Crickets as a flour replacement

Coarsely ground crickets in home food processor

No bake energy bars packed for hiking trip.

No Bake Energy Bars



Ingredients:

  • ​1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup cricket flour
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup roasted almonds (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbs honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup cranberries (coarsely chopped)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk


Instructions:

  1. Combine all dry ingredients.
  2. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.  Stir until completely combined.
  3. Spread out in pan with parchment paper on both the top and bottom.  Press firmly down until spread out and flat.
  4. Refridgerate overnight or a minimum of two hours.
  5. Take on your favorite hike.


Baking with Crickets

Milling your crickets

Submitted by:  Karen from Eugene, OR

Ingredients:

  • ​3 cups of oats
  • 1 ounce of ground Natural Craft Crickets
  • 1 cup of rice crispies
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup of chia seeds
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 2/3 cups of butter
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter chips


Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Mix all dry ingredients together
  3. Melt butter, add honey and vanilla, mix well
  4. Combine dry ingredients with melted butter/honey mix; it will be a little dry
  5. Press into a greased 13X9 pan
  6. Bake for 18-22 minutes; press back down after baking
  7. Let cool and cut
  8. Start hopping and enjoy!


Nutrition:  Makes 20 servings.  Per serving: 5g of protein, 3g of fiber, 200 calories.


Submitted by:  Patty from Pengilly, MN

Ingredients:

  • ​1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup of ground Natural Craft Crickets (requires about 1 1/2 cups of whole crickets)
    • Grind 2 ounces in your coffee grinder or food processor
  • 1 tsp of Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp of Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp of Cinnamon
  • 7 oz of Greek yogurt (try coconut flavored yogurt for an extra twist)
  • 6 oz of Orange Juice
  • 1 Tbs of Honey
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 banana - smashed
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbs of Peanut Butter
  • 2 tsp of vinegar mixed with 2 tsp of baking soda
  • 10 oz of 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of chopped walnuts (or your nut of choice)


Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Stir wheat flour and ground crickets and baking soda and sea salt.  Set aside.
  3. Beat coconut yogurt, honey, vanilla, egg until creamy. 
  4. Mix  vinegar and soda together and add to yogurt mix.   Add peanut butter and banana.
  5. Gradually blend dry mixture into creamy mix.
  6. Stir in dark chocolate chips and nuts. If mix is too tight, add more orange juice. 
  7. Drop by Tablespoon onto cookie sheet. 
  8. Bake 12-14 minutes.
  9. Start hopping and enjoy!

    ​Call Patty at 218-966-2023 for suggestions to further improve this recipe


Depending how finely you grind your crickets, the volume will reduce by roughly half from the whole state.  In other words, to make a cup of cricket flour, you need two cups of crickets

Zucchini Muffins

Zucchini bread with cricket powder replacing 20% of flour.

Milling your Natural crickets is a great way to incorporate more protein into your food and/or to disguise the look of a cricket for those eaters who don't want to see a whole cricket in their food.

​In a home food processor (i.e. Magic Bullet), you can grind our crickets into a powder in a matter of seconds.  If you want your crickets to add texture to your baking, only mill a few seconds to get a coarsely ground cricket.  If you don't want or need the texture, mill longer to get a finer powder.

Granola Bars with Crickets

Incorporating cricket powder into your favorite baked goods can be a great way to add extra protein into your diet.  For best results, we recommend replacing 10% - 20% of the traditional flour with cricket powder in your favorite baked good.  Replacing more than 20% can result in the item not baking as expected. 


The crickets natural nutty taste will be detected in the baked good, especially if you use 20% cricket powder.  On the other hand, some baked goods with strong flavors (i.e. a chocolate brownies) hardly exhibit any cricket flavor. 



Chocolate Chip Cookies with Crickets

Baking with crickets is relatively easy; try your favorite recipes but replace 10%-20% of the flour with cricket powder.  This works particularly well for brownies, cookies, and breads.  Below are some of our favorite recipes submitted by customers.  If you have a great recipe, please share it with us!


makes 12 muffins
Ingredients:

  • ​1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Natural cricket flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 white sugar (OR substitute sugars with 1/2  cup of maple syrup)
  • 1 cup of zucchini (grated)
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips or cranberries


Instructions:

  1. Grease muffin pan and preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Grate zucchini and squeeze out zucchini juice.  Set aside.
  3. Combine all dry ingredients (except chocolate chips).
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.  Mix..
  5. Stir in chocolate chips or cranberries.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes.


Cricket recipes for baking