Healthy, hearty buckwheat berry breakfast

Quick, easy, delicious vegan morning meal
Buckwheat Berry vegan breakfast. Photo by Stacy Feyer-Salo.

Fun fact: Buckwheat isn’t wheat, it’s a gluten free seed that lends a chewy texture and nutty flavor to this delicious breakfast.

A little about the Freagin’ Vegan:  I started eating vegan for health reasons and kept eating vegan because the food is next level amazing, tasty as all get out, healthy and I feel great.

Long story short, I didn’t want to take medication when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, so, I changed my diet and haven’t needed any medication since. The diabetes has been managed 100% through diet and this recipe is one of my favorite reasons

I also don’t have shoulder pain from bursitis anymore, after 20 years of dealing with that. And I lost 55 pounds, but who’s counting? Food as medicine, who knew?

This is one of my favorite breakfast recipes. Dense in micronutrients, filling, and it’s meat and cheese free. The exceedingly health conscious will appreciate the lack of salt, oil and sugar as well.

*With the above in mind, I am not a doctor, and none of the above should be considered health advice.

½  cup buckweat oats (choose raw buckwheat, not kasha, which is toasted)

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

¼ teaspoon organic cinnamon

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons raw almond or cashew butter (look for butters with one ingredient, either almonds or cashews. Many butters add sugar and oils).

1 Cup fresh or frozen strawberries, blueberries, blackberries,

1 medium apple, chopped

2 tablespoons chia seeds

Approximately 1 cup walnuts

Place buckwheat and almond milk in medium sized saucepan. Mix in cinnamon and vanilla extract. Heat on medium high until mixture just begins to boil. Reduce heat to low and heat for 6 minutes.

Add apple, almond or cashew butter, and chia seeds. Mix together with buckwheat, at low heat, for about 1 minute (add additional almond milk as needed, buckwheat should have a creamy oatmeal consistency and not be too dry). Add fruit, mix, top with nuts and enjoy!

May be refrigerated, eaten cold, or re-heated.

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