Sweet Almond Cream of Buckwheat with Skillet Pears

Sweet Almond Cream of Buckwheat with Skillet Pears Recipe
Photo: Oxmoor House
If you’re avoiding oatmeal because of possible gluten cross-contamination, enjoy a bowl of warm cream of buckwheat cereal instead.  Top this hearty cereal with chopped pears, dried cherries, and toasted almonds for a satisfying morning meal.

Yield:

4 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup cereal, 1/2 cup pears, and 1 tablespoon almonds)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 328
Fat 5.4 g
Satfat 1.2 g
Monofat 2.1 g
Polyfat 0.8 g
Protein 9 g
Carbohydrate 65.3 g
Fiber 8.6 g
Cholesterol 6 mg
Iron 1.2 mg
Sodium 224 mg
Calcium 213 mg

Ingredients

2 cups fat-free milk
1/2 cup uncooked cream of buckwheat
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sugar, divided
1 tablespoon light butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cooking spray
2 cups chopped ripe pear
1/4 cup dried cherries
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Preparation

1. Bring milk just to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in cream of buckwheat; reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently. Remove buckwheat from heat; stir in 2 tablespoons sugar, butter, and next 3 ingredients.

2. While buckwheat cooks, heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add pear, remaining 2 teaspoons sugar, cherries, 2 tablespoons water, and cinnamon to pan. Bring to a simmer; cover and cook 4 minutes. Remove from heat.

3. Spoon cereal evenly into 4 bowls. Top evenly with pear mixture and almonds.

Note:

Buckwheat is a misleading term. It's not wheat but rather a naturally gluten-free seed that yields this delicious, creamy hot breakfast. It's a whole grain, which carries many health benefits such as helping to reduce blood cholesterol levels, and is less starchy and higher in fiber than gluten-free corn or rice.

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Cooking Light Gluten-Free Cookbook

August 2011
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