Similar to the paleo diet, ancient grains have risen in popularity due to their cultivation and consumption by ancient civilizations, such as the Egyptians. With increased manipulation and hybridization of modern grains like corn and wheat, there is somewhat of an allure in “going back to simpler times” and eating grains that are less processed and less likely to cause intolerance and digestive problems.
Besides their old-world mystique, there are a lot of reasons to love ancient grains. They are rich in vitamins and minerals, are versatile, and have antioxidants to boot. Quinoa, millet, sorghum, amaranth, teff, freekeh, chia seeds, farro, spelt, and kamut all qualify as ancient grains. All but the latter three are gluten-free.
While you most certainly can cook with ancient grains in the kitchen and make all sorts of tasty dishes, nowadays, you can also buy products that are infused with ancient grains. From chips and cake to pretzels and pasta, there are tons of products powered with ancient grains. Here are 15!
Vans Ancient Grain Waffles
Like to get a boost of energy right when you wake up? Then consider buying Vans Ancient Grain Waffles. Unlike regular waffles which are made with all-purpose flour and milk, this product is made with a mixture a mix of ancient and gluten-free grains – brown rice, millet, teff, buckwheat, sorghum, amaranth, and quinoa – along with tapioca and potato starch. This gluten-free product has two grams of protein and six grams of fiber per serving (two waffles). Reviewers are saying that these waffles come out pleasantly crunchy, have a sweet undertone of fruit, and are so “amazingly delicious” they can be eaten without syrup. To try them out yourself, you can get 12 eight-ounce boxes for $45.
Pure Organic Triple Berry Nut Bars
Are you always looking for ways to incorporate more fruits and veggies in your diet? If this sounds like you, you should check out Pure Organic Triple Berry Nut Bars. These bars are made from a mixture of two ancient grains (quinoa and amaranth) and then are studded with flax seeds, hemp seeds, blueberries, cranberries, and raspberries. They are gluten-free, soy-free, kosher, and non-GMO. With five grams of protein per 160-calorie bar, reviewers are calling these bars healthy and light, as well as comparing the texture to a rice crispy bar. You can get 12 of these bars for a little under $19.
Mary’s Gone Crackers Pretzels
Known for including superseeds like hemp and chia to their crackers, it’s no surprise that Mary’s Gone Crackers Pretzels is made from an energizing mixture of quinoa, amaranth, and millet. This gluten-free and wheat-free product also skips out on any nuts and instead includes some chia seeds and sesame seeds. Not too shabby for a pretzel! You can get one 7.5-ounce bag for about $10.
Madhava Super Yummy Chocolate Cake Mix
Madhava Super Yummy Chocolate Cake Mix aims to make the whole cake-eating experience a little more guilt-free. The mix is sweetened with organic cane and coconut sugar and includes a mixture of ancient grain flours – farro, spelt, and kamut. While most of the reviews seem very happy with the taste and added nutrition in the product, another reviewer does point out that this product does contain carageenan, as well as regular wheat flour in addition to the healthier ancient grains. Ultimately, the choice is yours. You can get one 15.2 ounce box for a little under $7.50.
Ancient Harvest Quinoa Pasta
Pasta does not have the best rep. Known for being overly carbohydrate-dense and full of empty calories, pasta isn’t usually thought of as a healthy meal. That is unless it is made with superfoods like Ancient Harvest Quinoa Pasta. This gluten-free product is made from a mixture of corn flour and quinoa flour and is very low-sodium and cholesterol-free. Reviewers are saying that this product tastes extremely similar to traditional pasta and even reheats well. You can get one eight-ounce box for $2.80.
Enjoy Life Pizza Crust Mix
Making pizza healthy is not too hard with a bit of effort. Simply swap out cheese for vegetables and white bread for a more nutritionally substantial base. Enjoy Life Pizza Crust Mix, for example, uses a blend of teff, millet, tapioca, and white rice flour instead of the usual all-purpose. It also contains nutrient-dense konjac flour and probiotics and is free of gluten, soy, and nuts. Reviewers are saying that this mix is delicious, creates a nice texture, and is very easy-to-use, requiring only oil and water.
Nature’s Bakery Gluten-Free Fig Bars
Not to be confused with their whole-wheat fig bars, Nature’s Bakery Gluten-Free Raspberry Fig Bars are made from a mixture of ancient grains, including teff, amaranth, and sorghum. They are also soy-free, cholesterol-free, and contain no preservatives, high-fructose corn syrup, or artificial colors. The reviewers who took notice that they were purchasing the gluten-free version said these bars were fresh-tasting and made for a great coffee break snack. You can get 12 bars for $9.
Les Pain des Fleurs Crispbread
If you enjoy having bread with your meals, consider trying Les Pain des Fleurs Crispbread. This product is essentially the mix of a cracker and a piece of crunchy bread. It is made with four simple ingredients: brown rice flour, buckwheat flour, millet flour, and sea salt. It is 100 percent organic, gluten-free, sugar free, and low-fat. Reviewers are saying that this product is light but sturdy, expensive but high-quality, and has a great taste. You can get one box (28 crispbreads) for a little under $5.
I Heart Keenwah Quinoa Puffs
Quinoa bowls are delicious, but if you’re looking for a new way to consume this ancient grain, you should check out I Heart Keenwah Quinoa Puffs. These crispy snack “puffs” are primarily made from quinoa flour, brown rice flour, white rice flour, and pea protein. They are also seasoned with sea salt, thyme, rosemary, basil, and oregano (hence the product name). Reviewers describe this product as “incredibly flavorful” and “the perfect snack to keep in your bag.” You can get 12 3-ounce bags for about $40 – that comes out to roughly $3 a bag.
Zemas Madhouse Foods Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies
Get more out of your cookies with Zema’s Madhouse Foods Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies. These bite-sized treats are made from a mixture of flours – oat, teff, millet, quinoa – as well as hemp seeds, chia seeds, vegan chocolate chips, and flax meal. Not bad for a cookie! Reviewers are saying that these treats are tasty and don’t taste grainy like some other gluten-free cookies. You can get one five-ounce box for $6.
Luke’s SuperFood Multigrain and Seed Chips
When you look at chips like Luke’s Organic Superfood Multigrain and Seed Chips, it’s amazing to think there are chips made from just potatoes and salt! These babies are nut-free and chock full of good-for-you ingredients. The chips themselves are made from quinoa, amaranth, brown rice, millet, and corn, drizzled with some sunflower oil, and then studded with hemp seeds. Reviewers are saying that these chips are tasty and their texture falls somewhere between a corn chip and a rice chip To try them out yourself, you can get one five-ounce for about $11.
Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Oatmeal
For a healthy spin on the breakfast classic, try out Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Oatmeal. This product is made primarily from gluten-free oats, quinoa, amaranth, flax, as well as hemp and chia seeds. Each serving has seven grams of protein, five grams of fiber, and 460 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids. Reviewers are reporting that this oatmeal is easy-to-prepare, satisfying, and delicious. Some reviewers have even added more superfood ingredients to their mix like hemp heart seeds, more quinoa, and nuts. You can try one ten-ounce bag of mix out for yourself for about $10.
Partytizers Ancient Grain Dippin’ Chips
When it comes to trying to eat healthier, some swaps are very noticeable, while others are seamless. According to reviews, it seems that Partytizers Ancient Grain Dippin’ Chips fall in the latter category. Although these chips swap out the typical corn or wheat flour for quinoa and amaranth, reviewers are saying that they can hardly notice a difference in taste, especially when paired with salsa. You can get a pack of 12 five-ounce bags for $39.
Enjoy Life Ancient Grain Brownie Mix
It’s amazing the number of ingredients brownies’ chocolatey, fudgy texture can mask. Enjoy Life Ancient Grain Brownie Mix, for example, contain a mixture of brown rice protein, teff flour, flaxseed meal, algal protein, and even probiotics. Not bad for a dessert! They are also free from gluten, soy, wheat, and nuts. One reviewer even called this product the “perfect brownie mix.” You can try one 14.5-ounce box for $8.50.
Fly Joy Ancient Grain Energy Bars
Finding energy bars that are made from clean ingredients but are still tasty can be a difficult task, but it’s not an impossible one. For example, reviewers describe Fly Joy Ancient Grain Energy Bars as wholesome, perfectly sweet, and cookie-like. You don’t usually see the word wholesome and cookie in one sentence but looking at the ingredient list of this product, you could see how it’s possible. These bars combine creamy almond butter, brown rice syrup, quinoa crisps, tart dried blueberries, whole almonds, flax, and chia. They’re also gluten-free, kosher, and non-GMO. You can get a box of 12 bars for $30.
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