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Sweet Almond Cream of Buckwheat with Skillet Pears

Photo: Oxmoor House
Yield 4 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup cereal, 1/2 cup pears, and 1 tablespoon almonds)
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.

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

Nutrition 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

How to Make It

  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.

Cook's Notes

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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