Benefits of Buckwheat (Buckwheat Bagel Recipe)

Eating whole grain is definitely what’s best to achieve that #GoodGut status! While whole wheat, corn, oats, & quinoa are common go-tos, there is a whole world of incredible whole grains and pseudograins out there to be tried and incorporated. One of our all-time favorite gluten-free options for those with celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, leaky gut, or multiple food sensitivities is buckwheat.


Buckwheat is a traditional food commonly used throughout the world and mainly harvested in the northern hemisphere, especially in Russia, Kazakhstan, China, and Central and Eastern Europe. It has similar characteristics (chemical and usage) to cereal grains, and is classified as a cereal or pseudo grain. There are several varieties of buckwheat species for human consumption; two species are cultivated: common buckwheat and Tartary buckwheat.


Compared to other cereals, proteins of buckwheat are more bioavailable and absorbable because of their high lysine content. In fact, buckwheat comes in with the highest amino acid score of protein in plant foods. It also contains a higher amount of dietary fiber, as compared with other common grains such as rice and wheat. Nutritionally speaking, buckwheat contains 12 g of protein, 7.4 g of Fat, 72.9 g of carbohydrate, and 17.8 g of dietary fiber per 100 grams of the grain.


Buckwheat is also commonly listed as anti-inflammatory due to its rich content of various antioxidant plant compounds. These have been linked to a reduction of cholesterol, inhibition of tumors, and regulation of hypertension, as well as control of carcinogenesis aka tumor development. In fact, buckwheat provides more antioxidants than many other cereal grains, such as barley, oats, wheat, and rye.


Tartary buckwheat also has a low glycemic index. Additionally, it contains D-chiro-inositol, which is a molecule present in the regulation of blood sugar and hormone balance in our bodies, this compound is known to have anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory effects, and has been linked to improvements in polycystic ovarian syndrome, a condition that can lead to infertility.


Since buckwheat is gluten-free, it can play an important role in the diet of those suffering from celiac disease and/or non celiac gluten sensitivity. It is also a great source of protein for those on vegetarian or vegan diets since they contain essential amino acids. Cooking buckwheat groats increases resistant starch. The process of fermentation of resistant starch is part of our dietary fiber, and it acts as a prebiotic compound, which feeds healthy gut microbes.


We love including buckwheat in our rotation in recipes including: Buckwheat groats for breakfast, Buckwheat porridge, Buckwheat bread, and Buckwheat pancakes or waffles. We wanted to get creative and add it to another household favorite- gluten free vegan #GoodGut buckwheat bagels.


Gluten Free #GoodGut Buckwheat Bagels




Makes 10 small bagels

Ingredients:

  • 1.25 cups organic oat flour or 1.5 cups organic oats to grind into flour

  • 1.25 cups Big Bold Health Himalayan Tartary Buckwheat Flour

  • 14 oz unsweetened dairy free plant based yogurt

  • 1 Tbsp Baking powder

  • ½ tsp Himalayan salt or Iodized salt (optional)

  • 2 Tbsp melted dairy free butter (optional)


Optional dry bagel toppings to bake on top:

  • Everything but the bagel seasoning

  • Poppy seeds

  • Sesame seeds

  • Dried herbs (chives, rosemary, etc)

  • Hemp seeds

  • Chia seeds


Optional bagel toppings to enjoy on prepared bagels:

  • Sauerkraut

  • Sprouts

  • Avocado

  • Nut or seed butter

  • Thin layer of miso paste

  • Kelp flakes or other microalgae

  • Furikake seasoning

  • Dairy free cream cheese

  • Seasonal fruit

  • Tempeh bacon

  • Plant scramble


Cooking Utensils/ Gadgets Needed:

  • Oven or air fryer

  • Medium mixing bowl or food processor (processor is optional, but recommended choice)

  • Mixing spoon

  • Wooden or silicone spatula

  • Tablespoon measure

  • ½ teaspoon measure

  • Wire rack

  • Baking sheet (if using oven)

  • Parchment paper


Directions (see direction photos below):

  1. Preheat oven or air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit

  2. If needed, blend rolled or steel cut oats to make a fine oat flour

  3. In a food processor or medium mixing bowl, sift Big Bold Health Himalayan Tartary Buckwheat Flour with Oat Flour, Baking Powder, and salt until uniform

  4. Add dairy free yogurt

  5. Mix thoroughly until dough consistency is reached

  6. Remove your dough ball from your bowl or food processor and place onto parchment paper

  7. To make each bagel, separate the dough into 8-10 equal parts. We used a pizza slicer to do this.

  8. Roll each dough section into a straight line then form into your bagel ring shape

  9. Optional to brush the top of the bagels with dairy free butter and sprinkle dry toppings of choice

  10. Place bagels on parchment paper lined baking sheet or directly on air fryer grate

  11. Bake in a preheated oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Bake in your air fryer for 12 minutes or until golden brown.

  12. Once golden brown, remove from heat and allow to cool on a wire rack to avoid having them turn soggy

  13. Once cool, enjoy with bagel fillings of choice!


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Sytar, O., Brestic, M., Zivcak, M., & Tran, L. S. (2016). The Contribution of Buckwheat Genetic Resources to Health and Dietary Diversity. Current genomics, 17(3), 193–206. https://doi.org/10.2174/1389202917666160202215425


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