Grain for grain wheat actually has about twice the fiber and 25% more protein than spelt. On the plus side, spelt is lower in gluten so it can be a better choice for milder gluten problems or eczema control. Like most grains, spelt is an excellent source of B vitamins (especially thiamin) and minerals including manganese and iron. Spelt pasta, crakers and bread have a hearty, nutty flavor that is definately more assertive than traditional wheat based recipes.
The Vegan Divas bakery was packed with women clearly hungry for healthy treats. And unlike the cakes and muffins at Starbucks or Panera that give you calorie sticker shock, the vegan spelt based baked goods could be part of your day without breaking a diet. For example, the doughnuts were 150 calories ( compared to at least 300 at Dunkin Doughnuts), a brownie was another 150 while a big piece of tofu rasberry cheesecake was a mere 247 Kcals.
So how did they taste? The coconut topped doughnut and brownie were amazing while the cinnamon doughnut was quite satisfying. While the tofu cheesecake will never be a threat to The Cheesecake Factory, it was still wonderful with an iced coffee.
To bottom line it, spelt may not be my go-to grain, it adds much needed variety to healthy meal plans.
My Favorite Spelt and Chicken Salad
Ingredients: 1 cup spelt, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 carrots, shredded, 1 medium onion, chopped, 1 preserved lemon, diced ( optional), 1 1/2 cups of cooked shredded chicken, 1 cup of arugala,cut up, 1/2 cup chopped cilantro, 1 1/2 tablespoon of vinergrette ( 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon mustard)
Steps: Put spelt in a pan and add enough water so that the spelt is under one inch of water. Cook on a simmer for one hour. Drain and cool to room temperature. Heat oil and saute carrots and onions until softened. Mix with cooked cooled spelt. Add chicken, arugala, and cilantro and moisten with vinergrette. Season with freshly ground pepper. I purposely omitted salt, but if you really really need it, please use sea salt that offers big flavor and additional minerals.