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Cricket Flour Pancakes and Waffles are a good source of omega-3s, protein and fiber. The flour tastes a little like buckwheat, but offers more well-rounded nutrition than any other flour. This delicious pancake and waffle recipe will please your taste buds, tummy (it’s gentle to digest) and meet nutritional needs!
Yes, cricket flour, flour made from dried crickets. It’s a good thing!
This recipe is Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo, Low Carb, Keto and GAPS diet friendly, and great for most.Jump to Recipe
My big sister Jill told me about cricket flour many years 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 chickens 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 Asian countries, but their vegetarian diets, “of mixed grains and vegetables” don’t set my mind at ease.
Which cricket flour to buy
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. This is a Canadian company from whom it is easy to order.
Read more about their husbandry principles here. Kindness to animals (and insects being raised for food) matters to them!
You can also find Entomo Farms Organic Cricket Powder on Amazon, but it’s currently sold out.
Sadly, their website needs some updating. Hopefully the company is going strong. At least for now, you can buy cricket flour directly from them.
Other edible bug foods
If you’re interested in cricket flour or more adventurous bug eating, protein powders and protein bars made from cricket flour, not to mention candies and snacks, now exist. 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 of eating crickets
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, especially Vitamin B12 — everything you’d hope for when eating any meat source. 80% of the world’s population consumes insects.
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.
Cricket flour is a grain-free flour
For me, and many who have food allergies and eat a grain-free diet, there is an additional point, or benefit, to using cricket flour.
I try to limit my nut consumption. I am also allergic to coconut flour, and coconut flour 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 substitutes.
While none of us should have too many nuts, in a diet of implicit moderation, cricket flour is hard to overdo.
The flavor of cricket flour
Cricket flour tastes a lot like buckwheat. It’s got a seed-like quality that is complex and delicious.
I did read one Amazon reviewer who thought cricket flour tasted like bugs, but I haven’t had that experience.
The nutrition of cricket flour
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 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.
I hope to create an egg-free recipe soon as well.
Dangers of cricket flour
Crickets are crustaceans. So if you have a shellfish allergy you may also be allergic to crickets.
Also, for sourcing, please specifically seek out organic cricket flour; find it here. 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. In the case of other farms, crickets are raised in small crates and fed poor vegetable feed, defeating most of the purpose.
HOW TO USE CRICKET FLOUR 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, the flour is best used in conjunction with one other flour or flour substitute. (In this recipe, I have used chia seeds.)
Use up to 1/3 cup of cricket flour in any gluten-free or grain-free recipe. Cricket flour can’t be used in large amounts in baking, or it will adversely affect the texture.
I personally no longer need a grain-free diet, so I hope to add an egg-free alternative to this recipe soon, that’s not necessarily grain-free. Let me know in the comments your dietary needs.
Ingredients and how to make Cricket Flour Pancakes or Waffles
The simple list of ingredients in this recipe is: eggs, chia seeds, cricket flour, fat of choice, cinnamon and sea salt.
No leavening, no sweetener, and this recipe is made in the blender!
Cricket Flour Pancakes couldn’t be easier:
- Just add everything to the blender, and blend.
- Allow the chia seeds to thicken the batter for 15 minutes.
- Cook up pancakes or waffles in the usual way. 🙂
Garnish with your favorite toppings. SO easy.
CRICKET FLOUR PANCAKES AND WAFFLES
- frying pan or griddle
- 6 whole eggs pasture-raised preferred
- ½ cup chia seeds If you can't have chia seeds, try substituting in coconut flour for the seeds. (I haven't done this recently, but I have a note from the past; it may work. Let us know in the Comments.)
- ¼ cup cricket flour
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil , butter or fat of choice
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- Place all the ingredients in a blender.
- Blend on medium speed for 30 seconds, or until you have a mostly smooth batter.
- Allow the batter to set up and thicken for 10 to 15 minutes. The chia seeds will perform this action. Give the batter a stir.
- Heat a griddle or frying pan with 1 Tablespoon preferred fat and fry up the pancakes, adding more fat as needed. They will cook as traditional pancakes do.