There are some ingredients in this porridge that you may not be familiar with. They can be on the expensive side, not kitchen staples for people on a shoestring budget, but I like to have a couple “fun” superfood ingredients in my pantry. I think it can be affordable if you find those few items that you really enjoy using instead of loading up on every new “super” food that gets buzz.
Lucuma, a low-glycemic fruit native to Peru, is one of my favorite superfoods. I’ve never eaten a fresh lucuma fruit, but the dried, powdered form is mildly sweet and reminiscent of caramel. I use it mostly in smoothies, porridge, and sweet dips, but you can also use it in baked goods and the like.
Raw coconut flour is a unique flour to work with. It’s very…thirsty. I’ve used coconut flour in raw and cooked desserts. When it’s used properly, it can create a fluffy texture that I just love. I used it in this recipe to add a hint of coconutty flavor and for its thick, fluffy texture.
The lucuma and the raw coconut flour really make this porridge special. With that said, if you don’t have any on hand, you can omit them (sad face). You may want to add in more spices and a sweetener if that’s the case. Chop up a Medjool date or add a few drops of english toffee stevia. Both would be great in this. Feel free to play with the fruit combinations, too. This recipe was made for experimentation. Go play!Superfood Buckwheat Chia Porridge
-1/3 cup raw buckwheat groats, soaked, drained, and rinsed well.
-1 Tbsp chia seeds
-1/2 cup + 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, divided
-1 Tbsp raw coconut flour
-1/2 Tbsp lucuma powder
-1/4 tsp vanilla powder
-1/2 apple, diced
-handful of blueberries, frozen or fresh
-dash of cinnamon
-Pour buckwheat into a bowl and cover with water. Soak for 1-2 hours. If you’re really in a pinch, 30 minutes might do the trick.
-While the buckwheat is soaking, measure out the chia in a separate, smaller bowl. Cover with 1/2 cup of almond milk. Whisk with a fork. Let it sit for around 20 minutes or until the chia seeds plump up and form a gel. Whisk again with a fork to break up any clumps.
-Drain and rinse the buckwheat very well. Make sure that it doesn’t feel slimy at all. If it does, just rinse it again.
-Mix the buckwheat and chia together along with the rest of the ingredients. Stir until all is evenly incorporated.
-Pour 1/2 cup of milk over the porridge. If you like your porridge super thick, use less. If you like it runnier, use more milk.