The goal is to reduce one's carbon footprint, not by going vegan or vegetarian, (because our bodies are obviously omnivorous by design), but by eating insects.

CRICKET FLOUR PANCAKES AND WAFFLES

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Yes, cricket flour, flour made from dried crickets. It’s a good thing! My big sister Jill told me about cricket flour a year or two ago, after hearing about it on NPR, I think? I was on board immediately.  As long as it tastes good, one, and two, what are they feeding the crickets? Because what they feed the bugs is just as important as what they feed cattle or chicken or pigs, right? I don’t want the crickets I’m eating being fed a “vegetarian diet!” Red flags of GMO corn and soy go up!

I dragged my feet creating cricket flour recipes because the product is still catching on in this country; so it’s harder to find well-sourced crickets.  A lot of cricket flour is coming out of China, and some out of other Asian countries; but their vegetarian diets, “of mixed grains and vegetables” don’t set my mind at ease.

I like this company because they are sustainably-minded and quite conscientious. They are promoting cricket flour as an environmental choice and offer a gluten-free, organic, non-GM product.  They are a Canadian company from whom it is easy to order.

WHO ARE THE LEADERS IN PROMOTING ENTOMOPHAGY (the eating of insects) IN NORTH AMERICA?

Cricketflour.org says,

Core growers include Next Millennium Farms, Aspire and Big Cricket Farms. Today’s Cricket Flour oriented brands include Exo, Chapul, Six Foods, Hopper Foods and Bitty Foods. Advocates and industry experts include Tiny Farms and Little Herds.

These are all companies to look for if you’re interested in cricket flour or more adventurous bug eating.  There are now protein powders and protein bars made from cricket flour, not to mention candies and snacks.  Some of these foods are made from other edible insects: meal worms, grubs, beetles and scorpions.   There are over 1000 species of edible insects in the world.

WHAT’S THE POINT?

Crickets produce fewer greenhouse gases than conventional beef and can be raised on less land.  They are high in protein, good fats, calcium, iron, zinc and B vitamins- everything you’d hope for when eating any meat source.  80% of the world’s population consumes insects.  But to Americans it is taboo.

Well, no longer.  With concerns about poor animal husbandry principles and its ill effects on land, air, and ozone, increasing numbers of radical foodies have made this dietary change, to benefit the planet. The goal is to reduce one’s carbon footprint, not by going vegan or vegetarian, (because our bodies are obviously omnivorous by design), but by eating insects.

For me, and many other grain-free foodies who have food allergies, there is an additional point, or benefit, to using cricket flour.  I try to limit my nut consumption. I am allergic to coconut flour and let’s face it: coconut flour is great but it has its limitations.  Cricket flour is a new flour replacement, providing nutritional variety in our diet as well as the functional favor of filling in for other flour substitutesWhile none of us should have too many nuts, in a diet of implicit moderation cricket flour is hard to overdo.

THE FLAVOR

Cricket flour tastes a lot like buckwheat. It’s got a seed-like quality that is complex and delicious!

THE NUTRITION

I love cricket flour because it contains all 16 amino acids.  Being a meat, it’s a complete protein unlike other grain-free flour substitutes.

My recipe here also features chia seeds and grass-fed eggs. So LOTS of protein in these cakes, no sugar and long-release nutrient absorption from the chia seeds, which we find, in our family, helps us to feel full, satisfied, and energetic.

DISCLAIMER

Crickets are crustaceans. So if you have a shellfish allergy you may also be allergic to crickets.

Also, for sourcing, please follow the link above to Next Millennium Farms. Not all cricket flour is the same.  This is the product I buy because it is gluten-free, organic and non-GM.  If you buy from other sources they will likely not be gluten-free, organic or non-GM.

HOW TO USE IT IN RECIPES

Ground up crustaceans are not technically flour, even if they are “floured.” Therefore, the product does behave differently in baked goods than coconut or nut flours.  For this reason it is best used in conjunction with one other flour or flour substitute. (In this case I have used chia seeds.)  You can use up to 1/3 cup of cricket flour in any grain-free recipe. It does have a similar effect; it just can’t be used in large amounts or it will adversely affect the texture.

CRICKET FLOUR PANCAKES AND WAFFLES
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
This batter can be used for pancakes or waffles. They are good by themselves, very substantial for a meal, and also excellent with any traditional toppings. I am partial to having them with maple syrup and butter, since I grew up with buckwheat pancakes with maple syrup; and these are quite similar. If you can't have chia seeds, try substituting in coconut flour for the seeds, or another grain-free flour substitute you can have.
Servings: 3 people
Author: Megan
Ingredients
  • 6 whole eggs grass-fed
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup cricket flour
  • 2 T. butter grass-fed, or ghee, coconut oil, fat of choice
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp. NuNaturals stevia powder Pure NuStevia Extract Powder, or stevia to taste if you're using a different concentration
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend on medium speed for 30 seconds, or until you have a mostly smooth batter.
  3. Allow the batter to set up and thicken for 10-15 minutes. The chia seeds will perform this action.
  4. Heat a griddle or cast iron skillet with 1 T. preferred fat and fry up those pancakes, adding more fat as needed. They will cook as traditional pancakes do.

Comments 25

    1. I agree with Jessica.

      I have never eaten anything with cricket flour and I’m definitely not opposed. The only other out of the norm flour (IMO) I’ve eaten is mesquite flour. It is made from legumes but can be purchased raw, organic, and nonGMO.

      1. Oh interesting, thanks for sharing. I didn’t know that mesquite flour came from legumes… I’d love to look up how that originated. Hope you try cricket flour and love it. It’s a keeper! 😉

  1. I’m intrigued! Although I’m not quite ready to try cricket flour I am not closing the door forever. Thanks for the information.

  2. Thanks so much for this delicious recipe, and informative post! I have been eating crickets, cricket flour, meal worms and wax worms for about a year now, and am a huge advocate!

    1. Yay, hello fellow advocate!!! So happy you found the article and recipe!! What’s the most palatable way to eat meal and wax worms? 🙂 Are they gluten-free?

      1. i really like both mealworms and wax worms roasted- in a pan with a little salt and pepper- wax worms are also really delicious fried up and put on top of a salad! I know you can get the mealworms through Next Millennium Farms through their Bug Bistro line- they have a bunch of different flavors!

  3. I love learning new stuff from you. I had no idea about cricket flour until your pancakes posts. Like you, I can’t have coconut flour {actually, I can only have coconut oil and coconut water} … sounds like this is a good alternative for grain free flours. Gotta love pancakes too! Thanks for sharing your wisdom with us.

    1. Thanks, Jackie!! I appreciate your awareness about sourcing. I read one comment on a FB page that assumed all cricket flour contained gluten. We really have to look at how products are processed and which companies care about sustainability. It is encouraging when we find them! They are in it to make money but also have the broader vision in mind. YAY!!

    1. Thanks, April! Yes, it make it easy on newbies like most of us are, in terms of eating insects. Flour is much more palatable than a bug on our plates. 🙂 We’ll ease in to the bug eating thing. 😉

  4. I have been seeing some criticism of cricket flour online and all I can think is… hello? do you EVER eat processed food? Because if so, and you think THIS is gross… you’re kidding yourself BIG TIME. These look amazing. I would totally try it.

  5. Awesome ideas! Have you ever thought about using Cricket Protein Powder to promote lean muscle? It’s not only more nutritious, and eco-friendly than beef, it also has higher grams of protein per ounce! Use it as flour substitute while baking, or add it to your favorite workout shake for a protein punch of over 18g per serving. Head over to http://cricketpowderprotein.com/index.php/2017/03/11/best-cricket-flour-for-first-timers to find out more!

    1. The recipe makes 6-8 small-medium size pancakes; so 3-4 servings, depending on what else you’re having with the cakes. You’re welcome! 🙂

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