Who Needs Alfalfa?

May 1, 2011

When you have buckwheat!?


I got to work on a buckwheat bake for a killer Sunday morning breakfast. But this time I did not have 30 minutes of patience so I tried the microwave version!

Never going back to the oven. If you like doughy texture, this is the version for you!


I also used a flax egg instead of a real egg to attempt a more doughy texture – it was incredible!! The batter was also good enough to eat as a super thick smoothie :)


1 minute 35 seconds in the microwave later….breakfast was served!



I LOVED the texture of this – and I added half a tablespoon of cocoa powder – it was perfect!


Chocolate Banana Buckwheat Bake

Inspired by all of Ashley’s amazing buckwheat combinations!

For TWO bakes – one for me, one for the spouse, or one for tomorrow!


  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour (ground raw buckwheat groats in the vita-mix)
  • 2 tbsp raw buckwheat grouts
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp flax + 1/3 cup warm water, sit for a few minutes
  • 1 mashed super ripe banana
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt [I think all baked goods need salt!]


  • Prepare flax egg.
  • Mix all dry.
  • Mix with into dry.
  • Grease two ramekins (I used my Misto)
  • Pour batter into ramekins.
  • Microwave each one separately for 1 minute, 35 seconds
  • Flip onto plate and top away!

I could feel the lovely crunch of the raw whole buckwheats in this version – perhaps due to the different cooking time? Also, the oven-bake with the real egg was more like bread. This was more like a muffin – lighter, denser, less spring to the crumb. Much more of my favorite kind of texture!


Topped with banana, coconut, sunflower butter. I took my time eating this – took me about 20 minutes of tiny bites. Yum!




Other versions I’ve tired:



Today is wide open – we’re going to take it a little easier. Although there might still be bakery work involved!

Have a great Sunday!

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1 VeggieGirl May 1, 2011 at 8:26 am

Haha, love the Little Rascals reference 😀

Great recipe!


2 Lisa Fine May 1, 2011 at 8:38 am

This sounds delicious. I just need to figure out what kind of buckwheat I have. I would think it is raw cause it looks nothing like kasha – much bigger kernels.

If I don’t have chia seeds, do you think I could sub in a different seed? Or maybe use flax instead, and then an egg?


3 KathEats May 1, 2011 at 8:40 am

The toasted buckwheat and raw look the same. It’s just a matter of roast flavor.

Yes, you could leave out the chia and use whole or ground flax


4 lynn @ the actor's diet May 1, 2011 at 8:40 am

you said the magic words: microwave cake.


5 Heather @ Side of Sneakers May 1, 2011 at 8:41 am

Your microwave version is genius!!


6 KathEats May 1, 2011 at 11:23 am

I stole the idea from Ashley! She’s the genius :)


7 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count May 1, 2011 at 8:43 am

That looks so good and I think I could even get my husband to eat it. Gotta find myself some buckwheat! :-)


8 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) May 1, 2011 at 8:46 am

Love the buckwheat bakes! So good and perfect for the start (or end) of the day! Have a great one Kath!


9 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) May 1, 2011 at 8:48 am

I can’t believe I still haven’t made one- that looks SO outstanding! Crikey.


10 Tine May 1, 2011 at 9:00 am

Hi Kath,

I recently made a buckwheat bake but I used buckwheat flour from a package instead of ‘fresh’ grounded buckwheat groats. It turned as a disaster: the ‘bake’ was too too hard! It looked like plastic! Is there such a difference between buckwheat flour from a package or freshly grounded buckwheat? Or wouldn’t that be the cause?



11 KathEats May 1, 2011 at 9:04 am

I have heard that pre-ground buckwheat tastes like dirt – I have no idea why!!!


12 Tine May 1, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Mmm, strange…
I will try it with ‘own-made’ buckwheat flour.


13 [email protected] May 1, 2011 at 9:13 am

I am so excited to try this!!!!!! Must go to the store to get some buckwheat!!!!!


14 Marisa @ Loser for Life May 1, 2011 at 9:16 am

That looks soooo amazing! I will have to get some buckwheat!


15 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg May 1, 2011 at 9:18 am

I love how fancy it is!! A breakfast fit for a princess :-)


16 staceyhealthylife May 1, 2011 at 9:27 am

I love those bakes. I’m also really into the microwave muffin bakes right now also.


17 Nikita May 1, 2011 at 9:30 am

I still have to try this. I have pre-ground buckwheat flour that I use for pancakes and crepes, and recently a Buckwheat-Cinnamon Walnut Bread…and I don’t think it tastes like dirt! Is it maybe roasted first and just has a stronger flavor?


18 Baking Books May 1, 2011 at 9:33 am

I like how you perfectly arrange the plate – mindful eating indeed. I need to do that instead of eating standing up while I take plates to the table!

You should sell these at the bakery!


19 Holly @ The Runny Egg May 1, 2011 at 9:35 am

Ok I am more inclined to try a quick microwave version and I love doughy textures!!! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day!


20 Lara @ six times the yum May 1, 2011 at 9:41 am

This sounds incredible! I’m like you, I don’t always have 30mins to wait for breakfast. The texture sounds perfect for me. Only down side, I don’t have all those ingredients (mainly the buckwheat ones) on hand nor do I have other uses for them. Any ideas on what I could sub for the buckwheat ingredients?


21 KathEats May 1, 2011 at 9:44 am

Ashley has made them with oat flour


22 Lara @ six times the yum May 1, 2011 at 9:49 am

Thanks! I wonder what I could use for the raw buckwheat grouts. I’ll head over the Ashley’s blog to see if she has any suggestions. Maybe chopped peanuts? Oh, the possibilities for experimenting! :)


23 Tracy May 1, 2011 at 12:30 pm

I’ve used quinoa flour and replaced the groats with extra flour. Worked fine.


24 Lara @ six times the yum May 1, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Thank you for the tip!!


25 Marina May 1, 2011 at 9:58 am

I prefer the microwave version myself. The oven just dries it a bit too much.
But it is an amazing breakfast recipe :)


26 [email protected] May 1, 2011 at 10:05 am

Seriously you cannot go wrong with buckwheat bakes I have tried 1000 combinations of flavors and love every single one!


27 Nancy-The Wife of a Dairyman May 1, 2011 at 10:09 am

You are so creative! Looks delicious!


28 Khushboo May 1, 2011 at 10:12 am

I need to get my hands on buckwheat flour! I’ve only ever tried buckwheat noodles which taste great.


29 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 1, 2011 at 10:17 am

WOW, this looks so perfect and pretty Kath! I was meaning to try a buckwheat bake a little while ago but forgot, so thank you for the reminder! Bookmarking this recipe!


30 Heather May 1, 2011 at 10:18 am

Kath – where did you get the white container you cooked these in – I have been looking for something similar and cannot find them!


31 KathEats May 1, 2011 at 11:23 am

Crate + Barrel!


32 stacey (the home-cooked vegan) May 1, 2011 at 10:19 am

I love quick breakfasts that taste yummy :)

Hope you have a relaxing Sunday, even if there is bakery work involved :)


33 Simply Life May 1, 2011 at 10:20 am

I don’t have a microwave but I definitely think this would be worth waiting for!


34 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope May 1, 2011 at 10:32 am

What a perfect weekend breakfast! Hope you find some time off to take a break today!


35 Pickynikki May 1, 2011 at 10:47 am

This looks great! I think I will try it for the family next week! Thanks!


36 AShley May 1, 2011 at 10:49 am

Awesome!! SO glad you liked the micro-cake version. Somehow, I just finished eating the exact same breakfast, haha. I can’t decide which version I like the most [oven or micro]. Just depends what I’m in the mood for. :)


37 KathEats May 1, 2011 at 11:23 am

Yeah, the baked is really nice if you’re in a bread mood. But you know me and my obsession with dough… :)


38 M May 1, 2011 at 10:50 am

Hi Kath,
I thought you were living without a microwave?
Did I miss its re-entry into your life? 😉
(or am I mixing you up with another microwaveless blogger?!)


39 KathEats May 1, 2011 at 11:24 am

Emily gave us one when she moved last fall – it’s in our basement


40 Maria May 1, 2011 at 10:53 am

hi kath, just discovered your blog – yeah! looking forward to reading more! wonderful sunday for you, m.


41 KathEats May 1, 2011 at 11:24 am



42 Namaste Gurl May 1, 2011 at 11:09 am

I love chocolate and banana together- they go together like PB&J :) I also love Ashley’s buckwheat bakes, they’re incredibly yummy and good for you, too! I’ve tried both her microwave and oven version and i’ll give you that it’s much more doughier when in the micro than oven! I just hate depending on the microwave when I don’t have to…..

Have a good day!


43 Lauren May 1, 2011 at 11:12 am

Man these look so good every time I see one, I need to get my hands on some buckwheat and try it!


44 Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) May 1, 2011 at 11:32 am

That’s great to hear that it worked in the microwave! I definitely want to try it now knowing that it can be made so quickly.


45 Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 1, 2011 at 11:35 am

Looks great. I am legit eating oats every morning. I should probably change it up and try something amazing like this!


46 kaila @ healthy helper! May 1, 2011 at 11:41 am

I like the little rascals reference lol! Gotta try this in the microwave because I don’t think I could wait thirty minutes either!


47 Emily @ Savory and Savage May 1, 2011 at 11:51 am

I love the dishes you cooked these in.

Your breakfast looked interesting and delicious :-)


48 Arlene May 1, 2011 at 12:05 pm

WOW, wish I could! Although every ingred. is healthy – no way I can eat over 600 calories for breakfast… :(


49 KathEats May 1, 2011 at 1:07 pm

It wasn’t over 600. The buckwheat bakes are about 350 (I use less maple than Ashley) and toppings were probably 150. 500 is 25% of my daily needs!


50 Natalia - a side of simple May 1, 2011 at 12:07 pm

My question is, who DOESN’T like it doughy!? I practically live for that :) Enjoy your Sunday, Kath!


51 Mary @ Bites and Bliss May 1, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I love microwave cakes like that for breakfast or even a snack. 😛 Never had buckwheat though! I don’t even know where to find it around here.


52 Sarah May 1, 2011 at 12:36 pm

These have been looking so tasty! I think I may try them soon. Also am adding those lovely white crocks to my registry at CB! Love those. I have been reading some archives as I am currently in the calorie counting/tracking stage and just wanted to give a shout out to harris teeter! My fiance and I moved away from NC a few years ago and I really miss it. It was kind of fun to read about you shopping there, too :)


53 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 1, 2011 at 12:53 pm

I can NOT wait to try this version–I too am not very patient when it comes to food :()


54 Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) May 1, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I love how quick and easy this is. Finding 30 minutes isn’t easy in the morning especially when I’m hungry 😉
I don’t have buckwheat so hopefully oats will work just as well :)


55 Erin May 1, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Hi Kath,

I’m a new reader and I am in love with your blog. It is everything I ever wanted in a blog. I have a question about this bake. My boyfriend is allergic to bananas (total bummer) do you think it would be okay to omit the banana? Would I need to use maybe another flax seed egg to compensate (I’m worried because I know that bananas serve as an egg substitute too.

Thanks a bunch! – Erin


56 KathEats May 1, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Welcome Erin!
I think it would be fine without the banana – perhaps a bit less moist. I think a little applesauce or pumpkin would probably help bridge the gap.


57 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) May 1, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Looks good! Like a muffin slash pancake. :)


58 Angel7 May 1, 2011 at 1:23 pm

That looks like a yummy Sunday morning breakfast!



59 Diana @ frontyardfoodie May 1, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Oh my goodness that looks incredible! I LOVE bananas in any sort of baked good and if it can be done in a minute and a half I’m all over it.

I need ramekin bowls for sure though.


60 Justeen @ Blissful Baking May 1, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Okay, I don’t have any more excuses to putt off making a buckwheat bake for breakfast anymore, since this version can be whipped up in no time. Plus, the doughy texture is more than enough to convince me! I can’t wait to enjoy this with a cup of coffee tomorrow morning!!


61 Molly May 1, 2011 at 1:46 pm

A for presentation! I have yet to experiment with buckwheat.


62 Emma (Namaste Everyday) May 1, 2011 at 1:46 pm

WOAH! now it’s so easy! i love this and officially have no excuse but to try it immediately!


63 Katherine: Unemployed May 1, 2011 at 2:05 pm

oh sprouted foods, you are all so good


64 Jenn May 1, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Hey Kath!

I checked out your blog for the first time last weekend and have been loving it ever since! I’ve never tried a buckwheat bake but it looks fabulous in the pictures.


65 KathEats May 1, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Hey Jenn!! Thanks for stopping in :)


66 Danielle @ weightsandmeasures May 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I always use a flax egg and often make the micro version. It definitely makes for a different texture. I love the gooier texture.


67 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) May 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I’ve been making what I call microwave banana oat cakes for the past 5 months or so…using the microwave saves me TONS of time! Everything cooks us so fast, my preschooler doesnt get her undies in a bundle waiting, and I dont have to fire up my oven. Vegan, gf, easy.

Your microwave creation looks stellar!

Enjoy your weekend, Kath :)


68 Kristin @ STUFT Mama May 1, 2011 at 3:49 pm

This looks DELICIOUS! Love that you microwaved it! I’m all about quick and easy. I need to go get some buckwheat and chia seeds pronto. I’m a Southern CA gal, does anyone know if Henry’s or Jimbo’s carries them? PS- love your blog and anything with bananas and chocolate rocks!


69 Julie @ Lettuce Choose Healthy May 1, 2011 at 3:55 pm

i love the title of this post :-)


70 Charlotte May 1, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Hey Kath,
I have a question for you regarding the Shaklee products. Have you tried it yet on soap scum? I have a glass shower door and the soap scum drives me crazy!!!


71 KathEats May 1, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Hey Charlotte – The Scour Off is great with soap scum. Takes it right off with a scrubber and some water!


72 Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather May 1, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Such a good breakfast! I always make 2 micro bakes at once… that way I always have one waiting for me :)


73 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out May 1, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Ooh, yay for easy recipes. I can do microwave… Well, as soon as I get my power turned back on I can.


74 Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 1, 2011 at 5:03 pm

You just reminded me that I now have buckwheat flour in my pantry! Must make one of these bakes ASAP!


75 Mary Frances May 1, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Guess you’ve got new flooring on the brain…buckwheat grouts–too cute :)


76 Samantha May 1, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Ohhh..wish you would try that cocoa I sent you. It will knock your socks off!


77 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 1, 2011 at 7:06 pm

I’m making it my mission to track down buckwheat groats ASAP so that I can make this! I’ve been wanting to ever since Ashley posted her first one. 😛


78 Vanessa May 1, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Ok you may have just sold me on the under two minutes thing. Mine always takes forever in the oven. Trying this soon!! :-)


79 Hannah May 1, 2011 at 11:40 pm

I’m a definite doughy-texture lover, and never have eggs in the house AND don’t like the idea of turning the oven on just for me, so yay your version!


80 becca (bellebottoms) May 2, 2011 at 9:58 am

okay, I’ve got to try one now…they just look too darn good!!

could you use something other than buckwheat though? I don’t have that… :(


81 KathEats May 2, 2011 at 10:43 am

Yes, Ashley has tried cornmeal and oat flour


82 Meg May 2, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Ok- that’s it- I need to make this delicious little gluten free morsel!
I hope mine turn out as well 😉


83 Michelle B. May 2, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Hey Kath,
Question: What is a flax egg? I’ve never heard of this!

-Michelle (aneclairtoremember.tumblr.com)


84 KathEats May 2, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Just flax combined with water to make a gelled substance. It can be used in baking in lieu of eggs


85 Lauren April 24, 2014 at 1:17 pm

This looks so yummy… I was wondering what size baker/ramekin I would need. Thanks.


86 KathEats April 24, 2014 at 3:50 pm

I’m actually not quite sure…I’m sorry : (


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