A chocolate buckwheat oatmeal without oats! To keep gluten-free, I used quinoa with buckwheat to make a delicious, filling gluten-free breakfast. Together, with quality chocolate this breakfast is full of antioxidants, protein, mood boosters and more. Plus, chocolate for breakfast is always a great idea.
Chocolate Buckwheat Oatmeal
A chocolate buckwheat oatmeal without oats to keep it gluten-free.
Buckwheat and quinoa creates a super powered gluten-free breakfast. Both buckwheat and quinoa are gluten-free and wheat free and full of nutrition. And they are trending, actually have been for the past few years, because of their super powers.
I soaked the two here, added quality chocolate and cinnamon, to create a smooth, dessert-like breakfast bowl. The result is a meal that provides energy, wards off disease, contributes protein and fiber, and a slew of essential vitamins and minerals.
The main sources of nutrition in this breakfast are buckwheat and quinoa. You probably know a lot about quinoa, but do you know about buckwheat? Especially the whole seed, called buckwheat groats? Well, let me tell you all about it.
The Benefits of Buckwheat Oatmeal
Buckwheat is a seed, not a grain, so it is free of gluten and wheat. I use it in my no bake desserts all the time. It is high in fiber, protein, and a slew of minerals such as manganese, fiber, copper and magnesium; contains calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, and selenium. It’s also low in sodium and saturate fat, and has zero sugar.
Where to Find Buckwheat
One can buy buckwheat flour probably in bags in the baking aisle of some upscale grocery stores, and certainly online. But here I am talking more about using whole buckwheat groats, and those are harder to find. I used to buy bags of it online, Bob’s Red Mill is one brand that sells whole buckwheat groats on Amazon.
But then I found it in the bulk section of my local Whole Foods, so definitely check your favorite bulk shopping source. Buckwheat has a very unique look, kind of a 3-sided seed. And once you find it in bulk, it is not expensive at all compared to buying bags online.
What Does Quinoa Add to This Gluten Free Breakfast?
Quinoa is a gluten-free pseudo-grain that is one of the few plant foods that offers a complete protein profile, all nine of the essential amino acids.
High in fiber, quinoa is also high in iron, zinc, copper, thiamin and vitamin B6, potassium and magnesium, phosphorus, manganese and folate.
In fact, the psuedo-grain provides so much essential nutrition that NASA scientists are considering quinoa as the crop to grow in outer space.
I love that quinoa retains its powerful nutritional profile no matter what form it is in. So that’s perfect for recipes that involve boiling, blending, freezing or more. And I love to add both quinoa and buckwheat to smoothies like this gluten-free breakfast bowl.
How to Make this Buckwheat Oatmeal
This gluten free breakfast bowl is basically buckwheat and quinoa, rinsed and soaked overnight, then blended in nut milk, with cacao and topped with my favorite stuff – here that happens to be hemp seeds, strawberries and my own healthy raw chocolate sauce and healthy no bake ganache chunks. Talk about a morning mood booster!
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Chocolate Buckwheat Oatmeal
- To make the buckwheat oatmeal, rinse the groats and quinoa, and soak in water overnight to remove bitter taste and improve digestability. The next day rinse thoroughly , and blend until smooth all smoothie ingredients.
Make Buckwheat Oatmeal
- To make the sauce, hand stir ingredients in a bowl, and drizzle on smoothie.
Make Ganache Chunks
- To make the ganache chunks, prepare the day before - blend ingredients, pour mixture into parchment-lined 8x4-inch loaf pan. Add more coconut oil to achieve a pourable consistency. Refrigerate overnight or at least 4 hours. Chop into chunks and save in frig as snack or to top smoothie bowls.
- Prepare and dress smoothie bowls as pictured and serve chilled!
Dee Dine is founder of Green Smoothie Gourmet, a plant based recipe blog, and author of the recent cookbook, Crazy Healthy with 4 Ingredients . On this blog you’ll find incredibly easy recipes with hidden veggies for anyone wanting to eat healthier, regardless of diet. Dee has graduate degrees in sciences and journalism. More about Dee Dine here.