Buckwheat Porridge with Pretty Fruit Swirls

Buckwheat groats.

Hmmm…what is a buckwheat groat, you ask.  Well, let me tell you.

Surprisingly (or at least it was to me), buckwheat isn’t even wheat. Rather deceptive, don’t you think?! And while some people classify it as a grain, it’s actually a fruit seed closely related to rhubarb! (Please don’t tell my husband. He thinks he doesn’t like rhubarb. But he does eat buckwheat groats.)

And groats? …wondering what a groat is? Groats are simply hulled kernels or seeds.

And there you have it, my friends— Buckwheat Groats 101.

You’re welcome.

(Bonus trivia…buckwheat honey is made from the pollen of the buckwheat flower, and is a darker honey, higher in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals than lighter honeys.)

Now let me convince you to give them a try!

Buckwheat groats are incredibly delicious, as buckwheat has a mild, nutty flavor. There’s not a whole lot to NOT like about them. 

As an added bonus, they are good for you! Packed with flavonoids (specifically rutin and quercitin), they protect your heart against disease. Buckwheat is also a very good source of manganese and a good source of copper, magnesium, dietary fiber, and phosphorus. Finally, the protein in buckwheat is a high quality protein, containing all eight essential amino acids, including lysine.

Why wouldn’t you give them a try?!

Here is a super tasty, super simple breakfast recipe to encourage you.

Soak groats in water overnight.

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The next morning, drain and rinse.

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Place groats, chia seeds, nut milk, sweetener, and salt in blender or processor. I used my mini Ninja.
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Blend away until desired texture is achieved. IMG_1462

Then make fruit puree by placing fresh fruit of choice and sweetener in a mini blender cup, and blend.IMG_1460

Put porridge in bowl, top with puree, and throw on a few whole berries and groats. IMG_1465

Give it a swirl!

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Buckwheat Porridge with Pureed Fruit Swirls

serves 2

1 c. buckwheat groats

1 T. chia seeds

3/4 c. almond milk

1-2 T. liquid sweetener (I used maple syrup)

1/4 t. sea salt

Fruit Puree

1 c. fresh fruit of choice

1-2 T. liquid sweetener (I used maple syrup)

For garnish

a few pieces of whole fruit

1 T. buck wheat groats (NOT soaked)

Soak buckwheat groats in water overnight. The next morning, place in a sieve and rinse with cold water. Place groats in a blender or processor. I was able to use my mini Ninja. Add chia seeds, almond milk, maple syrup and salt. Process until desired consistency. I like mine smooth.

For fruit puree, place fruit and maple syrup in blender cup. Blend.

Place porridge in bowls. Spoon puree on top. Sprinkle with whole fruit and groats. Make cute little swirls. (Because it most definitely tastes better with cute little swirls.)

You could double this recipe and have breakfast for just about the whole week. (If you don’t share it!)

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