To continue with my series of posts on healthy breakfast options, I wanted to share something that I discovered very recently: Buckwheat Groats. I had been reading a lot about them and, while I knew of their existence and great nutritional value, I had no idea just how to incorporate them to my regular diet.
When I found out that you could make them into a warm cereal that is very similar to oatmeal, I was sold! Being such a big fan of oatmeal, I was extremely excited by that discovery and immediately decided that I HAD to give them a try, as soon as I could possibly get my hands on the precious seed!
Well, let’s just say that I was not disappointed! Seriously, this was the best warm cereal I ever had. While eating it, I thought: “I want to eat nothing but this for the rest of my life”. It might have been my first time trying buckwheat groats, but definitely not the last! To say I love ‘em would be an understatement.
Although they don’t have that distinctive buckwheat taste I was really expecting and hoping for, there is something about them that I truly appreciate. They have a subtle nutty flavour and their texture is chewy, yet crunchy and creamy. Imagine! You get all of that in each and every bite! Combined with amaranth and chia seeds, they make for a seriously heavenly warm cereal.
Of course, they do take a little bit more time to prepare than the overnight oats, but if you are in the mood for a warm cereal and you have a little bit of time ahead of you, this is definitely the way to go. As for myself, this can only happen on the week-end, unfortunately.
Now I can’t wait for the week-end to have them again… and again!
- ½ cup buckwheat groats
- ¼ cup amaranth
- 1 tbsp black chia seeds
- 2½ cups water
- ¼ cup unsweetened soy milk
- ¼ tsp salt
- 25g dried fruits (I had a mix of apricots, plums, apples and pears)
- 10 toasted hazelnuts, crushed
- Bring water to a boil. Add salt, buckwheat groats, amaranth and chia. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture is creamy and all water is absorbed.
- Turn off the heat. Stir in milk, cover and let stand for 5 minutes.
- Add dried fruits and hazelnuts. Stir to combine and transfer to serving bowl(s).
- Add cold milk if desired.
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