Einkorn Flour? What’s that? And how do you say that weird word? If you’re curious about this ancient grain and why we use it, you’re in the right place!
Einkorn (“ine-corn”) is a German word that means “single grain.” Einkorn is an ancient grain that’s grown in Italy and it’s never been hybridized or modified. It only has 2 chromosomes, compared to modern Durum wheat’s 6 chromosomes, and it’s entirely missing Gluten B, the gluten strand in Durum wheat that is responsible for today’s gluten and gut issues.
I developed gestational diabetes with my fourth child and had to give up all carbs and sugar completely. It was seriously the worst experience ever and after I had my child I thought my body would immediately recover and I’d be able to eat whatever I wanted to again.
WRONG! After months of falling asleep after meals because my body simply could not stay awake, I knew I needed to find a solution that allowed me to eat bread (BECAUSE I LOVE BREAD!) but wouldn’t negatively affect my body. I discovered Einkorn after reading a blog article from Jovial Foods explaining that Einkorn has more protein than milk, fewer carbohydrates than modern Durum wheat, a completely different kind of gluten, and it was easier on the digestive tract because it’s never been modified or altered.
Now, we bake almost exclusively with Einkorn. It takes some adjustment to get used to because it absorbs water differently, but I’ve been able to incorporate it into every baked item I make. My favorites are chocolate buttermilk pancakes, braided challah loaves, and Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Loaf, but my kids absolutely adore my Ultimate M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies and Banana Bread. Now, I don’t have to worry about my blood sugars spiking or having that overwhelming urge to sleep.
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If you’d like to try Einkorn flour for yourself, my favorite brand (and the best priced!) is from Jovial Foods. You can order it directly from the Jovial website or you can find it on Amazon too. Because we use it so often, I tend to order it directly from Jovial in the 10 pound bags but if you want to try it out before seriously committing then I’d recommend ordering a 1 or 2 pound bag from Amazon.
Carla Bartalucci, the Italian founder of Jovial Foods, also has an amazing cookbook she put out a couple years ago filled with all sorts of super cool Italian recipes. She explains all about einkorn and its genetic makeup in her cookbook. Quite honestly, you could totally read this cookbook as a story from cover to cover, it’s that well written and informative. If you love to read about cooking or want some really cool Italian einkorn recipes that are delicious and exotic, then you’ll love it. Carla is currently working on a second cookbook and I’m excited to see what she includes in the next one!
After such a struggle with my blood sugar, I’m super thankful to have found Einkorn flour. It has allowed me to bake my favorite breads without worrying about passing out, and with the extra protein and less gluten, I know that what I’m putting in my body is good for me. I hope you give Einkorn flour a try.
All the best,
P.S. What questions do you have about Einkorn flour? Drop me a comment below and I’ll get back to you soon!