Blueberry Buckwheat Bars. Giddy Yoyo Collabo.
Giddy Yoyo is an awesome local, Canadian company that makes amazing raw organic chocolate and other products like this wild blueberry powder, made from dehydrated blueberries!
First thing is to soak the dates in camomile tea for extra flavour, or hot water if you prefer.
Aliments Trigone inc. is another fantastic local, Quebec organic company’s that produces different types of buckwheat (black/green/white), hulled hemp seeds, brown rice flour, chickpea flour, amaranth flour, and garlic.
1/2 cup soaked/toasted buckwheat groats has 10 grams of protein, 10% RDA iron, and 8 grams of fiber.
Rinse the buckwheat groats well under cold water and shake off excess water.
In a dry skillet, toast the rinsed buckwheat groats on medium heat, shaking the pan, allowing the groats toast evenly, turning a golden color and releasing a nutty aroma.
In a food processor, pulse the almonds, toasted buckwheat groats, sea salt, cinnamon, and blueberry powder. Set aside in a bowl, and then mix the wet ingredients.
Mix the fresh blueberries, soaked dates (minus soaking liquid), and lemon zest in the food processor until it forms a chunky paste. Then add the dry ingredients back into the food processor and pulse until it comes together.
Press the mixture into a lined square cake pan and freeze to let the mix set/firm up. Once set, cut into bars.
• 1.5 cups natural almonds
• 1.5 cups buckwheat groats, rinsed and toasted
• 1.5 cups soaked dates
• 1.5 cups fresh blueberries
• 1 tbsp blueberry powder (or cacao powder)
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• 1 lemon, zest
1. In a food processor, pulse the ‘dry ingredients’- almonds, blueberry powder (or cacao), cinnamon, and buckwheat groats, until the almonds break down into crumbs. Set aside in a bowl.
2. To the food processor, add the ‘wet ingredients’ – dates, blueberries, and lemon zest, and mix into a chunky paste.
3. Add the dry ingredients back into the food processor with the wet and pulse until everything combines into a dough.
4. In a lined square cake pan, press the mixture down evenly with your hands.
5. Place in the freezer to set. After an hour or so, remove and cut into 15 squares. ENJOY!
These delicious whole-food bars were designed to provide a nutritious balance of complex carbohydrates, plant-based protein, healthy unsaturated fat, fiber, plenty of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Enjoy one of these bars as a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack, or as a healthy dessert!
Buckwheat groats are very high in protein, 1 cup has 23 grams of protein, fiber, and a good source of B vitamins, magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc, manganese, magnesium, selenium, and omega fatty acids. Despite the name, buckwheat is not related to wheat, as it is not a grass, and considered a ‘pseudo-grain’, related to sorrel, knotweed, and rhubarb.
Blueberries are a source of vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, selenium and fiber. All of fruits and vegetables, blueberries are one of the most antioxidant rich foods. Antioxidants are important disease-fighting compounds. Scientists believe they help prevent and repair the stress that comes from oxidation, a natural process that occurs during normal cell function. Purple/blue/red foods are all high in antioxidants Vitamins A and C, plus flavonoid antioxidants like querticin and anthocyanidin. Wild blueberries are the most antioxidant rich, much higher than cultivated berries. Frozen berries are just as rich in antioxidants, so are fantastic when berries are not in season. To maximize the health benefits of berries, try to buy organic, frozen or fresh, as the total antioxidant capacity of organically grown versus conventionally grown fruit is higher. Berries are one of the lower glycemic fruits, and blueberries are particularly low glycemic. The Glycemic Index ranks carbohydrates according to their impact on the body’s blood sugar level (glycemic response – conversion to glucose in the body). Higher glycemic fruits include bananas and watermelon.
Purchase the Giddy Yoyo wild blueberry powder via their online shop HERE!