Should you ever find yourself with some leftover cooked buckwheat in the fridge this is the perfect use for it.
Now, you might think it's unlikely that you'll have leftover buckwheat in the fridge because you either never cook with it or you don't even know what it is! If that's you then read on - if not skip to the recipe at the end.
Buckwheat looks like a grain but is actually a seed, and despite its name is gluten free. (Check the packaging if you are gluten intolerant or coeliac to check it's certified gluten free). It is eaten in Russia and many countries across Eastern Europe and Asia, and is rapidly gaining in popularity here in the UK. I picked up some buckwheat pasta the other day and soba noodles are making their way onto our table on a weekly basis at the moment. See the end of this post for some other recipes that use buckwheat.
It has a distinctive, nutty taste, that some people aren't initially keen on. I've really come to like the flavour and am increasingly using it in place of rice. In fact I much prefer it in a salad to rice.
These banana and blueberry buckwheat oaty bars divided opinion in my house with two of us loving them, two of us not liking them and one sitting on the fence. I think that the taste of buckwheat is a little unusual but you've got the taste for it you'll love these bars. They are also vegan and refined sugar free and by using gluten free oats you can easily make them gluten free too.
Here's how to make banana and blueberry buckwheat oaty bars:
3 ripe bananas
115g cooked buckwheat (roughly 40g dried buckwheat will equal this amount.)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan)/200°C/gas mark 6. Grease a 20x30cm tin and line with baking paper.
2. Mash the bananas in a mixing bowl, then add all the other ingredients and stir well.
3. Scrape into the prepared tin and smooth over the top.
4. Bake for 25 minutes or until the top is turning golden brown and the bars are firm to the touch.
5. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and allow to cool completely before cutting into bars or squares.
This recipe was adapted from these blueberry quinoa breakfast bars by Our Autism Diet.
If you'd like to cook more with buckwheat here are some other recipes to inspire you:
Sumac roasted peppers with buckwheat salad by Veggie Desserts
Buckwheat salad with roasted vegetables by Searching for Spice
Kale and red onion dhal with buckwheat by Easy Peasy Foodie
Broccoli and buckwheat by Allotment 2 Kitchen
Buckwheat and quinoa lunch cups by Baby Led Blog
Buckwheat macaroni cheese by Everyday Healthy Recipes
Vegan mushroom and buckwheat shepherd's pie by Yumsome