7 Recipes That Will Make Buckwheat Your New Favorite Ingredient

mbg Contributor By Leah Vanderveldt
mbg Contributor
Leah Vanderveldt is an author living in Brooklyn, New York. She received her bachelor’s in communications and media from Fordham University, and is certified in culinary nutrition from the Natural Gourmet Institute. She is the author of two cookbooks: The New Nourishing and The New Porridge.

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

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

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Açai Bowls With Buckwheat Granola

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

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Spinach + Buckwheat Egg Bake

A comforting egg dish with cheesy buckwheat as the base.

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Spring Buckwheat Salad

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

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Red Beet Buckwheat "Risotto"

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

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Double-Chocolate Buckwheat Granola Bars

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

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Raw Vegan Coconut + Buckwheat Balls

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

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