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  • Writer's pictureEmily Yeo

Chocolate Buckwheat Porridge

Honestly I wasn’t sure if I should post this on the blog because even if the recipe is simple and delicious and this vegan chocolate buckwheat porridge is such an amazing way to start your day with something healthy and comforting, it is just not the prettiest dish. If it would compete with a decadent chocolate cake or beautiful apple pie, this porridge would lost for sure in that beauty contest! But when I posted a photo of it on my ig story, many wanted a recipe so I decided to share it here! Maybe it is not the prettiest but it is delicious, healthy, perfect for cold winter days.

If you have been following me for a while there is no need for me to introduce you to buckwheat, I love it because of its chewy texture and nutritional benefits. It can be used in salty dishes but also in sweet ones. This chocolate breakfast porridge is insanely creamy and chocolatey. This buckwheat porridge has a delicious, light chocolate-y flavour that’s not too overpowering. I like to mix in a pinch of cinnamon and vanilla extract as well, for extra sweetness and a little dessert-like flavour. If you have never tried buckwheat, this recipe is probably the best introduction!

I’ve been meaning to try buckwheat porridge for the longest time. I tried making some for the first time a few years ago, way before I started my blog and I honestly didn’t like it very much. I found the texture very gritty and it wasn’t sweet enough. It was sad because I love toasted buckwheat groats in granola and I also love buckwheat flour! But actual buckwheat in it’s normal form is not the best. Soaking it makes it go very very slimy and that texture just puts me off! I recently stumbled across a recipe for raw chocolate buckwheat porridge in a recipe book. I immediately realised that if I wanted to like buckwheat porridge I would have to make it chocolate! But I swore off the raw thing and decided to just cook the buckwheat normally instead. It actually tastes like a bit of a chocolate risotto in texture and is very very filling.

I have been slightly obsessed with buckwheat lately. I love the subtle crunch of the groats and how it soak ups all the flavours. Buckwheat is also a powerhouse of vitamins and mineral and it’s also an easily digestible protein. Buckwheat and cacao contain fibre for the gut-loving prebiotic goodness that influences health in so many positive ways. Did you know that buckwheat is not actually a grain despite its name? Similar to quinoa and amaranth it is a so-called pseudograin and therefore naturally gluten-free. Apart from that, buckwheat is rich in fibre that keeps you full, as well as a variety of minerals, including magnesium, iron and zinc. Cacao especially has many health-protective aspects on account of a vast array of plant compounds including being anti-inflammatory and mood boosting. Sweet, right? That’s why you should definitely place this chocolate buckwheat porridge on your meal plan on a regular basis, it will give you lots of energy for the day and keeps you satisfied for a while.

Starting the day right is extremely important, and whether you have a good breakfast or not can determine how you feel for the rest of the day. As the weather gets cooler it is always good to wake up to a breakfast that’s filling, tasty and warm, and that is filled with protein to help you last a long day. That is why I developed this recipe for chocolate buckwheat porridge that is gluten-free. Using buckwheat groats as the base, this porridge keeps you feeling satiated for much longer because of its high fiber content, and the cocoa powder gives the porridge taste as well as provides you with magnesium, a mineral that most women tend to crave. The porridge is also sweetened with just enough maple syrup to make it sweet without overdoing the sweetness. This chocolate buckwheat porridge can be made from scratch in just 30 minutes, so if you get it cooking when you wake up, it will be done by the time you’re all dressed and ready to eat.


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