Raincoast Pecan Crisps w/ Raisins and Rosemary

Raincoast Pecan Crisps w/ Raisins and Rosemary - crackers like they sell in the fancy gourmet markets but for a fraction of the price!

At the risk of being tarred and feathered, I’m going to just come right out and say it ……………I LOVE and I HATE Whole Foods! Oh, I’m often dizzy with delight at the amazing array of fresh, vibrant, colorful fruits and vegetables of every size, shape and variety. I love the delicious, organic meats and seafood that just can’t be beat. And the cheese……….. oh my……….. incredible!………. assortments from all over the world ………. the cheesemongers, so pleasant and willing to help you make decisions with tempting samples and a barrage of fascinating information. And did you ever happen to go there early in the morning…….. when the heavenly aroma of their fresh, fabulous bread in amazing varieties is wafting through the store? Unbelievable! I could go on and on but you might be wondering …………. she sounds quite smitten, even addicted to this store, so …………. what is it that she hates?

The hate part happens every time I step up to the cash register………….. and go into sticker shock when I see the total! I mean ………… $13.99 a pound for dried cranberries? Come on, I can purchase a delicious three pound bag at Costco for $6.99! How about eight teeny weeny baby carrots for $2.49? And $19.99 for a pound of pecans…………….. really? I know pecans are a bit pricey right now, but that is ridiculous!

All this brings me to today’s recipe for Raincoast Pecan Crisps w/ Raisins and Rosemary. Whole Foods sells these fabulous Raincoast Crisps; shatteringly thin and super crisp, loaded with all kinds of delicious seeds, nuts and dried fruit as well as fresh rosemary. One bite will send you into lifelong addiction! 🙂 They are wonderful with soups and salads, amazing with cheeses, appetizer spreads and hummus and make a yummy snack with a bit of peanut or almond butter and a few apple slices. Ok, so this is the sad news……………. a tiny six ounce package sells for $8.99 at Whole Foods (the only store I know of that sells these treats). Are they made of gold? Actually, I’m thrilled to be able to tell you exactly what they’re made of (the happy news)!

I belong to a bloggers club called the Secret Recipe Club. Each participating blogger is assigned a blog to (stealthily) check out and to choose a recipe from. Your job is to prepare your own version of the blogger’s recipe. All bloggers involved reveal their secret recipe on the same day, at the same time (today!). It’s a fun way to meet other bloggers and find wonderful new recipes (check out the posts below, you won’t be disappointed!) My assignment this month was Wives with Knives; a delightful blog written by Cathy, who is charming, funny and very talented. Her blog hosts a plethora of amazing recipes, but when I saw the Raincoast Crisps looking all delicious and exactly like my highfalutin cracker friends from Whole Foods, I knew the deal was sealed and this would be my secret recipe choice this month.
Raincoast Pecan Crisps w/ Raisins and Rosemary - crackers like they sell in the fancy gourmet markets but for a fraction of the price!

I’m so happy to have this recipe just in time for the holidays and I think you will love it too – oh, and I almost forgot to tell you – these can be made for a fraction of the wholesale price!  They would make fabulous gifts bundled in a clear bag and tied with a pretty ribbon!

I adapted Cathy’s version just a bit, using pecans in lieu of hazelnuts and raisins instead of dried cranberries (because these were what I had in the pantry!). I baked half of mine in loaf pans as her recipe called for, but also made some into long thin crisps by baking the batter in a 9×9 inch cake pan. The results are spectacular, so spectacular that I think I will need to hide these Raincoast Pecan Crisps w/ Raisins and Rosemary in order to make them last until Thanksgiving. (fat chance! – photographer comment)

Raincoast Pecan Crisps w/ Raisins and Rosemary - crackers like they sell in the fancy gourmet markets but for a fraction of the price!

P.S. In defense of Whole Foods, I do have to say that part of the problem is my own fault; you see, I run in for one thing and come out with ten as there are fun, fresh, delicious and enticing items everywhere I look!

P.P.S. I served these Pecan Crisps with a delicious Edamamae Hummus, a light, fresh, healthy spread – perfect any time of the year, but a welcome addition right now in the midst so many heavy high-calorie, high-fat temptations! Check back tomorrow for the recipe!

Raincoast Pecan Crisps w/ Raisins and Rosemary - crackers like they sell in the fancy gourmet markets but for a fraction of the price!
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Raincoast Pecan Crisps w/ Raisins & Rosemary

Pecan Crisps w/ Raisins and Rosemary

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  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1 cup raisins
  • ½ cup pecans, lightly chopped
  • ½ cup roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitos)
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup flax seed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add the buttermilk, brown sugar and honey and stir a few strokes. Add the raisins, nuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, flax seed and rosemary and stir just until blended.
  3. Pour the batter into two 9×9″ cakepans or 4 small loaf pans that have been sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden and springy to the touch. Remove from the pans and cool on a wire rack.
  4. Allow the loaves to cool completely, then freeze for 45 minutes to 1 hour. This will help you slice the loaves very thinly. Slice as thin as you can and place the slices in a single layer on a sheet pan that has been lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake at 300˚F for about 15 minutes, then flip them over and bake the slices for another 10 minutes until crisp and golden. Let crisps cool for about 10 minutes, if not super crispy, return to oven for another 5-7 minutes. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.
  6. Makes about 4 dozen long thin crisps (made in the 9×9″ pans) or 6 dozen square crisps (made in the small loaf pans).


42 thoughts on “Raincoast Pecan Crisps w/ Raisins and Rosemary”

  • “Danke vielmals” for sharing this secret recipe! Since you have blogged this recipe I am baking these crisps once a week. They always come out perfect and my family loves them. Over the years I have made some experiments, I substituted walnuts for pecans and cranberries or dried apricots for raisins or half and half, and it worked all very well. We serve them with your edamame hummus or my special cream cheese dip with dried dates and spring onions. I have served the crisps with both dips as an appetizer for our daughters confirmation celebration. Wow! Greetings from Berlin again!

    • Thanks for sharing, we love these as well. Sometimes I forget about recipes as I’m always onto something new. I remember this one each time I visit Whole Foods and see them for $9 for a small box! So happy you’ve enjoyed them, love your variations of the recipe and that dip sounds wonderful!

  • thanks, Jennifer, I don’t mind a bit – they are wonderful and I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed them! Hope you get lots of traffic! Nice to meet you! Chris

  • Wow, these look very festive and delicious. I didn’t know about Raincoast Crisps, but now that I do I will have to try them. Can’t wait! Great SRC pick!

  • These are gorgeous! I’ve not seen these at my local Whole Foods. But after reading your wonderful blog post…it’s probably better that I make them for myself! Both of you ladies have such a great blog…can’t wait till you are my secret assignment! (Your photography is just awesome!) : )

  • I have never had the crisps at Whole Foods, but these also look like the crisps they serve at Corner Bakery (maybe theirs are sweeter, though). I will be trying these because they are SO crunchy and addictive!

  • No Whole Foods here in Great Falls, Montana…saved? Guess I better make some of these for myself so I see what the hubbub is about, you made the look so tempting.

  • These look fantastic! Trader Joe’s sells something similar, I had no idea it would taste so wonderful and become so addicting.
    I have to admit to only being in Whole Foods once, but it was indeed an amazing experience! Luckily I was out of town and couldn’t buy all the things I was tempted to. They’ve just opened one near us and I’ve been resisting going.
    Love these crisps!

    I didn’t participate in the SRC this month as my schedule was blown out, but I really missed it. I’m looking forward to next month!

  • I think these sound delicious! The rosemary is the secret ingredient that brings this to a new level.I understand precisely what you mean. I am in sticker shock everyday! I can only buy if something is on sale. Blessings for a beautiful Thanksgiving. Catherine xo

  • I know what you mean about Whole Foods. It’s such a treat to go there, and I mean treat because I can’t afford the price tag. Still it’s fun to go browse the aisles. I’ve kept this recipe. It sounds delicious, and so versatile. You could add a variety of dried fruits, nuts and seeds. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • They look fantastic! Like you, in for one thing and home with way more. I guess there’s a reason people call it Whole Paycheck instead of Whole Foods! But it is a food paradise!

  • This is the second blog I’ve ready today that’s part of the secret recipe club. I must check it out.

    I love the photographer’s edit in there. You have very lucky friends to be receiving such delicious-looking presents. I’m looking forward to the dip recipe tomorrow.

  • Whole Foods? You mean whole paycheck? I too love/hate that store. It’s so hard to stomach the price tags! They do have the best produce and unique foods however. The crisps look wonderful.

  • Oh my my. You and I live on the same plane of life. I too have those feelinga about WF. That’s one of the reasons I started volunteering at their cooking school, so I could get a gift card here and there. I have a couple of their recipes on my blog.

    I remember well my first taste of those rainforst crackers. They were a sample and they are delicious. I am BEYOND tickled you picked this recipe for SRC. I have pinned it and will be making it right away. I can’t thank you enough because now I can afford to indulge!!

  • Your post is absolutely wonderful! Don’t you just love those delicious treats? Thanks so much for your kind words and link love. Next time I make this recipe I’m going to use pecans too and a 9 inch pan. The crisps make wonderful little holiday gifts. I go into sticker shock too when I visit WFM, but its such a treat to shop there that I often just give in and enjoy it. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Thank you again for your lovely review.

  • These sound amazing..and they look it, too! I love all the goodness and texture going on in there. Both yours and Cathy’s version sound equally tasty! You know what? I’ve never once in my life been to a Whole Foods. I know…right!? We don’t have one around here…

  • Oh they look really good, I’m going to make them for Christmas!
    And now I have to see all the other recipes from the Secret Recipe Club, they look awesome too! Thank you so much for sharing!
    Have a nice week!

  • We don’t have a Whole Foods nearby, but Trader Joes has a whole box of these crisps for about $3 if I remember correctly. So that sounds like quite the mark-up, will have to just try your recipe instead.
    -Gina-

  • These Raincoast Crisps look delightful!

    I do not shop at whole foods. I love Sprouts though, and I tend to over shop all the delightful produce. Its just me and my munchkin eating most produce but I can fill up a cart like no ones business.

  • My friend Cathy knows how to make everything look absolutely divine and you have the same talent! I’m so thrilled that Whole Foods broke ground in Boise last month and I will have my own store close by next Christmas AND thanks to you I now have one of your favorite treats on my pinterest board. I look forward to making it very soon.

  • What a funny and delightful, and oh so true post! Thank you for the recipe – I will definitely make these. I like WFM too but every time I shop there I feel like I should just sit and admire my purchases for a while before devouring them! Prices are crazy but we still love the store. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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