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Wow, what a weekend! I’m beat! The holidays are exhausting, but so worth it! It’s the best feeling in the world to see the excitement and magic in my son’s eyes. He was so happy that Santa came to his house and left him presents. He’s been playing all weekend with his new toys. Santa was very happy with his gluten-free brownies, too.
Things are settling down over here, but New Years is in five days! 2016 is on its way! Doesn’t that sound crazy? Growing up in the ’80s, I couldn’t imagine that far into the future. I just had ” Back to The Future” to give me an idea of what life would be like. Love that movie! I just pictured myself flying a car and being old. Well, I’m not old and I’m not flying a car, and life is wonderful! Does anyone have exciting plans to ring in the New Year? We’re staying home with our little munchkin, but we’ll still be celebrating, toddler style! Lots of delicious food, play, laughter, and early countdown time.
O.k, I almost forgot why I was writing this post. The holidays will do that to you! Today, I made these yummy, Chocolate, Vanilla & Raspberry Buckwheat Smoothies, for the fam. Boy, were they happier than pigs rolling in mud! Such a beautiful site (both of them)! These beauties were naturally sweet, creamy, nutritious and delicious! Like heaven in a bottle!
The other day, I posted a different buckwheat smoothie recipe (I’m on a little BW kick) and I shared the benefits of eating it. This is some of the information that I posted;
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.
Buckwheat smoothies are perfect 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!
I made this buckwheat smoothie with homemade almond milk, raw cashews, bananas, dates, vanilla, cinnamon, cacao, fresh raspberries, and a pinch of Celtic salt. I used homemade milk to make this mostly raw, but you can use any plant-based milk. I made three different flavored layers to make it tasty and fun! You can just make one flavor if you’re in a hurry. It will be just as delicious!
Since I’m on a buckwheat kick lately, I will be sharing many more ways to prepare it, soon.
- 1/2 cup raw buckwheat groats , soaked 4- 6 hours
- 1/2 cup raw cashews , soaked in water 4-6 hours
- 2-4 medjool dates , pitted
- 2 frozen bananas
- 2 cups almond milk (or any plant-based milk)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of Celtic or Himalayan salt
- 1 Tbsp raw cacao
- 1/2 cup raspberries
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- Muddle raspberries and maple syrup together. Mix in a tablespoon of almond milk. Pour into bottom of glass.
- Drain and rinse buckwheat really well. Discard water.
- Drain and rinse cashews. Discard water
- Place all ingredients in a blender. (Except cacao & muddled raspberries) Blend on high for 1-2 minutes, until completely smooth.
- Pour mixture on top of muddled raspberries. Pour only halfway full.
- Now blend the cacao with the remaining smoothie mixture. Pour on top of vanilla mixture very slowly.
- You can top off with more muddled raspberries, if you have more left.
- Top with vegan chocolate pieces, buckwheat groats and fresh raspberries.