If you asked me a couple of weeks ago what lupins were, I would tell you they are these gorgeous pink and purple flowers that grow along the side of the road or in fields and down country lanes, wild and free just hanging out as this vibrant colorful beauty.
They go to seed, creating these pods that look like peas and when they dry, you open them up and sprinkle the seeds all around, and then these wild things just keep growing.
But if I thought about it a little more, I would recall reading at some point a few months ago about lupin beans. These incredible fiber and protein filled beans that are a source of resistant starch, low in carbohydrates and a nutrition powerhouse in terms of nutrients to calories ratio. And I searched all the stores and grocery aisles, health food shops and specialty wellness boutiques for these little beans, only to come up empty-handed.
Fast forward almost a year later, and I suddenly see things coming up lupin. I had all but forgotten about this superfood, until a couple of weeks ago when I was in the health food shop and saw a bright blue bag of lupin flakes sitting on the shelf.
“Lupin flakes,” I thought. “Why do I feel like I have heard of this before?” Because now, not in their whole bean form, but in their dehydrated flake form, sat the lupin beans I had looked for oh so many months ago and nearly forgotten about. I hesitated for a second, and then realized, after all this time, that I would be silly not to walk straight out the door with that blue bag of flakes, and I marched straight up to the counter and fulfilled my year long search for lupin.
And now, it’s been a bit of a big lupin adventure here in the kitchen! I made lupin pizza crust and sprinkled it on my smoothie bowl. I used it to thicken yellow curry and added into raw protein bars for extra protein.
And then of course, I made dessert. Apple dessert to be exact.
The crust and the topping are both made using lupin flour, while the center is made using dates, cinnamon and apples to create this amazing, naturally sweet and syrupy apple pie-like filling. If we look at it purely from the lupin perspective, this is a dessert that is loaded with fiber and protein, has no refined sugar and is only sweetened using dates and the natural sugars from the apple. I will confess in fact, that I was so pleased with how the nutrition profile stacked up for these, that the week I made them, I had a 22km long run on the schedule . . . and refuelled afterwards with one of these. Breakfast maybe? Refuelling energy maybe? Just damn delicious maybe? Let’s check all of the above.
I hope for your sake, that you can find lupin flakes in your local health food store. Or online, or just call me up and I’ll ship some to you. Because whatever the occasion, you are going to need these in your life.
And when they’re healthy enough for breakfast, dinner, snack and fuel, you can be sure you won’t have to worry about them going uneaten . . . we devoured them in a matter of days.