Contrary to its name, buckwheat has nothing to do with wheat. It is actually a fruit seed that is related to rhubarb and sorrel. A naturally gluten-free food, buckwheat is a great choice for coeliacs and those avoiding ordinary wheat products. A heavyweight in nutrition, it is high carbohydrate with some protein. Actually, not only is buckwheat protein well-balanced and rich in lysine, its amino acid score is 100, which is one of the highest amino acid scores among plant sources as well. It's also very high in iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and zinc. To enable you to digest this grain though and get all of the benefits, it is imperative that you soak it for at least 12-24 hours (don't skimp on this).
Ingredients (serves 2-3)
1/2 cup Buckwheat (raw un-soaked measure)
1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
1 Tablespoon Flaxseed
1 cup Coconut Milk (or any milk actually- almond, rice, dairy)
1 cup Water
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla (not vanilla essence try and get the real mccoy)
Cinnamon to taste
1 teaspoon of RAW Organic Coconut Oil
Toppings and extras as you desire or as you would with normal porridge - I threw 1/2 banana into the porridge then a bit more on top with coconut chips. I've also a huge berry fan and this is awesome with berries added
Place the Buckwheat in a jar, add water until it is well covered and soak for at least 24 hours. You can drain the buckwheat, rinse and recover through the process. You'll notice a gel forming this is what you rinse off.
Soak the Flaxseed and Chia Seeds in a glass- add at least double the water as they swell quite a lot. This process doesn't take as long as the Buckwheat but again makes it much easier to digest.
Drain and rinse the Buckwheat.
Place the Buckwheat in a pot with the water and coconut milk.
Bring to the boil and simmer for around 20 minutes or until it is nearly at the thickness you desire (you will need to stir it throughout this process).
Add the chia seeds and flaxseed and allow to warm a little.
Add banana if you like it a little caramelised.
Add coconut oil and stir through.
Add your delicious toppings, consume and enjoy.