Buckwheat is my new favorite whole grain to experiment with. Aside from using it in this Raw Buckwheat Berry Smoothie, I like adding it to soups or using it as a substitute for rice. It’s fairly inexpensive and cooks in only 20 minutes.
Where can I find buckwheat?
I purchased raw buckwheat groats from the bulk section at Whole Foods. Purchasing in bulk gives you the opportunity to try something without having to buy a whole package of something. Purchasing in bulk also gives you the opportunity to use your own reusable container. If you don’t see it in the bulk section, check next to the dried beans and rice, usually it’s in that same isle.
What does it taste like though?….
I would describe buckwheat as a nuttier rice. When you cook buckwheat it expands slightly in size, but not too much, it does get fluffy though! When you soak buckwheat and then blend it, like in this smoothie, it will give your smoothie a creamy, dense consistency similar to protein powder. Considering 1/4 cup has six grams of protein, I like to think of it as a less expensive raw vegan protein powder!
- ¼ cup raw buckwheat groats
- 1 banana
- ¼ cup dried apricots
- 2 cups frozen mixed berries
- 2 cups water
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds
- Soak the buckwheat groats in water overnight, then drain and rinse using a fine mesh strainer.
- Blend the soaked buckwheat groats and the rest of the ingredients until smooth.
I really liked these berry crumbles I found at Grocery Outlet, they were a nice topping on my smoothie. Have you ever tried these? These would also be a great ingredient for a yogurt and granola parfait.