I went to the store to do some grocery shopping the other day, and they didn’t have my normal gluten free oats in stock, so I decided to get creative! I made some oatmeal without oats (well, there’s oat bran, but not whole oats!). The result was wonderful! The key ingredient I used is buckwheat groats.
Buckwheat is a lesser known ingredient that can be used as a grain substitute in cereals and such, as it is a broadleaf plant/super-seed as opposed to a cereal grain. Most of us know that buckwheat is naturally gluten free, but the health benefits go much further than that!
Health Benefits of Buckwheat
- Safe for gluten free individuals
- Contains more protein than rice, millet, or corn
- Contains many amino acids
- Rich source of soluble and insoluble fiber
- Reduces and stabilizes blood sugar levels
- Improves blood flow
- Helps prevent atherosclerosis
- Reduces risk of type 2 diabetes
- Contains anti-inflammatory properties
Buckwheat is a warming food, so it is a great ingredient to have in a nice hot bowl of porridge! So without further ado, let’s get to that recipe!
- 1/2 cup buckwheat groats
- 1/2 cup oat bran
- 1 cup milk of your choice (I used almond milk, and it’s fantastic!)
- 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
- cinnamon, to taste
- nutmeg, to taste
- stevia, to taste
1.) Prepare the buckwheat groats and oat bran as directed on the package.
2.) When both are prepared, combine both the oat bran and groats in one pan. Add the milk and coconut oil. Stir to combine. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, and stevia to your liking.
3.) Transfer to bowls and serve.