Sick of the classical oats porridge you used to get served as a kid? Try this buckwheat version for a nice change.
Why buckwheat? Well buckwheat is a great grain, like oats it has a low GI index and slowly releases energy throughout your morning, but it’s even better because it’s a new exciting ingredient to cook with. Buckwheat is not technically classified as a grain, but rather a fruit seed related to rhubarb. We used to eat a lot more of it, until wheat and oats took over the this world as the main grain crops.
Let’s get to the interesting stuff. Buckwheat is a great source of protein, dietary fiber, it helps regulate blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure and is high in magnesium and flavonoids which helps keep disease away. It’s been attributed to better lifestyle quality according to a study of the Yi people of China and is often called a SUPER food. Now who doesn’t want to start their day feeling SUPER?
I don’t watch the Oprah Show, but for those of you who do, her website even calls it the 5th best SUPER food out there.
So give this recipe a try and diversify your diet.
Ingredients for buckwheat porridge with nuts, raisins and fruit
- 1/2 cup buckwheat
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 handful walnuts or almonds, roughly chopped or crushed
- 1/2 handful raisins
- Fresh fruit – whatever is in season. Banana, strawberry, mango, apple, pear, peach, nectarine, blueberries all make great toppings
- Sweetener – if desired – use maple syrup, honey or palm sugar syrup (recipe below)
- Nut milk – almond milk, coconut milk or rice milk will do great
- Sprinkle of cinnamon
Step 1: Mix the buckwheat, water, nuts and raisins in a small pot and bring to a boil. Let it simmer on the lowest possible heat for 15 – 20 min uncovered (this timing really depends on your stove as the pot is uncovered). Meanwhile you can go do your makeup or shower or whatever morning routine you have.
Step 2: Put the porridge into a bowl and top it off with the fresh fruit and a sprinkle of cinnamon for extra spice and a bit of nut milk to give it some depth. Lastly pour over some sweeter like honey, maple syrup or palm sugar.
Step 3: ENJOY!
Palm sugar syrup ingredients and instructions
- 100 g palm sugar
- 3 tbsp water
Dissolve the palm sugar in the water in a small saucepan on medium heat. Allow to cool into a syrup and use as needed. I use my syrup in coffee, on pancakes and on black rice pudding. It will keep in the fridge for months.
What’s your favorite breakfast? Let us know what you make in the mornings, leave a comment below.