Vanilla Cinnamon Buckwheat Crispies – inspired by One Lucky Duck

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on May 31, 2012

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While visiting NYC last year, I had the pleasure of checking out One Lucky Duck – a vegan café specializing in raw and organic food. After seeing One Lucky Duck on so many blogs over the years, I was like a kid in a candy store when I stepped inside. And I had no idea what to buy! Everything looked amazing from their raw macaroons to raw chocolate chip cookies, all handmade in small batches. To this day, I still regret not buying a bag of their raw chocolate chip cookies!

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As you can see, there are all kinds of gourmet goodies one the walls, with fresh juice and snacks in the cooler.

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After ogling their walls for an awkward amount of time, I finally decided on raw chocolate macaroons, raw chocolate, and buckwheat crispies. Oh and a shot of wheatgrass juice for good measure. A shot of wheatgrass means that you get to eat everything you buy…wink, wink.

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I LOVED the macaroons. I didn’t care for the chocolate that much, but I’ve never been a big fan of many raw chocolate bars I’ve tried. I also loved the buckwheat crispies (below).

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In my recap post I wrote, “Maybe I can make these at home?”

Well, I hope you weren’t holding your breath! Seven months later I finally got around to it. :)

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I filed the ingredients away in my mind and decided that the perfect way to break in my non-stick dehydrator mat was to take make buckwheat crispies. Nothing compares to the magic you feel when you eat One Lucky Duck goodies, but for an at-home version I was very pleased with the outcome.

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Vanilla Cinnamon Buckwheat Crispies

Vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, oil-free, soy-free

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Inspired by: One Lucky Duck

Yield
6 servings
Soak time
1-2 hours
Prep time
Cook time
0 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw buckwheat groats (not kasha)
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar (or maple syrup)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp fine grain sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Place buckwheat groats in a bowl and cover with water. Soak for 1-2 hours. Drain and rinse.
  2. Place all ingredients into a food processor except for the salt. Process until mostly smooth. Add salt to taste and adjust sweetener if preferred.
  3. Spread out the entire mixture onto 1-2 dehydrator trays lined with non-stick dehydrator mats. Spread out very thin.
  4. Dehydrate for about 8 hours at 105F. When you are able to lift off the mixture, do so and break it up into a bunch of small pieces. Dehydrate for another 1-2 hours, or until crisp. Enjoy immediately and store the leftovers for 2-3 days in a container or baggie.

Nutrition Information

Calories 169 calories | Total Fat 1 grams
Fiber 10 grams | Protein 4 grams
* Nutrition data is approximate and is for informational purposes only.

Nutritional info (per serving, serves 6): 169 cals, 1 gram fat, 37 grams carbs, 10 grams fibre, 5 grams sugar, 4 grams protein.

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Now, to make these you do need a dehydrator and for that I’m sorry because I know it’s not a common kitchen appliance. With that being said, I really wanted to be able to tell you that you can make them in the oven, but I’m afraid that my oven attempt failed horribly. I baked it at a low heat around 250F and the mixture ended up burning and it was also very bendy instead of crispy. Sadly, I do not recommend trying this recipe in your oven, unless your oven is magical.

If you do have a dehydrator, you will love how easy this recipe is. All you do is soak raw buckwheat groats for a couple hours, rinse and drain the groats, and then throw them into a processor with agave, sea salt, cinnamon, and vanilla. Pour it onto a non-stick dehydrator mat and dehydrate!

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After about 8 hours, I broke the mixture up (essentially, it was one huge crispie!) and then dehydrated for another hour or two until super crisp.

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If you have the chance to visit One Lucky Duck, run, don’t walk. Their raw chocolate macaroons were some of the best I’ve tasted. Hopefully one day, I’ll be back for another visit.

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If you’d like to check out my vegan restaurant & bakery reviews (and all the sightseeing) while visiting NYC, see these posts below:

Where’s Waldo? (the clues- would you have guessed it?)

NYC Part 1 (Central Park, our hotel, sightseeing)

NYC Part 2 (Café Blossom, sightseeing)

NYC Part 3 (Candle 79, Radio City Music Hall)

NYC Part 4 (Le Pain Quotidien, Top of the Rock, WTC memorial, Blossom restaurant, Chelsea Market, Times Square/Naked Cowboy!)

NYC Part 5 (shopping, Union Square Market, Angelica’s Café, celeb sighting, Babycakes, Atlas café)

– NYC Part 6 (undocumented…muahuah)

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Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers May 31, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Though I’m sure your vegan bakery review are lovely, what I’d really love to check out are the bakeries themselves! :) I’ve never been to a vegan bakery or to NYC. (I know… so deprived. haha)

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greenthyme May 31, 2012 at 1:13 pm

These look so cool! I’m so curious about the dehydrator thing. You may have already talked about this in a previous post, but where did you get yours? I don’t know much about them or what it entails. I’m sure there’s so much you can do with them. I’ll have to look more into it! Thanks Angela!

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Angela @ Happy Fit Mama May 31, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Yum! I always love little snacky type foods like this. On the list to make this weekend!

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Erin @ The Grass Skirt May 31, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I cannot wait to try this. I’m dying to go to One Lucky Duck, but even though I grew up in NY, I haven’t been there in ages! I’ll have to save your suggestions for a much needed trip. :)

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Lesley May 31, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Yummy looking crisps that are certainly calling my name. I’m in for the June salad challenge.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2012 at 7:05 pm

I’m happy you are in for the challenge! Hard to believe June 1st is tomorrow.

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 31, 2012 at 2:07 pm

That’s a bummer they don’t work out in the oven! I think this may be a sign that I need to get a dehydrator. The universe wants me to have one, obviously. ;)

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Lia May 31, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Funny, I was just talking about how I wanted to get a dehydrator right before reading this. Good incentive

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anne May 31, 2012 at 3:13 pm

do you ever do anything with rhubarb? I’ve got tons of it and no recipies!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2012 at 7:04 pm

No I havent yet Im afraid. I would try googling rhubarb recipes for ideas? I will have to give it a shot someday. :)

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Jane May 31, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Wow! I just moved from NYC one week ago exactly and before I left I made a final visit to One Lucky Duck. First of all, Pure Food and Wine, their finer dining establishment is amazing! I mean mushrooms that feel and taste like scallops? Breathtaking. Anyway, I actually purchased the chocolate crispies and the cinnamon sugar cookies, but with the craziness of moving I’ve yet to try either. Nuts, I know.

I’ll let you know what I think and congrats on recreating such an interesting product. Wish I had a dehydrator!

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Willow May 31, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Whoa, boy… these sound seriously addictive! I’ve never been to One Lucky Duck (that will have to be remedied!) but these sound like a great replication. :D

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Sandra May 31, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Just wanted to say what a lovely photo the last one is of the couple sitting on the ledge kissing, I’m sure they would like it to.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 1, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Thank you, I thought it was a nice moment. :) So many romantic couples all around the park!

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Heathy @ Sweetly Raw May 31, 2012 at 10:02 pm

I LOVE One Lucky Duck! Never tried their buckwheaties but tried just about everything else. Buckwheat cereal rocks, your recipe looks so simple and delish. Will have to try! Thanks!

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Maria @wayfaringteacher.com June 1, 2012 at 2:08 am

Hi Angela! I am curious how you found out about all the vegetarian/vegan restaurants in NYC. Was it just word of mouth? I find that traveling always puts a kink in my vegan pursuits. Thank you!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 2, 2012 at 8:58 am

I use the site http://www.happycow.net/ its GREAT!

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Maria @wayfaringteacher.com June 2, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Thank you!

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Alyssa (Down To Earth) June 1, 2012 at 5:49 am

Too funny…whenever my boyfriend and I go out or order something that tastes like heaven, I always say, “We could MAKE this!”, and then try to remember all the ingredients :)
These sound wonderful…I cannot wait to try!

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Sophie June 1, 2012 at 7:25 am

Oooh! These look yummy! Gonna have to put them on my list of things to make :)

Happy National Donut day!!

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Wendy June 1, 2012 at 8:32 am

I looked yesterday and couldn’t find Buckwheat groats. Any idea if Oat Groats would work? I can order the Buckwheat from Amazon but I’d like to make these for my boys this weekend.

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Jennifer June 1, 2012 at 9:15 am

I have an old dehydrator and no nonstick sheets. Do you think if I got one of those cheap oven liners and cut it to size it would work? Can’t wait to try these. I guess it’s time to break down and buy a dehydrator!

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Moni Meals June 1, 2012 at 10:22 am

Now just when I thought I had some time to make your “One bite cookie n fudge Cups…” you post this! I need to make both now! It is ok, it is a good thing. :) hehe.

Great recipe.
I still have not been to NY..wah! I am always trying to figure out a way to go. :)

Have a great day!

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Christine June 1, 2012 at 10:33 am

Well these just sounded too good not give them a try in the oven! I have a gas convection oven and I pre-heated to 300 degrees (so they won’t be raw). Then I spread the mixture out onto a large cookie sheet covered with parchment. I baked for 28 minutes, the edges were starting to brown, and took it out of the oven and peeled off the parchemnt. Next I broke off the pieces that were already crisp to keep out of the oven and broke up the rest and returned the pan to the oven for ~15 minutes (keeping an eye on it so they didn’t burn). I’ve already eaten a bunch of the browned pieces – delicious! They almost tast like a waffle cone – would be yummy with banana soft sever. I am so glad I gave this a try! Thanks, Angela, for sharing! :-)

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Katy June 1, 2012 at 8:36 pm

My friend introduced me to this blog about a month ago and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I’ve recently started going to a naturopath and to help me heal I’ve temporarily needed to cut out gluten, dairy, eggs, and sugars (including honey, agave, etc.). Your recipes have saved me from many a bland meal! Every recipe I’ve made has been full of flavor and ingredients that make me feel great. Plus, most can easily be adapted if it calls for something I can have. :) I just wanted to say THANK YOU! Keep up the good, creative work.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 2, 2012 at 8:54 am

Thank you Katy, that means so much to me! Goodluck with everything.

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Katy June 1, 2012 at 8:42 pm

P.S. To Anne with all the rhubarb, my Grama makes a strawberry rhubarb jam that is ultra addicting! Maybe that could be a sweet way to preserve some of that goodness.

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Barb C June 2, 2012 at 6:58 am

I have had buckwheat groats in my fridge for quite some time, and I have just not been sure what to do with them. I now know! I am going to make these crispies, probably this weekend. Thank you for your wonderful recipes – they never disappoint!!!

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Lisa June 2, 2012 at 8:29 am

I have these in my dehydrator right now!! I LOVE your recipes. They are so wonderful and I love enjoying them with my one year old. Thank you for sharing them with us!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 2, 2012 at 8:53 am

thanks Lisa, I hope they turned out!

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Jessica H. June 3, 2012 at 8:08 am

Where do you get your dehydrator and what type is it? I am new at being vegan and this would really help me! Thank you!

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janet @ the taste space June 4, 2012 at 7:14 am

Can’t wait to try these… I was wondering why you had dusted off your dehydrator and now I am so happy to try them, too. :)

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Barb C June 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm

I have a batch of these vanilla cinnamon crispies in the dehydrator as we speak, and just took a nibble. So good! They’re not completely dry, but I couldn’t wait to taste them, since the batter was so yummy. Thanks for posting this recipe! As I said in previous post, I have had buckwheat groats in the fridge forever and just did not have the confidence to use them. With my success rate of 100% on your recipes that I’ve tried, I knew these would be great!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Hi Barb, so glad you think they are turning out good so far! The batter is usually a good indicator. ;) Enjoy!

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Ashley June 10, 2012 at 3:23 pm

THANK you Angela!!
I have been making variations of these and LOVING them!
Currently in the dehydrator is a version with pureed carrots, coconut, dates and candied ginger for a “carrot cake” cracker. YUM!
forever indebted ;)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 11, 2012 at 8:11 am

wow great idea!

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Kat June 13, 2012 at 6:49 am

This is a late comment, but I printed your recipe out on the day you posted, just havent gotten around to this incredibly simple one!!! Thank you for the simplicity!!! I just wanted to say that I am so excited you have a dehydrator recipe because you make it so easy to use it and there is no guess work. I made your cheezy kale chips which were amazing and they turned out perfectly according to how you described. So, please more dehydrator recipes!!!! Thank you so much for taking a lot of the guess work out of vegan cooking. You make it interesting and easy!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 13, 2012 at 6:51 am

Thank you Kat! I will certainly keep that in mind. I also love those kale chips…thanks for the reminder to make them again!

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Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner June 14, 2012 at 12:47 pm

I’ve never had a one-lucky-duck crispy. But now I don’t have to with your inspired recipe! Thanks so much! :D

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Christina May 15, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Hi Angela,
I made these last night. When I checked them in the morning after 8 hours, they were still stuck to the tray. I managed to scrape some off (without too much difficulty) and broke them into pieces. I left them in the dehydrator for 15+ hours and still aren’t crispy. Any ideas why?

I made a couple minor changes, but I didn’t think that they would affect the recipe. I used sprouted buckwheat and I used a little less than 1 cup to make up for the amount that it expands during the sprouting. I don’t have a no-stick (just the plastic tray for fruit leathers) so I greased it with coconut oil. I spread it out thinly, but it is still very bendable after almost 12 hours. Let me know if you have any suggestions.

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Bonnie May 23, 2013 at 11:03 am

Hi Angela,

Your site is gorgeous!!!

Anyway, I tried to make these little suckers and they would not get crispy. I had them in my dehydrator for 12 hours now and they are still not crispy. Keep in mind this is my first time using my dehydrator and I have a cheapo one, Nesco American Harvest. Also, I subbed honey for the maple syrup. The puree is all stuck on the dehydrator tray and what I can peel off is still bendy and chewy. Boo! Any ideas?

Thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 25, 2013 at 9:22 am

Hi Bonnie, My guess is that it just needs more time or the honey might have changed the consistency. I would dehydrate a bit longer if you can.

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Christine March 28, 2015 at 11:24 am
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Thank you Angela, for this yummy recipe! I made the crispies the other day, and they’re already gone. The whole family (husband, 14 and 7 year old sons) enjoyed them in a bowl with some almond milk. Today I’m going to make a double batch!

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