|Strawberry Date Buckwheat Muffins|
First things first, let's clear this up:
Buckwheat is not a grain. It is a seed! A protein and fiber-packed seed with a long history of providing sustenance and nutrition for humans.
These days, it has taken a bit of a backseat to grains like quinoa or millet and to flours like almond or coconut. Who knows why some ingredients become trendy and others not, but I'm here to say that buckwheat deserves a place in your pantry.
Ounce for ounce, buckwheat has more plant-based protein than most grains, with all of the essential amino acids. Low on the glycemic index, the complex carbs in buckwheat are absorbed slowly into the bloodstream, for prolonged and even energy, without any spikes or crashes. Buckwheat also contains free-radical fighting antioxidants, which can help prevent inflammation from oxidative stress.
This nutritious seed is also gluten/allergen free, and its high fiber content is fantastic for digestion. Digestive health seems to be a struggle for many people in this processed-food age, so concentrating on consuming real food that contains soluble and insoluble fiber is critical.
If you're not convinced by the science, you will be by the deliciousness of these muffins! Almond flour balances out the earthy flavor of buckwheat, and it adds moisture. Bright, seasonal strawberries and juicy dates add a fresh dose of natural sweetness. And then butter...I mean, does butter speak for itself?
Y'all, there's no need to be afraid of consuming high quality butter from pasture-raised cows in moderation (assuming you don't have a sensitivity or allergy). However, you can absolutely substitute it for ghee or coconut oil if you prefer!
These muffins are healthy enough for breakfast, but they also make a wonderful afternoon snack or evening dessert. If you give them a try, please tag me on Instagram so I can see your gorgeous creations! @lauraleabalanced #llbalanced.
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