Saturday, May 2, 2009

Oh Buckwheat.

I've been curious about
buckwheat for awhile and Chocolate Covered Katie's New Food Challenge gave me the extra motivation to give it a go! It's a little bit confusing, but buckwheat is actually a gluten free fruit seed, related to rhubarb and sorrel. Buckwheat has a great nutritional profile - studies have shown that a diet that includes buckwheat can lower your risk of developing high cholesterol and high blood pressure, it can assist in controlling your blood sugar, and is a great source of magnesium and dietary fiber. 

I've been reading Jae Steele's Get It Ripe (review coming soon!) and was intrigued by the blueberry buckwheat muffins. I haven't done a lot of gluten-free baking up to this point as I've just been figuring out what I can and can't eat. The muffins looked easy and yummy so I decided to give them a whirl. 

They turned out really well! The recipe was really easy and I liked that it didn't contain any refined sugar (although I did substitute agave nectar for the maple syrup) The muffins were light and airy - far less dense than some gluten free baked goods that I've tried in the past. The buckwheat had a nutty grain-like flavor and I really liked it!! The blueberries burst in your mouth and the agave added just a hint of sweetness. These will be perfect for snacks or alongside a smoothie or tea misto for an on-the-go breakfast. They also turned out to be very low in Points. I'm going to try making some buckwheat cereal very soon. 

I'm really happy that I tried this food and I look forward to incorporating it into my food rotation in the weeks to come!

Have you tried any new foods lately?


ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

You rock, Ashley!

I've been wanting to try buckwheat too... but I'v put myself on a "spending diet" meaning I am trying not to buy any new grains (or nut butters!!) until I eat up what I have. But after that, buckwheat's definitely on the list. Your muffins look heavenly!

CoconutGal said...

Ohh Yummy Ash!! Please send me some?! Those look so good.
Haven't "seen" you in a bit.... hope you're doing well :-)
I make buckwheat cereal in the morning, its good! I usually sweeten it though, its strong on it's own.
You've inspired me to do some baking now!

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