Why did I ever skip you and deem myself unworthy to enjoy you?
You really light up my day.
You make morning workouts more enjoyable.
You challenge me to make you quick, but still delicious.
You sometimes taste like cake. Awesome.
Sometimes you taste like pie. Yes.
You complete me.
Never shall we part again,
Your breakfast fan for life.
Ok, that was a bit weird, but 3 cups of tea before 8am will do that to a girl.
I used to be a chronic breakfast skipper for most of my life and I felt like crap.
After a while, I had to ask myself if I really wanted to live my life this way and I knew the answer, but it took a long time to break the habit.
Now, I can’t imagine my life without a healthy breakfast to start my day. My workouts are stronger, I have more concentration, and I’m a much nicer person to be around. Trust me, you don’t want to be around me when I’m hungry all the time. It ain’t pretty.
If you saw my post several weeks back on Raw Buckwheat Breakfast Porridge you may know that I’ve been stuffing my face with this stuff each morning. I went on a 3 week daily feast and then I ran out of buckwheat groats.
Total mood kill.
But now it’s back and it’s like it was never gone…
Carrot Cake, anyone? I made an extra few for you… :)
Carrot Cake Raw Buckwheat Porridge (Gluten-free & Raw)
Adapted from my first version & my Carrot Cake Oatmeal
Yield: 4 servings
- 2 cups raw Buckwheat Groats, (note: this is not the same as Kasha or toasted buckwheat) soaked in water for minimum of 1 hour or overnight
- 1 cup finely grated carrot (~ 2 medium)
- 1-1.25 cups non-dairy milk (I use vanilla almond milk), or more to achieve desired consistency
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 4-5 tbsp liquid sweetener (use Agave if you want it raw. I used maple syrup), adjust to taste
- 1-2 tsp pure vanilla extract (I used 2)
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 cup – 1/3 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup – 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
- Shredded coconut, to garnish
Note: I like to make this at night and then it’s ready for me when I come down for breakfast!
1. In a bowl, pour 2 cups of raw buckwheat groats (not Kasha, but RAW groats) and 4-5 cups of water. Soak for at least 1 hour or overnight. After soaking, rinse well in a strainer several times. Grate carrot and set aside.
2. Place buckwheat groats (reserving 1 cup) in food processor or blender, along with the almond milk, chia seeds, and vanilla. Process until combined and slightly smooth. Now add in the sweetener and spices to taste (I found 1/4 cup of sweetener was enough, but others might like a bit more or less than that). Transfer to a bowl and stir in the grated cup of carrots and the reserved buckwheat. Adjust sweetness to taste.
3. Scoop into bowls or parfait glasses and add your desired toppings & mix-ins. Serve immediately cold. Place leftovers into fridge and enjoy for the next few days. Makes 3.5-4 cups depending on how much milk you use.
For step-by-step photos, see this post.
I process only half of the buckwheat and then I stir in the rest at the end. This results in a nice chewy texture that I love.
I really can’t be left alone with this stuff. It calls out to me from the fridge.
Add a dollop of maple syrup on top if you really want to take it over the edge. Incredible!
and good to the last drop.
I’m feeling in a 2 for 1 kinda mood this week, so here is another fun little snack that I enjoy. And by enjoy, I mean obsess over and eat daily. I’ve been eating this so much, I figured it was silly for me to keep it a secret from you.
Just don’t buy all my Kamut Puffs though. We’re already nearing a shortage in my grocery store! Special thanks to Angela for introducing me to this stuff.
Instant Sugar-Free ‘Carob Puff’ Cereal
Just like Cocoa Puffs, only without the crap.
- 1.5-2 cups Kamut Puff cereal (or other puffed cereal)
- 2-2.5 tbsp carob powder (depending on how much you like it, for me lots is key!), to taste
- Almond Milk
Pour a bowl of your favourite puffed cereal. I’m in love with Nature’s Path Kamut Puff cereal.
Add 2-3 tbsp carob powder on top. I buy it at Bulk Barn. I’ve also seen it called Carob Flour too, in case you see that somewhere.
Stir to combine.
Pour on non-dairy milk (I use Vanilla Almond Milk) and mix well until clumps are gone!
A knock-off of Cocoa Puff cereal, without a boatload of sugar and processed ingredients. Carob Power is naturally sweet, but only has 15-20 calories per tablespoon and it’s filled with fibre. Now take note, it’s about as filling as eating puffed air, but it’s awesome for those times when I crave something sweet or chocolaty and don’t want a ton of sugar. PMS, I’m looking at you.
Plus, it’s basically air which means you can eat approximately eighty-five bowls in a day. Ninety-five if you are PMSing.
I may need an intervention.
Would be loving my breakfast even more after reading this post :)
I love your website! I have a question about the Maple Syrup you use. I’m from Texas so when you say Maple Syrup I’m envisioning Mrs. Butterworth and I know that’s not right. What kind do you use?
I use 100% pure maple syrup :) Usually grade 2, but the key is that it’s pure.
Wow these parfaits are gorgeous! Need to make these stat. Thanks for the great ideas, as always!
This morning you are officially cracking me UP! I may have to give your cereal + carob powder concoction a try. I have officially been reading your blog for over a year and I LOVE your stuff. About to do a fast – the daniel fast – out of the book of daniel in the bible. It’s 21 days where you eat ONLY plant based foods. =)
Oh and PS I am excited to hear whatever “news” you will be sharing with us….. soon. And bummed that it isn’t yet baby related =( I just had my first.
Have a great day!
haha thanks Jenn!
I am slowly but surely getting more comfortable with eating breakfast. I used to skip it all of the time too… filling up on water and carrot sticks. I am now understanding how dang important this meal is!!
Thank you for this recipe, looks amazing as usual Angela :)
As always, looks amazingly yummy Angela! Can’t wait to make this for the fam, or maybe just for myself :) Carrot- coconut is one of my favorite combos. What fun it will be to further get creative with this buckwheat porridge!
Okay, this is not related to this lovely post, but I just saw that you’re Glo Bakery is up for a Veggie Award on Veg New’s site for best online bakery?? I voted for you!!
Thank you Sarah :)
I’ve been doing the same thing with Kamut Puffs, except I use Chocolate Protein Powder!!! LOVE IT!
mmm that sounds awesome :)
Your posts always make me laugh! You’re adorable <3
I can't wait to try these!! Carrot cake & chocolate puff cereal for breakkie?? Yes, pwease!! :D
What an awesome idea to add carob powder to Kamut Puffs! I can’t wait to try that…maybe it’ll help end my obsession with cocoa puffs.
I really want to try buckwheat groats again but last time they were so horrible! I made them similar to quinoa and the texture AND flavor were really awful. I mean AWFUL.
Do you promise they’re better this way?
I thought the same when I first tried them too, until I realized that they were kasha grouts (roasted version and absolutely disgusting!).
^^ Agree about kasha. I hate buckwheat toasted or cooked usually!
Raw buckwheat groats have a much more milder flavour. Thats why I love them in this raw no cook version.
I don’t think I have the energy to put that much work into dinner, much less breakfast! Will you come cook for me for a week??? :)
I make it the night before- it takes me 10 minutes to whip up, no joke.
Oh my. You did it again. That buckwheat porridge seems like a little bit of heaven! And thpse Kamut Puffs look delicious too!
I’m glad you enjoy your breakfast every day now :).
I still haven’t tried this, gah I have to! We love buckwheat at our house, and so do the puppies!
These sound great. I’m always looking for healthy substitutes for my kids, I think they’ll love the Cocoa Puff knock-off! Just found your site, love it!
Ohhh I’ve been wanting to try millet and kamut puffs–they look so good! Your recipe looks like it’d be to die for~~creamy goodness mmmmmm
I’ve been hoarding buckwheat groats for so long and M glad you have now provided me with a great way to put them to good use. Do they go bad after a while, or would they still be good if I stored them in a ziplock for 2 years? I love your creative breakfasts!
Can I just tell you how much I loved this post…not only for the amazing faux coco puffs ;), but the part about skipping breakfast and the way it made you feel resonates with me so much. Every part you described about how it made you feel and eating nothing while working out so intensely, I totally relate to that and used to do that to a T.
Now that I’m healthier and have overcome my eating disorder and have brought back amazing breakfasts (and food!) to my life, I have never been happier. You’re such an inspiration and in the past when I was struggling, you’re blog helped me see that light :)
This is such an awesome breakfast idea. Yum!
Can you just adopt me? I promise never to skip one of your meals. ;)
Oh Wow, 2 Fantastic Breakfasts’… what did we do to deserve this! what a treat and I have everything to make both, woohoo! Thanks Angela!
Breakfast is my favorite meal for sure. I love your honesty, I could not imagine skipping it!
I legit make your carrot cake oatmeal once a week! I love it with tons of maple syrup and raisins! This naturally looks addictive, fantastic and AMAZING all at once. Well done!! haha :)
Wow thats awesome! I love it on colder days :)
I love those Kamut Puffs too! They’re a great topping for yogurt, or as part of a trail mix, to add bulk. I just love the crunch!
The porridge looks fantastic! I’ve been thinking about trying a raw and gluten-free cleanse so this is perfect. Thanks, Angela! : )
BAH! I have seriously been craving chocolate the past few days. Get me to the Kamut Puffs.. stat!
This is my favorite recipe post of yours EVER! Right from the title I knew it would be! You basically covered all my favorite foods!! I already love your buckwheat porridge…but carrot cake flavor just takes it over the top! And I am totally the CAROB queen!! I put it on everything!!!
awwww too kind Kaila!
This dish is going to make me start eating breakfast…5 times a day! What a gorgeous photo. I am literally salivating over here! Bravo.
thanks for the great post!
These look fantastic! Though I usually start my day with a smoothie, I would definitely cheat on my green monster with these babies. Yum!
I JUST bought those exact kamut puffs at Whole Foods today, then read that post about an hour later!! So then I just had to have a bowl of kamut puffs with chocolate milk for dessert.
And it was pretty good! :)
I’m going to give this a try sometime. I really, really love buckwheat. Last time I went shopping, I bought five bags of it. I try to eat it every morning for breakfast because it makes me feel really good. I really feel like it enhances my mood somehow. Maybe it’s the tryptophan in it? That converts into 5-HTP, and then into serotonin. It also contains B vitamins, which are good for the mood.
My current favourite way to eat buckwheat: 1/2 cup dry buckwheat and then cooked, 1 tbsp maple syrup, 1 splash rose water and 1 organic kiwi chopped (with skin on). Mix up and nom :D
I like to eat the groats whole because they have a neat texture, but I’m going to give this a try sometime. It looks fun and tasty!
I usually use carob powder in smoothies :o
Mm that all look soo good! I love carob.
To this day your carrot cake oats are my favorite breakfast!
I recently discovered you can also make bulgur raw and have been soaking it for 15 mins for breakfast. I’m going to try it carrot-style now!
I love puffed kamut!! Especially mixing it with other sweeter cereals. It’s great for bulking up cereal bowls. Now I’ve GOT to try it with carob powder…Cocoa Puffs were an obsession in an earlier life :D
MMMMM, buckwheat is soaking. Can’t wait to try this for breakfast tomorrow. BTW, you looked beautiful at the wedding.
I love breakfast so much that even during the worst of my ED, I still didn’t skip it. If that ain’t love, I don’t know what is. :P
This recipe looks amazing! I love your hot carrot cake oatmeal, so I’m sure this is just as good. I’m so glad I finally found raw buckwheat groats at the Oakville WF.
(Speaking of WF, have you checked out the new one in Mississauga yet? It just opened today and I’m dying to go!)
Love this combo, i sometimes use raw Caoao powder, Nature’s Path rice puffs, and drizzle a little maple or yacon syrup over the mixture. Tasty treat! Love Almond Breeze Almond Milk – big fan for the last 5 years.
I just discovered puffed kamut last week :D I’ve added it to my collection of puffed cereals. It’s winning as the best of the lot at the moment!
This post just made me extremely hungry. That buckwheat porridge looks awesome! I will most definitely be making that very soon. The carob puff cereal reminds me of the days when I used to be addicted to Cocoa Crispies cereal, the one that turned the milk into chocolate milk. This looks like the perfect fix for a not so healthy, but much healthier than the alternative, treat.
Oh, and I did try making the pizza dough using all whole wheat flour and it did not turn out too good. It wasn’t the denseness of the dough but the overall flavor that left much to be desired. Maybe next time I’ll try making it following your recipe exactly…or maybe I’ll just use a whole wheat tortilla or wrap. I think part of the problem was my dough making abilities :)
Breakfast is most definatley the best meal of the day!
You set some marvelous examples :)
Can’t wait to try them.
Oh my god, that looks and sounds delicious! If I hadn’t run out of soymilk today I would totally be making these for breakfast tomorrow!!
uh those pictures looks just yum! first I thought those are the carrot cake bites, which I discovered in the blogworld and am just addicted since. But this Porridge looks also great – I have to find some raw buckwheat now, so that I can try it!
Mmmh I forgot to put a new carton of soya milk in the fridge last night and looking at these pics I reaaaally want breakfast now! Damn my lack of organisation! :/ Great looking carrot cake buckwheat porridge btw!! :) Right, I’m off to put the milk in the freezer, see if that speeds things up! ;)
I just want to say that I’ve been going through a pretty tough time recently. My life seemed to be in order and I was achieving what I wanted and then everything was turned upside down. I am trying not to think about the past and concentrate on the future, some days are so much easier than others, other days I wonder how I’m going to get through things. I know that I can go to your blog for inspiration when I am down, it’s good to know that everybody has down days from time to time, I do like to think of myself as a positive person. Keep up the good work.
Thank you Jenn. I wish you all the best with your difficult time. I know things will work out for you…keep the faith!
Mmmm that carob puff cereal looks sooo good, I’m addicted to carob this summer… I think I almost like it more than chocolate now! Never thought I’d say that :).
I have bought the Kamut Puff cereal and by its self its so bland, its a great idea to add some carob powder. I just had an idea, if you add chocolate protein powder instead of carob powder you wouldn’t be able to eat 85-95 bowls a day but it would be a lot more filling and maybe qualify as breakfast!
I have also been meaning to make your buckwheat Porridge but I too have run out of groats, I’ll have to pick some up soon. I have been sprinkling them on top of my VOO for a little added crunch.
This look so good … just made your porridge the other day ! I am about to soak a new batch so I can have this for breakfast in the morning :) Thanks !!
That buckwheat porridge looks AMAZING! Love all the fresh fruit on top too :)
I didn’t really see anyone comment about making the carrot cake buckwheat porridge and its turnout so I thought I would.
I just made it and it’s pretty good, but I had to add more maple syrup to it, and I found that there was a bit too much spice, especially the nutmeg. I love buckwheat but even after blending it for a long time, I found the grittiness rather unpleasant. I’m vegan and familiar with raw food but I probably wouldn’t make this specific recipe again (I’ll probably make the oatmeal version which I’m sure is to die for!) Still, it’s a pretty neat recipe. For pics and review on it, you can hop over to my healthy vegan food blog UnReFiNeD http://nocrapdiet.wordpress.com to check it out.
Thanks again Angela for your recipes and your inspiration!
I really love your blueberry maple muffins!
yes your raw buckwheat porridge has been a mainstay in our family…i even got my 9 & 7 year old loving it!