This recipe for Chai Spiced Buckwheat Granola is the result of my recent buckwheat obsession. Turns out buckwheat is not actually a wheat at all, in fact it’s gluten free and kind of like quinoa, it’s actually more of a seed than a grain, so it’s packed with protein. Since picking some up from The Grain Grocer (I’m obsessed with these guys so will be writing a whole post on them soon!) at my local farmers market on Saturday, I’ve discovered that it can be used for pretty much every single dish: soaked with oats for brekkie, boiled with quinoa for dinner… so obviously it seemed rude not to try baking it in some beautiful granola.
Anything chai flavoured is a winner in my book, especially since London has recently plummeted into arctic temperatures, so throwing in some chai spices was a no-brainer. I also used my favourite granola trick of whizzing up banana with a little water (and some other deliciousness) to make the ‘sticky’ bit of the mixture, as this way I didn’t need to use any nasty sugar, honey or super expensive maple syrup.
It came out a treat, so now starts the impossible challenge of trying not to nibble on handfuls of the stuff throughout the day. It’s a losing battle of course, these little clusters of joy are just way too moreish.
Why is this so good for me?
Buckwheat lowers cholesterol and with all the magnesium it contains it’s great for your blood pressure and general health of your heart. There’s also loads of chia and wholeseeds in this too recipe which are brilliant proteins full of minerals, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.
I generally pack anything which claims to be anti-inflammatory and full of the ‘good’ rather than the ‘bad’ cholesterol into my diet, and last night at the gym a nice man took my blood pressure and said it was a very healthy low figure, so perhaps these foods really are doing the job!
The magic part of buckwheat is something called rutin which is basically an incredible nutrient which makes vitamin C do it’s job a lot better. So not only is buckwheat good for you – it also helps all the other foods you eat to be good for you too.
Buckwheat is also great for controlling your blood sugar levels, meaning you’ll stay fuller for longer. So why I need to munch on this granola all day long really is a mystery…!