If you are a fan of overnight oats, you are going to love this Creamy Raw Chocolate Buckwheat Porridge. It’s gluten-free, vegan and refined sugar-free. Just like overnight oats, raw buckwheat breakfast porridge is made by soaking buckwheat groats overnight and then blending them with your favorite nuts and fruits to make a delicious, rich and creamy breakfast.
If you don’t have buckwheat grouts at your home you can also substitute for oatmeal (basically you would do the same: soak the oats overnight and then blend them with your favorite ingredients). However, if you have never tried buckwheat before, I highly suggest you do. Despite the name, buckwheat is actually wheat and gluten-free. You would be surprised to know that buckwheat is actually not a grain but a seed. Buckwheat is rich in protein and fiber, as well as a variety of antioxidants and other nutrients, which is why it is considered a superfood.
One cup of cooked buckwheat groats contains about 155 calories, with 6 grams of protein, 1 gram of fat, 33 grams of carbohydrate and 5 grams of fiber.
Benefits of Buckwheat
1. Reduces Blood Sugar
In comparison with other grains buckwheat is very low on the glycemic index which means that the carbohydrate content is absorbed slowly into the bloodstream providing you with a steady flow of energy.
2. Wheat and Gluten-Free
If you don’t have celiac disease or are not gluten intolerant you might not care too much about this. However, swapping this seed with typical grains containing gluten can give your body a rest and be helpful for people suffering from digestive problems.
3. High in Fiber
For every one cup of cooked groats, you get 6 grams of fiber. Fiber helps improve digestion, lower weight and feel full longer.
4. High in Protein
Because of a well-balanced amino acid profile, the nutritional value of the protein in buckwheat is very high.
5. High in Antioxidants and Minerals
Buckwheat is high in minerals such as manganese, copper, magnesium, and iron.
For other recipes using buckwheat check out:
Creamy Raw Chocolate Buckwheat Porridge
- 1 cup buckwheat grouts soaked overnight
- 1 cup cashews soaked overnight
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 1/4 cup date paste
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 almond milk
- Soak the groats and cashews and transfer to a food processor or blender. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend into a thick and cream consistency. Top with banana, cacao nibs and shredded coconut.