Chocolate Buckwheat Smoothie Bowl (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

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This thick and creamy chocolate buckwheat smoothie is one of my favorite go-to’s every time I’m looking for a luscious filling breakfast.

It’s perfect for those days when you’re on the road or away from your desk/kitchen and not able to snack in the middle of the day. It fills you up for hours thanks to the complete protein coming from the buckwheat and healthy fats from the almond butter, tahini, coconut, and flax seeds.

Buckwheat is not a cereal grain, nor is it related to wheat. It’s a gluten-free seed from the rhubarb family and a nutritional powerhouse! Buckwheat is one of the best sources of complete plant-based protein (especially when raw), meaning it includes all the essential amino acids our bodies are not able to produce on their own. It’s high in fiber and a variety of vital nutrients such as manganese, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, vitamins C, B, and E to name a few. The fiber is soluble, which helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and promote bowel health. It’s also one of the richest sources of rutin, a bioflavonoid, which protects the body against free radical damage and heart disease, aids circulation, and helps strengthen and increase flexibility in blood vessels such as arteries and capillaries. Therefore, it’s a great addition for people with varicose veins or hemorrhoids or those who bruise easily.

Aside from all these incredible health benefits, it yields an irresistibly smooth, creamy, and decadent texture when blended into smoothies that leaves you wondering how something so healthy could taste so delicious!

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

This smoothie is packed with protein, healthy fats and fiber. Buckwheat is a complete, plant-based protein meaning it contains an adequate amount of the nine essential amino acids, almond butter is high in "healthy fats" (monosaturated fat) which can help lower "bad cholesterol" (LDL cholesterol), and flax seeds are high in fiber which helps to improve digestion. This chocolate buckwheat smoothie bowl is a great breakfast option that will help you start your morning off right!

By Camryn Goldstein

Chocolate Buckwheat Smoothie Bowl (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes + (7 hours of soaking)
  • Cook Time: N/A
  • Servings: 2

Ingredients

1 cup raw buckwheat groats
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 and 1/4 cups non-dairy milk of choice (almond, coconut, hemp, etc.)
1/2 a large ripe banana (or 1 small)
3-4 large dates, pitted
2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
2 tablespoons almond butter or tahini

Instructions

  1. Cover buckwheat groats with warm water, add apple cider vinegar and let it soak for 7-24 hours or overnight on the counter
  2. Drain and fully rinse the buckwheat groats, add to the blender with the rest of ingredients and blend until soft and creamy. Top with coconut flakes, raw cacao nibs, tahini, fruits or other toppings of choice and enjoy!
Cover buckwheat groats with warm water, add apple cider vinegar and let it soak for 7-24 hours or overnight on the counter Drain and fully rinse the buckwheat groats, add to the blender with the rest of ingredients and blend until soft and creamy. Top with coconut flakes, raw cacao nibs, tahini, fruits or other toppings of choice and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Per Serving: Calories: 446; Total Fat: 15 g; Saturated Fat: 1 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 141 mg; Potassium: 695 mg; Carbohydrate: 72 g; Fiber: 9 g; Sugar: 29 g; Protein: 12 g

Nutrition Bonus:

Vitamin C: 7%; Vitamin A: 14%; Iron: 19%; Calcium: 40%

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