May 9, 2013

Raw Buckwheat Breakfast Pudding (GlutenFree)

When I write about buckwheat, I have to make clear the fact that buckwheat is not a type of wheat. It is not even a type of grain. It is a grain-like seed, and can be consumed by people with gluten intolerance. Buckwheat can be bought in many forms such as whole buckwheat, buckwheat groats, buckwheat flour, etc.

I usually buy whole buckwheat, which I sprout and use in salads, or buckwheat groats, which I grind and use in my raw energy bars. This time however, I planned to soak them overnight and make a breakfast pudding/porridge. I actually thought I was being innovative, but there is Google to put everything in perspective :-) Looks like buckwheat porridge and pudding are eaten in many parts of the world in different forms. I saw some recipes where people tried raw versions too. So I decided to go ahead with my plan.

I have to admit, if you are new to raw eating, this might be hard for you and you will find it chewy and grainy. Eventually, you will start enjoying these textures. A great advantage of eating raw food over cooked food is that you will feel hungry less often :-) We have been noticing this over the past couple of weeks in particular, as we have increased our raw food intake. I guess the reason might be that raw food digests slowly and releases more energy, in comparison to cooked food. I guess this is a choice that each person (in fact each family) should make based on the knowledge and awareness that they have.

Ingredients:

  • Organic buckwheat groats- 1 cup
  • Organic goji berries - 1/4 cup
  • Organic raisins - 1/4 cup 
  • Organic chia seeds - 2 Tbs.
  • Homemade coconut milk - 1 cup *
  • Raw honey - 1-2 Tbs.
  • Banana/Strawberries - for topping


Buckwheat pudding:

  • Soak buckwheat overnight with about 11/2 cups of filtered water.
  • Method one: Add coconut milk, goji berries, raisins & chia seeds to drained buckwheat. Keep this aside for about 30 minutes to an hour. This is to soften the goji berries and raisins and also for chia seeds to soak up on the liquid to make it into a pudding consistency. Serve topped with honey and sliced bananas and strawberries.
  • Method two: Add coconut milk, goji berries, raisins & chia seeds to a high speed blender and give a quick blend. Add it to drained buckwheat and mix well. Serve topped with honey and sliced bananas and strawberries.




Note 
To make homemade coconut milk:
Dry or fresh coconut meat 1/2 cup
Filtered water - 3/4 cup.
Puree well in a high speed blender and pass thru a cheesecloth or any clean kitchen towel and squeeze well.


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