Whole Spelt Grain
Spelt Flour Bread Recipes
The answer to what is spelt grain along with nutrition and cooking information. Plus
quick and easy spelt flour bread recipes, peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, moist chocolate cake and more.
Spelt Cookies and Chocolate Cake
What is Whole Spelt Grain
It is a variety of wheat that belongs to the ancient grain family. Like other ancient grains it requires little fertilization to grow its high-protein crop. Its hardiness appeals
to organic farmers and more acres of land are being planted every year.
There has also been an increase in demand for Spelt as people with wheat
allergies (Celiacs) find its protein more tolerable. For these reasons this healthy grain is reemerging from obscurity. To learn about the
nutrition of and how to cook whole spelt berries, click here.
Our Favorite Spelt Flour Recipes
If you want to bake a delicious whole grain bread but are pressed for time then this recipe is for you.
This bread has a pleasant, nutty flavor and is
full of texture. It is great for sandwiches and toast and only takes 1 1/2 hours.
When most people think of 100% whole wheat bread, three words come to mind: dry, dense,
and hard. Well this recipe will have you saying - light, fluffy, soft, moist, and delicious.
From start to finish it takes 2 -3 hours.
A moist, delicious, chocolate cake.
Healthy yet delicious whole grain cookies.
Make your own homemade whole grain pasta.
From pizza to pancakes, it's all here.
Spelt Nutrition Information(Per 1 Cup, Spelt Grain, Raw)
This grain is an excellent choice if you want to incorporate whole grains into your diet and boost your nutrition.
Many people prefer it over other types of wheat because it is higher in vitamins and minerals like niacin, iron, zinc, potassium,
and copper. It has less protein than other types of wheat, but its protein is easier to digest.
To see how Spelt compares, nutritionally, to different wheats and other whole
grains, visit our whole grain list.
Spelt Health Benefits
It is a great source of minerals, and vitamins which contribute to high energy levels, building and maintaining strong muscles, bones, and cells,
and promoting a healthy nervous system. Its combination of high protein and fiber make it the perfect health food for building
and maintaining a healthy body while
lowering cholesterol, promoting regularity and proper
digestion, and preventing high blood sugar levels.
How To Cook?
Add 1 cup of rinsed Spelt berries to 3 cups of water, and add a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and simmer 45-60 minutes. Fluff with fork and let stand 5 minutes.
The grain will store up to 1 year, if stored properly.
It has a mildly sweet flavor that many people find appealing in baked goods.
So if you want to take advantage of all the health benefits of wheat but dislike its bitter taste, then Spelt
is a good choice.
Learn more about baking with this type of whole grain flour and join the growing number
of people who prefer this heirloom grain to wheat. Like them you'll probably find
the old cliche is true-
"They just don't make 'em like
they use to."
Where to Buy
Find out where to buy Spelt specialty products...
Originating in the Middle East, it is believed to be a hybrid
of Emmer wheat, a wild goat grass. It is mentioned in the bible (Ezekiel 4:9) and in edicts of the Roman
Empire as an important crop for those ancient people. However, it is known that Emmer wheat was often mistaken for Spelt grain during the translation
of ancient texts. So its ancient history is murky. What is certain is that it was very popular in Europe during the Bronze Age through
Medieval times. Yet it eventually became peasant food as it fell out of favor giving way to free threshing bread wheat.
After making its way to America, Spelt was only cultivated for a short time during the late 1800s until it was again replaced almost entirely by
bread wheat crops.
Spelt Flour Recipes