Here is something different to try. It’s dairy free and very nutritious. Oats and buckwheat are rich in magnesium which relaxes blood vessels and improves blood flow. This drink is definitely for me and others who would like to calm their nerves. Oats are an excellent source of selenium, protein, manganese and are high in fiber. Interestingly oats contain naturally occurring substances called purines which can be broken down to form uric acid. Individuals with kidney problems or gout may want to limit or avoid eating oats.
The nutrients in buckwheat may contribute to blood sugar control and the phytonutrients such as plant lignans are converted in our bodies to produce enterolactone. This is thought to protect against hormone related cancers. Buckwheat is also high in the flavonoids rutin and quercitin and its protein contains all eight essential amino acids.
Although we strain out a lot of the pulp out to make the milk, this high fiber mixture can be used to make a gluten-free granola. (I used gluten-free rolled oats) The fiber helps to remove cholesterol and the antioxidants help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. So in making this drink nothing goes to waste!
I used Bob’s red mill hot cereal buckwheat but you can use buckwheat groats for this recipe. I also used unsweetened coconut kefir to soak my grains.
Gluten-Free Granola… (will add this recipe soon)
Oat and Buckwheat Milk
- 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
- 1 cup buckwheat (cereal or groats)
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut kefir
- 2 cups lukewarm water
- 8-10 cups water to dilute mixture after blending
- cinnamon, vanilla, honey or stevia are optional
- In a bowl combine all the above ingredients.
- Cover and let sit for a minimum of 7 hours or overnight.
- Blend mixture in a vitamix or blender.
- Using a fine strainer separate liquid from the pulp.
- Keep the pulp to make granola later.
- Once all the liquid has been separated add the additional cups of water to dilute the mixture.
- Test to your desired taste.
- Add spices and sweeteners of your choice
- Store in the refrigerator
Note: Be sure to stir and mix up the liquid well before drinking as a separation will occur after storing.
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