Maple and Cinnamon Buckwheat Granola (Oat free)

Maple and Cinnamon Buckwheat Granola (Oat free)

Maple and Cinnamon Buckwheat Granola (Oat free) by swoonfood.com

 

 

This maple and cinnamon buckwheat granola is what I eat for breakfast most mornings and is essentially the oat and banana free version of the crunchy maple banana granola (what Nick eats most mornings!). I couldn’t find a really delicious muesli or granola that was completely gluten free or not full of weird corn flakey things or added sugar, so I started making my own.

Buckwheat groats are a great oat substitute, especially for a granola style muesli. They’re completely gluten free and are packed full of plant protein and dietary fibre. From there I’ll usually add whatever nuts I have in the pantry, such as almonds, brazils and pecans. Pumpkin seeds and whole flaxseed are great protein and fibre sources, and add to the granola crunch. For flavour I use ground cinnamon, ginger, coconut and vanilla powder, with a little pure maple syrup for sweetness although this can be left out. After baking I’ll throw in some dried fruits like cherries, blueberries and cranberries (ideally sugar free if you can find them).

This granola is super easy to make, the hardest part is waiting for it to come out of the oven as it smells so good! When stored in an airtight container this granola will last for weeks, however, you’ll probably eat it way before then! It’s also great as a snack eaten straight from the jar or sprinkled over the top of a smoothie bowl or chia pudding. Enjoy!

 

Maple and Cinnamon Buckwheat Granola (Oat free) by swoonfood.com

 

Maple and Cinnamon Buckwheat Granola (Oat free)

Makes: 1 large jar

2 cups of buckwheat groats, soaked 2-4 hours
1 cup raw almonds (dried & activated if you have time – see note below)
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup whole flaxseed
1 cup desiccated coconut
1tsp ground cinnamon
1tsp ground ginger
1 tsp vanilla powder
pinch himalayan pink salt
1/4 cup pure maple syrup (see note below)
100g dried super fruits such as cherries, cranberries & blueberries

Soak the buckwheat for 2-4 hours. This part isn’t optional as the buckwheat groats need to absorb some water so that they don’t go crazy hard after cooking and break your teeth! The soaking also makes them easier to digest so it’s win win. After soaking the groats wash them very thoroughly as they let off a mucilaginous substance which you want to remove completely.

Next combine the well drained buckwheat groats in a large mixing bowl with everything except the pure maple syrup and dried fruit. Stir well to combine and then add the maple syrup, again stirring well to ensure it’s evenly mixed.

Spoon the granola mix onto two lined oven trays and fan bake at 100ºC for approximately 30-45 minutes. You are aiming for enough moisture to evaporate from the buckwheat groats so that they just become crunchy and will be able to be stored in the cupboard. They will still be a little soft when they come out of the oven but you will know they are ready when they harden up on standing. If they are still a bit chewy, return the granola to the oven for a bit longer. Once out of the oven, add the dried super fruits to the granola and leave to cool on the trays.

Store this maple and cinnamon buckwheat granola in a large air-tight jar or container in your pantry.

 

Activating almonds: Simply place the almonds in a bowl and cover with filtered tap water. Leave to soak for 10-12 hours. Drain the water off and rinse well. This removes the natural enzyme inhibitors on the outside of the almonds that make them difficult for our bodies to breakdown and digest. Place the drained nuts on a lined oven tray and place in oven at the lowest fan bake temperature possible with the door slightly ajar – I use a wooden spoon shut in the door as this allows just enough gap for moisture to escape (or use a dehydrator if you have one). Dry the nuts this way for until they are dry to touch and easy to crack apart. The rest of the drying will happen with the granola. Again, this part is optional. The granola will still taste just as good without activating and drying the nuts.

Pure maple syrup: Make sure you get the real deal. There are quite a few maple syrups out there that are actually just maple flavoured sugar syrup, full of additives and often high fructose corn syrup. The real deal only lists “pure maple syrup” under ingredients and is made by a natural process of extracting the sap from maple trees, evaporating off excess water then filtering to remove impurities. While it is still a form of sugar it has a lower glycemic index than refined sugar and contains some minerals and antioxidants unlike refined sugar. Pure maple syrup is therefore a better choice of sweetener, alongside honey and coconut sugar, if you need to use a sweetener. However, it is still best used in moderation.

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Blueberry, Apple & Buckwheat Muffins

Blueberry, Apple & Buckwheat Muffins

Blueberry & Apple Buckwheat Muffins

 

 

These blueberry, apple & buckwheat muffins have such a lovely light delicate crumb, you would never guess they don’t contain any butter, wheat flour or refined sugar!

The idea for this healthy breakfast muffin occurred to me after I found a delicious looking recipe in a cook book, and tried out an adapted (dairy & gluten free) version while we were on a weekend away with family. Despite being located on Kawau island (which has no shops and is only accessible by boat) the pantry at the Bach (beach house) surprisingly had most of the required ingredients, although the only gluten free flour was coconut flour. Unfortunately the first batch of muffins was a crumbly disaster, but my 1 year old niece still thought they were pretty great. I concluded coconut flour on it’s own is not a great choice for a muffin recipe.

 

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I tried the recipe again when we got home with a gluten free flour blend but the recipe still wasn’t amazing when adapted in this way. Determined to conquer this muffin idea, I next tried adapting my faithful blueberry muffin recipe by replacing the dairy, gluten and refined sugar. To make them more breakfast-like I used buckwheat flour for a light crumb and added apple to keep them moist and to reduce the sugar content. The result was…. a winner!

These muffins are best eaten fresh, although will keep for a couple of days in an airtight container. They are perfect for a weekend brunch, lunch or afternoon tea and any leftovers make a great weekday breakfast on the go. Hope you give these blueberry muffins a try and if you post any photos to social media be sure to tag @swoon.food #swoonfood so I can come and admire them! Enjoy.

Any questions or comments about this blueberry, apple & buckwheat muffin recipe? Leave a comment in the section below, I love to hear from you!

 

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Blueberry, Apple & Buckwheat Muffins

Makes: 12
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes

200g stewed apple (see note below)
80g coconut oil, melted
80g coconut sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla powder/essence
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
100g buckwheat flour
100g brown rice flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp hot water
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

Preheat the oven to 180ºC and lightly grease a 12 hole non-stick muffin tray.

Combine melted coconut oil, sugar, apple, egg, vanilla powder and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl and beat with a hand held beater until just combined. Sieve the buckwheat flour, brown rice flour and baking powder into the mixture and stir to combine. In a separate small bowl combine the baking soda, hot water and cider vinegar – it will fizz up, so stir it briefly before adding to the mixture and stir well to combine. Lastly add the blueberries – if using frozen there is no need to defrost first.

Drop spoonfuls of mixture into the muffin tray until all holes are filled evenly. Place in the centre of the preheated oven and bake for approximately 20minutes, until muffins are nicely risen and a knife inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean.

Leave the muffins to cool on a wire rack before carefully running a knife around the edges to release. Store in an air-tight container once cold. These will keep a couple of days, however they taste the best when eaten fresh on the day of baking.

 

Note: To stew apples: peel, remove the core and cut into small pieces. Place in a saucepan with about 1cm of water and simmer until the apples have broken down and are easily crushed with a masher or fork. Alternatively you can buy stewed apple in a tin which is usually called “apple pie filling” or similar. Look for the kind that has no additives in the ingredients – just apples. 

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Banana & Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes

Banana & Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes

 

Banana & blueberry buckwheat pancakes by www.swoonfood.com

 

This is another breakfast recipe because breakfast suddenly got a lot more exciting over the summer holidays when we had a lot more time to make something delicious!

That said, for the first two weeks our usual weekend breakfast of poached eggs on toast suddenly became the every day breakfast which started to get a bit monotonous.

So I started playing around with a blueberry pancake recipe that uses just bananas as the sweetener, eggs, a little buckwheat flour, cinnamon and vanilla. I haven’t eaten pancakes since I had to cut out dairy and gluten (except for one time at IHOP in honolulu…and pancake house…) so I was pretty excited to discover that you don’t need either of those ingredients to make really delicious pancakes!

 

Banana & blueberry buckwheat pancakes by www.swoonfood.com

 

The buckwheat flour in this recipe creates a lovely light texture and a mild flavour that works really well with the banana and blueberries. Despite its confusing name, buckwheat is not a type of wheat at all. It is actually the fruit of a plant related to the rhubarb & sorrel family, so technically it’s not even a grain and is completely gluten free. Buckwheat flour also happens to be rich in protein, nutrients and dietary fibre, so combined with the protein in the eggs and the antioxidants in the fruits, these pancakes are great way to start the day.

As the only sweetener in these pancakes is ripe bananas, you can happily add a little pure maple syrup over the top and not feel like you have eaten dessert for breakfast. Enjoy!

Do you have a favourite pancake recipe? Any hints or tips you use for making pancakes?

Leave a comment below, I love to hear from you!

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Banana & Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes

Makes: Approximately 12 small pancakes
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes

2 very ripe bananas
2 eggs
1/2 cup buckwheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla powder or essence
pinch sea salt or himalayan pink salt
1/2 cup rice milk (or milk of choice)
1 cup frozen blueberries

Coconut oil for frying

Mash the bananas well and place in a mixing bowl. Add the eggs and whisk to combine. Add the buckwheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, vanilla and salt and stir with the whisk to combine. Add the milk and whisk lightly to combine. Lastly add the blueberries and mix in with a large spoon.

Heat a tablespoon of coconut oil in a good non stick fry pan. When hot, add two large spoonfuls or 1/4 cup of mixture to the pan, shaping into a round pancake shape. You should be able to fit 3 or 4 pancakes in at one time depending on the size of your pan. Cook until bubbles appear on the top each pancake and the bottoms are golden brown, flip with a fish slice and cook another couple of minutes until golden and cooked through.

Serve pancakes while still hot with pure maple syrup and fresh berries.