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Raw buckwheat porridge

Hello dearest all,

Significant amount of time has passed once more as my life took my skills and area of expertise to a new plant based start-up called Rawligion. Never before have I worked so many hours, but neither can I recall a time I have been so happy to go to work in the (very early) morning. Anyway, this was to say I have been utterly busy and only now finding time to share another delicious recipe with yous.

Ever since I was a kid, buckwheat has been a big part of my diet. That is only in the form of kasha though, the toasted buckwheat groats. We used to do porridge with that, and by porridge I mean very similar to rice – boil with about double the amount of water until soft and fluffy; then free hands to use in risottos, salads, or as appropriate for a kid – eat with ketchup and veggies on the side. It is also great with vegan cheese layered in between freshly cooked buckwheat, then left to stand for 5 minutes so the cheese melts perfectly. Anyway, I love buckwheat.

My affection to buckwheat was strengthened with my thesis, when we compared buckwheat with a number of other high protein plant foods to meat regarding their satiating properties. As buckwheat came out as a winner in the acute study I had the most data for when writing the thesis, I began to advocate it even more when people were telling me that they find it difficult to feel full or to feel full for as long on plant based diet compared with one including meat.

Raw buckwheat came to my horizon a few years ago as I was experimenting with a fully raw diet, when I used the raw groats in patties, rehydrated and then dehydrated them to have as part of my morning cereal bowl, or even did these raw ‘cornflakes’, if you must, again for breakfast purposes. However, the porridge aspect has enthralled me for a while but I had not the courage to experiment with it, given that at that time, I tried a very simple version and it tasted horrible. I think I may also have tried cooking raw buckwheat and that was the worst mistake ever.

But lots of time has passed and here I am, spreading the recipe of how to do amazing raw buckwheat porridge for breakfast with my mum, with my siblings, and to be added to the menu at work for winter. I had been scanning a few different recipes, especially given as I had promised to include that in my cookery demo at the next London Vegfest in October, and was utterly happy when my first trial turned out so well that it was deemed good enough for work.

So here goes a recipe I have been spreading with my folks:

100 g raw buckwheat groats – soak for about 2 hours until the starch is all released and it is easy to mash between fingers
15 g chia seeds
100 g plant based milk (I have used almond, or hemp milk, good with any!)
60 g dates (I subbed with 4 tsp honey I get from my uncle – guaranteed ethically produced!, as I had no dates at home, or agave would do as well potentially)
40 g blueberries (in frozen form my mum had in abundance in the freezer, may have used more; can also sub for other berries)
1 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Once the buckwheat is soft and starch released, berries defrosted if using frozen ones, put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, chia seeds broken apart and the texture thick but somewhat runny. You can adjust it with more milk, or more dates if you want it thicker or runnier.

For presentation I like layers. I would add in a glass 2 tbsp of porridge, 2 tbsp desiccated coconut, 2 tbsp porridge, 2 tbsp ground almonds (or more coconut to keep nut free), 2 tbsp porridge, 2 tbsp more berries, 2 tbsp porridge, and garnish on top with more berries, coconut, goji berries, whatever you feel like. I also made blueberry jam by blending blueberries with a bit of chia and dates for an extra layer of different textures.

Hope you enjoy as much as I have and will!

Eli x

 

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Hello everyone,

It has been a while since I have had time to post a new recipe here. So here goes! A pretty simple but delicious recipe for your delight. It may seem to be long and complicated, but it really is easy to do despite the many layers!

Ingredients:

Base:

1 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup cashews (or any other nuts, or more coconut)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup soft dates

Coconut cream:

4 tins of full-fat coconut milk
1-2 tsp vanilla
2-3 tbsp agave/maple (or any other sweetener)

Blueberry jam:

150g blueberries
2-3 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp agave

Fillings:

1 mango (or any other soft fruit, like banana, or kiwi)
50-100g blueberries

Process:

This is fairly simple. Add the dry base ingredients to the food processor and let it work until it is quite floury consistency. Then add the vanilla and dates until it all sticks together. Alternatively, if you do not have a food processor, blend dry stuff to flour, blend dates and vanilla with little water to a thick puree and mix them together in a bowl. Or mince dates in a mincer and mix together again. Press flat to the cake tin. Line with baking parchment prior to that, to make it easier to get the cake out afterwards.

For the jam, blend the blueberries with a little agave to a puree and mix in the chia seeds. They will start to set already in 10 minutes, so keep an eye on them to see about the consistency, whether they need more seeds or water.

Scoop out the thick white part of the coconut milk tins into a separate bowl. Try to get as little of the water as you can. Add the vanilla and sweetener and whip it all together. It should be really creamy and remind much of whipped cream. Add vanilla/sweetener to taste if needs adjustment. Do not under any circumstances use a blender for the mixing – the coconut will then separate and trust me, it is not easy to try and save it by turning it into a completely different dish.

Slice the mango to about 2-3mm thick slices. Arrange them on top of the base to cover the layer more or less. Add a layer of the coconut cream to fill in all the gaps and have a bit on top of the mango. Add another layer of the mango and top with nearly all the coconut cream. It should add a decent centimeter at least if not more. Leave a few scoops for decoration on top.

The jam should be of a relatively thick consistency by now and you should be able to spread it evenly on top of the coconut cream.

And all that is left to do is decorate! Put the rest of the coconut cream in a piping bag and set about doing whatever shapes you fancy! I made this cake as a birthday cake, so wrote the name in the middle and did the circle around, which I then also topped with more blueberries. But let your creativity fly and have fun. Here is the cake I made:

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It was quite well received an definitely up on my list of favourites.

Enjoy! More to come soon

Eli x

Raw doughnuts recipe

Helloooooooo, and a huge sorry, I only now realised how long it’s been since my last post. Got tons of stuff tried out so I’ll be posting much soon!

But this post deserves an exclamation mark, in my eyes, because I had my first try with raw doughnuts, and I think I’m ready to give up the much-processed-but-still-vegan cooked doughnuts! But, without further ado, here’s the recipe.

Ingredients:

1/3 cup flaxmeal (or flaxseeds)
1 cup desiccated coconut
1/3 cup buckwheat flour (optional)
2/3 cup almonds
2/3 cup hazelnuts
2 tbsp vanilla sugar/extract (optional)
2 tbsp berry flour (optional, I used blackcurrant)

500 g dates (soft, soaked)
1 mango

So, for the dough itself, blend the flaxseeds, most of coconut (leave 1/3 cup for covering), buckwheat groats if you don’t have flour ready, almonds and hazelnuts (you can use more of one instead of the other, or any other kind of nuts as well, I’d imagine it’d be quite similar) with vanilla sugar and berry flour into a flour mixture. A jug blender is usually a very handy machine indeed for making such flours.
Pour the mixture to a food processor and add about 400 grams of the dates to it and process till the dough starts to hold together. Then just form the dough into doughnuts and cover in coconut (optional also, don’t have to do that if you prefer not to). I kept it in the fridge overnight but that’s also not essential.
For the filling I used a mango, but you can just make it with just dates, or berries or banana, or whatever you fancy really. Just blend it into a nice paste. Then I used a cake decoration set – filled it up and pressed a hole to the doughnuts with the top, filled it with the mango-toffee filling and pressed the hole a bit more together, and covered in coconut that fell off the doughnuts 😛
So all in all – pretty simple! Can experiment more with the dough itself – use more buckwheat and less nuts to get the fat content down, more flavour with berry flour etc. But the start has been made. And this is my interpretation of a raw vegan doughnut.

Hope you enjoy it! I sure will tonight 😉

Eli x

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