Currently in Florida teaching with my great yogi friend friend Randi Smith, from www.iamhappyhealthyandfit.com, I was inspired to make her this simple, delicious, raw, vegan pudding this morning that revolves around energizing and nutritious buckwheat groats. Buckwheat groats are available throughout the year and can be served as a GLUTEN-FREE alternative to rice or made into porridge, raw cereal, or pudding.
Diets that contain buckwheat have been linked to lowered risk of developing high cholesterol, high blood pressure and with the symptoms of Type II diabetes. Buckwheat can also prevent gallstones and breast cancer. Buckwheat’s beneficial effects are due in part to its rich supply of flavonoids, particularly rutin, known to strengthen capillary walls. Flavonoids are phytonutrients that protect against disease by extending the action of vitamin C and acting as antioxidants.
Buckwheat can be found at any health food store, bulk food store, Wholefoods, and even common supermarkets.
Gracious Living Creamy Coconut Berry Buckwheat Pudding
1 cup soaked raw buckwheat groats
Handful of blueberries and raspberries (or berry of choice)
1/4 cup goji berries
1 tsp chia seeds
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (or vegan milk of your choice)
2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
Natural sweetener of choice (soaked dates, stevia, maple syrup, wild honey)
Soak raw buckwheat groats overnight in water to soften. Drain & rinse groats in the morning. Put in bowl and add all ingredients except berries. If you have time, let sit for 15 minutes to soften goji berries and to thicken pudding with chia seeds (they will turn into a gel when sitting in liquid, if you don’t have time that’s ok, still tastes delish!) After 15 min, add berries and whirl it around a food processor or blender. Yum Yum Yum! Chill leftovers in fridge.
Enjoy this energy sustaining, high fibre, nutrient dense, anti-oxidant and phytonutrient rich pudding that tastes divine.
You are what you eat. You are what you think. ~Gracious Living Lifestyle XO