Chai Spiced Buckwheat Crunchies

Chai Spiced Buckwheat Crunchies

By nutritional therapist Christine Bailey

This is a wonderful cereal alternative but also delicious as a healthy snack. Soaking the buckwheat makes it much easier to digest as it kicks start the sprouting process. Rinse well before using in this recipe. Rather than using dates or syrups, I use erythritol to keep the sugar content low. The addition of tahini is a perfect way to add a rich creaminess texture.

(makes 6 servings)

2 cups (200g) buckwheat groats
3 bags of chai tea
1 tsp cardamom powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch of ground ginger
30g raw cacao powder
30g erythritol or xylitol, finely ground to a powder
60g coconut oil, melted
1 tbsp tahini
1 tbsp lucuma powder, optional

Make up the chai tea with 300ml boiling water and the tea bags.

Rinse the buckwheat then place it in a large bowl. Cover with the tea adding more water to ensure it is fully covered and leave to soak overnight.

The following day rinse the groats well and allow it to drain well in a sieve.

Preheat the oven to 180C, gas mark 4.

Place the groats in a large bowl and stir in the remaining ingredients. Mix thoroughly to make sure all the buckwheat is fully coated.

Spread the mixture out thinly onto lined baking trays. Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes until crisp, stirring occasionally so that the mixture does not burn.

Allow to cool then store in an airtight container for up to 3-4 weeks.

About Christine Bailey
Christine is an award-winning nutritionist, chef and author. With a passion for creating delicious nourishing recipes, Christine has a reputation for transforming people’s health and love of real food. As well as seeing clients and writing for national press, Christine runs ‘Nourish’ cookery classes including popular hands-on days for children. Christine is an inspiring nutritional chef well known for her engaging style and enthusiasm.

Christine is the author of numerous health and recipe books including ebooks on paleo eating and gluten-free recipes. Her books include her popular Supercharged Juices and Smoothies, The Juice Diet Book, The Raw Food Diet Book and Eat to Get Younger. Christine has particular specialisms in paleo diets, allergy free cooking, digestive health, coeliac disease and other autoimmune conditions, allergies, healthy ageing and weight loss.

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