Lately life has been so busy, I have been doing an intensive course at uni, trying to prepare to move out to go on uni placement, keeping up at the gym and then working on the weekends as well! Sometimes life just gets so busy you run out of time to prepare food and find yourself having to eat on the run. This is definitely true for me at breakfast at the moment. Rather than buying something on the way to uni to eat I have been soaking a big batch of this buckwheat pudding on Sunday night so that its ready to eat in the morning.
The beauty of this recipe is that it takes no time to prepare, just stir up all the ingredients plus it will last in the fridge all week. Once the mix is all soaked in you can divide it between jars or containers and top with fruit and yoghurt all ready for the next morning.
Despite the name, buckwheat is not actually a type of wheat, its a seed that is gluten free (suitable for coeliacs) and high in protein and fibre. I love buckwheat because it is so versatile. You can eat the groats (kernels) raw on top of you cereal, make it into granola, use it to add crunch to slices or grind it into a flour in your food processor/blender and use it as a wholegrain flour in pancakes (or anything!). I have combined it here with chia seed, oat bran and red quinoa to make a high fibre and very filling breakfast.
This dish is vegan suitable, lactose free, sugar free and can be made gluten free by substituting the oat bran for rolled quinoa flakes.
- 1 cup buckwheat (raw groats)
- ½ cup oat bran or rolled oats (for GF use rolled quinoa flakes)
- 2 tbsp chia seed
- 2 tbsp red or white quinoa (optional)
- 2¼ cups unsweetened almond milk or any milk of choice
- 3 tbsp vanilla protein powder
- stevia - to taste
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- Mix all ingredients together in a large container.
- Soak overnight or for at least 8 hours.
- Divide mix into containers or however you like.
- Top with fresh fruit and yoghurt.
This mix does not go completely soft but if you prefer it more like a porridge consistency you can blend it up until smooth, personally I like to keep it as it is.