Overnight Buckwheat Cereal Bowl (Gluten free, dairy free): Detox recipe 13 of 21May 5, 2012
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Let’s make friends with a new grain today, shall we? As counter-intuitive as this may sound, buckwheat is not wheat. It’s actually not even a grain.
Um…it’s a fruit seed. Who knew? Most of us consider it a grain because it looks like a grain, cooks up like a grain, can be made into flour like a grain…you get my drift.
Why bother with it? Here’s why:
It’s a complete protein
Like some other gluten-free “grains” (quinoa, amaranth, teff…) buckwheat contains all essential amino acids, including the oft-forgotten lysine. I hear cheers from the vegetarian/vegan crowd!
Buckwheat is a gluten-free food
Gluten-free doesn’t necessarily mean spending a lot of money on specialty breads or crackers. Choosing naturally gluten-free foods is the cheaper, healthier option.
It’s high in magnesium
Magnesium is a word buzzing around the health world these days, and with good reason. It’s needed for hundreds of biochemical reactions in your body, most notably working with calcium for muscle function (calcium contracts the muscle, magnesium relaxes it). A deficiency of this mineral can lead to issues like anxiety, depression, migraines, heart disease and high blood pressure. And, as I’m sure you can guess, the average American is deficient.
It’s a real, whole food
Duh. Or else I wouldn’t be talking about it. But seriously, I’ve never seen any refined forms of buckwheat. You can find it as a whole, intact kernel, which has a mild flavor. Or, roasted buckwheat kernels called kasha have a distinctly toasty flavor and are popular in Eastern European cuisine. Ground up, buckwheat flour is the kind used in Parisian crepes.
It makes an easy breakfast
Buckwheat cooks up fairly quickly, and soaked overnight it absorbs all the moisture it needs to become a fast breakfast. Hence, today’s recipe:
Overnight Buckwheat Cereal Bowl
This recipe works with raw buckwheat or kasha. Serves 1.
1 1/4 cup water
1/2 cup buckwheat
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
handful nuts and dried fruit, or whatever toppings you like
In a blender, mix banana with water until smooth. Combine with buckwheat and soak overnight. In the morning, top with cinnamon, nuts and fruit.