Product Review: Bitty Foods Cricket Flour

Bitty Foods Cricket Flour and Cookies

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1lb bag of baking flour blend

Ever since the United Nations published a report in 2013 touting the massive benefits of edible insect consumption and urging Western Nations to get on board, interest in the subject has surged. You are probably thinking “Has it?  I hadn’t noticed”.  As a former biologist and insect lover (aka:nerd) I have definitely noticed this particular trend and apparently so has Bitty Foods.

Bitty Food’s mission, according to their website, is simple. “We make delicious foods with cricket flour”. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some of their products. The idea of eating insects as a source of protein is something I have been interested in and excited about for some time now and I was delighted to receive a bag of baking flour blend and a package of cookies from Bitty Foods. At $20 per pound for the flour blend and $10 for a bag of cookies, it’s not cheap. I was curious to find out if their products were worth the money.

The cookies, Orange Ginger, were absolutely delicious. While the nutty, earthy flavor of cricket is new to me and will take some getting used to, it’s not entirely unpleasant and did not detract from the flavor of the cookies overall. The thing I loved most about the cookies was the fact that I suffered no ill effects after eating one (or three). Due to food sensitivities I generally stay away from most grains and legumes, but Bitty’s flour blend does not contain any grain or legume products so the cookies didn’t affect me negatively.

After the cookies were devoured I moved on to the baking flour blend. There are very few ingredients: crickets (slow roasted and milled to a fine flour), cassava, tapioca starch, coconut flour and xantham gum. The flour is dense…too dense to make the cookie recipe printed on the back of the bag unfortunately. While the cookies didn’t taste bad, they came out of the oven like little lumps of concrete, even though I followed the recipe to a tee. Not to be discouraged, I decided to try out the flour in some of my own gluten-free recipes for muffins and pancakes. Rather than replacing one of the flours in the recipe with Bitty flour I added it as an extra source of protein. This made my muffins and pancakes much more filling without detracting at all from the taste or consistency.

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I will definitely be purchasing more Bitty products and will be paying close attention to this cutting edge company!

Bitty Foods Cricket Flour and Cookies Giveaway!

flour_grandebitty-cricket-flour-cookiesWe’re excited to collaborate with Bitty Foods on a giveaway for a 1 lb. Bag of Cricket Flour and a Package of Bitty Cookies!
You can enter our giveaway up to four times, and the last day of entry is Tuesday, June 16th, 2015. Entries must be received by midnight, PDT.

 

Each comment counts as a single entry:

  1. Simply post a comment with what you’d like to try baking with Bitty Cricket Flour and you’re entered in our contest
  2. Share any greenbabyguide.com blog post on FB and let us know which one you shared
  3. Follow The Green Baby Guide on Twitter (and tell us about it in another comment)
  4. Like Bitty Foods on Facebook and let us know in the comments

Comments

  1. i’m a little nervous (just because ewwww… Crickets! I’ve always been grossed out by them!) but I would probably give this a shot in dh’s gluten-free pancake recipe (or, rather… have *him* try it in his recipe ).

    Thanks for the review!!

  2. I shared this particular post on FB…

  3. … And followed on Twitter, & “liked” on FB 🙂

  4. Sara Morrison says:

    I would LOVE to try cricket cookies! I watched a Ted Talk with the founder (I think it was the same company). As a Registered Dietitian, I am super curious about how it can be beneficial. Cookies, cakes, cricket muffins!!! And bread 🙂

  5. Dolores says:

    I’d like to adding it to cookies.

  6. Dolores says:

    I shared the Backyard Chickens post on FB

  7. Dolores says:

    I already follow you on Twitter, so I followed Bitty Foods

  8. Dolores says:

    I liked Bitty on FB

  9. Michele F says:

    For some reason pancakes sound like a great thing to try to make with the flour, but muffins would be yummy too!

  10. Michele F says:

    I shared the post about changing batteries in stuffed toys. My child loves a stuffed monkey that makes monkey sounds!

  11. I’m curious if you’ve made anything else with the cricket flour? I’ve heard that it can be gritty, so I’d like to know how the texture of the Bitty is? Thanks!

  12. My son wants to try eating bugs. bring on the cricket flour. Sharing this post on FB

  13. Liked bitty foods!

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