Friday, October 26, 2012

Warm Buckwheat Groats with Apples and Cranberries

Warm Buckwheat Groats with Apples and Cranberries ©2012 - Michelle Loy, MPH, MS, RD, CSSD - Go Wellness
It's officially fall, and during this time of year, I'm ready to break out the warm, slower-cooking breakfast dishes, like hot oatmeal or quinoa.  Well, I am ready to try something new, so I experimented with whole buckwheat groats. Buckwheat groats are the hulled fruit seed of the buckwheat plant.  The seeds have a mild flavor that is intensified with roasting or toasting.  Nutritionally speaking, buckwheat groats are a good source of fiber, magnesium, and manganese.  It is also gluten-free for those who need that option.

Hot buckwheat groats - ©2012 - Michelle Loy, MPH, MS, RD, CSSD - Go Wellness
 While I'm sharing it as a hot cereal, it can also be added to soups and stews or combined with vegetables, nuts or seeds, and herbs or spices for a chilled salad.  Buckwheat groats can also be used in pilafs, casseroles, or stuffings in place of brown rice or other grains.

Buckwheat groats - ©2012 - Michelle Loy, MPH, MS, RD, CSSD - Go Wellness
I love the crunchy texture of buckwheat groats, and it has a slightly earthier flavor than other grains, like brown rice or steel-cut oats, with which most people are familiar.  If you like texture, then this dish will definitely serve it up with the groats, chopped apples, and cranberries.  If you wanted even more crunch, you could even add nuts, like pecans or walnuts.  Need kid-friendly breakfast dishes?  This one is kid-tested and approved!  Enjoy this slower-cooking breakfast dish on a weekend and save leftovers for easy reheating during the week.  It saves nicely in the fridge for at least 2-3 days after cooking.  Enjoy!

Have you tried buckwheat groats?  How do you enjoy them?  Will you give this recipe a try?  

Warm Buckwheat Groats with Apples and Cranberries
Adapted from: Jenn Cuisine,
1 cup buckwheat groats, rinsed
1 Tbsp coconut oil (or butter)
1 cup coconut milk (I use canned coconut milk. I require dairy-free recipes for my son who's sensitive to cow's milk. You could use cow's milk or other alternative milk, too.)
1 1/2 cups water
1 stick cinnamon
1 pinch nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 large apple, cored and chopped
1/4 cup dried cranberries
100% pure maple syrup and extra milk for drizzling

1.  Combine the buckwheat groats, coconut oil, coconut milk, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a large saucepan over high heat, and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes or until the groats are soft and tender and the liquid is absorbed.
2.  Once cooked, remove from heat and stir in the apples and cranberries.  
3.  Drizzle with maple syrup and extra milk before serving.  (The fruit adds a nice hint of sweetness, so you could skip the maple syrup, if you like.  Or you could opt for stevia for sweetness, too.)  Enjoy!

Serves:  4
Nutritional Information:  
Calories:  383   Carbohydrate:  47 g   Protein:  6 g   Fat:  21 g   Cholesterol: 0 mg   Fiber:  5.5 g   Sugar:  11 g (3 grams added sugar from maple syrup)   Sodium:  308 mg
Excellent source of: zinc
Good source of:  thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and iron

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