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Today’s question is: what is an arrowroot and where do I buy it? In many paleocized versions of recipes you’ve probably noticed that they often recommend subbing arrowroot or tapioca flour/starch for regular flour. Arrowroot is the starch obtained from the rootstock of several tropical plants. Tapioca floor is made from the rootstock of a cassava and often labelled as arrowroot, but you may see it called both. Because it is obtained from a naturally growing plant it could have conceivably been eaten during the paleolithic era and is therefore used when following a Paleo lifestyle. Wheat flour and other grain flours are not considered paleo because they didn’t come to be eaten by humans until after the introduction of agriculture and farming. Archaeological studies however show evidence of arrowroot cultivation as many as 7000 years ago! Arrowroot, coconut and almond flour are available at Bulk Barn and Scoop n’ Weigh (much more cost effectively than at big box grocery stores).

Whole Egg version (thick) – makes 1

  1. 2 large eggs
  2. 1 large egg white
  3. 2 TBSP coconut flour OR arrowroot flour, sifted
  4. Optional spices

Egg White version (thin) – makes 1

  • 4 large egg whites
  • 2 TBSP coconut flour OR arrowroot flour, sifted
  • Optional spices

Suggestions

Sweet: use coconut flour and these spices: cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves. Add raisins, chopped nuts, almond butter and fruit.

Savoury: use tapioca flour and these spices: garlic, S+P, red pepper flakes. Add meat, vegetables and sauces.

Pizza: use tapioca flour and the Italian Seasoning from last week. Add toppings (already cooked) and put into the oven at 350F until tops are browned, test crust occasionally.

Instructions

  1. Cover frying pan with oil/butter, heat up on low/med-low
  2. In mixing bowl combine eggs/egg whites and whisk until opaque
  3. Sift in the flour and whisk well until all clumps removed, whisk in spices
  4. Once frying pan is hot pour mixture in pan and ensure whole surface covered
  5. Cover the pan with lid/tray for about 3-4 minutes or until bubbles appear on top (like what you look for when cooking pancakes)
  6. Flip over and cook 2 minutes on other side
  7. Allow to cool slightly before adding toppings