Have you ever tried a buckwheat smoothie? If you haven’t, you really should try this Banana Buckwheat Smoothie Bowl. They are creamy, nutritious and delicious!
A Buckwheat Smoothie is a great choice when you don’t want a huge meal, but you still want something healthy and filling. They are perfect for any time of the day, and they also make a great post-workout recovery drink.
You just soak them in water overnight and rinse well in the morning. You blend them up with plant-based milk, your favorite fruit, veggies, seeds, nuts or nut butters. Anything goes with these smoothies!
Most people think buckwheat is a grain, but it’s actually a fruit seed that is related to rhubarb and sorrel. Buckwheat doesn’t actually contain wheat at all, and it’s unrelated to all the grasses in the wheat family, so it’s completely gluten-free. Buckwheat is a complete protein because it contains all the 8 essential amino acids. It’s also a great source of iron, phosphorus, manganese, copper and magnesium.
By soaking the groats instead of cooking them, you unlock and preserve the beneficial nutrients they contain. Now you have a highly nourishing, energizing and delicious food. You don’t have to soak them overnight, but give them at least a few hours to release their incredible life force. Make sure to rinse really well after soaking them, because they will have a gel-like film on them.
I made this buckwheat smoothie bowl with homemade almond milk, bananas, dates, vanilla, cinnamon and a pinch of Celtic salt. I used homemade milk to make this a completely raw meal, but you can use any plant-based milk. I made a very simple smoothie, but you can dress it up to your liking. Have fun! You can add avocado, berries, chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds, raw nuts or nut butter. You can add more or less milk, depending on how thick you like it.
I put this smoothie in a bowl, because I wanted to make this one pretty with toppings, edible flowers and the little green hearts. It’s definitely drinkable in a glass.
The green hearts were surprisingly easy to make. I just left a little smoothie mix in the blender, and I put a few spinach leaves in there. Then I blended for 30 seconds to create a green color. I used a spoon to drop little dots of mix on the surface of my smoothie bowl. Then I took a sharp knife, and drew a line through all the dots. (like connecting the dots) Make sure not to stop in the middle of the hearts. You can also use a clean medicine syringe to make the dots.
O.k., are you ready to enjoy this highly nourishing, energizing and tasty smoothie? Let’s do this…
- 1/2 cup raw buckwheat groats , soaked in filtered water for 4- 6 hours
- 2 medjool dates , pitted
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1 1/2 cups almond milk (or any plant-based milk)
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch of Celtic or Himalayan salt
Drain and rinse buckwheat really well. Discard water.
Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes, until completely smooth.
Pour into your favorite bowl or glass. Enjoy!