All of these warm spring mornings have brought back my cravings for no-cook parfaits. Parfaits are one of my favourite summer foods because they are virtually effortless, don’t require a stove, and are different every time I make them.
Lately, I’ve been enjoying this breakfast quite a bit and it only dawned on me recently that maybe I should share it with you. Ok, well I knew I wanted to share it with you, but my real problem was stopping myself from inhaling it before I could snap some pictures! It was nothing short of a miracle that I restrained myself enough this morning to snap a few pics.
At night, I soak raw buckwheat groats in water separately from the chia seed, almond milk, and banana mixture. I did this because buckwheat groats get super slimy when soaked and I wanted to be able to rinse them very well before adding them to my breakfast. Soaking also makes it more digestible, but be sure to really chew the buckwheat. It’s easy to just swallow it down and then it doesn’t digest well, if you catch my drift.
After rinsing the buckwheat in the morning, I stirred it into my chia mixture. The soaked buckwheat remains crunchy and gives the overnight mixture a completely different texture than regular overnight oats. Mind you, it’s not crunchy in a break-your-tooth kinda way, but crunchy-soft if that makes any sense.
If you want, you can throw your toppings on and enjoy it in a bowl or you can layer it into a parfait like I did this morning. Whatever floats your boat!
In today’s parfait:
- overnight buckwheat mixture
- sliced banana
- crumbled up Rustic Banana Oat Cake (made it yesterday and thought it would be nice in here…it was!)
- cashew nut butter
- Strawberry nut cream
- Maple syrup drizzled on top
I tried hard to make my layers pretty for the camera. :)
Other things you can add into your own parfait:
- crumbled up muffins/loaves
- crumbled up granola bars
- nut or seed butter
- apple/pumpkin butter
- dried fruit
- shredded coconut
- other fresh fruits
- banana soft serve
- carob powder
- mini dark chocolate chips
- homemade chocolate sauce
- chocolate avocado pudding
- protein powder
Easy Overnight Buckwheat Parfait
Similar to vegan overnight oats, but with a fun, crunchy texture. Roll out of bed and enjoy this no-cook parfait all summer long with barely any effort at all. Buckwheat and chia seeds are both high in protein and fibre and chia seeds contain all kinds of healthy omega fats. Add in some fruit and you have yourself a well-balanced breakfast.
- 1/4 cup raw buckwheat groats (I buy them at Upaya Naturals and Whole Foods bulk bin), soaked in water overnight
- 3/4 cup almond milk (I used 1 cup, but it was a bit too liquid-y)
- 2 tbsp chia seeds (no subs)
- 1 ripe large banana (mash half, chop other half)
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon and vanilla extract, optional
- rolled oats (optional)
- Add the buckwheat groats into a bowl and cover with water. Stir. Place in the fridge overnight, or for at least a few hours, uncovered is fine.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the chia seeds, almond milk, banana, and optional cinnamon and vanilla. Whisk well until no chia clumps remain. Place in fridge overnight, uncovered is fine.
- In the morning, rinse the buckwheat with cold water in a strainer until no slimy bits remain. Add rinsed and strained buckwheat into the chia mixture and stir well. Top with your desired toppings or make a parfait. Just before serving, drizzle a small amount of pure maple syrup on top to bring it all together.
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Feel free to make this into a breakfast, snack, or even jazz it up for dessert.
Then grab a spoon and dig in!
Ok, so maybe I couldn’t wait after all…
For other no-cook summer breakfast recipes, check out my Raw Buckwheat breakfast Porridge (a big batch made in the processor), easy vegan overnight oats, and VOO Parfaits.
Angela-eating this right now for breakfast. It is ridiculously good!!!!!!
glad to hear that!
I just made this after buying raw buckwheat groats for the first time yesterday and it was so good! Thanks to a surprise breakfast date I ended up scarfing these down for lunch and I cannot think of a more filling or easier to prepare meal. Thanks so much for the recipe! I look forward to trying your groat porridge tomorrow!
I’m totally hooked on this recipe! Such a delicious and filling post-run breakfast. I’ve used oats as well as buckwheat and both are awesome. Thanks! :)
Hi Angela, I love your blog…Read it all the time! I have tried a few of your recipes, and there are a few I’m dying to make! Just made this parfait this morning and it was fab! Thank you for all your inspiration and delish recipes.
Hey Christine, Thanks for letting me know! So glad you enjoyed it & the other recipes so far. Take care!
Thank you so much for this recipe! I just found out I have a gluten/gliadin intolerance and need to find a new staple for breakfast, since I was eating oatmeal every morning. I was just wondering if a banana is necessary for this recipe – I don’t usually have very ripe bananas in the house, but I’d still like to try making this, just with agave or something else to sweeten it. What do you think? Thanks, Angela!
I just made this without the chia seeds and added pumpkin pie spice, extra cinnamon, and pomegranate seeds! It was amazing and so filling! Pomegranate and cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice go really well together, try it!
I actually didn’t think I would like this breakfast but I bought a huge bag of buckwheat the other day and was determined to use it. Oh My Gooooooodness, love, I am officially obsessed. Thank you for bringing this into my life.
I adore your blog!!! :) I’m
So happy I stumbled upon it!!!
Will the chia/groat/banana/etc mixture keep in the fridge for a few days? Made a little too much and want to have it throughout the week. Thanks!
Yes it will keep for a couple days :)
I am ‘so green’ at the vegan lifestyle, and your website came up for my search for suggestions for buckwheat groats. The raw porridge was a great treat, and my meat and potatoes husband really liked it as well. Just to say thank you for what you do.
You are the bomb! :) Thanks for another great recipe!
Could you please tell me if I can use wheatberries instead of the buckwheat? Thanks!
I originally made this recipe to use up a bag of buckwheat I had barely touched. Now it’s my go to recipe to make for breakfast the night before I have an early shift at work. Love it warmed up in the microwave with a few berries and maple syrup.
This is AH-MAZING!! I absolutley loved it! My first try wiht chia seeds AND my first try with buckwheat groats and I couldn’t believe how much I loved your combination of them all!
Thanks so much, can’t wait to try more of your recipes!
This was delicious! Fresh berries are still a bit pricey at Whole Foods so I hit the frozen cabinet. (I pick that up for smoothies.) I did a mix of mango and blackberry in the parfait. Yummy!
THIS was incredible! I am not vegan so I used goat milk instead, which mixed with the banana/chia to make a really creamy custard. I can’t wait for my next one!
I have some toasted buckwheat groats, think that’s called kasha. What would I have to do with those to do this recipe as its different to raw buckwheat isn’t it. Hope you can help. This looks soooo delicious xxx
Anyone know if this can be made into a double batch and last a few days, or would it disintegrate too far after the 1 overnight soak? Thanks
Okay…this is the greatest thing. I have eaten it for the past 3 days. I’m replacing every breakfast or snack with this. I love the texture. It’s even wonderful without any additional toppings. I can’t believe how amazing all of your recipes are and they’re so easy. Is it possible to love someone you don’t know?? Maybe so.
I’ve become so addicted to overnight oats- they are so easy and so good! I actually tried using the same overnight idea to make lentils- and it worked! It is super convenient and delicious. Just thought I’d share :)
Hi there! I was trying the link to the strawberry nut cream and the link took me to a taco salad for two! So, I googled it, and also got directed to the taco salad. I guess that link is no longer there, or expired. Is there another way I can find that recipe? Thanks!
This looks so good! I’m eat’in it tomorrow morning for breakfast. Can you tell me what that lovely pink whipped concoction is in your photo? Looks super good and so pretty too. Is the recipe on your web site?
Hi Diann, the pink topping is my strawberry nut cream, and you can find the recipe in this post: http://ohsheglows.com/2012/06/12/layered-raw-taco-salad-for-two/
If you try it, I hope you enjoy! :)
hi i heard its neccesary to soak almonds too so do you do that too before you make the almond milk ?
Really exciting healthy recipes I can’t wait to try!
Are there any other grains that you can do this with beside oats and buckwheat? I just ran out of both of those grains:( Thanks!