7 Recipes That Will Make Buckwheat Your New Favorite Ingredient

Written by Leah Vanderveldt

What's the deal with buckwheat? Turns out it's not even related to wheat; it's a fruit seed that's more closely related to rhubarb than any grain. But this seed acts enough like a grain that you can bake with it, make pancakes with it, and use it like you would quinoa, rice, or farro.

Buckwheat is gluten-free, filled with protein, and comes in a few different forms:

  • Buckwheat flour is used for baking, pancakes, and crepes.
  • Buckwheat noodles, or soba noodles, make amazing salads, soups, or pasta dishes.
  • Buckwheat groats are the hulled seed of the buckwheat plant and what we're focusing on today.

Here are seven recipes that use buckwheat groats in truly delicious ways:

Overnight Coconut Buckwheat Porridge

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Swap your overnight oats with buckwheat and chia seeds for more plant-powered protein.

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Açai Bowls With Buckwheat Granola

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Crunchy coconut and buckwheat granola makes the perfect topping for a tropical açai bowl.

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Spinach + Buckwheat Egg Bake

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A comforting egg dish with cheesy buckwheat as the base.

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Spring Buckwheat Salad

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The best of spring farmers market produce tangled up in sweet and nutty buckwheat.

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Red Beet Buckwheat "Risotto"

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A simple beet risotto that subs buckwheat for rice and looks gorgeous, to boot.

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Double-Chocolate Buckwheat Granola Bars

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Vegan granola bars that use buckwheat groats for crunch, fiber, and protein.

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Raw Vegan Coconut + Buckwheat Balls

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Thanks to pink beets, these five-ingredient energy balls never looked so good.

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