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Raw Animal Crackers

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Not only will your kids love the taste of these animal crackers,  but it will allow them to play safely with wild animals.  What more could you ask for?

Animal crackers seem to a part of everyone’s childhood – no matter how many years ago that was… and they are recorded as far back as 1800.  I hope no one is still around who can recall that day. haha  More than 40 million packages of Barnum’s Animal Crackers are sold each year.  They are baked in a 300 foot long moving band oven for about four minutes and are baked at the rate of 12,000 per minute!  Fifteen thousand cartons and 300,000 crackers are produced in a single shift, using some thirty miles of string for the handles on the packages. This runs to nearly 8,000 miles of string a year.  These commercially made animal crackers are made of; ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE [VITAMIN B1], RIBOFLAVIN [VITAMIN B2], FOLIC ACID), SUGAR, VEGETABLE OIL (SOYBEAN AND PALM OIL WITH TBHQ FOR FRESHNESS), DEGERMINATED YELLOW CORN FLOUR, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CONTAINS TWO PERCENT OR LESS OF CALCIUM CARBONATE, SALT, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA, SODIUM ACID PYROPHOSPHATE), NATURAL FLAVOR (CONTAINS MILK), SOY LECITHIN, MOLASSES.   These they’re not exactly  at the height of nutritional excellence.  But here at Nouveau Raw times they are a changing. :)


My raw animal crackers are not baked but dehydrated instead on a 16×16″ tray. They take more than 4 minutes to make… more like 12 hours.  And I am sorry to say but I can’t pump out 300,000 in a single shift… more like 48. lol  BUT they are made with love, joy and whole organic ingredients!  Nothing can compare to that, right?

These crackers would be a lot of fun to make with little ones and if they sneak a little dough here and there, you don’t have worry. :)  I used these farm animal cookie cutters that you can purchased through my Amazon link.  But gosh, you can use any animal cookie cutter.  So much fun… I hope you enjoy them.

Ingredients: yields 50 crackers, depending on cookie cutter size



  1. In a medium-sized bowl combine the almond pulp, almond flour, ground flax and coconut flour.   Set aside.
  2. Place the apples in the food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, and process until it resembles smooth apple sauce.
  3. Add the coconut butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt and stevia.  Process until creamy.
  4. Add the almond pulp, almond flour , coconut flour and flax to the apple mixture and process until well blended.  Place back in the medium-sized bowl and chill for 1 hour.
  5. Prepare your work station: To roll the cookie batter out, use either the teflex sheets that come with the dehydrator or lay out wax paper.  Dust with coconut flour.
  6. Place the batter in the center of the teflex sheet and place another one on top.  Using a rolling-pin, smooth the batter out 1/4 to 1/2″ thick.  Peel the top sheet off and with animal cookie cutters, cut out the shapes.  I found that dipping the cookie cutters in water helped prevent the cookie batter from sticking.  If your cookie cutters are small and have detailed shapes, it might be hard to remove the batter from them.  I used a skewer stick to help push the batter out from my cookie cutter forms.
  7. Place on the mesh sheet that comes with the dehydrator.

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9 thoughts on “Raw Animal Crackers

  1. rhonda says:

    Amiesue what could I use instead of butter.

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Rhonda,

      You can try a nut butter perhaps. I haven’t tested it, but it might work. Have a great day, amie sue

      • rhonda says:

        Thanks Amiesue, I am trying to eliminate oils and fats from my diet to reverse heart disease.

        • Tiyana Wolf-Whitehead says:

          Hi Rhonda, I am currently studying herbal medicine and I would like to suggest that you look into taking Hawthorn to help heal your heart disease. I wish you excellent health!

          • rhonda says:

            wow Tyanna I am just now seeing your response. I guess because tonight I am prepping to make these animal cookies lol or he he as Amie would say. Im always in outpost so I will pick up some Hawthorne leaves the next time I’m in there. Thanks a bunch Rhonda

  2. Nazeen says:

    Hi Amie-sue,
    Just want to thank you for all of your wonderful recipes. I am always looking forward to receiving your emails and open them with a big smile on my face :-)
    Thank you.

    • amie-sue says:

      Thank you Nazeen, in return you put a big smile on my face. :) Thanks for visiting my site and I look forward to hearing from you in the future. Amie sue

  3. Nicole says:


    • amie-sue says:

      Aren’t they though Nicole?! I thought they were just too adorable. I had so much fun making them. :) Nice to hear from you. Have a splendid day. amie sue

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