Goldfish Crackers Recipe

These goldfish crackers are the perfect, healthier substitute for the chemical-filled crackers you buy at the store!

Finally, they have arrived. You guys have been asking me for these little crackers since I first started my blog. Particularly around back-to-school time. For four years straight now, I’ve been able to count on that request like clockwork the moment July starts to come to an end. So, I finally decided it was time.

A white bowl of these Clean Eating Goldfish Crackers sits on a wooden background. The crackers are piled high and are a bright orange color.

To be honest, I do most of my cooking intuitively. I add some of this and some of that. Sometimes, I even guess at how much I added just so I can give you an exact amount to use. I know that’s awful to admit, but the truth is, it’s a process that works for me and, apparently, for my blog here. So, I’m sticking with it for now.

But crackers have never been an intuitive thing for me. With most recipes, I get an instinct for what will or won’t work. But when it comes to crackers of any kind, instinct calls in sick for the day and then adds some vacation time on top of that. So, for this, I adapted this recipe here.

And if you’re worried about where to get a small fish-shaped cookie cutter, never fear. A soda can (I had some sparkling water in a can from my mom) and a simple box cutter will get the job done nicely (even if you don’t have a soda can in the house, I’m sure a neighbor or even a nearby recycling bin will have one).

Now, I have to tell you that these do not have that “light” texture that regular goldfish do. These, while crunchy, have almost more of a hard cookie-type texture. But they are very good! And despite the number of fish you have to cut out, it’s actually not as tedious as it sounds. Give it a try, you’ll see.

Let me know how you like them!

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Clean Eating Goldfish Crackers Recipe

Gold Fish Crackers

A deliciously healthy alternative to these goldfish crackers you buy at the store! Please note that because this data is figured automatically, the data below is for 5 little crackers based on a 105 cracker yield. Again, this data is not exact.
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 57 minutes
Servings: 21 servings
Calories: 68kcal
Author: Tiffany McCauley


  • 2 cups finely grated, sharp cheddar cheese, loosely packed
  • ¾ cups whole wheat pastry flour (affiliate link)
  • ¼ tsp. onion powder
  • tsp. table salt
  • 2 tbsp. butter or oil


  • In a food processor, blend everything but the oil together. Stop the processor at least once to scrape the sides.
  • When it’s well mixed, add in the oil and blend until the mixture becomes very crumbly. Empty into a large mixing bowl, and knead the dough into a ball. It won’t seem possible at first, but the warmth of your hands will make the dough come together nicely. If you really struggle with the dough being too dry, you can always add an extra 1 tbsp. of oil. But it shouldn’t be necessary.
  • Roll the dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut with cookie cutter.
  • Bake at 350 F for 15 -17 minutes.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Calories: 68kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 26mg | Vitamin A: 145IU | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 0.2mg

This recipe from the Gracious Pantry archives, originally posted 8/8/13.

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  1. oh my goodness! You have made me so happy! I have been looking for a recipe like this!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Rachel – My pleasure! I will say that in hindsight, you may want to try butter instead of coconut oil. I think adults will do okay with the coconut oil, but the kids may like the butter better.

  2. I used Canola oil and that worked great. I did need to flip them once and cook a little longer. I couldn’t stop eating the batter but what I was able to bake turned out awesome.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Rachel – LOL! I had the same problem. That dough is just so good!!

  3. Can you make these with mozzarella cheese?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Breanne – I have never tried, but you could certainly give it a shot. Let me know how they turn out!

  4. Thank you for this recipe!! they turned out great! Even my husband likes them & hes not a snacker type of guy. I was wondering if you had any more clean cracker recipes?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Khadijah – Not at the moment. I’m planning to do another one, but not until closer to the holidays.

  5. Leigh Ann says:

    Used cup for cup from Williams Sonoma to make these and they are fabulous! My wheat/egg/soy allergy boy is so excited!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Leigh Ann – Not sure what that is, but glad it turned out!

  6. Leigh Ann says:

    It is a wheat free flour for pastry!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Leigh Ann – Interesting! Is it clean? What’s in it?

  7. Leigh Ann says:

    it has cornstarch, white rice flour, brown rice flour, milk powder, tapioca flour, potato starch and xanthan gum. truly, i added a dash of baking powder as well and these little fish with the cup4cup flour turned out to be lighter and a not so hard cookie (as described). my whole family loves them. thanks so much.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Leigh Ann – Thanks! Not clean, but certainly better then the alternative! 😀

  8. Cyra-Lea Drummond says:

    If I added just a small amount of baking powder to this recipe, would it act as a leavening agent and give the finished product a more airy consistency, like original Goldfish?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cyra-Lea – It could help a little bit, but still you won’t get the same texture as the store bought stuff with these.

  9. I need to try these, but I was wondering if you have, or if anyone else has made them dairy and gluten free at all, and how did they come out. My daughter is lactose intolerant and I have such a hard time keeping her away from dairy, and gluten makes her belly blow up like a balloon. She just doesn’t know how to say no to either of them since everyone else eats them! lol. Any tips would be great! Thanks!

  10. Do you have the nutrition info for these? Would really like to compare to regular goldfish, particularly the amount of carbs. Thanks

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Dana – I’ll add it now…