I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. We all need a little TLC now and then. And I will gladly accept TLC from The Lupin Co. in the form of Lupin Flakes or otherwise.
I wouldn’t actually dare use the phrase that I was ‘loopy for lupin’, except that, in truth, I was.
Seriously loop-de-loopy for the stuff.
The Lupin Co.’s Lupin Flakes have now become one of my staples. Mostly for breakfast, but if wasn’t so precious over it, probably any time of day. But before I start raving too much, let me explain what I’m even talking about.
Lupins are a type of bean, often referred to as lupini beans.
These little yellow legumes are popular in the Middle East and Europe, but there’s also a sweeter variety, the Australian Sweet Lupin, grown in Australia. In fact, Western Australia produces approximately 85 per cent of the world’s lupin crops.
I love Lupin Flakes because they’re high in protein (40 per cent) and fibre (37 per cent), but low carb (4 per cent) and fat (6 per cent). Lupin is also gluten-free, low GI, high in antioxidants and phytosterols, and contains less than one per cent starch.
Lupin is actually the largest pulse crop grown in Australia.
Why, oh why, am I only discovering them now?
It is thought that lupin originated about 2,000 years ago in Egypt, and was then grown as crops by both the Egyptians and Incas before spreading across the Mediterranean, and then, in the late 18th century, to Europe. They then came to Australia to help crop rotation cycles (green thumbs will get me) and to aerate soil.
Being low GI, Lupin Flakes help keep you full. They can also aid in lowering cholesterol, preventing cardiovascular diseases and managing blood sugar levels. They also expand when wet and cooked, so when added to foods can increase the volume and thus a person’s satiety.
Along with being a good source of magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron, Lupin Flakes also contain prebiotics, which encourage the growth of probiotics and assist with digestive health. Their crops are also environmentally sustainable as they are a natural fertiliser, reducing the need for chemical fertilisers.
The Lupin Co.’s Lupin Flakes are teeny tiny flecks of lupin, similar in appearance to quick oats, but more delicate. They are light golden brown in colour, and are made by removing the hull of the lupin bean, splitting it and then milling it. There is no heating involved in the process.
Their flavour is very mild, with a grainy nutty taste, perfect for sweet and savoury.
Lupin Flakes are incredibly versatile and can be substituted for pretty much any sort of grain or flour, and used in cakes, tarts, cereals, fritters, burgers, cookies, crumbs and much more.
I added mine to my porridge, in fact ditching the oats altogether. Along with some chia and protein powder, this was the perfect warming and filling protein packed breakky.
I also enjoyed Lupin Flakes in some protein cookies, creating a nutty and low carb crunch. Check out my recipe here.
Super excited to discover this product. Loving The Lupin Co.’s Lupin Flakes and all the TLC that comes with it.
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The Lupin Co. Lupin Flakes (per 100g): 323kcal // 4.0g C (incl 2.5g sugar) / 6.4g F / 40.0g P