Guide to Cooking with Buckwheat Flour

Our Organic Gluten-Free Buckwheat Flour is a delicious gluten-free alternative to traditional flour. Like all flours, it has its own unique advantages and health benefits.

In particular, buckwheat flour is a great alternative for many savory dishes, like noodles, crepes, or pancakes. It can also be used in many traditional baked goods!

Keep reading to learn if buckwheat flour is worth adding to your pantry shelf!

What is buckwheat flour?

Buckwheat flour is actually made from a seed, formally known as Buckwheat berries. Even though it’s technically a seed, it’s often considered a pseudo-grain because it closely resembles rice in both texture and taste.

It’s been used for ages in China and Russia, commonly found as a noodle ingredient or for soups and porridge. Now, it’s gained popularity around the world for its benefits and uses. 

When buckwheat is ground into a powder, it has a smooth texture and an earthy flavor. While it won’t make your foods light and fluffy the way gluten does, it will add a moistness and tenderness that’s perfect for baked goods.

Not only is buckwheat a good alternative texture-wise, but it also has some great health benefits too. Buckwheat is known to help aid in weight management, improve heart health, and even prevent cancer. It also contains vitamins like Niacin and Riboflavin. Lastly, it’s high in fiber and protein which will help make your meals filling while meeting your nutrient goals.

Baking with buckwheat flour

Buckwheat flour has a very pleasant flavor, but it can be slightly bitter. Its earthy and warm flavor is one of the reasons it’s greatly appreciated around the world. It pairs well with other complex and rich foods, like chocolate and nuts. Its slight bitterness also complements sweets well. If you have a recipe you love, but it’s just a tad too sweet, adding in buckwheat flour might be the perfect move.

Buckwheat flour is also high in fiber, so it holds its structure well. It’s high-fiber makes it great for noodle making. The fiber count also has a big benefit for crepes or blinis, which are typically more prone to breakage.

To add buckwheat flour to your current recipes, you’ll want to substitute about 25% of the flour called for with buckwheat flour. For the rest of the flour the recipe calls for, consider using our Organic All-Purpose Flour, or one of our other many flour options, such as our Organic Gluten-Free Brown Rice Flour.

Ready to try it out?

Ease into buckwheat flour with one of our simple and fun recipes.

Consider trying our Gluten-Free Crepes made with raspberry jam. This crepe is made partially with buckwheat flour and partially with all-purpose flour. The recipe can be modified for a sweet or savory crepe.

Not in the mood for crepes? Try our Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins. These muffins use wheat flour, our steel cut oats, and buckwheat for a complex muffin.

Looking for more options? Don’t be afraid to experiment a little. Many of our recipes can be partially subbed with buckwheat flour with a great result.

When you’re ready to add buckwheat flour to your pantry cupboard, you can find it here, or at a store near you!

About Abby Grifno

Abby is a health and wellness writer based out of Washington, DC. As a teacher, she believes health and knowledge go hand-in-hand with helping individuals make the best decisions for their health goals. Through her fact-based research and writing, Abby strives to make nutrition and wellness engaging, accessible, and fun!

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