raw buckwheat coconut banana cereal

by Lori and Michelle on April 19, 2012

hello luvs!

again we are so happy to see more and more of you doing planks! we are so proud! keep up the great work. we hope to make a video of us doing our 5 minute plank today.

today we have a recipe that was inspired by our Tone It Up girls and all their beachy Hawaiian inspired bikini series workout videos. plus they requested us to create some Hawaiian flavored recipes. we were up to the challenge.we have a few ideas up our sleeves.

buckwheat is a favorite of ours. as you can tell we have made several recipes using buckwheat from our chocolate milk buckwheat cereal bowl ,kiwi buckwheat fruit cereal bowl to as simple as mixing buckwheat with some form of milk and chia seeds. we even love buckwheat so much we put in our crackers, they provide such a great crunchy texture!

we love buckwheat groats because they can be enjoyed raw or cooked. both ways are delicious and super easy to do. we do soak our raw buckwheat groats for a few hours and rinse really well. we find it helps with our digestion. check out how we sprouted them.

Hawaiian inspired buckwheat pineapple banana coconut cereal recipe.

we wanted to make a naturally sweetened milk that would be rich and creamy. so mixing coconut milk with a banana together came to mind. and this happens to fall in line with our Hawaiian theme breakfast bowl.

we know pineapple is a key Hawaiian flavor as well, so we thought tossing in some fresh pineapple chunks would be a nice addition. if you are wanting even more flavor you could add in some coconut extract (about 1/2 tsp) to the milk mixture or maybe even some rum. oh la la why not start the morning with a little kick?

coconut buckwheat cereal

a healthy nutritious cereal made with wholesome ingredients

raw breakfast buckwheat

each bite is a mouthful of Hawaiian deliciousness…pineapple…coconut..mmm

raw buckwheat breakfast

why eat buckwheat?

  •  good source of protein
  • contains 8 essential amino acids
  • rich in vitamins and minerals like B2, B5, vitamin E, and calcium
  • slow release carbohydrate
  • if sprouted, the complex carbs turn into sugar, which the body can burn more efficiently than the starch
  • helps decrease cholesterol
  • buckwheat is not wheat, but a seed


buckwheat pineapple coconut cereal

making buckwheat as your base for cereal is a great way to add in more ‘raw’ foods into your diet and easy way to eat more gluten free. a win win in our book.

now who wants to go to Hawaii with us? we are dreaming of a vacation there already. plus we got our Tone It Up  Beach Babe dvd series coming our way…whoop, whoop.

who else loves buckwheat? if you have not tried buckwheat, would you?

have a wonderful Thursday everyone!

we got some more moving to do these next few days as Lori and Gary have to be out of their old condo. and the plumber has made progress over at the bakery!! yay. some of the stress in our lives is coming down. plus Lori’s Wedding festivities start in 1 week!!

till next time,


pure2raw twins


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Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free April 19, 2012 at 7:59 am

Fresh pineapple sounds amazing right now…in fact I have some on the counter ready to cut up!
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Lori and Michelle April 19, 2012 at 8:21 am

yes it does! we have been enjoying some pineapple lately. yum enjoy yours

Karine F April 19, 2012 at 8:37 am

Oh my!! This looks so yummy!!!!! Thanks, i’ll try it this week!

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) April 19, 2012 at 8:39 am

I have seriously been loving fresh pineapple on my oats lately! So good. This looks so delicious and creamy! Definitely going to try this one out soon!
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Heather @ Fit Mama Real Food April 19, 2012 at 8:55 am

I kid you not, I made something almost exactly the same last week but without the pineapple, so I know this would be a winner! Loving your photos here.
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Lori and Michelle April 19, 2012 at 8:56 am

Awesome Heather!!

Emily April 19, 2012 at 9:38 am

Random question… Where did you guys get your spoons from? They are so adorable!!

LizAshlee April 19, 2012 at 10:11 am

I do like buckwheat..i have been really wanting to make a granola breakfast cereal with it..maybe once we get moved in to our new place and settled..buckwheat is packed in a big box right now! :) I love banana and coconut..great combo!!

TIU girls are amazing!! I have been doing their Beach Babe DVD series the last two days and I am loving it!!! The Under the Sea workout was super fun too!

The Delicate Place (@misathemeb) April 19, 2012 at 10:35 am

i love drinking this juice: pineapple + granny smith + mint. it is so refreshing and great for your skin! reduces redness/inflammation from the bromelain. i’ve never had buckwheat before but i am going to give it a try as you know :) tonight i’m trying natto! i hope it doesn’t stink too badly!

Sarah Jane @ The Fit Cookie April 19, 2012 at 10:46 am

This looks really yummy! I will have to try this sometime : )
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Rachel @ Eat, Learn, Discover! April 19, 2012 at 10:50 am

Looks like a lovely taste of summer – pineapple + coconut is one of the best things about summer :-) Also, I love raw buckwheat as ‘cereal’, I can’t believe I’ve forgotten about it until now! Loving your photography, as usual.
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kris April 19, 2012 at 10:52 am

mmm that looks absolutely delicious!!
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Lisa April 19, 2012 at 10:58 am

This sounds great and looks so tropical! I grew up in the town that has one of the two biggest buckwheat producers in the world—my friend is a manager there so I get unlimited quantities of it if I want….Yum! My fave thing to do when I’m eating it is to make cereal mixtures (with gojis, cashews, coconut and coconut milk is good!)
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Kerry April 19, 2012 at 11:02 am

This breakfast looks delicious. I can’t wait to try it! I love buckwheat, but I’ve never had it as a cereal before. I don’t have any pineapple, but I do have some ripe mangos. Maybe I’ll try a mango version.

Danica @ It's Progression April 19, 2012 at 11:30 am

I’ve never had buckwheat before…do you not have to cook it?
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Lisa April 19, 2012 at 12:45 pm

I love buckwheat, I haven’t had it in waaay too long! Thanks for the recipe! Have a great day girls
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Lori and Michelle April 19, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Emily I think they are from Crate and Barrel.

Lori and Michelle April 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm

no raw buckwheat groats can eat eaten raw no cooking needed just as longs as you soak and rinse them beforehand.

carrie April 19, 2012 at 1:36 pm

I’ve been loving the buckwheat based Chocolate Crispies from One Lucky Duck, but hoping to figure out my own version – thank you for the soaking tip (i havent done that in my past experiments oops)!!!

Lauren April 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Looks great, I love pineapple! And I’m always looking for new breakfast ideas. Also wanted to say, everytime I do a plank, I think of you girls! Thinking of your fab abs, helps me hold longer! Haha!

Rhianna April 19, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Good morning, Ladies!

Your post about buckwheat is so timely. Just yesterday I was in the health food shop looking for buckwheat. I told the lady I wanted it for fiber and carb content. She said I couldn’t eat it as is – it would need to be soaked for days and then boiled for a half hour. You said you soaked them, but not for how long. I’m curious – how do I prepare buckwheat for something like muesli?
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Lou April 19, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Buckwheat is totally one of my all time favourites! I love it raw, such a lovely texture and earthy, nutty flavour. Anything with tropical flavours is always a win for me… this would be great with mango too :) YUM.
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Ela April 19, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Wow, yummy! I love that you were invited to develop some recipes and rose to it in such style!

I do like buckwheat, but it doesn’t like me back, unfortunately.
Good luck on all your moving busyness!
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Paige @ Running Around Normal April 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Ahh this looks amazing – and I have all these ingredients!! Must try.
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Jessica Nazarali (@JessicaNazarali) April 19, 2012 at 5:48 pm

I love buckwheat, looks like yummy recipe!
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katie @KatieDid April 19, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Are they super crunchy since you don’t cook them? I’ve never had buckwheat before. And beautiful photos!
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Stephanie April 19, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Hi, Lori and Michelle! Just wondering, do you have any digestion issues when you mix fruits with other foods, especially nuts & seeds? I don’t follow food combining but I noticed some patterns lately. Do you guys ever notice any differences when you combine certain food items together? Thanks!

Lori and Michelle April 19, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Katie – no that are too crunchy since we left them wet. but if we dried them out, yes they would be very crunchy

Lori and Michelle April 19, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Stephanie, we try not to worry too much about food combining. we are aware of it and try not to have fruit with nuts and seeds, just occasionally like this recipe here. We normally just have fruit in our smoothies after we workout. But yes some days we notice certain foods not going well together, but not every day. Just one of those things just happens every now and again. Hope this helps answer you question.

Kris April 19, 2012 at 8:37 pm

yeee, so many exciting things happening all at once – and I can’t believe the wedding is almost here!

I love buckwheat, mom used to make it for us (similar to this!) when I was a kid. no Hawaiian flavors that I recall, which would have been appropriate since my dad is from Hawaii! 😀
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Anastasia@healthymamainfo.com April 20, 2012 at 12:57 am

Also buckwheat is a perfect source of dietary fiber! Loving your recipes!

Karine F April 20, 2012 at 5:30 am

Guess what i had for breakfast…. your recipe! It was so yummy!! I’ll surely do it again! :o) Thks!

Lauren April 20, 2012 at 6:01 am

Your pictures are awesome!!! Perfectly captured the Hawaiian Essence :) Did you know that buckwheat is rich in Sulphur too? I use it in my practice often because sulphur helps calm the nervous system which is really helpful for people dealing with anxiety, ADD and ADHD.
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Heathy April 20, 2012 at 7:34 am

Oooh this looks so yummyalicious! I love all the flavours you’ve used here. Happy weekend lovelies! xo
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Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit April 20, 2012 at 11:43 am

Wow, this looks amazing, ladies!
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jenny April 22, 2012 at 12:51 am

how I long for pineapple…
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Melissa April 27, 2012 at 9:45 am

This recipe looks delish!! For how long should I soak the buckwheat for this recipe??
thanks :)

barb April 29, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Congrats on your wedding!! I’m sure you’re still celebrating right now!

If one is going to bake with buckwheat, does one still need to soak the groats? I don’t have a dehydrator, so I guess I must use the oven to dry them. And if I’m going to bake with them anyway, I guess it doesn’t matter at what temp I dry them at?


Nada (One Arab Vegan) May 8, 2012 at 11:42 am

Hi Rihanna – I’m not the twins (obviously) but maybe I can help. I usually soak raw buckwheat groats in about three times the amount of water overnight, then rinse well and drain before dehydrating until crispy (about 4-5 hours).
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Kate January 13, 2014 at 6:29 am

That looks do yummy. I’ve never eaten raw buckwheat, have to try. How long I need to soak it for?
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