homemade buckwheat granola

Buckwheat Granola


Since I recently learned about the astounding nutritional benefits of buckwheat and many of you expressed an interest in trying it out in your kitchen, I thought I would follow up with another post for a recipe that I created by combining the granola recipe on the back of the bag of buckwheat groats with my tried and true homemade granola recipe


This recipe uses buckwheat groats, as opposed to buckwheat flour, which we discussed in my previous post and which was used in the recipe for buckwheat cornbread.  Buckwheat groats are the hulled seeds of the buckwheat plant.  You can also find “kasha”, which are roasted buckwheat groats.  Once again, buckwheat groats are a great option for anyone who is following a gluten-free diet and can be used in lots of whole grain recipes in place of other grains that contain gluten, such as barley, couscous, or farro.


roasted buckwheat groats


This recipe for buckwheat granola will give you a crunchier granola with a different texture from the regular granola but I kind of enjoyed it as a switch from the same old stuff that we’ve been eating for years.  So I will definitely be making it again as a way to mix up our granola options. 


As usual, you could easily substitute honey or another sweetener for the maple syrup and you could substitute your oil of choice for the coconut oil (and skip the shredded coconut) if you don’t like the taste of coconut. 


Happy Baking!  🙂


Buckwheat Granola
  1. ½ cup maple syrup
  2. ¼ cup coconut oil
  3. 3 cups rolled oats
  4. 1 cup buckwheat groats
  5. ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
  6. ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
  7. ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  8. ½ teaspoon sea salt
  9. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  10. ¼ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. In a small saucepan, warm the coconut oil and maple syrup over medium heat until combined.  Do not boil.  Remove from heat.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix the oats, buckwheat groats, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, cinnamon and salt.
  4. Once oil and maple syrup have cooled slightly, stir in the vanilla.  Pour over the dry mixture and stir gently to mix well.  Spread granola onto two large baking sheets.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.  Allow to cool and then stir in coconut.
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Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy [Homemade] Valentine’s Day <3

If you are a last minute holiday gift-giver like myself, you might still be looking for some ideas for the big V-Day tomorrow.  Of course, I’m not talking about running out to the store to buy a card and some chocolates (although those are nice, too).  And I’m not really a jewelry sort of person. 


I’m talking about whipping something up with what you might already have in your refrigerator and making a homemade card from your crafting supplies. 


Because it doesn’t (have to) take much to show our love to those who really matter.  And love is all we need to celebrate Valentine’s Day together. 


So, if you’d like a few quick ideas that won’t take much time or money, I’d like to share what we have planned for Valentine’s Day this year. 


The boys and I prepped a yummy, healthy (and all pink!) breakfast for tomorrow morning. 


homemade Valentine's Day breakfast



We will probably serve some eggs on the side to make it a heartier meal.  This could also be served as a Valentine’s Day snack at any time of the day. 


(We got the idea from an issue of High Five magazine.  The recipes are at the end of the post….)


We also make homemade Valentines every year for classmates, grandparents, and other special people in our lives. 


I usually Google some fun ideas and this year I found three fun animal quotes and decided to print out pictures and have the kids cut them out and glue them on heart-shaped cards (which they also traced and cut out) and then write the quotes on the cards.  Here’s what they looked like:


homemade Valentine's Day cards - toad, bee, fish



Joe and I also make homemade Valentines for the kids each year.  We always include a few simple coupons that take hardly any time to make and are easy to follow through on but mean so much to the boys. 


We actually haven’t finished ours yet for this year but here is an example of one of the coupons that was leftover from last year:


homemade Valentine's Day coupon for kids



Some other coupon ideas are:

Get out of one chore free

Schedule a date night with Mommy or Daddy

Choose an extra book to read at bedtime


Whatever you choose to do, I hope that you give and receive LOVE tomorrow!  <3


Valentine's Day Heart Snacks
  1. heart-shaped cookie cutter
  2. whole wheat bread
  3. spreadable cream cheese
  4. strawberry or raspberry jelly
  5. sliced ham
  1. Use a cookie cutter to cut heart-shaped pieces out of the bread. If desired, toast the hearts.
  2. Spread cream cheese on each heart.
  3. Top with either jelly or a slice of heart-shaped ham (also cut with the cookie cutter).
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Valentine's Day Berry Smoothie
  1. 1 cup yogurt
  2. 2 cups milk
  3. 2 frozen bananas
  4. 2 cups frozen raspberries
  5. 2 cups frozen strawberries
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender. Pulse a few times. Blend on high for one minute, or until frozen fruit is all incorporated and smoothie is smooth 😉
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