Buckwheat is used a lot in vegan cuisine. So what is it, and why is it so popular? Obviously for allergies you have to be careful, but one reason why it’s popular is that it’s naturally gluten-free, so often used as an alternative to wheat in certain recipes. It’s also related to rhubarb (it’s a seed) and also used to make couscous, popular in Middle Eastern cuisine. Homemade Buckwheat Flakes (Full of Plants) is a nice homemade breakfast recipe. These are gluten-free, oil-free and low in sugar. Serve with your favourite plant milk (they stay crunchy for a long time).
Naturally organic to grow (deer will snack a whole field of it if they see it!), this Asian crop dates back thousands of years. Used to make bread, pasta and noodles, you can also find buckwheat flour for vegan baked goods. Bees also love buckwheat, so it’s great to grow to bring back native pollinators. It’s also quick to grow, being harvested within 3 months. However once ground, only buy enough to last a month or so. Rich in minerals, it’s also a complete protein, so ideal for vegans as it contains all the essential amino acids, as well as soluble fibre.
- Just Natural Organic Buckwheat is thoroughly inspected to produce a quality item. Roasted buckwheat is made with toasted groats, rather than raw. It’s crunchy, ideal for soup or noodles.
- Amisa Organic Buckwheat Flour is ideal for cooking, baking or thickening sauces.
- Amisa Gluten-Free Buckwheat Crispbread is made in a gluten-free bakery and regularly batch-tested. In handy snack packs, these are good for lunchboxes.
- Doves Farm Wholemeal Buckwheat Flour is milled using the traditional stoneground process. This flour is great for pancakes, noodles and specialist pasta.
French Toast with Lemon & Raspberry (Crumbs & Caramel) is a lovely breakfast or dessert, to serve with vegan powdered sugar and vegan cream. The custard bottom is delicious alone, and the lemon and raspberry give lovely fruity flavours for a delicious brunch.
Silken tofu is the key ingredient in this recipe. It looks like custard, and much softer than conventional tofu. Used mostly for desserts, choose a sustainable brand, to protect the rainforests. You can even buy tofu made with soybeans grown in Europe.
Vegan French Toast with Cinnamon (Plantiful Bakery) is an American breakfast, despite the name. This recipe is made with plant milk and day-old bread, using chickpea flour as the egg replacer and flaxseed to thicken the batter. Sweetened with maple syrup, it’s fried in palm-oil-free vegan butter.
Serve your French toast with your choice of toppings, from vegan butter with maple syrup, to coconut whip cream, vegan yoghurt, fresh fruits or nut butter.
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Remy runs Veggikins, a beautiful lifestyle blog that also features dozens of healthy vegan recipes, all with pretty photography. Based in NYC, she is also a health and wellness writer, yoga/meditation teacher, mindfulness coach and holistic nutritionist. She loves browsing farmers’ markets, travel and watching sunrises. She became an ethical vegan after healing from anorexia and self-harm, and now uses her passion for healthy food and cooking, to help others (often influenced by her Korean, Japanese and Taiwanese heritage).