Are edible insects the future of food?
All over the world, cultures consume insects as a sustainable and cheap source of protein. In fact, the United States is one of the only countries with no insect-eating culture! You may have seen cricket protein bars at health food stores, but weren’t so sure about the concept…I’m here to throw some knowledge down on you and some beautiful pictures of cricket flour pancakes along the way!
This is the actual term for insect eating, if you were curious, and it is becoming a popular conversation topic in the sustainability world. Crickets are actually a healthful lean protein that is easily harvested…just check out this fact sheet with tons of information on the sustainability and quality of cricket protein.
Insects are around 80% protein, take up much less land to produce than traditional meat or chicken, and have significantly less waste!
Check out these cricket products from a local Colorado company, Lithic Nutrition. They have created a line of protein powder and bars (and straight cricket powder for the more adventurous) that taste great and take the ew out of eating insects as food! Plus they are paleo, non-GMO, soy-free, gluten-free, and lactose-free!
Cricket Flour Pancakes
I used their pure cricket protein powder to try out some recipes and was surprised at just how easy it was to integrate this into recipes! I decided to make some simple pancakes that are super delicious, protein packed, and paleo! Find the recipe below and get your own delicious cricket products here. The blueberry bar is my all time favorite.
- 2 eggs
- ½ banana
- 3 tbsp cricket flour
- 2 tbsp cassava flour
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- pinch himalayan pink sea salt
- coconut oil (for cooking)
- Blend all ingredients together until smooth.
- Cook as you would a normal pancake in some coconut oil!
- Top with your favorite ingredients!