Instant Backpacking Breakfast: Raw Buckwheat Porridge
Raw buckwheat porridge is gaining more and more popularity among healthy lifestyle lovers, and rightly so. An incredibly valuable and nutritious product, it’s a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and complete proteins; moreover it makes an absolutely delicious morning meal.
Raw buckwheat porridge is a great and tasty alternative to the usual oatmeal or granola, which are really quite boring. It’s vegan, lactose and gluten-free, so can be safely consumed by people with Celiac disease.
Raw buckwheat porridge is quite easy to make at home. All you have to do is soak the buckwheat groats and nuts for at least one hour (preferably overnight) in water and then process in a blender with almond or coconut milk. Another thing, when you’re in the woods or in the mountains where there is no way you can bring a food processor and certain ingredients with you, it’s easy to prepare in advance if you have a dehydrator. By drying and then grinding the raw buckwheat porridge into a powder you can make an instant breakfast meal while on the trail.
How to make instant raw buckwheat porridge
1 cup raw buckwheat groats
1/2 cup almonds
1 cup almond milk drink
Pour buckwheat groats and almonds into separate bowls and cover with water. Soak for at least 1 hour or preferably overnight.
Transfer soaked buckwheat groats to a colander. Thoroughly rinse and drain. Drain the almonds too.
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and then process at high speed until smooth.
Spread the buckwheat porridge on dehydrator trays covered with non-stick sheets or parchment paper.
Dry at 130F/52C for 6-8 hours until brittle.
Let cool to room temperature, then brake porridge bark into small pieces or grind into a fine powder using a coffee grinder.
Divide into 4 equal portions (each about 65g/2.3oz).
Add to each portion of porridge your favorite sweetener (brown sugar, stevia powder) and toppings (freeze-dried fruits and berries, superfood powders, peanut butter powder, nuts). Pack into small zip lock bags.
If you like your porridge with honey or agava syrup, then put these into small leak-proof containers and pack together with other foods in your backpack.
On the trail:
Pour 1/4 cup cold or hot water into the bag (bowl, mug) with dried raw buckwheat porridge. Stir well, close the bag and let sit for about 5 minutes to completely rehydrate your meal.
Makes 4 portions
Raw buckwheat porridge filling and topping variations
- Freeze Dried Bananas + Raw Cocoa Nibs + Peanut Butter
- Freeze Dried Forest Berries + Blueberry Powder
- Freeze Dried Strawberries + Strawberry Powder + Coconut Milk Powder
- Freeze Dried Apples + Cinnamon + Honey
- Freeze Dried Exotic Fruits + Coconut Milk Powder
Hi – Looking forward to trying this! I’m wondering how long it would be good for if dehydrated and kept at room temp? Just thinking about fat content of the almonds and almond milk and if it would go rancid quickly? I could always keep it in the freezer until the trip, but just wondering 🙂
Would coldsoaking the groats overnight and adding almonds & almond milk powder in the morning be the same thing? Trying to understand what the blending and dehydrating adds.
Hi, how much coconut milk powder per serving?
I usually take 2 tablespoons of coconut milk powder per 1/2 cup water
Hi. Does this work with oats?
Yep! Please follow steps described in this post >> http://www.trail.recipes/dehydrating123/dehydrating123-how-to-dehydrate-whole-grains-for-backpacking-meals/
Can buckwheat be freeze dried? And if so, how long would it be good for?
Everything what can be dehydrated, can be also freeze-dried. If dried and packed properly, grains can last years
I have had buckwheat for breakfast on hikes, but take the raw buckwheat groats and cook them on the trail. When I make a cup of tea in the evening, I boil up a bit of extra water and use it to soak some buckwheat, with nuts and fruits for the next morning breakfast.
Same with oats. No need to cook and dehydrate, I let them soak overnight, with dried fruits etc, and reheat in the morning.
Hello! Does the fat in the Almond Milk increase the chance the porridge will turn rancid? Thank you for all the information and insights. Kevin
Hi Kevin! Porridge itself as any other dehydrated food can turn rancid if not properly dried or stored. As for Almond Milk, choose for drying low-fat versions or buy almond milk powder.
I don’t have a dehydrator… can this be done in a conventional oven? What would be the temp/time?
Thanks for your help!
Susan, you can dehydrate porridge in a convection oven too. Set the temperature about 140-160F. For more air circulation you can keep oven door open (experiment with propping it open with a wood spoon).