Breakfast in bed is always a classic way to celebrate mom on Mother’s Day. Now throw in some bugs. No, not those NYC bed bugs, but mealworms and buffalo worms.
Recently, we’ve been experimenting with mealworm and buffalo worm powder. Our conclusion: they’re terrific in any dish. Both are light in flavor, low in fat, and high in protein making them a great addition to many of the recipes we tried this week. Read more about the benefits of these wonderful wormy flours here. Using these flours, we’ve whipped up some brunch classics here to help you treat mom like the queen bee that she is.
1. Dairy Free Mealworm Pancakes
Pancakes are a breakfast staple. While most require buttermilk or other dairy products, this light and fluffy pancake recipe requires no milk, just water, oil and of course a healthy scoop of mealworm.
Dairy Free Pancakes with Mealworm
- 3/4 cup water
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 2 1/2 tbsp oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup mealworm powder
- 2 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
Add egg to mixing bowl & whisk really well. Add water, sugar, oil, & vanilla & stir. Add in flour, mealoworm, baking powder, & salt. Mix until everything is combined. If mix is too thick you can add a little bit more water.
Let sit for a few minutes.
Heat up a non-stick fry pan or griddle to about medium heat or less. You can add a teaspoon of oil to pan to prevent sticking.
Once its warmed up you can test by pouring one pancake onto pan. Wait until bubbles start to form on top then flip over. Cook both sides until they are golden brown.
2. Amped Up Avo Toast
Avocado Toast is simple, yet full of possibilities. Nothing is more satisfying than cutting into a perfectly ripe avocado, and then mashing and spreading it onto toast. But may we suggest adding some insect to the mix for a little extra protein? And on top of that, you can get as creative as you want with your toppings.
For our avo toast, we mashed in 2 tbsp of buffalo worm powder into the avocado spread. The powder is mild in flavor and a great source of protein. On top of our toast, we kicked it up another notch (I’m beginning to sound like Emiril) with a wide array of toppings, adding lemon, salt, pepper, and garlic powder, then sprinkling on some goat cheese and kale micro-greens.