This sh*t is too god. I have to give a big thanks to my friend Kristen over at @enjoythisorganiclife for introducing me to buckwheat just a few weeks ago. Buckwheat groats were one of those "foodie" things that I'd seen on IG, in cookbooks and online, but had never actually committed to buying. That is, until kristen arrived. I bought bags once she introduced me to this health food.
Growing up, we were totally a cereal family. Granted, that usually meant "Nature's Own," or "Barbara's Wholesome," (which I am now super stoked about) but always cereal, granola or oatmeal for breakfast. This raw, sprouted Spirulina Buckwheat Granola is so crunchy and sweet. It reminds me of the textures I used to enjoy back in my cereal eating days, and because of that, I love this stuff.
I have been topping almost every single smoothie bowl with a few heaping tablespoons since I first made this granola. My body resonates very well with sprouted foods, and I have noticed that I digest this buckwheat exceptionally well, which is an added bonus. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do, and feel free to make it in bulk to share with friends and family (store it tight in glass mason jars to preserve freshness!)
This recipe includes.....drumroll please... a few super foods. I'll share some information on those below. Sprouted foods also require a dehydrator. Sprouting foods is beneficial, because these "live" grains differ from whole grains entirely. When sprouting foods, you are activating the enzymes within the grain. Sprouting also increases vitamin and mineral content. Last, but not least, sprouting neutralizes anti-nutrients like phytic acid. These acids bind up minerals preventing your ability to fully absorb and then digest them. Sprout on! You want regret it.
How to Sprout Grains
- Start with clean grain, so take care in sorting through it to make sure all pebbles and grains with poor appearance are adequately removed.
- Rinse grains thoroughly.
- Add grain to a ceramic or stainless steel crock, pouring filtered water over the grain until the grain is completely submersed under several inches of water.
- Soak the grains overnight in warm water ( Sometimes I do a full 48 hours!)
- In the morning, pour the grains into a fine mesh sieve and rinse them well.
- Throughout the day, rinse the grains multiple times taking care to stir them so all grains are rinsed evenly.
- Continue rinsing the grains for two to three days until the grains have sprouted to your liking.
- Rinse the grains one last time, drain them and either refrigerate them or dehydrate them to grind into flour.
(adapted from NourishedKitchen.com)
- Spirulina is actually a freshwater vegetable. It is said that the Aztecs used to collect Spirulina from the surface of lakes and ponds. They would then sun-dry this nutritious superfood and incorporate it into their daily diets. Spirulina is abundant in vitamin A , iron, B vitamins and chlorophyl (hence it’s emerald green color!) As if thats not good enough, Spirulina is also made up of 75% protein! This superfood also includes all nine essential amino acids, which provide us with all of the nutrients we need to fulfill our gorgeous lives with health and longevity, 365 days of the year!
- Maca - Maca is a root vegetable grown in the Peruvian Andes. Maca powder is sacred to the Incas and has been used as a food and medicine in South America for hundreds of years. It is well known for its ability to help enhance strength and endurance. It is said that Incan warriors would often consume maca before long journeys or battles. Maca is high in magnesium. potassium and calcium.
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5 Cups sprouted Buckwheat groats
1 HEAPING tBSP. HAWAIIAN SPIRULINA
1/2 CUP UNSULFURED BLACKSTRAP MOLLASSES
2 TSP. RAW MACA POWDER
*OPTIONAL RAW CACAO POWDER
IN LARGE MIXING BOWL, COMBINE ALL INGREDIENTS AND STIR WELL. COVER DEHYRDRATOR SHEET WITH PARCHEMENT PAPER AND SPREAD MIXTURE OUT EVENLY. PLACE IN DEHYDRATOR ON 115 DEGREES FOR 12 HOURS. OR UNTIL CRUNCHY. REMOVE OFF OF PARCHMENT PAPER AND STORE IN AIR TIGHT GLASS CONTAINERS.