For the past few weeks, I have been enjoying a sampling of products from a Brooklyn company named Organic Gemini . They offer a line of TigerNut based products, including a snack bag, horchata, and flour. These products happen to be organic, gluten-gree, non-GMO, Paleo, raw, kosher, vegan, and nut-free. All have one other thing in common, the main ingredient is TigerNuts.
So, what the heck is a TigerNut?
TigerNuts are not nuts, they are tubers! Besides being deceptive in name, TigerNuts are also a huge source of fiber and valuable nutrients (like iron and vitamin C). They grow in the ground, much like a potato does, and originally come from the Mediterranean and Northern Africa.
More importantly, how can I eat them?
So many ways and in some fun flavors! Organic Gemini provided me with a sample bag of their Raw TigerNuts, TigerNut Flour, and some of their TigerNut Horchata to try.
TigerNuts are crunchy and slightly sweet As is, they remind me of a ridged almond with the chewiness of a sunflower seed. I toted my TigerNuts in small baggies to snack on at work. They were a perfect pick me up mid morning or afternoon. If you find almonds to be a bit bland, these are more flavorful. Soaking them in water (I left mine overnight) makes them a crunchier, sweeter version of their basic self. You can't go wrong either way, but I recommend soaking a small portion rather than the whole bag until you decide which you like!
Horchata is traditionally made with rice, but these swap out rice for TigerNuts and are sweetened with dates. They are creamy, but not too thick and the flavor is rich, but not overworked.. You have choices of unsweetened, original, banana, strawberry, chai or coffee. Chai was heaven in my mouth.. I was sad to see the bottom of the bottle. The unsweetened and original are very similar. The unsweetened flavor profile stands boldly on its own and the original offers just a titch of added sweetness. Have you ever visited Starbucks, or the like and ordered a "Mocha Chiller Whosie-Whatsie?" That's the deliciousness that you're getting with the Coffee Flavor! The fruit flavors will remind you of their respective smoothies. For me, if I have more than 1-2 sips, they are a bit intense (but my guy loves them!)
Like almond flour is made of almonds, this flour is made of ground TigerNuts. Since TigerNuts have a sweeter flavor, it makes a nice base for Paleo baked goods. TigerNut flour has a delightfully subtle "gritty" texture, which makes it unique from other non-wheat flours.
Let's sweeten the deal.
Not only do I have a brand new, Personally Paleo original, TigerNut Flour recipe for you below, but Organic Gemini is graciously giving 15% off orders of TIGERNUT FLOUR through April 30, 2015! Head to their website now and use the coupon code PaleoFlour15 to take advantage of this deal!
Now that you know all about TigerNuts, here is a recipe for some fluffy pancakes that will make you fall in love with this flour. Or try out these some of my other TigerNut recipes like these Lavender Scones with Blueberry Drizzle or these Cinnamon Sugar "Pita" Chips
These Fluffy TigerNut Pancakes will satisfy every breakfast craving you have. Tigernut flour keeps these Nut Free and combines with coconut flour for a naturally sweet option. Gluten Free, Grain Free + Kid Approved!