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Seasonal SoulFOOD Recipe: Raw 'O-ghurt' with Activated Caramelized 'Buckinis' and Fir Tip Honey




I'm not much of a breakfast person, which is something that makes most people gasp in shock. But the fact is, I find I can't eat 'traditional' breakfasts first thing in the morning as I find it too heavy, instead preferring to make a smoothie or vegetable juice mid morning. Before I turned vegan, if I was hungry first thing in the morning (which would be rare), I used to eat natural yoghurt with toasted nuts and honey, or fruit salad with yoghurt, but as I no longer eat dairy and do not eat soy (GMO and hormone disrupting, hello!), this option went out the window as there were no other yoghurt alternatives here in the Alps. That is of course, unless you take the initiative to make your own dairy free alternative. It being a new challenge meant that of course I'd give it a try. So I did.


A while back back I got a loan of a dehydrator and my domestic goddess went into overdrive with ideas. The caramelized sprouted buckwheat from this recipe was one of the things created that weekend, initially made to sprinkle over my smoothies, but ended up being added to everything from fruit salads to porridge and even over ice-cream. They’re even great on their own for nibbles! Eating them over yoghurt then of course made sense, and as I made lots of different infused honey back in April (thanks to a gift of 3kgs of local raw organic honey), the idea for this recipe, with fir tip infused honey, was born. Any type of flavored or non flavored honey can be used here though.


I decided to make the yoghurt from oats (which I am now lovingly calling 'o-ghurt') for a few different reasons. Firstly, the local organic store had a special on local oat flakes last month, and as I use them quite often to make raw 'superfood energy bars', treats for my pack, etc, I bought a few kilos and the pantry was well stocked. Secondly, steel cut oats are easy to digest, they are gluten free, and more freely available than for instance, young coconuts (which is what I used to make dairy free yoghurt from).


The results with oats are a very creamy mildly tangy yoghurt, which is the perfect breakfast or even a light post yoga/meditation treat. Or, if the weather is damp and dreary, a lovely little mid afternoon 'pick me up'...the combination of smooth creamy o-ghurt, sweet earthy honey and crunchy caramelized buckinis really is a taste and texture explosion!



RAW FIR TIP INFUSED HONEY


1 cup of bright green young wild fir tips

1 x 400g jar of raw organic honey


Wash the fir tips and place in a large jar. Cover with the honey, close the jar, and leave in a warm window to infuse for a few weeks, turning it upside down once a day. I found the flavor had infused after only 3 days, but the longer it is left the nicer it is. This is the basic way of making solar infused honey. A few of the other flavors I made using this method were lavender blossom, rose petal, fresh ginger, fresh lemon juice, cinnamon sticks, all of which would work with this o-ghurt recipe. The possibilities are endless really...


A little note to say here that I do have the most delicious four year old Fir Tip fermented local raw medicinal honey available HERE in my shop if you would like to order some of mine!



RAW ACTIVATED CARAMELIZED 'BUCKINIS'


3 cups raw organic buckwheat groats

6-8 teasp organic cinnamon powder (I milled 3-4 large cinnamon sticks, but shop bought powder will do)

12 tablesp raw organic honey (or other sweetener of choice)

half a level teasp of salt (I used rock salt)


Rinse the buckwheat groats thoroughly and place in a large glass bowl. Leave to soak and sprout overnight. The next morning, rinse the groats, and again soak them in fresh water. Leave to stand for about 6 hours. Rinse well and add the honey, cinnamon and salt to the groats. Mix well. Spoon the mixture onto your dehydrator shelves*, making sure to spread it evenly and thinly. Turn it on the lowest setting and leave for about 8hrs, or overnight. They are then ready to eat. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place.


*If you do not have a dehydrator, you can do this by spooning the mixture onto a paper lined flat baking tray and placing in the oven at a temperature of 40°c for the same time period. You may need to check the outsides of the mixture every now and again to make sure they are evenly dehydrated. Note that if you go over this temperature, the sprouts are no longer considered raw.


Adding 3 tablesp raw cacao powder to this mixture before dehydrating is also great - kids LOVE it! ;-)