If you’ve followed Green Child for a while, you know we’re obsessed with healthier alternatives to conventional foods. Our main three favorites are cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles, and einkorn flour.
Yes, we love our carbs.
And we’re annoyed at what the modern food system has done to them. But in a way, Big Food’s missteps have forced us to explore options that are really better for our bodies than processed white flour… even before they started poisoning it.
We recently published an article about the problems with wheat and the benefits of ancient grains. In a nutshell, our grains aren’t the same variety our grandparents ate. Today’s farms aren’t filled with “amber waves of grain.” Instead, they’re dwarfed grains that have been hybridized and genetically modified for a higher yield on less acreage. The nutrition and flavor are significantly lacking, and worse still, many people are sensitive to the processing systems.
Ancient Grains & the Beauty of Einkorn Flour
One way to avoid the modern wheat conundrum is to opt for ancient grains. These are grains that have experienced little or no changes due to selective breeding over time. Some of the most popular ancient grains are spelt, millet, barley, farro, and einkorn. And they truly qualify as ancient when you consider einkorn grew naturally in the wild for millions of years and was cultivated more than 10,000 years ago by humans.
Einkorn in German means “one grain”. It get its name because it literally has a single grain attached to its stem, while most of the other grains we use have four. It is the only variety of wheat we use today that has never been crossed with other species. Because einkorn is a pure wheat and not a hybrid, its genetic composition is different, making it easier to digest.
While einkorn is not a gluten-free flour, it doesn’t have some of the proteins people who are gluten-sensitive can’t digest. So, if you are moderately gluten sensitive or just want to reduce the amount of it in your diet, einkorn is a viable alternative.
Ancient grains are inherently more nutritious than modern varieties. During processing, einkorn maintains a greater percentage of nutrients and it also contains…
- Thiamin, essential dietary, trace minerals, and a significant amount of lutein
- Protein, iron, fiber and a number of essential B Vitamins
- Higher Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) than durum and bread wheat
- Higher content of proteins, tocols, and carotenoids than other species of wheat
Organic Einkorn Products from Jovial Foods
We’ve been baking with einkorn flour for the past three years, and by far the easiest, most substitution-friendly version we’ve found is from Jovial Foods. You might remember those amazing chickpea chocolate chip cookies – they were made with Jovial’s All Purpose Organic Einkorn Flour. We also love it for pancakes and waffles.
You’ve probably seen Jovial’s pasta and flour in your local grocery or co-op. But what you may not know is that Jovial is a family owned business that started (as is the case with so many natural brands) when owners Carla and Rodolfo Bartolucci’s child was diagnosed with gluten and wheat sensitivities.
They were professionals in the organic food industry, but they realized they needed to go beyond organic. Their focus shifted to creating high-quality gluten free foods for their family. They were not only looking for great tasting, gluten free foods processed without allergens, they also wanted their daughter’s food to be made with the best certified organic ingredients. The search for a better grain led them to the almost extinct at that time grain, einkorn.
The Integrity of Jovial Foods
Now, Jovial specializes in healthy foods produced in allergen free facilities, made without additives and unnecessary ingredients, and they offer a line of gluten free items. Each product is considered as carefully as something Carla would bring into her own home. She cares just as much about the health of your family as she does for her own.
Jovial’s commitment to both human health and the environment are evident in everything from their choice to pack tomatoes & beans in glass jars to using compostable materials in packaging. Sourcing foods from conscious farmers and artisans who are passionate about what they do is a critical part of Jovial’s success.
How to Use Einkorn Flour
Not only is einkorn pure and easier to digest, it’s also rich in flavor.
After our team went on a collective Whole 30, we started experimenting with alternative flours. We found Jovial’s einkorn flour to have the smallest learning curve compared to almond (too dry) or coconut flour (too crumbly).
You can substitute einkorn for regular flour in most recipes. Einkorn is a softer and smaller grain so be prepared to sift your flour twice. Einkorn dough rolls and rises nicely, although not quite as high as dough made from other flours.
Another difference is the way einkorn flour absorbs fats and liquids. It will absorb less fat than other wheat flours, and it absorbs liquids more slowly due to the size of its grains. You can ease your way into using einkorn flour by making waffles or pancakes. Jovial offers hundreds of recipes online and they’ve just published a cookbook (which comes with a free bag of flour).
And if you live life to the fullest, you could always go to one of Jovial’s Culinary Getaways in Italy where their founders teach hands-on cooking classes!
If the only culinary adventures you’ll be having anytime soon involve your own kitchen, there’s still good news. Our friends at Jovial have created a special coupon just for you. You can order with coupon code GreenChild for 15% off and free shipping on any products in Jovial’s online store.
If you can’t wait to dive into the world of ancient grains, here are some great einkorn flour recipes to try:
Einkorn Flour Waffles
Sprouted Einkorn Deep Dish Pizza
Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies
Einkorn Farro Soup
Whole Grain Einkorn Sourdough Bread
Whole Grain Einkorn Tortillas
This article is part of a collaboration with our advertising partner, Jovial Foods. All opinions shared are strictly our own.
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