A must try – Tropical Traditions Organic Whole Grain Einkorn Flour – Recipes

Einkorn Ancient Grain

A lower gluten alternative to modern wheat

Tropical Traditions 

Organic Einkorn Whole Grain Flour

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As all my fans know I love Tropical Traditions & their Gold label virgin coconut oil I am in love with  every awesome product they sell. And again to tell you about another awesome Tropical Traditions product. 

Tropical Traditions einkorn is grown organically on family farms in the western United States & Canada. Tropical Traditions Organic Whole Grain Einkorn Flour is the whole ground up einkorn grain, retaining all the nutrients.

Einkorn flourI was skeptical about this flour before it arrived, but that skepticism disappeared right after it arrived, from the very first use I was sold. The Einkorn flour arrived & I right away used it to make gravy to go with our mashed potatoes, I love how this flour is light & not heavy like wheat flour, it is very easy to work with, it has a mild taste not at all overpowering while still being full-bodied & rich with taste. I am so sold on this flour I ordered some pasta too & will be ordering more flour. We use it for everything & no gluten issues for any of us is a great plus. I will be sharing a few of our favorite recipes & sharing how my winner of the Einkorn flour  giveaway loved this flour.

Recipes we tried & loved:

Pancakes

  1. mix all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2. beat both eggs to blend.
  3. add blended eggs, melted oil or butter to milk & mix together & add to flour mixture slowly mixing.
  4. Let mixture sit about 8 minutes then start heating your pan.
  5. Use Tropical Traditions Organic Grade B Maple Syrup 

Cinnamon bites:

Makes 20 to 30 bites depending on how large you roll them.

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 1/2 tbsp organic raw honey or organic maple syrup
  • 1 package of organic yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
  • 1 tsp organic ginger 
  • 2 1/2 cups Einkorn flour
  • (another 1/2 cup of flour for later)Cinnamon bites
  • 1/4 tsp natural unrefined salt
  • 1 tbsp yogurt, milk kefir or sour cream
  • 2 tbsp butter, raw coconut oil or palm shortening (melted)
  • 2 tsp organic ground cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp whole unbleached sugar
  1. Mix together the warm water & honey  in a mixing bowl.
  2. Then slowly add yeast to honey water & mix in.
  3. Let sit 5 to 10 minutes until water is kinda bubbly.
  4. Add the ginger, salt & yogurt, mix together
  5. Slowly mix in the flour, start off mixing with a spoon then switch to your hands.
  6. form into a ball in the mixing bowl, cover with a cloth & let rise 45 minutes to an hour.
  7. Line 1 or 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  8. Preheat oven to 375
  9. spread 1/2 cup of some more flour on your surface & add the dough & start working it into the dough until it is no longer sticky.
  10. in a small mixing bowl combine cinnamon & sugar
  11. Melt 2 tbsp of butter or oil & put in another bowl.
  12. for dough into balls about the size of a golf ball or smaller.
  13. dip top side into melted oil/butter then dunk into cinnamon sugar
  14. Sit ball with coated side up on the pan.
  15. Repeat with each ball
  16. Bake for 8 to 15 minutes until done
  17. Optional sprinkle on a bit of powdered sugar when done

Drop biscuits:

  • 4 cups Einkorn flour
  • 1 cup of palm shortening, raw coconut oil or butter softened & cut into small chunks
  • 1/2 cup yogurt, milk kefir or sour cream
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp natural unrefined salt
  • 1/2 tsp of organic ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup of milk of choice
  • 1 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar or coconut water vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  1. heat oven to 400
  2. Use a hand mixer or food processor to combine the flour, softened butter/oil, baking powder, salt & pepper.
  3. In a small bowl mix together the milk, yogurt, vinegar, honey & water.
  4. Slowly add wet mixture to dry mixture stirring constantly (or use a hand mixer)
  5. Grease a baking sheet lightly
  6. Get a spoon that is about tbsp size & coat it with oil (might need to repeat during process to keep dough from sticking to spoon).
  7. take the spoon & get enough dough for a small size biscuit  & drop it on the pan.
  8. Repeat this process dropping them an inch apart until the pan is full
  9. bake until golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes.

I also used the Einkorn flour in my enchilada soup recipe here

And I also used the Einkorn flour for my yummy potato cakes here.

But wait, what did the winner of my Einkorn Flour giveaway think?

Thank you for sharing your thoughts Shari:

Yesterday I got my Tropical Traditions Organic Einkorn flour from Tropical Traditions, thanks to Natural & Frugal: Raising 6 kids! So I decided to make biscuits and gravy for my family today. I could NOT wait to break open that bag and see what this ancient form of wheat would be like!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Einkorn (YET!), here’s a snippet of information from the Tropical Traditions website regarding Einkorn Wheat:

“Einkorn is an ancient grain, and is known as the oldest variety of ‘wheat’. Einkorn is also sometimes referred to as ‘farro’ or ‘farro Einkorn’. Einkorn was first cultivated 5,000 to 10,000 years ago. It is classified as a ‘diploid’ because it only has two sets of chromosomes. Modern wheat varieties are classified as ‘hexaploid,’ having six sets of chromosomes, due to a long history of hybridization. Einkorn is thought to have originated in the upper area of the fertile crescent of the Near East (Tigris-Euphrates regions), and is quite probably the main grain recorded in the earliest biblical history.”

See why I was so excited to try this?! Cool, huh! Einkorn is packed with nutrition, is a rich source of the beta carotene lutein, which is a powerful antioxidant, and has the highest amounts of lutein of any other variety of wheat. “Einkorn is also a rich source of tocotrienols and tocopherols, powerful antioxidants and forms of Vitamin E. Compared to modern wheat varieties, einkorn has higher levels of protein, crude fat, phosphorous, and potassium.”

Regarding gluten toxicity, the article has this to say: “Since einkorn is such an ancient grain and the only known diploid classified variety of wheat still known to exist today, there has been considerable interest in the issue of gluten toxicity. One way of measuring gluten toxicity is by the gliadin to glutenin ratio, and einkorn has a much more favorable ratio than modern wheat varieties. Einkorn has a gliadin to glutenin ratio of 2:1 compared to 0.8:1 for durum and hard red wheat. While this lower gluten ratio may hold some promise for gluten intolerance disorders, it should be cautioned that einkorn DOES contain gluten, and so those desiring to avoid all gluten are NOT recommended to consume einkorn.”

So….how did it measure up in the kitchen? I was pleasantly surprised at the fineness of the grain, the lightness of the texture, and the mildness of the flavor. I’m not a huge fan of the flavor of whole wheat flour and wasn’t sure what to expect from an “ancient grain”, but I did expect it to be coarser and stronger flavored. Not so with einkorn! It has a mild, sweet, tenderness to it that I was not expecting. I used my usual biscuit recipe, using real butter of course, as always, and they came out fluffy and light, not heavy at all, and they tasted great! My family proclaimed them to be “delicious”!

The sausage gravy I next made with the einkorn is what really surprised me. It was extremely silky! How can a whole grain flour make such silky gravy?? The world may never know. Some things should not be questioned and instead should just be appreciated and devoured. And this was both. No heavy “wheaty” flavor, no grainy texture. How did my husband, teenaged son, and 11 year old daughter rate this meal of einkorn biscuits and gravy? “Awesome!”, “Excellent!”, “This is delicious!” and there were lots of mmm mmms heard around the table.

It’s noteworthy that none of us had that “yucky” overstuffed, tired feeling we often have after a starchy meal like this. I can’t wait to try a loaf of bread and some cookies with this new discovery.

If you want to read more about einkorn flour, here’s the article I’ve been quoting. It’s super neat to learn about something new and to actually TASTE history is such a treat!

Thank you again, so much, Cheree and her blog, Natural & Frugal raising6kids.wordpress.com Blog!

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organic-einkorn-whole-grain-flour_smInfo from Tropical Traditions:

Nutritional Characteristics of Einkorn

The ancient grain einkorn (triticum monococcum) is packed with nutrition. It is a rich source of the beta carotene lutein, a powerful antioxidant. Einkorn has the highest amounts of lutein of any other variety of wheat. Einkorn is also a rich source of tocotrienols and tocopherols, powerful antioxidants and forms of Vitamin E. Compared to modern wheat varieties, einkorn has higher levels of protein, crude fat, phosphorous, and potassium.

Gluten and Toxicity

Since einkorn is such an ancient grain and the only known diploid classified variety of wheat still known to exist today, there has been considerable interest in the issue of gluten toxicity. One way of measuring gluten toxicity is by the gliadin to glutenin ratio, and einkorn has a much more favorable ratio than modern wheat varieties. Einkorn has a gliadin to glutenin ratio of 2:1 compared to 0.8:1 for durum and hard red wheat. While this lower gluten ratio may hold some promise for gluten intolerance disorders, it should be cautioned that einkorn DOES contain gluten, and so those desiring to avoid all gluten are NOT recommended to consume einkorn.

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