Customizable Baked Chocolate Buckwheat for One
I wanted to incorporate the deep flavor and moist texture of buckwheat groats, one of my favorite grains, into baking (buckwheat, like quinoa and soy, is also one of the few complete vegan proteins). However, buckwheat flour just didn’t do it for me: The end result wasn’t as fluffy as whole wheat pastry flour or as voluminously satisfying as a bowl of creamy buckwheat groats.
The solution: Soaked, blended, and baked buckwheat! I think I was inspired by Indian recipes like idli and these Baked Oatmeal recipes by a very creative vegan blogger who specializes in healthy vegan desserts that would tempt omnivores and vegans alike. You just have to soak the buckwheat or grain of choice in water overnight, which requires barely any extra effort, just the thought of early prep, for a much heavier, moister dish than using flour.
I do use whole wheat pastry flour for fluffy desserts for parties, but I like this better day to day because it’s texture is more satisfyingly filling and moist, plus the nutrition of buckwheat.
*a little less than 1/4 c. roasted buckwheat groats (kasha)
*1/2 tbsp. flaxmeal for Omegas
*1/2 c. water or non-dairy milk
*1 tbsp. extra virgin coconut oil or nut butter
*1 1/2 tbsp. sweetener (I used 18 drops of Sweetleaf Stevia)
*1/16 tsp. salt
*1/4 tsp. vanilla
*1/2 tsp. cocoa (I used the rich Hershey’s Special Dark)
*1/4 overripe banana
*handful of chocolate chips
1) Soak a little less than 1/4 c. buckwheat in 1/2 c. water so the grain can expand and blend easily tomorrow.
2) The next morning, add rest of ingredients minus the chocolate chips and blend away. Add chocolate chips.
3) Bake at 415 degrees for 30 min. in 2 c. glass container lined with oiled foil.
Play around with different fruits and nuts (if you don’t add cocoa powder, you can decrease the sweetener) like frozen blueberries for blueberry baked buckwheat or chocolate chips and no cocoa for chocolate chip baked buckwheat. Double chocolate baked buckwheat (with chocolate chips and powder) has been my breakfast of choice for the past few days.