Buckwheat Banana Cake with Pecans and Maple

Making a cake with buckwheat flour can be a gamble. The results of my experiments in the past have been mixed so I heeded the sage advice of baking guru Alice Medrich and handled the buckwheat flour with extreme care to avoid it toughening from being over processed.

The flavour combination lived up to expectation. The buckwheat flour makes a cake that is dense but not heavy, a great cake to slice and pack into a lunchbox. The nutty banana flavour is not very sweet, just moist and moreish. This cake is  gluten free. […]

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Buckwheat, Freekeh, Quinoa and Oats Breakfast with Maple Syrup

Buckwheat, Freekeh, Quinoa and Oats Breakfast with Maple Syrup

This high protein and fiber breakfast can be made ahead of time for those on the go who say they don’t have enough time to eat a healthy breakfast.

Ingredients

½ cup buckwheat groats
½ cup steel cut oats
½ cup freekeh*
½ cup quinoa*

Maple syrup or honey to taste
Milk (optional)
Butter to taste (optional)
Dried fruit (optional): dried cherries, apricots, chopped dates, figs, or raisins etc.

Preparation

Combine buckwheat groats, steel cut oats, freekeh and quinoa with 4 cups water in large sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook about 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add more water or milk as needed to reach desired consistency. If you plan to add milk when you reheat it, leave it a little on the thick side.

Remove from heat and add dried fruit, your favorite natural sweetener, maple syrup or maple sugar to taste. Although honey is a healthy alternative to refined sugar, when cooking or baking with honey, it is not necessary to use raw honey since the heat destroys the all the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals, and aromatics.

Let cool and store in the fridge. Scoop out what you want, add milk and butter (optional) and pop it in the microwave at home or work.

*Freekeh (sometimes spelled frikeh) or farik is a cereal food made from green wheat that goes through a roasting process in its production. It is an ancient Middle Eastern dish that is especially popular in Levantine, Arabian Peninsula, Palestinian and Egyptian cuisine, but also in North African and other neighboring cuisines.

*Quinoa is a species of goosefoot (Chenopodium) and a grain crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudo cereal rather than a true cereal, as it is not a member of the true grass family. As a chenopod, quinoa is closely related to species such as beetroots, spinach and tumbleweeds and is high in protein and lacks gluten.