Eating Crickets

I’m a fussy eater. I’ve heard about humans consuming crickets, and I imagine the bug scene from Indiana Jones.. ew… bugs….

But they are really nutritious, high in protein, and have a low ecological footprint. Bugs have also been suggested as a source of protein for space settlements, because getting a cow into a rocketship would be hard.  But the idea of biting into a bug creeps me out. Then I heard about cricket flour, a substitute for flour in regular recipes and I was curious. I’m always looking for ways to get more nutrition into my body, and making my cookies better for me sounds like a fantastic plan. I got a bag of flour as a gift, and I tried it out in a recipe.

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Nutrition info on cricket flour

My usual recipe calls for 2 cups of flour, so I did one cup crickets, one cup whole wheat flour. Everything went just like making normal cookies.

They turned out really well!

They turned out really well!

They are really good. This first experiment went well, and I’m looking forward to trying more. Getting the most nutrition into each bite is important when you have limited space, like on Mars. I might as well get use to it here on Earth. Getting healthy on the way doesn’t hurt either.