Tiger Nut “Cereal”

Tiger nut flourTiger nuts.  Heard of them?  I hadn’t.  But they were recommended to me to try as a base for a homemade milk.  I ordered some from the river (that would be Amazon) and gave them a try.  You can buy tiger nuts themselves or tiger nut flour.  I ordered both.

Not a nut

Tiger nuts are actually tubers–roots that grow underground.  They’ve been around a long time, just not eaten much by us “modern” food snobs who prefer cake and ice cream. They’re about the size of a very big pea, cream-colored, and wrinkly.  They are very tough to chew, but have a nice, sweet, nut-like flavor.  Your jaws will be tired snacking on plain tiger nuts, though.  I liked them, and my kids did too.  But the chewing was rough.  So I used some of the flour in a muffin recipe the kids like.  (It didn’t replace all of the flour I used, just some.)  It went fine.  Sometimes, the tiger nut flour has tough gritty little flecks in it that you can feel when you bite.  I knew what it was in the muffin, but if I was having a ladies’ coffee, I’d probably opt not to use the tiger nut flour.  But for home use, it’s great.

Tiger nuts are great sources of resistant starch.  Resistant starch is a kind of special fiber which is very important to feed your gut bacteria so that YOU can be healthy.  Resistant starch is usually missing in our modern diets.  It is touted to help in diabetes, gastrointestinal issues, and managing weight.  I like resistant starch because it helps my slow GI tract a bit.

How we like to eat them

My kids and I both miss the convenience of cereal.  We try not to rely on grains in our house, although we do eat some.  But cereal every day for breakfast is clearly relying on grains.  We don’t do that.  If there’s one thing I could get moms to believe, it’s that breakfast cereal just isn’t healthy.  No matter what the marketing ploy.  But we do miss cereal.  We have used tiger nut flour to replace our grain-based cereal cravings.

We put some fruit in a bowl (our favorites are strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, bananas, and ripe peaches), add about 1-2 tablespoons of tiger nut flour on top, a touch of maple syrup, and a little of our favorite milk (or the one best tolerated anyhow).  My kids like it a lot and says it tastes like cereal.  It may be wise to start with just a little tiger nut flour (or tiger nuts) and work your way up.  Your gut bacteria may need a little time to adjust to this new tasty food source.  If you go too fast with it, you may be uncomfortable.  None of us had this problem, but I have read about it in others.

That’s our tiger nut story.  A good little find for us.

Conclusion

Enough about tiger nuts.  They’re nice, and maybe you’d want to try them.  But what I really want to know–health and eating whole, real foods to get it–are you still working at it?  We’re about half-way through the year now.  Nearly six months ago maybe you made some New Year’s resolutions.  Who cares if it’s not New Years anymore?  Pull back out those resolutions and get back on track.  The fruit is ripe and the vegetables of summer are calling.  NOW is the time!  NOW, I say!  Wash ’em up and put some tiger nut flour on them.

~~Terri

P.S.  1.  You can also add tiger nut flour to smoothies.  2.  I don’t get anything at all for what I do here; nobody paid for me to post this.  Just my opinions here.  No sponsor or kickback.  3.  They fit well on an autoimmune diet.  4.  Have a good day and forge a good life.

10 thoughts on “Tiger Nut “Cereal”

    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      You’re welcome! I noticed the “nuts” just showed up in our little local natural/organic food co-op here a couple of weeks ago. Maybe you’ll start seeing them out and about!

      Have a great day (evening)!

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    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      I printed that recipe! Wow! If those taste 1/4 as good as they look, I might be in trouble! I’ll blame you… 🙂 Thank you!

      We really like the tiger nut flour sprinkled on fruit with a touch of sweet and “milk.” It’s kind of filling too!

      Best wishes with your autoimmune diet. I know it’s tough, but I also know it can make a person feel much better.

      Terri

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  1. EmilyMaine

    “forge a good life” – I am adding that to my list of Terri quotes that I love. 🙂

    You will be pleased to know that we don’t do cereal in our house at all. Every now and then I’ll make a granola but that’s about it. We don’t buy that crap masquerading as healthy food from the cereal aisle. Monkey used to like the puffed brown rice from the health food section (it’s nothing else – just puffed brown rice) but he isn’t even into that anymore. Actually what he likes involves grains right now as he is into toast but he has that oat sourdough I buy which is about as low gluten as you can get. I’m good with that 🙂

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    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      One time, I think you ran a post on Bircher Meusli. I have kept that recipe and look forward to making it or a semblance of it. Do you remember that?

      Monkey is quite the eater. He’ll keep you on the straight and narrow one day!

      Oat sourdough? I’ve not hear of it, but it sounds delicious. Especially with that avocado breakfast spread you’ve been touting. Mmm, mmm.

      I’m still cruising without coffee, although feeling a little draggy still without it. But it’s only been a week, and I know my withdrawal from it can last quite a bit.

      Glad you liked the phrasing! 🙂

      Terri

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      1. EmilyMaine

        Ah I did talk about the bircher. I used to be in love with it but I was soaking in juice and I’m not really doing juice so much any more. it WAS tasty and in the warmer weather I may go back to it.

        Killing it with the coffee! More than a week now – 10 days!! Gotta call it like it is!

  2. Tim

    I love tiger nuts! Have not tried the flour yet, but this is a good reminder for me! I wrote a blog last year about my experience growing tiger nuts here in Alaska with wonderful results.

    I planted a row this year, too. The fresh tiger nuts are amazing! They ‘pop’ when you bite them like they are under pressure or something. When first dug up and eaten, they are very ‘potatoe-y’ in taste, but after a few days drying, they become sweet. I can see why early man loved these things.

    Here’s link to blog I wrote if you’d like to try growing your own. http://vegetablepharm.blogspot.com/2014/09/arctic-tiger-nut-crop-experiment.html

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    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      Tim, You are simply amazing! Tiger nuts in Alaska? I had NO idea. If you can do it in Alaska, surely I can do it in South Dakota! And the bag I bought is still with some tubers left! But my soil is clayish and no time to prep. Heck, though, what do I have to lose? By the way, your garden was beautiful! Such huge kale! I’m going to share that post on Facebook. Thank you for the idea! I’ve been reading your summer school posts best I can, but they’re pretty technical and so I don’t have lots to say. 🙂 But I do read them. Have a good week. ~~Terri

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