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10 Ways to Cook with Toasty, Gluten-Free Buckwheat

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It seems like everywhere you look these days signage telling you to try the newest "supergrain," ancient cereal, or alternative flour. Rumors of their benefits abound, and folks line up around the corner to get into the organic grocery store to get their hands on a small bag for $8. It's "hip," it's "trendy," it's "clutch," and countless other terms I would never dare use to describe myself accurately.

If you're interested in trying some of these other grains but are too swept up in the alt-grain swirl to know where to begin, give buckwheat a shot. With a nice toasty-bread flavor and earthy bite, you can get it as whole groats, flour, and in noodle(!) form, making it easy to incorporate into a variety of dishes. (Bonus: It's gluten-free.) To get you started, here are 10 buckwheat recipes to try right now (no matter how up on the trends you are).

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Buckwheat Granola
Buckwheat Granola
Buckwheat Pasta with Charred Cabbage, Speck, and Provolone
Buckwheat Pasta with Charred Cabbage, Speck, and Provolone
Buckwheat Thumbprint Cookies with Cherry Preserves
Buckwheat Thumbprint Cookies with Cherry Preserves
Raw Buckwheat Breakfast Porridge
Raw Buckwheat Breakfast Porridge
Black Sesame Banana Cake with Peanut Butter
Black Sesame Banana Cake with Peanut Butter
Buckwheat Crepes with Brie + Honey Sauteed Swiss Chard
Buckwheat Crepes with Brie + Honey Sauteed Swiss Chard
Apple-Gruyère Buckwheat Biscuits
Apple-Gruyère Buckwheat Biscuits
Buckwheat and Apple Cake (Schwarzplententorte)
Buckwheat and Apple Cake (Schwarzplententorte)
Buckwheat Scones with Cherry Jam
Buckwheat Scones with Cherry Jam
Jaengban Guksu (Korean-style Soba Noodles with Spicy Dressing)
Jaengban Guksu (Korean-style Soba Noodles with Spicy Dressing)

What's your best buckwheat recipe? Let us know in the comments!

Tags: buckwheat, seed, grain, ancient wheat, cereal, pseudo-cereal, baking, noodles, granola