Many of us know about rice, potatoes, and quinoa as gluten-free carb alternatives.
But, this lesser known alternative is more similar to regular flour. And it can be used to make delicious crepes.
So, I want to introduce you to buckwheat.
What is buckwheat?
It sounds scary to gluten free people, but its actually gluten-free and super healthy!
Despite its name, buckwheat does not contain any wheat. Rather, it is a grain-like seed but NOT a grain. It more similar to quinoa. Both are considered pseudocereals.
So its making its mark on the world now as more people are looking for gluten-free alternatives.
Here are some examples:
- Japan– soba noodles are made from buckwheat and are a great alternative to pasta noodles. They have a slightly nutty taste.
- France– crepes de blé noir (crepes of black flour) are savory buckwheat crepes served with eggs, cheese, and ham traditionally.
What’s so healthy about Buckwheat?
One cup, or 168 grams (g), of roasted, cooked buckwheat groats (hulled seeds) contains the following nutrients:
- 5.68 g of protein
- 1.04 g of fat
- 33.5 g of carbohydrate
- 4.5 g of fiber
- 148 milligrams (mg) of potassium
- 118 mg of phosphorous
- 86 mg of magnesium
- 12 mg of calcium
- 1.34 mg of iron
Buckwheat also contains vitamins, including:
- vitamin K
- vitamin B-6