Buckwheat Muffins, A healthy, light and fluffy muffin recipe with a hidden vegetable inside- A sweet potato! These flourless sweet potato muffins need only one bowl and are packed full of protein, fiber and take less than 25 minutes to whip up- Naturally gluten-free, vegan and sugar-free, it’s the perfect healthy snack to enjoy, especially this festive season! A great snack for any time of the day or night.
It belongs to a group of foods commonly called pseudocereals.
- Pseudocereals are seeds that are consumed in the same way as cereal grains but do not grow on grasses. Other common pseudocereals include quinoa and amaranth.
- Despite its name, buckwheat is not related to wheat and is therefore gluten-free.
- It is processed into groats, flour, and noodles, or used in buckwheat tea.
- The groats can be used in much the same way as rice. They are the main ingredient in many traditional European and Asian dishes.
It has become popular as a health food in many countries, due to its high amounts of minerals and various antioxidants. It has also been shown to provide health benefits, including improved blood sugar control.
The grains are typically brown and irregular in shape.
There are two types that are most widely grown for food: common buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum) and Tartary buckwheat (Fagopyrum tartaricum).
It is mainly grown in the northern hemisphere, especially in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Kazakhstan, and China.
- Carbohydrates are the main dietary component of buckwheat, but it also contains protein and various minerals and antioxidants.
- The nutritional value is considerably higher than that of many other grains.
- The table below provides information on the main nutrients found in buckwheat