Updated: May 30
Ricky and I have been on a buckwheat kick lately because buckwheat flour makes The.Best.Pancakes.and.Waffles. Plus, who doesn't love soba noodles? The nutty flavor and satisfying texture comes from buckwheat!
Whole grains and pseudo grains, like buckwheat, amaranth, quinoa, farro, millet, oats, and more, individually offer their own set of nutrients including vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and fiber. Studies show that getting a variety of whole grains may help diversify gut bacteria, creating balanced gut microbiota, which may be health promoting.
Buckwheat is packed with fiber including prebiotic fiber for gut health. It also has a considerable amount of protein with 15 grams of plant-powered protein in one cup of buckwheat flour (that's quite a bit!). What's more, it's considered a complete protein since it has adequate amounts of all essential aminos acids. Buckwheat is filled with phytonutrients, B vitamins, and minerals like iron, copper and magnesium. It’s also the only grain that has an antioxidant called rutin, which has been shown to help with circulation and cholesterol.
Fun fact: buckwheat is actually from the rhubarb family and not a grain at all! It's classified as a grain because of its nutrient composition. For those following a gluten-free diet, It's also naturally gluten-free, despite having "wheat" in its name.
These buckwheat waffles are a yummy way to give this pseudo grain a try. For more fiber and prebiotic-goodness, we topped them with blueberries and banana cashew cream (recipe below). Since these waffles have a nice blend of carbohydrate, protein, and fiber, they make a satisfying and energizing breakfast that will last you all morning long. But, they could also be a fun dessert!
Other ways to enjoy these waffles...
Athletes, listen up: Are you looking for an ideal post training recovery meal? Make buckwheat waffles or pancakes with a nut or seed butter your BFF! Add a nut or seed butter spread on top of the buckwheat waffles plus some fresh fruit for a great balance of carbohydrate and protein including leucine, a key amino acid, for muscle synthesis. Or, consume the waffles or pancakes an hour or two before training for consistent energy throughout your training session.
Do you love a healthy and energizing snack? Umm, yes, please. Buckwheat waffles not only make a yummy and satisfying breakfast, but also a great snack since they have a nice blend of carbohydrate, protein, and fiber for sustained energy and satisfaction.
Transform the batter into waffles or pancakes and enjoy them immediately or store them in the refrigerator for up to 7 days for an awesome snack or breakfast on-the-run. You can also freeze them in an airtight container for up to three months and pop them in the toaster oven straight from the freezer.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Makes: Approximately 8-10 4" waffles