Buckwheat Overnight Porridge (Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free)

Anyone who knows me well knows I am not a morning person…not even close. When the alarm goes off…my first thought usually is, “It can’t be morning already?” 😉 I feel groggy, sluggish and slow moving. I’ve learned that the first thing I have to do in the am is take a shower. Without a shower, I don’t feel fully awake until 11:30 am. My best thinking and energy levels are between 7 pm and 1 a.m. If only the world operated on those hours as well. Ha!

Screen Shot 2015-11-13 at 8.21.10 AMInspirational Quotes:

My hubby, on the other hand, is pretty much the polar opposite. He practically is jumping out of bed a few minutes before his alarm goes off.  When we were newly married, my husband would wake up between 5 – 5:30 no matter if it was a weekday or weekend.

Instead of trying to change me, he just replied with all the reasons why it was great to start the day early. Perhaps, you have heard some of these too.

“The early bird gets the worm.” American Proverb (Not sure who started this one)?

“Early to bed, Early to rise;  makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” ~ Benjamin Franklin (Todd’s favorite)

“The world belongs to those who get up early” – Jules Renard

“Work like there is someone working 24 hours a day to take it away from you.” – Mark Cuban

It took a few years but these quotes and others soon seeped deeply into my core. My hubby was right. He was able to go bed each night feeling satisfied in the amount of work he accomplished while I felt like I had to stay up late to finish my task for that day.

Staying on track:

Even as a stay at home, I realized I needed structure to my day, my kids needed a predictable schedule and I needed to plan our days at home instead of being reactionary to the events of the day.

Todd still gets up earlier than I do but not by much. I’m proud to share that since this last year that I have consistently wake up between 6 and 6:30 am. I like to think that our children have slowed him down a bit while they have taught me to seize the day while it’s early, quiet and new. 😉

My best energy still hits at about 8 pm but I’ve learned to train my mind and my body to start transitioning for rest. It’s hard for a night owl to not take advantage of a quiet house by plowing through a task list. But knowing the early morning will come, I’ve made a rule to unplug from screen time at 9 pm so that my mind can start unwinding and be ready for sleep at 10 pm.

So believe me when I say that waking up to breakfast done is a FABULOUS start to my day. Whether you are gluten-free or not you can enjoy this hearty creamy buckwheat cereal made in the slow cooker.

A bowl of overnight buckwheat porridge with fresh berries on top.

Creamy, sweet and super filling. This Buckwheat Overnight Porridge will carry you through your morning. Not to mention the ease of making it the night before so that your creamy buckwheat cereal is easily consumable. A bowl of buckwheat overnight porridge over head shot

 What is Buckwheat?

And don’t let the name fool you either. Buckwheat contrary to its name is gluten-free. In fact, buckwheat is not even related to wheat but has ties to rhubarb, knotweed and sorrel.  The name buck or “beech” comes from the fact that the seeds of the buckwheat plant seeds resemble the appearance of the seeds of the beechnut tree. Buckwheat is full of complex carbs similar to wheat which is why it has the name, wheat, at the end. Okay, so there’s your little history lesson on the name.

But about the benefits of buckwheat?  Glad you asked.

There are tons of benefits to eating buckwheat and it can be easily considered a Super Food. Here are just a few examples of why you should start eating buckwheat in your diet.

Like quinoa, buckwheat is a grain that holds a higher protein level. Which means you can feel better about eating this carb knowing that it’s not just empty starchy calories. In fact, because buckwheat has a more proportionate starch content it’s a great source of energy.

In 2003, a study in Spain concluded that buckwheat was considered a prebiotic. A prebiotic is a food that stimulates healthy bacteria in our digestive systems. Good bacteria lowers gut inflammation and strengthens your immunity. Healthy bacteria is super important especially for those of us that have food allergies. Keeping inflammation is a must. Gut inflammation will cause us to react to foods that we aren’t even allergic too because our gut is already irritated and then we consume a void that is considered to be more inflammatory like nuts.

Unlike most grains, buckwheat seeds are a rich source of soluble and insoluble dietary fiber. Fiber is beneficial in preventing constipation, binding toxins and then excreting these toxins from the body. The end result is fewer toxins, better bowls, and ultimately a healthier you.

Buckwheat has more B2 & B3 vitamins than other grains.

Buckwheat contains high concentration minerals like copper, magnesium, and manganese.

Studies claim that buckwheat can even help lower blood pressure and stabilize diabetes because of its low glycemic index.

Now that you know you should be adding buckwheat to your diet, you can start your day early or late with this great breakfast recipe.

Here’s how to make your own Gluten-free Vegan Buckwheat Overnight Porridge in your slow cooker.

Buckwheat Overnight Porridge (Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free)
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Buckwheat Overnight Porridge (Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free)
Prep Time:
5 minutes
Cook Time:
8 hours
Author: Allison Kuslikis
Yield: 7-8
  • 1 cup buckwheat groats
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 cups frozen assorted berries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  1. Prepare this dish the night before. Add all the ingredients to your crock pot and stir. Set crock pot to low and allow porridge to cook for 7-8 hours.
  2. Before serving, stir porridge a few more times to make sure that all the flavors are well mixed.
  3. Top with extra fruit, butter, milk or nuts and eat warm.

I would love to hear from you. Have you ever tried buckwheat? If so, what’s your favorite buckwheat dish?

A creamy gluten-free slower cooker recipe that is hearty and healthy.

Love when breakfast cooks itself? Then check out my Crockpot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal here. Crockpot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal (GF & DF)


12 thoughts on “Buckwheat Overnight Porridge (Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free)”

  1. Buckwheat is brilliant. I use buckwheat honey which i have found out is more beneficial for you than Manuka honey but much much cheaper. I get it off ebay unheated raw with pollen/and everything else still in it. A big dollop gives you energy in AM and a dollop at night helps you sleep and helps fight off colds.
    Hope this helps and keep up the good work , and well done for getting up early although greatly sympathies with you as i’m a night owl who needs plenty of sleepand needs time to wake up and get started.

    1. Mark, thanks for putting something new on my radar. I’ve never heard of buckwheat honey so I’ll have to check that out. It’s great to know there’s other night owls that understand the struggle of early morning wake up calls. 🙂

  2. Buckwheat is a staple dish in Russia. Kasha, of course, is the most popular. You can use it in many varieties including casseroles and as a side dish to accompany meat or fish. Yeast based pancakes and crepes made with buckwheat flour are great to have for breakfast, especially with caviar!
    Your dish looks very interesting. The amount of sweet fruits ans sweetener makes me think that this porridge is more like a type of a dessert. Am I right? Thank you for the recipe!

    1. Hi Irina, I have heard of Kasha but have yet to try it. Sounds fabulous. When I was writing out the ingredients for the recipe it made me realize that others might see this dish as very sweet but it really isn’t. Our family strives to not just stay away from processed sugar but keep even sugar from fruit and honey to a minimum. This breakfast dish is surprisingly not extremely sweet tasting but I bet you could still serve it a dessert as well.

  3. I have been using buckwheat honey for years and love it on porridge. I also use buckwheat flour to bake with – cookies, muffins, etc. Your recipe sounds great, but I’m wondering if you can keep it for a few days as I am alone and certainly don’t need 7 or 8 servings of it. Or can the recipe be divided by four and still cook properly?

    1. Hi Diane, you are second person to mention buckwheat honey so I definitely need to try it. The recipe does keep for at least 2 days. I bet it would freeze well. I’m not sure if it would work dividing the recipe in half but you could certainly try. 🙂

    1. Hi MK, my site is actually being migrated right now which is probably why you can’t view the post. It should be back up in the next 2 days. 🙂

  4. I would love to try this but as I am the only one in the family to like porridge, cooking enough for 7-8 servings does not seem a good idea. Can the buckwheat etc for 1 / 2 persons be soaked overnight and then cooked in the m/wave in the morning as I don’t think cooking a small amount in a slow cooker would be advisable. Also is buckwheat groats the same as buckwheat flakes? Thanks.

    1. Hi Rosemary, great questions.Yes, I agree if you are making such a small batch I would skip the slower cooker. However, I wouldn’t recommend cooking the buckwheat groats in the microwave. I would recommend soaking the groats and then cooking them on the stove top. Buckwheat groats are very similar in texture as steel cut oats so they need a longer but less intense cooking process to turn out. Buckwheat flakes are more similar to rolled oats but even finer. The flakes would definitely work well in the microwave for a faster breakfast alternative.

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