Since Gluten Became a Four-Letter Word: Try Honey Mesquite Flour!
A guest blog by our mesquite design creator, Susan Lundgren, NMD.
Many people never heard of this wonderful flour, yet mesquite has been a staple food for centuries by desert dwellers, especially in Southern Arizona. Grinding the mesquite pods into a coarse meal for use in various forms, allows desert folks to create nutrient rich meals high in fiber, protein, potassium, iron, zinc, calcium and magnesium. Traditionally, in Arizona, the beans (both pods and seeds) were dried then ground and formed into cakes with water and eaten raw. However, some sources say the cakes were placed in the sun to bake, which is the same as using a dehydrator set at 115 degrees during the summer months.
Today, we can just order the powder online, because it really is a pain in the rear to grind the pods on a stone. Easy to buy and tasty to eat, mesquite powder possesses a fabulous nutty, molasses, caramel flavor, making it perfect for pancakes, muffins, and much more.
Below are some recipes and restaurants for the adventurous!
2 tablespoons mesquite flour
1 cup almond milk or coconut milk.
1 cup strawberries, blueberry mix or your favorite fruits
(add in other nutritious things like ground flax, greens, etc)
Blend & Enjoy!
Mesquite Shortbread Cookies
3/4 C butter, softened
1/4 C maple syrup (optional-use for a sweeter cookie)
1/8 C ground flax seed
1/8 C oat bran (or use ground up oats)
1/4 C chopped pecans or walnuts
pinch of salt
1/2 C mesquite meal-any variety
3/4 C flour-white, wheat, spelt, etc.
I use a wheat-free baking mix as it makes the cookies very light.
Roll out 1/4″ thick and cut with a cookie or biscuit cutter.
Bake at 300 degrees for about 10-12 minutes.
Restaurants that Cook Foods with Mesquite Flour
In Prescott, Arizona
220 Grove Avenue, Prescott, AZ 86301
In Tucson, Arizona
3770 East Sunrise Drive Tucson, Arizona, 85718
In Winslow, Arizona
The Turquoise Room
La Posada Hotel
305 East Second Street, Winslow, Arizona 86047
In Washington, DC
Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Fourth Street and Independence Ave., SW Washington, DC 20560
Health & Joy,
Dr. Susan Lundgren