You can buy spelt in most supermarkets and all health food shops – it is an ancient form of wheat, a grain that brings a chewy texture and subtle nutty flavour to dishes. Swap out standard barley and try something different with these top spelt recipes, from hearty risottos to light salads and breakfast pancakes. The versatility of this ingredient means it’s sure to become one of your storecupboard staples.
Easy spelt recipes
Baking a loaf at home is easier than you think. This recipe for low-gluten bread is simple and utterly moreish, with a distinctive nutty flavour. It’s also more nutritious than regular bread, providing an excellent source of B vitamins.
This creamy risotto uses pearled spelt, as a healthier alternative to rice, and dried porcini mushrooms for a more intense flavour. Feed the family with this wholesome bowlful of umami goodness.
Make our nourishing vegetarian broth, packed with nutritious veg, and topped with homemade sourdough croutons for extra crunch. Perfect for chilly evenings, this vibrant soup will lift and warm you.
Pack a variety of textures into this balanced vegetarian salad and sprinkle with a homemade nut-and-seed mix for extra depth. The chilli-flavoured nuts, sweet apple and tangy dressing make a flavourful combination.
Our spelt buttermilk drop scones are a tempting brunch option, super-soft and fluffy for a comforting start to the weekend. Serve with homemade blueberry compote and a dollop of natural yogurt.
For a deliciously novel twist on the classic rice pudding, this wins every time. A final scattering of pickled rose petals gives it a quirky edge, but you could substitute that for your favourite jam.
Curl up on the sofa and watch a bit of TV with this hearty bowl of ‘risotto’ on your lap. Spelt is used instead of rice and lends a nuttier flavour. Look for pearled spelt, where the outer husk is removed, so it cooks more quickly and easily.
This zesty, bright-tasting salad is super-easy to make and the spelt makes it a filling meal rather than a side. Dukkah is sprinkled over the top to give it a delightful, gently spicy crunch. Ideal for lunch or a meat-free Monday dinner.