Health Benefits of Einkorn Flour
I first heard about einkorn flour when many of the bloggers I follow began posting recipes using it. At first I was skeptical and would skip over the recipes using einkorn. One day, I decided to look into it to see what all the hype was about. I’m really glad I did! I researched the history of einkorn and was intrigued by what many people were saying about the digestibility of the grain.
Einkorn is an ancient form of wheat that has never been hybridized or modified by humans in any way. Many people who suffer from gluten intolerance find that they are able to digest einkorn, without the same negative side effects they would normally have from eating white or wheat flour.
I ordered a small amount of the all-purpose einkorn flour and decided to try a few recipes. The first thing I made was a delicious loaf of sandwich bread. After tasting it, I was hooked! I then decided to invest in the cookbook called Einkorn: Recipes for Nature’s Original Wheat written by Carla Bartolucci, whose company, Jovial Foods, is the largest grower of einkorn in the world. If you love to bake, this is definitely the cookbook for you.
Einkorn is unique in the sense that you cannot just substitute it in a recipe that uses other types of flour, because it requires less liquid. Until you get used to working with it, I would suggest using recipes from the cookbook. It is a great introduction to using this ancient grain.
The author talks a lot in Einkorn about her personal journey that led her to seek out a different type of wheat. Her daughter suffered from allergies, digestive issues and mood problems prior to modifying her diet. She found that her daughter did not have the same reaction to einkorn that she did to other forms of modern wheat. While exclusively using einkorn, she showed great improvement in her symptoms and eventually healed her body to the point that her allergies to eggs and dairy subsided.
I recently started grinding my own einkorn wheat berries with great success. This makes whole grain flour. If you prefer, you can purchase all-purpose einkorn flour here. I think my family gets sick of hearing me talk about how much I love einkorn, but they never complain about eating it. Give it a try, you won’t regret it!
Here are some of my favorite recipes using einkorn flour: