This was my first experience with buckwheat and keeping it raw, at that!
Contrary to popular belief (and fooling people by it's name), buckwheat is not a grain -- it's a seed! As an interesting fact, buckwheat is one of the best foods you can eat for magnesium. Who needs magnesium? Apparently we all do! This seemingly insignificant mineral contributes to over 300 biochemical tasks in the body!!!
Ok, so let's jump right into the goodness and get to "cooking" although you actually won't need a stove or oven to make this delicious porridge. Nope, as crazy as it may sound - it is possible to make a bowl of porridge without cooking!
Take a look . . .
Recipe credit/inspiration goes to Angie! Thanks, girlfriend. :)
Raw Buckwheat Porridge
Yield: two 1-cup servings
1 cup raw buckwheat groats (soak for at least an hr, best if overnight)
3/4 cup vanilla almond milk
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tablespoons agave (use the maple flavored, if possible!)
1/2 tsp organic vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1. Pour the raw buckwheat groats in a bowl with 2 cups of water. Let soak for a minimum of 1 hr or prep before bed to be ready for breakfast. Rinse the buckwheat well after soaking.
2. Blend soaked (and rinsed) buckwheat groats in food processor or blender, with almond milk, chia seeds and vanilla. Continue blending until smooth or preferred consistency. Add the sweetener and cinnamon to taste!
3. Scoop into a glass parfait dish or just use a plain ole cereal bowl - either with work! Add fresh toppings: almonds, fresh or frozen fruit, dried coconut, cranberries, etc. Just be creative and have fun with it!
***Store leftovers in the fridge for up to a couple of day***
Have you ever tried buckwheat? (had you even heard of it before now?! i know . . . it's kind of out there :p )
Do you have any experience with soaking nuts / grains / etc? (mine is miniscule but I'm learning!)
What are your favorite oatmeal toppings? :)