The flavors in this recipe are inspired by a candy bar, but it's made with simple healthy ingredients that make it a feel-good way to start the day. Mild, earthy kasha takes a sweeter turn as the groats soften overnight and absorb the chocolatey goodness of the cacao. This recipe also has a great balance of whole-grain carbohydrates, plant proteins, and healthy fats to keep you energized for hours! It takes only a couple of minutes to throw together at night, and in the morning you have a heavenly breakfast to enjoy at home or on the run.
Kasha (also called toasted buckwheat groats)
Cashew milk or nondairy milk of your choice, plus more for serving
Pecan pieces, plus more for garnish
Coconut flakes, plus more for garnish
Cacao nibs, plus more for garnish
Medjool date, pitted and chopped
Maple syrup for serving (optional)
In a jar or small bowl, combine the kasha, milk, chia seeds, pecans, coconut, cacao powder, cacao nibs, date, and salt. Mix well with a fork. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap.
Place in the refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours and up to 3 days. Add a splash of milk and sprinkle with additional pecans, coconut, and cacao nibs just before serving. Drizzle with maple syrup for added sweetness, if you like.
CHEF’S NOTE If you can’t find kasha at the store, you can toast raw buckwheat groats in a dry pan over medium heat, stirring continuously for 4 to 5 minutes, until lightly browned and fragrant.
FEEL GOOD INGREDIENT // COCONUT FLAKES The phosphorous and iron in the coconut flakes aid the body’s blood cell, teeth, and bone formation. They also contain zinc, which supports a healthy immune system and can help wounds heal faster.