One of my favorite breakfast foods is homemeade buckwheat cereal. Buckwheat is a lovely little grain that is actually not related to wheat at all, and therefore gluten-free. In fact, technically it’s not even a grain. The roasted form is often called kasha. I usually buy it raw and roast it myself. At my co-op it is cheaper raw, and also I like to have control over the degree of crunchiness. I would highly recommend you find a bulk source because the little boxes of pre-packaged buckwheat cereal are shockingly expensive.
Buckwheat is high in iron, selenium, and other things that are good for you. It has more protein than its wheat counterparts. I started making buckwheat cereal because I was tired of buying cereal in a box but I didn’t want to give up cold cereal altogether.
2 cups raw buckwheat groats
2-3 tablespoons of almond butter (or other nut butter)
maple syrup to taste
Preheat oven to 300F. Roast the groats for approximately 15 minutes or longer, depending on your desired level of crunchiness. Once, I roasted it at 350F by accident and the result was quite crunchy but not unpleasant. Maybe raw groats would work just as well.
After the groats are roasted, carefully transfer your buckwheat from its baking sheet into a bowl. I have lost many a groat through clumsiness during this stage. In the bowl, mix with the nut butter and sweetener, to taste. Sometimes I like it unsweetened, and sometimes a little bit of maple syrup can be quite energizing in the morning.
Store it in the fridge in a sealed container.
I serve it with non-milk – my favorites are almond milk and hemp milk. I only get the unsweetened kinds because I really don’t like the taste otherwise. If unsweetened fake milk suddenly became extinct, I would give up cold cereal entirely. (Or, I might finally learn how to make almond milk myself. Apparently it isn’t prohibitively difficult.)
I have to confess that “groat” is one of my favorite words to say and somehow it became one of Lotus’ many nicknames. Here is how it happened: Lotus —> Lote —> oat —-> goat —–> groat.