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let the food speak

To say that things are busy around here, would be an understatement.  It’s all good busy though, so I can’t complain!  However, I can complain that my brain feels like a pile of mush right now. 

There are a lot of things I want to talk about soon, but currently don’t have the brainpower for…such as:

For now, all I’ve got is breakfast.  And hummus.  But not together. 

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I created a vanilla version of the fancified buckwheat bake.  Completely delicious, in a non-chocoately way.  However, it was still smothered in cocoa-nut almond butter and love grown foods cocoa goodness granola. 

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The texture was very similar to the cocoa version.  It’s cake, meets muffin and definitely the healthiest breakfast I’ve ever consumed!  I’ve been digging this texture much more than oats lately.  I’ve been missing ground farro porridge terrrribly though.  It’s the most amazing texture ever!  I’m still not eating gluten, due to my detox, but will reintroduce it this coming Monday. 

Ba-nilla Buckwheat Breakfast Bake [serves 1]

  • 1/4c ground raw buckwheat flour [grind raw groats into powder]
  • 1T raw buckwheat groats
  • 1T chia seeds
  • 1 flax egg [1T ground flax meal + 2.5T warm water, whisked] or 1 egg white
  • 1/2 banana
  • 2T unsweetened almond milk
  • 1T maple syrup
  • 3T chopped almonds
  • 1/2t cinnamon
  • 1.5t vanilla extract
  • 1/4t almond extract
  • 1/4t baking powder


  1. Whisk flax egg and let sit for 5min.
  2. In a bowl mash the banana until egg-like.
  3. Whisk in milk, vanilla, almond extract and maple syrup.
  4. Mix in buckwheat flour, groats, chia seeds, cinnamon, almonds, + baking powder until well combined.
  5. Mix in flax egg until combined.
  6. Grease a microwave safe bowl, or dessert cup.  I used a dab of coconut oil on my finger to grease.
  7. Cover with a paper towel and microwave about 1min30sec – 1min45sec.
  8. Eat out of the bowl with toppings, or flip out of the bowl onto a plate, top + scarf!

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I haven’t made hummus in far too long and yesterday the idea struck me to make avocado hummus.  I was thinking the extra dose of healthy fats would be a great addition as well as hoping for a super creamy consistency. 

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I added 2-3c spinach for a little extra green kick and for the nutrients, of course. ;)

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When making hummus, or nut butter, etc. it’s extremely easy to make 2 variations at the same time.  Use all of the ingredients you want to include in both versions.  So, if you wanted 1/2 with avocado and 1/2 without, make the plain hummus, then scoop out half, add your avocado and make the 2nd version. 

2 options are better than one!

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Avocado Hummus

  • 1can garbanzo beans [or 1.5c cooked], reserve liquid
  • 1/4-1/3c bean liquid [cooking liquid, or veggie stock]
  • 2 medium cloves garlic
  • 1/4c tahini
  • 1/2t salt
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4c fresh lemon juice
  • 1 small/medium avocado
  • 2-3c spinach
  1. In a food processor, process garlic.
  2. Add in beans, 1/4c bean liquid, tahini, salt, pepper, avocado and lemon juice.
  3. Process, scraping when necessary, until almost fully smooth.
  4. Add spinach and process until desired consistency is met.  Add more liquid if desired.

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My lunch consisted of spoonful upon spoonful of hummus with a side of carrots….and cocoa crunch cereal.

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A side of carrots, which more hummus.  For this smoked avocado hummus version, all I did was scoop out half the original hummus, then added 1t smoked paprika and processed until combined.

Smokey deliciousness!

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A lot of hummus was consumed straight from the food processor and over half the batch of cereal was consumed before it made it to the bowl with milk. 

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Time to turn my brain off, watch Modern Family, then crash into bed.



Reader Comments (94)

Thank you SO much. I really appreciate you nominating me and I'm flattered by your kind words!

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That would be awesome!!

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Ooooh, yah...then Pea D and I can have debates on video chat!!! bahahaa

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

LOL!!!! Loved your comment.

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yeah...I was thinking the same. Like, I wonder what they could do to un-healthify oatmeal?? Welp...they did it!

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Great idea for the chips!

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley monster hummus for Abby!!

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks so much Rebecca!

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I'm going to use it to make egg salad instead of mayo..mmmm

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Lucky girl!

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Averie...I'm counting on the worst, haha..

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Aw yay! That makes me so happy to hear!

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Awesome!! I need to make that again..stat!

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Nope, I do not mind at all!! That's what I'm here for!

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I love that you recipe stalk me!! I'm so honored! Stop mentioning farro porridge....i miss it dearly...hehehe ;)

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Great post Ashley! I love that we share the same views on nutrition, makes for such a fantastic read every time.

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeanne @ Healthful Pursuit

Ha, good to know! I'll look there next time ;) Thanks, gal!

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather C

Everything. Looks. Amazing.

Story ended. :)

February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNamaste Gurl

I see those spoons used in a lot of blogs... Where do you get them?

February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

crate and barrel

February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley :)

February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Welcome lovely!! Have a great weekend!

February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hey Ashley - Just had a chance to make this recipe tonight and it is a definite keeper! I have a sensitivity to sesame seeds so left out the tahini but is still delicious - creamy and flavourful. It was a great way to use the "too soft" avocados that I had sitting around. I'm so excited to start putting it on everything :)

February 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Carere

So glad you enjoyed it!!

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

The avocado hummus looks AMAZING! Question though - does it keep well or does it turn brown, since avocados brown so easily?
In regards to the McD's oatmeal article...I fell subject to it a couple of mornings before work (due to free coupons), thinking "How could they possibly make oatmeal unhealthy?" I then started to notice feeling REALLY hungry really earlier than usual and would become lightheaded before lunch - and realized it only happened on days when I bought their oats. It's unbelievable and sad that they can ruin such a naturally wonderful thing.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristin C

I ate it for a few days and it seemed okay...I don't remember it turning brown. The lemon juice helps! Crazy about the oatmeal!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

The buckwheat bake looks marvelous! I do not have much of a sweet tooth, but know great sweets when I see them.

I love, love, love avocadoes! I always say that everytime I see them, because they are so yummy!

Both versions of hummus look great, and easy to make.

Thanks for sharing!

March 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngel7

Ash--do you think this would work if i mixed it all together and let it sit in fridge overnight and then microwaved it at work? Also, is it dry such that it might benefit from a little applesauce?

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMorgansmenu

My suggestion would be to mix the wet and dry ingredients at night, then mix them together in the morning in 1 container and take to work to microwave. Or, just add more liquid in the morning. When you leave wet + dry mixture in the fridge overnight it absorbs a lot more than if you just mix + microwave right away, so in that case it would be too dry. I'm not sure the exact amount of liquid that would need to be added in the morning. If you mix + make it that morning, it's not dry and there is no need for applesauce. It's very moist and cake-muffin like!

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I just tried the Buckwheat Bake for the first time. I had to miss out the chai seeds as they are hard to come by in the UK it seems (pricey)and also I just had cows milk instead of the almond and also no almonds. Anyway the point I'm getting to is THANK-YOU! Awesome breakfast!

April 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

So glad you enjoyed it!! If you have ground flax meal, 1T will work the same as the 1T chia seeds. :) Or you can make it without, just like you did!

April 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

[...] decide which buckwheat bake to make. My first attempt was an unsweetened version of April’s BaNilla Buckwheat Bake (baked in the oven with blueberries). It was a little bland, but I loved the simplicity. I was [...]

[...] The first one I made was a spin on her ba-nilla bake.  [...]

I just made my very first buckwheat bake this morning and am in love! I'm looking forward to trying new flavors and combinations. I'm not sure if I would like it better without the "crunch" which I am guessing is from the raw buckwheat groats. Do you think it would make a difference if I left those out?

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor

Aw, fun!! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. The possibilities are endless! You can definitely leave out the groats. Just use 5T buckwheat flour instead of 1/4c + 1T groats. :)

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I just found out that I have 36 different food allergies (plus gluten). Your recipe for avocado hummus sounds fantastic, and might just be a life saver for me, as I was feeling like there wasn't much of anything good I could eat. Thanks so much for posting it!

June 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn

Wow...I imagine that is completely frustrating. I hope you find that some of my other recipes suit your needs as well! I recently did a detox where I took out soy/dairy/gluten, as I was trying to figure out what was causing my tummy problems. Here is a link to my last post about that with my favorite recipes...I was thinking there might be some in there for you! Hang in there!

June 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thank you so much! As with anything else, it's so much easier to handle with support. =)

June 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn

You're so very welcome!

June 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

[...] of blueberries and favorites, lately I have been obsessed with buckwheat bakes. I first came across these on Edible Perspective a couple of months ago. Being secluded at school [...]

[...] The next time I did the Ba-nilla Buckwheat Breakfast Bake. [...]

Anyway to make this without a microwave?

December 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVeronica

I have a long list of over 20 oven breakfast bakes on my recipe page, if you're looking for non-microwave breakfasts. For this one, you can put it in a greased baking dish and bake for 30-35min. Enjoy!

December 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

[...] on Christmas Day with my family. As I sipped my morning tea the next morning, I whipped up some of Ashley’s avocado hummus to bring as an appetizer. I added 1 teaspoon of ground chipotle powder for some extra smoky [...]

December 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWIAOCW « Newest Obsessio

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