These no bake chocolate buckwheat brownies have three delicious gluten-free layers including a fudgy middle layer, and chocolate ganache top, all gluten-free. They are also full of protein, magnesium and fiber.
These easy buckwheat brownies are no bake and showcase crunchy, healthy buckwheat groats! The layers also include a chocolate coconut butter middle layer and a chocolate ganache top. Just like my chocolate peanut butter brownies and my dark chocolate no bake brownies, these are also no bake and quick to make!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
These brownies are a creamy fudgy gluten free brainstorm! Just like dark chocolate, buckwheat groats are a nutritional wonder and boost brain-power. They are a seed, really, so they are gluten-free. A wonderful flourless direction to take with a dessert, don't you think?
These brownies have three layers. A grain-free base, a chocolate coconut butter center, and a chocolate top. The ingredients you'll need to build them are:
buckwheat groats - a psuedo grain you can buy online or wherever you'd find rolled oats in the grocer.
maple syrup - a refined sugar free sweetener or use 2 dates soaked in water and pitted.
homemade chocolate coconut butter. My recipe is in the recipe card below and in this 'how to make coconut butter' blog post.
chocolate - either chips or a chopped up bar
How to Make
Step 1: Soak the buckwheat groats and dates overnight and rinse the next day.
Step 2: Process the base ingredients in a blender or food processor and press into a pan.
Step 3: Make chocolate coconut butter and press onto base.
Step 4: Melt the chocolate and pour on the top. Chill and enjoy!
These Easy Gluten-free Brownies are:
1. easy to make
2. high in protein and fiber
3. vegan, gluten free, dairy free
4. have 3 rich fudgy layers
5. are full of whole ingredients
6. are filing and nutritious
7. plant-based and allergy-friendly
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Who Should Avoid Gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley, that is sued to keep elasticity in food. While people with dietary concerns such as celiac disease need to avoid gluten, there are health benefits for all of us. Here are a few.
Benefits to Avoiding Gluten in Brownies
1. Improves digestion
2. Improves heart health
3. Boosts energy
4. Boosts immunity
Benefits of Eating Buckwheat
So let me tell you all about buckwheat groats. Buckwheat groats are a super healthy pseudo-cereal - not related to wheat and devoid of gluten. Buckwheat in fact is a seed. And when soaked and processed into a recipe, they provide the structure of flour. Perfect for a vegan gluten-free recipe.
Buckwheat is the primary nutritional force behind this healthy brownie recipe. Not only is it free of gluten, but also high in protein and fiber. In fact, buckwheat is more nutritious than most grains, contributing magnesium which is supportive of mood and sleep. As well as folate, zinc and vitamin B6.
Specifically, one cup of groats contributes about a whooping 24gms of protein, 5 gms of fiber and only 1 gm of fat. Studies show the groat is also healthy for the heart and blood sugar control, show prebiotic and anti-inflammatory potential.
Use Buckwheat Groats in Gluten Free Brownies
In this recipe, the groats add structure to the base. I blended them raw, but also allowed many to remain unbroken down for added crunch and texture to the chew.
There is a bit of prep regarding buckwheat - at minimum you need to rinse it thoroughly because it has a coating that protects it from predators and that can taste bitter and interfere slightly with some digestions.
If you want to prep further, you can soak the raw buckwheat groats for about six hours in clear water to reduce the phytic acids found in buckwheat as well as grains. For some, this improves digestion; for others, it is inconsequential because actually phytic acids have a plus-side too, being considered an anti-inflammatory. Read more about the phytic acid controversy here!
What If You Can't Find Buckwheat Groats?
I know what you are going to say. Buckwheat groats aren't that easy to find in the grocery store. And you are right. But I order them online from Amazon, with the most budget price from Anthony's.
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Buckwheat Groat Base
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon oil coconut or avocado or olive
- 1 tablespoon nut butter (Or sunflower butter to make recipe nut-free)
- Line a 4-inch by 4-inch square pan with parchment or double recipe and line a loaf pan instead.
- Pour the buckwheat groats and dates (if using) into a container, and submerged with clear water. Rinse them the next day before blending. This is to remove the slimy coating that is there to protect them in nature from predators, but which makes the taste bitter if you don't rinse it off.⅓ cup buckwheat groats, 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- In a food processor, blend up ingredients until you have a pressable texture. Add more water if it is crumbly.⅓ cup buckwheat groats, ¼ cup walnuts, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 3 tablespoon water, 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- Press into the pan. And refrigerate while you make the middle layer.
- In a 2-cup measuring cup, stir together the melted coconut butter, maple syrup and cocoa powder until evenly distributed. If you double the recipe, put all ingredients into a food processor.½ cup coconut butter, 2 tablespoon maple syrup, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- Pour the mixture over the chilled base and return the pan to the refrigerator while you make the frosting. If you want the middle to harden faster, you can freeze it.
- In a pyrex measuring cup, microwave the dark chocolate chips at 60-seconds and stir until melted. You can microwave another 15 seconds if needed.½ cup chocolate chips
- Into the melted chocolate chips, stir in the avocado oil and almond butter and keep stirring until evenly combined. Pour over the hardened middle layer and refrigerate until the top is hard enough to cut.1 tablespoon oil, 1 tablespoon nut butter
- Cut the bars, store in the refrigerator for about a week or longer in the freezer.