The Beginner’s Guide to Using Einkorn Flour

I first heard about einkorn flour when many of the bloggers I follow began posting recipes using it. At first I was skeptical and would skip over the recipes using einkorn. One day, I decided to look into it to see what all the hype was about. I’m really glad I did! I researched the history of einkorn and was intrigued by what many people were saying about the digestibility of the grain.

Einkorn is an ancient form of wheat that has never been hybridized or modified by humans in any way. Many people who suffer from gluten intolerance find that they are able to digest einkorn, without the same negative side effects they would normally have from eating white or wheat flour.

I ordered a small amount of the all-purpose einkorn flour and decided to try a few recipes. The first thing I made was a delicious loaf of sandwich bread. After tasting it, I was hooked!

I then decided to invest in the cookbook called Einkorn: Recipes for Nature’s Original Wheat written by Carla Bartolucci, whose company, Jovial Foods, is the largest grower of einkorn in the world. If you love to bake, this is definitely the cookbook for you.

Einkorn is unique in the sense that you cannot just substitute it in a recipe that uses other types of flour, because it requires less liquid. Until you get used to working with it, I would suggest using recipes from the cookbook. It is a great introduction to using this ancient grain.

The author talks a lot in Einkorn about her personal journey that led her to seek out a different type of wheat. Her daughter suffered from allergies, digestive issues and mood problems prior to modifying her diet. She found that her daughter did not have the same reaction to einkorn that she did to other forms of modern wheat. While exclusively using einkorn, she showed great improvement in her symptoms and eventually healed her body to the point that her allergies to eggs and dairy subsided.

I recently started grinding my own einkorn wheat berries with great success. This makes whole grain flour. If you prefer, you can purchase all-purpose einkorn flour here. I think my family gets sick of hearing me talk about how much I love einkorn, but they never complain about eating it. Give it a try, you won’t regret it!

 

 

Here are some of my favorite recipes using einkorn flour:

Simple Sandwich Bread

 Naturally Sweetened, Dairy Free Einkorn Pancakes

Pumpkin Einkorn Muffins

Vanilla Cream Einkorn Scones

Banana Chocolate Chip Einkorn Muffins

 

You can purchase einkorn flour on Amazon or from Jovial Foods. I use both, depending on where I can get the best deals!

 


29 Comments

  • Megan
    Posted July 30, 2017 1:48 pm 0Likes

    Wow! I haven’t heard of this before. I have a friend who is gluten intolerant, I will definitely pass it on to her.

    • Becca Hurst
      Posted July 30, 2017 7:16 pm 0Likes

      Great, thank you!

    • Linda
      Posted April 9, 2019 3:41 pm 0Likes

      I am Celiac, and by using Einkorn flour AND the sourdough process, which further makes it easier to digest, I can have bread again! NO ISSUES!!

  • Michelle
    Posted July 30, 2017 3:32 pm 0Likes

    Thank you soooo much for sharing this!! We are members of Young Living which sell Einkorn flour and we’ve talking about getting some! Now I’m excited to have a place to start when we do!!

    • Becca Hurst
      Posted July 30, 2017 7:17 pm 0Likes

      You won’t regret it! I am so happy I started using it.

  • Krissy @thoughtfullyunraveled
    Posted August 3, 2017 6:00 pm 0Likes

    This is so interesting! I already use almond flour or tapioca flour in my cooking. I’ve never heard of einkorn flour before. I will have to try it.

  • Belinda
    Posted August 3, 2017 6:06 pm 0Likes

    I have never heard of Einkorn flour. 4 weeks ago we removed grains from our diet, but I will file this away in my memory banks in case we ever reintroduce any grains. Thank you for the information.

  • Laney
    Posted August 3, 2017 6:51 pm 0Likes

    very cool! I am not a baker or a farmer by any means but these hobby farm/farm blogs are some of my faves to read!!

  • Kelly
    Posted August 3, 2017 10:17 pm 0Likes

    Believe it or not, I’ve never made bread before! I lived in Israel last year and would loveeee to watch women in our community make Challah! I will definitely give this a try!

  • Shawna
    Posted August 3, 2017 10:55 pm 0Likes

    Wow I’ve never heard of this! But those banana chocolate chip muffins sound pretty great to make! Thank you for sharing this one with us!

  • Lisa
    Posted August 3, 2017 11:57 pm 0Likes

    Wow this is really interesting, I have never heard of this stuff before either, But might have to give it a try!

    XO-Lisa

  • girl city
    Posted August 4, 2017 12:16 am 0Likes

    Thanks for sharing. I like your header!

    Continue the great work. 🙂

  • Caroline
    Posted August 4, 2017 8:49 am 0Likes

    I am so far from being able to consider myself a baker, so reading through your blog has been fascinating! I love it!

  • Sabrina
    Posted August 9, 2017 7:46 am 0Likes

    I love your blog, and I am going to come back and read more! I’ve never used Einkorn flour, but I just bought another grain mill after a few years not having one, and I’m so, so, so glad I finally did! I have always used hard red or white wheat berries. Going to check out those ancient grains. 🙂

  • Stacy Ball
    Posted October 13, 2017 8:47 pm 0Likes

    I’ve tried making the ‘simple bread recipe’ from the jovial Web site and it doesn’t come out right, to heavy and it just falls apart when I want to make it into sandwich bread. Any pointers? Thanks!

    • Becca Hurst
      Posted October 20, 2017 6:53 am 0Likes

      Are you letting it cool all the way after taking it out of the oven? If I cut the bread while it is too hot, mine falls apart as well.

  • Kyla Matton Osborne
    Posted November 27, 2017 8:34 am 0Likes

    Fortunately, nobody in our house needs to eat gluten-free. But I am always interested in food history and reclaiming quality food from our collective past. Many times, selective breeding has produced foods that are better-tasting and that are higher yielding or easier to grow. But when we started to shape the food supply according to the needs of large agribusinesses and big commercial bakeries, I think that’s where we took a wrong turn. It’s good that we still have the option to reclaim foods that haven’t been altered for those reasons.

  • Julia Paolucci
    Posted February 9, 2018 9:58 am 0Likes

    I’m looking into grinding berries to make my own flour as well since it is more cost effective. Are you happy with the grain mill you purchased? And does the flour come out the same as what the flour you would buy from Jovial?

    • These Lovely Acres
      Posted February 9, 2018 10:24 am 0Likes

      I was very impressed with the grain mill. It only takes minutes to grind the berries and the flour comes out very fine! It is more cost effective to buy the berries and grind your own, so we highly recommend doing that!

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  • Peggy
    Posted January 14, 2019 10:06 am 0Likes

    I looked to see if this question has come up, but don’t see it here. Is it possible to make Eikorn bread using a bread machine?

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