Cricket flour is the next big thing in grain-free, protein-rich flours, with newcomer The Cricket Bakery launching a line of make-at-home packet mixes.
The company has introduced Banana Bread, Protein Pancakes and Seedy Paleo Loaf mixes, as well as a 100 per cent cricket protein powder. Each of the products includes Australian cricket flour, which is milled down from harvested crickets to create a high-protein meal.
The Cricket Bakery launched in 2015 in Manly, New South Wales, starting out by offering samples at markets and health food shops to test the waters. The baking blends arrived as a result of experimenting with cricket flour and adapting it to suit Australian tastes. The company uses cricket flour from an Australian company and sources organic ingredients where possible.
Crickets are a popular foodstuff around the world, with several countries already incorporating them and other insects into their diet. Now, cricket powder is steadily gaining traction locally and abroad as a more environmentally sustainable protein source, with a small but growing number of companies producing cricket flour, powder, protein bars and more.
Cricket flour is a nutrient-dense food that is classified as a complete protein. It contains all nine essential amino acids and is high in iron, vitamin B12 and calcium.
Aside from their nutritional claims, there’s evidence that crickets may be a more environmentally sustainable protein source than livestock. According to a University of Copenhagen study, cricket farming has a lower environmental impact than chicken farming, using 75 per cent less CO2 and 50 per cent less water.
The Cricket Bakery | RRP $16-20 | SIZE 80-485g | Shelf Stable