Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Buckwheat-Quinoa-Date Porridge

This is reminiscent of a childhood favorite of mine. It reminds me of eating grits and cocoa wheats and creamed wheat hot cereals while growing up. I loved them then, and I love them now- but minus the wheat and gluten part of course. My favorite porridge is made from a buckwheat/quinoa mixture and then more recently I discovered that adding some date puree to the mix adds so much flavor, texture and then you don't have to add any other sweetener, unless wanted. It was a home-run discovery for me. I can't believe it took me so long. Duh! Dates! It is so caramel-ly creamy and there is no sugar---Amazingness!
You may not be a porridge person because of the texture. Well, I challenge you to try some by adding in some of the crunchy textures you may like... added toasted nuts or seeds or even some fresh or stewed fruit. I'm a fan of adding a dollop of ghee or butter of choice, a drizzle of coconut milk or even some tart greek yogurt, and some jam. It is an all time favorite breakfast that leaves me full till the lunch hour.
Buckwheat-Quinoa-Date Porridge Recipe
{free of gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts, seeds, sugar and soy}

First- make a blend of the ground grains to keep in the pantry for a quick breakfast...
I put in 1/2-1 cup of both: quinoa and buckwheat groats.... put in a high powered blender {vitamix, ninja, ect...} Blend on high until you get a powdery flour mix of the mixed buckwheat and quinoa

Also, you may need to make some date puree- I have been keeping some in the fridge ready-made to use in recipes such as this... So you soak 1 cup of dates with 1 cup of boiling water and can do more or less of portions depending on how you want to store it. Soak in boiling water for 10 minutes (or could overnight as well). Then blend in a high powered blender and you get a pudding-like creamy date puree.

Now that you have your staples.... you can whip up this porridge in a jif. For one-serving or for the whole family....

for one-serving
1/4 cup of finely ground quinoa and buckwheat groats mixture
1 cup of pure water
1/2 cup of date puree
pinch of sea salt

for 2-3 servings (doubled) 
1/2 cup of finely ground quinoa and buckwheat groats mixture
2 cups of pure water
1 cup of date puree
1/2 ts. of sea salt

Put all the ingredients in a saucepan and whisk continually until it comes to a boil and is bubbling and it thickens up quite nicely. It should be a thick creamy substance in about 5 minutes. You want to make sure and NOT leave this on the stove after you whisk together for the first time. This will leave it clumpy and sticking to the bottom. Just whisk together continually and fast for 5 minutes and you will have the best porridge around!

Top with some goodies:
ghee or butter of choice
berries or jam
milk or yogurt
nuts or seeds
Yes, I am a porridge-loving person so I am most likely biased....But this is a damn good way to start  a cold and dreary January day ;)

Much love and light, friends. xoxo

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