About 3 months ago I ran across buckwheat in something I was reading. I love it now! The best part is that buckwheat is not a grain. It isn’t rolled like oats in a way that cooks off a lot of the nutrients. It is a seed that is related to plants like Rhubarb. It is easy to find in the bulk section and it is cheap. Check out more from a more credible source than me!
Buckwheat is a super plant food. It is packed with nutrients and 1 cup contains 23 g of protein and 17 g of fiber. It is gluten free as well because it is technically a fruit seed.
It does take a little work to help buckwheat to become edible. So far I have only attempted it as a breakfast cereal. Start trying recipes. I will be honest, I haven’t found success with overnight buckwheat groats. They turn out too dry for me. Today I tried a Cocoa Buckwheat porridge shown in the picture. It was fantastic and easy. Overall it took less than 30 mins to prepare. Here is what you need for it:
- Bring 2 1/2 Cups water to boil
- Add 1 cup buckwheat groats – bring to a boil and let simmer for about 15 minutes.
- Add 2 Tablespoons of Cocoa Powder when the groats seem soft and have absorbed most of the liquid.
- Add 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
- Add 1 Tablespoon Vanilla (optional)
- Stir together for a consistent porridge and let simmer for another 3-5 minutes. Make sure and take it off before it is completely dry.
This will be a base recipe that I will try with some tweaks. I don’t always like the vanilla added. Cacao powder instead of cocoa powder adds the benefit of the cacao bean without the processing. My hope is a bit of coconut cream will create a better consistency. I had to use a little milk to get the kids to eat it this morning. Sliced almonds or apple slices seem a good complement. I haven’t tried these things yet but will post an update when I do.
***Update*** This past fall we picked a bunch of apples at a relative’s house and we froze a bunch in peeled apple slices. Adding the frozen apple slices offers balanced flavor with the buckwheat. Adding apples to the above without the vanilla is my favorite way to prepare this now. ***
For awhile I was fasting for breakfast and only drinking cream laden coffee. That helped me get over processed foods but I think it was also a deterrent to my weight loss. I simply was eating too much in the afternoon which is the time for me that I run to the junk food. Eating a hearty porridge like cereal is a big reason why the weight is coming off for me again. I still fast once and awhile as it is a good way to reset but I’m convinced fasting as a regular diet routine isn’t the best for my body. I’m so glad I found buckwheat and I hope you find a way to pack all of those nutrients into your body!