Have you ever tried raw buckwheat pudding before? If not, you really need to get on that as this breakfast is loaded with health and beauty benefits that will leave you feeling and looking amazing.
I have been having quite the love affair lately, it involves pears. Not quite sure where this latest obsession came from, but I just can’t get enough! I have been having it for a snack drizzled with hazelnut butter (another recent obsession), putting it in salads and now it’s finally making it’s way into my breakfast. Buckwheat is a great option for those following a gluten free diet as well as those people who may have overdone it on the overnight oats/chia puddings, ME!
What is buckwheat?
Buckwheat is actually a seed and not a grain, similar to quinoa and can be prepared and eaten raw by simply soaking them overnight. By soaking these (and other grains, beans and nuts) you are helping to deactivate the enzyme inhibitors that coat them and thus make them easier to digest. The buckwheat groats are small and triangular shaped covered by a hard shell, buckwheat is also sold roasted and as kasha. This recipe calls for raw buckwheat groats not kasha or roasted, you can find it in the bulk section of any health food store or larger grocery store, like Whole Foods.
Health benefits of buckwheat
Buckwheat is also high in protein and contains all eight essential amino acids. It offers a rich supply of flavonoids, in particular rutin and quercitin which help to extend the action of vitamin C and act as antioxidants. Therefore, I would consider buckwheat to be a great beauty food and one of only a few grains that can be included in such a list. Buckwheat is also a great source of magnesium which is effective at reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Magnesium is an essential mineral that is often lost/depleted from the soil, even organic soil. Because of this, most people are often times deficient in this vital mineral.
Last, diets that contain buckwheat have been linked to a lowered risk of developing high cholesterol and high blood pressure. As a result, they can actually lower heart disease. They contain a good amount of fiber as well which is great for ensuring optimal bowel health.
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How to buy/store buckwheat?
When buying buckwheat and in order to ensure it is kept as fresh as possible, it is best to store it in the fridge or in a cool and dry place. This is similar to all other nuts and seeds, which should always be kept in the fridge to ensure they don’t turn rancid.
Also, once you have soaked your buckwheat overnight, make sure that you rinse it off under water to remove the gelatinous coating on them. Other then the overnight soaking, this recipe comes together really quickly as everything is tossed into your blender or food processor to make the raw porridge. It is totally up to you how you want the texture, if you prefer a little bit more texture, don’t blend for too long. I like it fairly smooth (blend for about 15 seconds) and then I add a little extra crunch to it by adding extra leftover raw (soaked and rinsed) buckwheat, or cacao nibs, nuts or anything else you can think of.
Health benefits of pears
As I confessed earlier I am loving pears lately (specifically bosc pears for some reason) and this under-appreciated fruit has some great health benefits too. Did you know that pears were considered a “gift of the gods” back in the 8th century and were also considered a luxury item in the court of Louis XIV? Well it totally makes sense why as they are considered a very good source of fiber, vitamin C, copper, vitamins B2 and E as well as potassium. Pears are an excellent source of water-soluble fibers, including pectin and are higher in pectin than apples. This helps to lower cholesterol levels and helps the intestines as well. If you are eating the skin (which is a great idea, as this is where much of the fibre comes from) then it is best to buy organic as they will contain less pesticides. I always like to recommend that if you are eating a vegetable or fruit with the skin on, try and buy organic, if it has a tougher skin that you are discarding you don’t necessarily need to buy organic (avocados for example). The skin also contains much of the antioxidants so it really is a wonderful beauty food to incorporate into your diet.
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Raw buckwheat pudding
So there you have it, a beautifying raw buckwheat pudding made in about 5 minutes (not including the soaking overnight) that is not only healthy for the insides but great for getting and maintaining clear skin. And if you aren’t sold on it quite yet, this breakfast is also super cheap to make, as buckwheat is quite inexpensive.
If you try it out, I would love, love, love to hear from you! Hope you enjoy this breakfast as much as I do.
And just for fun, here is my new kitten, Adele getting involved in the food photography process…she is quite a handful!
- 1 cup raw buckwheat (this expands after it has been soaked)
- ½ cup dairy free milk of your choice
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 tbsp. nut butter (I used and recommend hazelnut butter for this one!)
- 1 pear
- ½ banana
- ¼ tsp. cinnamon
- Soak your 1 cup of buckwheat in some water overnight. You can leave it on the counter overnight or in the fridge (covered). This will expand and be more than 1 cup once it is soaked.
- In the morning, strain your buckwheat and rinse thoroughly to remove that gelatinous covering.
- Place 1 cup of the soaked buckwheat along with all other ingredients into your blender or food processor. You can set aside extra buckwheat for topping or make another batch of this pudding if you want.
- Blend until your desired consistency is reached, I do it for about 10-15 seconds in my Vitamix.
- Pour into your mason jar or bowl and place your desired toppings on it.
- I used a couple extra pieces of a pear, the reserved buckwheat, a touch of maple syrup, cinnamon and bee pollen.
- This stays in the fridge for a few days, so it is great to make ahead for quick breakfasts during the week.