I have been making baked goods like breads, cookies, and cakes from "scratch" for over 30 years. It just seemed like the natural thing to do :) I wanted to really know what was in those baked goods...and I loved the process. I still do! Over the years, I grew more knowledgeable about my ingredients. All flours are not equal...nor are all sugars, eggs, milk, etc. I am all about the QUALITY of the ingredients...and for good reason. I believe that the health crisis in our country is directly related to the poor-quality food we have been consuming. Until we turn that around, the numbers of those with chronic degenerative diseases will continue to soar. We need to CARE about the food we are eating.
So....I found a recipe the other day for buckwheat carrot raisin muffins. It was in the book The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook. The recipe explained how to make freshly ground buckwheat flour from buckwheat groats. Hey, wait a minute! Don't I have some of those groats in the cupboard?? (Yes, I'm kind of geeky that way.) I'm also the owner of a Vitamix...which is a high-powered, versatile, and quite wonderful blender. I have a special Vitamix container just for grinding nuts and seeds. Buckwheat groats are the seeds of the gluten-free buckwheat plant. The groats are a whole-grain and contain all the nutritious parts of the seeds....germ, bran, and endosperm. Soooo healthy! Buckwheat groats (and the flour it can be ground into) has a high concentration of all of the essential amino acids. That makes it a complete protein. It is high in iron, zinc, and selenium. It is also a great antioxidant source.
So....I took those groats and poured them into the special Vitamix container...whipped on the machine....and in about 20 seconds I had my fresh buckwheat flour. I think it's amazing! I put the muffin recipe together and produced a nutrient-dense and moist-in-the-middle muffin :)
If you'd like the recipe...check out the RECIPE page on my website....
Get back to basics....your body will love you for it!