Cricket flour is something that we wanted to examine for a long time but we were not able to obtain it. And now finally, when it arrived at our Greek Keto kitchen, it brought a lot of joy and excitement! The first thing I made with it was, of course, crepes. 😉
Greek word Entomophagia
Eating insects in general sounds shocking to modern humans of the western world. However, what if accepting insects as a foodstuff represents a step towards turning this world into a better place? Is the force of knowing that this product can improve our diet and make protein more available to all classes and corners of this planet? Research says that this could be the answer to solving world hunger problems. In numerous researches, after the participants learned more about entomophagy, most of them would agree to eat insects, but in some other form, for example – flour.
If it doesn’t look like an insect…
Let’s be honest, shrimp, lobsters and crabs look equally, if not scarier than insects. However, this initial consumer rejection explains why many companies rebranded food made from insects. When it comes in powdered form, it can be used as any other flour! Cricket flour is definitely one of the rising stars in this new market. The reasons why this flour is increasingly recommended are certainly Keto-friendly macros, the vitamins and minerals it offers.
Let’s see some of the beneficial micro-nutrients in cricket flour:
• vitamin B-12
What does cricket flour taste like?
Many assume that the taste of crickets is disgusting, but most have never tried it. People who have tried this flour describe it as delicious, slightly nutty and more pleasant than expected. Cricket flour also gives a subtle earthy taste, which is easy to cover with some spices, vanilla or other aromatic extracts. Bread or pastry made with cricket flour is not significantly different from ordinary, especially after adding the sesame.
Nutrition facts – cricket flour contain (per 100g):
- 12.9 grams of protein
- 5.5 grams of fat
- 5.1 grams of carbohydrate
Greek Goes Keto and unusual healthy foods
It’s our passion to discover ancient healthy foods that humans have been eating for millennia. As you know, we really like to cook the oldfashioned way, at home from ingredients you can’t usually find in supermarkets, but that bring loads of healing powers!
if you are wondering why we have been researching this topic, you should know that the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) believes that insects have “great potential” to have a positive impact on food safety issues. They also state numerous reasons why it is so. Only some of them are:
• Reducing the insecurity of food loss
• Helping to grow the population
• Enable increasing demand for protein among the global middle and lower class
How much does Cricket flour cost?
Costs are currently high due to increased demand and limited supply. However, when considering the flexibility of its culinary use, its nutritional benefits and its environmental impact, there is no reason why this flour should not be on your daily shopping list.
Bonus: Cricket flour Keto crepes
Before you proceed to our unbelievably tasty Cricket flour crepes recipe, here’s the link to the product we used! Such a pleasurable discovery!
Cricket flour Keto crepesCourse: Appetizers, Desserts, Recipes
55g (2 oz) cricket flour
3 large free-range eggs
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp vanilla extract (we used mastic extract)
3 tbsp butter (we used goat butter)
100g (3,5 oz) goat or sheep Greek yoghurt
- Using a whisk, mix eggs, yoghurt, flavouring or vanilla extract and sea salt.
- Add cricket flour spoon by spoon and keep whisking until it’s verys mooth.
- Preheat a non stick pan and cook thin crepes out of this mixture. We were able to make 12 crepes.
- Serve with your favourite Keto condiment. We used unsweetened strawberry jam, but our Ketella would be even better!
- If you don’t have a non-stick pan, you can add some coconut oil to a regular pan for cooking the crepes.