|zucchini spelt mini loaf|
You might have noticed spelt in a health food blog, or the grocery store lately, but have you tried it yet?
Spelt is an ancient cousin of wheat with origins in Southeast Asia. Its recent rise in popularity is good news for wheat and gluten avoiders, because although it does contain gluten, most with gluten sensitivities can tolerate it. Also, spelt is not normally treated with pesticides or chemicals because it grows a thick husk that protects the berry from pollutants and insects.
It's a little pricier than buying wheat flour, but totally worth it. If you want to try it out at home, here are a few of my favorite substitutions and recipes (after the jump).
#1 Eden Organic makes a spelt udon pasta that you can substitute for wheat udon in your noodle soup recipes.
#2 Green Kitchen Stories has an incredible recipe for birthday zucchini cupcakes. Instead of making cupcakes, I usually make 4 mini loaves. This way you can eat one right away, and put the rest in the freezer for a rainy day. This bread is especially delicious with a side of honey butter.
#3 This addictive biscotti can be enjoyed with an afternoon cup of tea, or as dessert (as pictured ;). The recipe comes from Happyyolks. I've made it both with pistachios or substituted slivered almonds...either way it goes fast.