Buckwheat is completely delicious and so nutritious, containing lots of dietary fiber and B vitamins. Because the body absorbs whole grains like buckwheat slowly, whole grains provide long- lasting energy, which is great for children, especially school aged children who need energy and stamina to attend throughout the day!
Whole grains are also especially great for children with sugar cravings (and we all know a few of those!). Basically sugar cravings spike because not only is sugar incredibly addictive but because the body is struggling to maintain a steady level of blood sugar. Buckwheat and whole grains in general release sugar into the blood stream slowly, in contrast to the sudden rush and energy crash caused by refined sugary foods such as biscuits, muffins, chocolate flavoured yoghurts.
Because whole grains contain phytic acid in the outer layer of the bran, some people can experience difficulties digesting whole grains. To be kind to our digestive systems I always encourage my clients to pre-soak whole grains for as long as they possibly can with a pinch of salt to neutralise the phytic acid (but nor more than overnight or 8 hours during the day). In this recipe I have made the process easier by pre-softening the grains in boiling water for around 5 minutes. However, you can, of course, soak your grains in water overnight or soak the grains for as long as possible, as even this will help.
1/2 cup raw buckwheat, rinsed well
1 /2 cup boiling water (omit if pre-soaking)
1 cup of nut based milk, unsweetened if possible
1 small peach, chopped into small pieces
1 medjool date, chopped/ 2 tablespoons maple syrup/ rice malt syrup
1 heaped teaspoon cinnamon
Seasonal fruit, to serve (optional)
If you are not pre-soaking your grains place the buckwheat and the boiling water into a small saucepan and cook over low heat, until the water is absorbed.
Add 1/2 cup of the nut milk, the peaches, date/ sweetener and the cinnamon into the saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes. Pay careful attention to the liquid, topping up a little as required (if needed).
When the liquid is absorbed add the remain 1/2 cup of the nut milk and cook for another 10 minutes. If you need more liquid either add extra almond milk or water.
When cooked the buckwheat should still have a bite but be very easy to chew.
To serve, spoon the buckwheat into a bowl and top with extra milk, if you like. Top with your choice of fruit or eat as it is. Serves 1 adult or 2 children.