Monday, August 30, 2010

Buckwheat Porridge Recipe by Cecilia Kinzie

Hi All! I am always excited for new ideas about raw breakfast options. One of the blogs that I peruse is Raw Glow with Cecilia Kinzie. Cecilia is a raw food teacher and consultant in Sonoma, CA.

I recently read through one of her email newsletters and she mentioned a raw porridge made with raw buckwheat. I emailed her to ask for the recipe, I also requested to share it here on the blog, and she was kind enough to allow me the permission to do so :)

About a week ago I had purchased some raw buckwheat at Earthfare. I don't go there often, and Whole Foods doesn't carry it raw in the bulk bins, only toasted, so I was delighted to find it there.

I wasn't sure what I was going to use it for, but I knew something yummy :) I found my something yummy. In fact I am soaking my buckwheat right now to eat it in the morning. So no, I haven't actually tasted this yet, but I will let you know asap. I don't have any green stevia here, so I will probably use raw honey or maple syrup to sweeten it. I'm wishing that I had some vanilla powder right about now.

Here is the recipe:

1 cup soaked and rinsed buckwheat (soaked in the fridge for about 6-8 hours in water to cover)
1 medium fuji apple chopped (or other sweet variety of apple)
2 teaspoons extra virgin coconut oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon
seeds from 1 vanilla bean or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
3 pinches of stevia powder or to taste
3-5 chopped medjool dates depending on desired sweetness level

Blend all ingredients in the food processor until smooth. Top with fresh seasonal fruit and if you really want to get fancy you can serve it with some freshly made almond milk poured on top. Serves 2.

The rational for adding stevia is to limit the sugar content of the porridge. If you don't have stevia powder you can just add more dates. You can also experiment with adding different fruits to the porridge such as bananas and nectarines.

Buckwheat is a good source of manganese, magnesium, and dietary fiber. It also contains rutin and quercitin two important health promoting flavonoids. Buckwheat also contains all eight essential amino acids. As you can see, buckwheat porridge can be a great way to mix up your raw food breakfast routine. Just be aware that buckwheat is a calorie dense food: 1 cup buckwheat contains 583 calories.

Click here for Ceclila's blog. She has great recipes, nutritional advice, and more.

1 comment:

  1. Had some, kids had some, consensus says YUMMY!