This is a great recipe which I like to make for breakfasts and snacks. The buckwheat is sprouted, then mixed with the other ingredients and dried in a dehydrator to make a crunchy granola-style cereal. Very good for you – it contains no gluten, bad fat, over-processed grains or refined sugars like you usually find in breakfast cereals! You can add more or less sweeteners as desired. The original recipe is from Serene Allison’s ‘Rejuvenate Your Life’ raw food ‘cookbook’ – the Apple-Almond version is my own ‘tweaked’ version. I use my Thermomix to grind up the seeds, chop the nuts and dried fruit, and grate the apples.
- approx 4–6 cups buckwheat kernels (hulled)
- 1 very large colander or 2 medium size (stainless steel is best)
- 1 large pot for soaking
- Place buckwheat kernels into large pot and soak overnight with plenty of water to cover – they’ll expand quite a bit, so don’t fill pot more than half full of buckwheat! (If you live in a very warm climate, it may be best to soak only for 3-4 hours.)
- Pour soaked kernels into colander/s to about half full.
- The buckwheat will produce a natural mucilage (like linseeds), so rinse this off really well, then place the colander on a plate or in a large bowl to catch the drips. Cover colander with a tea towel.
- Rinse sprouts really well for a minute at night and a minute in the morning, for one or two days, depending on the weather. If you live in a hot climate, be careful not to leave them too long and rinse very well, or they’ll go brown and ‘sour’. They usually only take about a day for me.
- If you need to save water, fill your sink with fresh water and dunk the colanders, running your fingers through the sprouts to rinse.
- Sprouts should have ‘tails’ about 2-3 mm long when ready.
- approx. 14-16 cups sprouted buckwheat
- 3/4 cup macadamia oil or extra virgin olive oil
- 3/4 cup raw honey
- 1 cup freshly ground linseeds
- 1–2 cups freshly ground sesame seeds
- lots of raisins, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chopped almonds, chopped walnuts, shredded coconut, chopped dried fruit (unsulphered apricots, dates, figs, etc) – mix and match!
- a good sprinkle of cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
- Mix together all ingredients in a huge mixing bowl (or a wok).
- Spread out on oiled, mesh dehydrator sheets, and dehydrate overnight or longer, until crispy.
- Enjoy with milk of your choice, or some yoghurt if you can have it, and fresh fruit – yum!
- Blend a couple of handfuls of pitted dates in Thermomix (speed 9 until desired texture)
- Add to Thermomix 4 – 6 peeled, cored apples and chop 5 sec/speed 5.
- Add to above recipe, leaving out pumpkin seeds, and add lots of chopped almonds (or pecans or walnuts) and a few teaspoons of cinnamon and nutmeg. You could also use apple juice concentrate to sweeten instead of honey, for more of an apple flavour.
- Taste mixture and add more sweetener/spices if needed.
- If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can dry this on baking sheets in a 60C oven for a few hours. If your oven won’t go that low, you can prop the door open a little as this will lower the temperature.