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Want to eat a wholesome RAW breakfast without paying high prices for organic boxed cereals? Try sprouting raw buckwheat for twenty-four hours, rinse, dehydrate and store. It so simple, you won't believe the full-flavored crunch of these little buckwheat nuggets!
1/3 cup sprouted organic buckwheat, dehydrated
1/3 cup frozen organic fruit of choice, diced
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1 heaping tablespoon sliced almonds
drizzled of agave nectar
fresh or boxed almond milk
Preparation Sprout the Buckwheat
I use the Easy Sprout Sprouter to sprout my raw buckwheat. I use four of these with a cup of raw buckwheat in each one. I let the buckwheat soak for about 10 minutes, drain and rinse several times. Then set the inner liner up on the edges, cover with the lid and repeat the process for all four containers.
Rinse and drain the raw buckwheat at least twice daily for one to two days. The buckwheat usually shows a tail in twenty-four hours if your kitchen is warm. Otherwise it will take an extra day.
When you see a sprout tail appearing, rinse the buckwheat several times to remove any sliminess from the buckwheat exteriors. This slime is bitter, so make sure it is well rinsed before eating it raw or dehydrating. Filling the inner container with fresh water and stirring gently with a spoon will make sure all the buckwheat is rinsed effectively.
The Sprout People have an excellent tutorial on how to use the Easy Sprouter and a video that will make learning and using this great product easy and enjoyable. Alas, the instructions that come in the box are not the as well written as the Sprout People's tutorial.
Easy Sprout Sprouter
The Easy Sprouter is my preferred way to sprout raw buckwheat. I use it for a variety of other seeds with great success every time I use it.
Dehydrate the Sprouted Buckwheat
After the buckwheat have sprouted and they are rinsed thoroughly, spread them over two or three shelves in the Excalibur Food Dehydrator. After 24 hours of drying at 115 degrees, remove the shelves and using a wide funnel over a half gallon glass mason jar, bend the mesh together and pour the crispy buckwheat kernels into the jar.
Place the mason jar lid without the screw ring onto the top of jar. The FoodSaver Wide-Mouth Jar Sealer the fits over the lid and jar top allowing me to use the FoodSaver Handheld Vacuum Sealer to vacuum seal the jar and keeps the kernels fresh and crisp!
HINT: If someone leaves the jar lid off or forgets to reseal it with the FoodSaver, you can pop the kernels back into the dehydrator to crisp up again, but I think you’ll have them eaten long before that happens.
My Buckwheat Breakfast Cereal Bowl I measure 1/3 cup of the dehydrated sprouted buckwheat into each bowl.
Top with 1/3 cup of your favorite organic fresh or frozen fruit.