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Buckwheat Mango and Broccoli Smoothie

This recipe comes to us with a big thanks to Loonie! Both delicious and creative this frozen mango and broccoli smoothie is the best way to mix fruit and veggies!

Prep. time: 15 min.
Soaking time: overnight
Cooking time: 15 min.
Total time: 30 min. + overnight soaking
Serves: 2 adult portions 

By: @Loounie

Ingredients

FOR THE BUCKWHEAT SMOOTHIE
1 cup raw buckwheat grains, completely immersed in water and soaked overnight
2 cups Nature’s Touch frozen Organic or Pesticide-free Mangoes
2 cups Nature’s Touch frozen Organic or Pesticide-free Broccoli Florets
2 cups or 2 large handfuls of fresh spinach
2 cups plant-based milk (soya, almond or cashew) or 2 cups of water with 1 tbsp almond butter
2 tbsp maple syrup or 2 small pitted dates

FOR THE JAM
3 cups Nature’s Touch frozen Organic or Pesticide-free 3-berry mix
3 tbsp chia seeds
3 tbsp water

FOR THE CRUNCHY TOPPING
1 cup raw buckwheat grains
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 to 2 tbsp maple syrup
1 pinch of salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon or cardamom (optional)

Preparation

FOR THE BUCKWHEAT CREAM

  1. Using a fine strainer, drain the buckwheat grains and rinse well. Rinsing will get rid of the sticky coating that will form as the grains soak, which is not harmful, but is somewhat bitter.

FOR THE JAM

  1. Rinse the buckwheat and place in the mixer with the other ingredients. Mix until smooth. Use immediately.
  2. Put all of the ingredients into a small pot over medium-high heat and stir until the fruits are heated through (3-4 minutes).
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low, mix well, and heat for another 5 minutes, until the chia seeds begin to gel.
  4. Remove from the heat. Serve the jam cold or hot.

FOR THE CRUNCHY TOPPING

  1. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the buckwheat and stir constantly until well coated, allowing the grains to toast lightly until fragrant or take on a light color (approximately 4-5 minutes).
  3. Add the syrup, salt and spices (to taste) and mix well.
  4. Remove from heat. Serve the crunchy topping hot or cold.

TO SERVE

  1. Pour the smoothie into bowls or glasses.
  2. Garnish with jam and the crunchy topping.
  3. Decorate with fresh or frozen fruits and coconut, to taste.
Create a kid version of this smoothie by simply serving it in a glass instead of a bowl. It’s also a great way to hide veggies in their snack or breakfast!

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