Bored with oatmeal? Try this.
I love oatmeal. I always make a double serving of 5 minute rolled oats (as in 1 cup dry) and typically eat the whole thing. On days I eat oatmeal for breakfast, I sometimes forget to eat lunch because it’s so filling and satisfying, it keeps me going until late afternoon, sometimes even dinner time!
But, in an effort to switch it up a little, I’ve been experimenting with buckwheat lately. It’s neither a grain, nor related to wheat, but rather the seed of a plant related to rhubarb, and is 100% gluten-free. And it is delish.
I prefer to keep the seed whole instead of grinding it, as some recipes call for. You can make is savory or sweet, but at the request of a client who can’t eat fruit, I wanted to create a fruit-free breakfast bowl. This is so simple and fast to make, and a great alternative to oatmeal. I find that despite it being a complete protein (23 g per cup, which is about half of your daily needs) and super high in fiber (17g per cup which may be more than some people eat in a year!) I find it to be a little on the lighter side in terms of satiety.
You will find buckwheat most typically in the bulk section, but Bob’s Red Mill also has it pre-packaged.
Check out the recipe below, and please share your favorite buckwheat toppings in the comments! I am new to using it, and would love some ideas.
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- 1/2 cup buckwheat
- 1 cup water
- handful raw or soaked almonds
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- pink salt, to taste
- Bring water to a boil, add buckwheat, and cook about 10 minutes, until all water is absorbed.
- Remove to serving bowl, sprinkle with salt, cinnamon, and almonds. Enjoy!
Maria Marlowe is a holistic nutrition and wellness coach who uses real food to help her clients improve their health, weight, and skin. She offers a healthy eating meal plan that teaches you how to batch cook, as well as one to clear up acne. She has ongoing group workshops both in NYC and online, and writes healthy and delicious plant-based recipes for her popular blog. She is also the author of the #1 New Release on Amazon, The Real Food Grocery Guide, the most practical guide to selecting the healthiest foods, without going broke, which has been praised by Dr. Oz and InStyle magazines. You can find her on instagram @mariamarlowe.