
I used white rice flour (not superfine, but it’s a pretty fine flour).
I used guar gum, and homemade baking powder to keep it corn free.
I dusted the last couple pans with sea salt.
I baked them for 7 minutes. (Occasionally I would have a batch that I rolled thinner, and those would get more brown. Molly voted for the ones that were lightly browned on one side, as the best).
These crackers mixed up super quickly in the food processor. It felt like the fastest recipe I had ever made. The cutting out of several dozen tiny crackers was the long part. But as they bake for so few minutes, it was pretty easy to get through all the pans. And, as an act of love, as a special treat for one special little 7 yr old girl, it is totally worth it. (And now that I have tested the recipe, I foresee I will not be the one doing all the cutting in the future!)
I was not looking for a healthy treat. I was looking for “tastes just like ____!” and these little guys were a big success! Because sometimes it’s good to learn that in life, you can’t always have everything you want, and you can’t always do/have what everyone else does/has. And sometimes, it’s good to have goldfish crackers, just because you like them.
I can’t wait to go back and try the chocolate ones (I will have to tweak them, as she uses a non-corn-free cake mix) and the graham cracker ones!