Spelt. Have you heard of it? Or should I say, do you know what it’s all about? I had absolutely no idea until about two months ago. At that point I had seen it enough that I thought it would be worth finding out exactly what it was.
Spelt is an ancient grain and basically a cousin to wheat which is what most of us are familiar with. The benefit of spelt is that it has a few more nutrients than wheat and it also doesn’t seem to cause the gluten intolerance that wheat does. Spelt is a great source of manganese, protein and fiber. It actually has more fiber than wheat. Manganese helps your body absorb other nutrients and spelt is one of the best sources of this mineral.
For more information on the health benefits of spelt and whole grains in general you can read here or here. The second link talks specifically about spelt as it relates to eliminating gluten from your diet.
I bought my spelt flour at Whole Foods and there were a few different brands I could buy. I bought the Arrowhead Mills brand although they also had Bob’s Red Mill. I haven’t seen spelt flour in my local grocery stores yet, but I imagine they will carry it soon.
Spelt has a nutty flavor and I thought that it tasted somewhere between a whole wheat and buckwheat pancake (which I really like.) I think pancakes are a great place to start with this grain because you aren’t dealing with yeast and they are pretty forgiving. Plus I thought that the recipe I found was a great basic starting point. I sautéed some bananas in a little Smart Balance and cinnamon and put them on top with some blueberries and it was a nutritious, filling breakfast (except the bananas upset my stomach because for some reason I can’t eat them….oh well.) Even though the kids didn’t oooh and aaah like some of my other pancakes, but they cleaned their plates and seemed quite happy. I plan on trying to make bread or biscuits next….I will let you know how that goes. Enjoy!
Source: My Blessed Life
- 1 c. spelt flour
- Dash of sea salt
- 1 t. ground cinnamon
- 2 t. baking powder
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 cup milk
- Mix dry ingredients in a bowl and combine with a whisk. Add the beaten egg and milk and mix until combined.
- Heat a skillet over medium heat and either spray with cooking spray or melt some butter. Spoon batter onto the skillet and cook on the first side until bubbles form on top and they lose their shine. Flip over and cook for another minute or so on the second side.