I give this cereal a 10!
This combination of buckwheat groats and oatmeal makes for a good solid breakfast. It's great with coconut milk poured over it, but water and a pinch of sugar is quite tasty too. Which is why this cereal is perfect for overnight stays in those hotels with zero breakfast options.
This groatmeal is low in sugar so don't expect it to be sweet — it tastes more like dark chocolate. Ripe bananas or coconut milk will sweeten it up a bit, but absolutely adjust the sugar to your own tastes. Just be mindful to keep your sugar intake to a minimum.
Buckwheat groats are hulled seeds, and contrary to what their name implies, they actually contain no wheat or gluten. They have a slightly nutty flavor and are high in protein, minerals, and B vitamins. They're relatively inexpensive and a little goes a long way, although I've seen the same bag of groats range in price from about $4.00 to $8.00 so it pays to shop around.
I have made both strawberry and blueberry versions of this cereal before with great success. I simply substituted 1/2 cup of really ripe fruit for the cocao powder, then put the mix in the blender and pureed it before adding it to the groatmeal mixture.
This recipe is adapted from a Chunky Chocolate Buckwheat Granola recipe over on the My New Roots blog. Thank you Sarah for the inspiration!
Dark Chocolate Groatmeal
The 8SAFE processed ingredients that I've used for this recipe are: Bob's Red Mill Quick Cooking Gluten-free Oats, Shiloh Farms Organic Buckwheat Groats, NAVITAS NATURALS Cacao Powder, Simply Organic pure vanilla extract, LET'S DO ORGANIC shredded unsweetened coconut. And I use SO DELICIOUS Dairy free Coconut Milk beverage, vanilla flavor over my groatmeal.
- 3 cups gluten-free quick oats
- 1 cup buckwheat groats
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup mix of pure maple syrup or honey (or a combination of the two)
- 2 Tbsp Cocao powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine the oats, buckwheat groats, and salt. Stir to combine.
In a small pan, warm the coconut oil, maple syrup & honey, cocao powder, and vanilla extract just until the oil melts, stirring to make a nice smooth sauce.
Pour the sauce over the quick oat/groat mixture and combine until well coated.
Spread onto a sheet pan in a thin, even layer. Bake for 15 minutes, stir, then for another 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
Add the coconut and chia seeds to the pan and mix. Let cool, then serve in a bowl with coconut milk or water. Store the remaining groatmeal in an airtight container for later.