We tend to stick the same handful of grains–wheat, corn, oats, quinoa, rice….. and that’s about where I stop. However, there are so many more! I’m on a mission to expand my repertoire, so join me as I share some recipes using delicious buckwheat!
Almost ALL snack bites and balls like these ones contain oats, but these do not! It’s fun to mix it up and try new grains. I’ll be posting more buckwheat recipes soon (this is the first in a series), so buy that bag of buckwheat and get experimenting!
What is Buckwheat?
Although we treat it like a grain, buckwheat is actually a seed of a leafy plant that’s related to rhubarb (it’s called a pseudocereal which means it’s not really a grain even though it seems like it, quinoa is another pseudocereal). Although it has wheat in the name, it is in fact gluten-free. Like most whole grains, it is a great source of fiber, magnesium, protein, and complex carbohydrates to keep you energized. Buckwheat flour is common, but for this recipe you’ll need the whole groats. You can order buckwheat groats here on Amazon. I get mine from the bulk bins at my grocery store.
You can eat buckwheat groats raw or toasted, and either will work in this recipe. They are not as hard to bite into as you’d think–they are kind of crispy, giving these snack bites a satisfying texture and crunch.
These are naturally-sweetened with dates and raisins, and the flavors of cinnamon and ginger are so good together! Make sure you try this unique snack next time you go on a trip, hike, or need a bit of extra energy.
I kinda obviously LOVE little snacks like this, so check out these other options! I almost never buy packaged granola bars or other processed snacks or treats, so these are my homemade and healthy alternative.
More recipes like this (they are all SO good you have to try them!):
If you make any, please come back and comment and share on social media by tagging me @faithful.plateful!
Buckwheat makes these unique bites have a bit of crunch among the sweetness. You have to try them!
- 1 cup buckwheat groats
- 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds or almonds
- 1/4 cup hemp hearts (optional, for extra nutrition)
- 1 cup deglet noor dates
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
Pulse the buckwheat and sunflower seeds (or almonds) in a food processor until mostly fine.
Add the remaining ingredients and process until a clump forms and the dough is sticky and uniform.
Roll into 1-inch balls. Store air-tight in the fridge for up to 1 week.