Hearty Apple Spice Baked Buckwheat

Created by Laura Wright
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Apple spice baked buckwheat is a naturally gluten-free and cozy baked breakfast porridge option. Warming, filling, and delicious!

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We’ve had a few snow days over the last week, and I’ve been using up pantry stock to avoid any drives to the store for stuff I probably don’t need. This commitment to cooking the pantry had been humming in the back of my mind since I saw this post on Aimée’s site a little while ago. My fridge is always full. I can never resist certain seasonal items at the stores, my dad brings me stuff all the time (gorgeous rapini and Medjool dates this week) and I always have pantry staples at a par level. Inevitably some things get lost by the wayside. My crisper has some wrinkly apples, little sprout-y/hairy carrots that will find their destiny in a fresh juice.

I simply HAD to buy mung beans on a trip to Whole Foods last year, but they’re still sitting in their little bulk-tagged bag in the drawer. My go-to grains are brown basmati rice, steel cut oats, and quinoa; but I have at least 10 other varieties just languishing in the cupboard.

Deep-winter seems to bring up the luxury of extra time and headspace to try something with purpose. So I’m starting and devoting to this pantry cooking thing. There’s been some beautiful soups, crunchy cabbage-y slaws, roasted roots, grains, pulses, and some delicious smoothies with beets and last summer’s raspberries. No trips to the store, not a shred of deprivation. Just more creativity and cozy time at home with my snow-loving pooch.

Sometimes I get on movements with raw buckwheat porridge in the warm months, but a full bag of raw groats had been sitting around for longer than I could recall. I enjoy buckwheat in a breakfast scenario because it’s really satisfying without feeling heavy, and it always tastes lovely with fruit. I make a vegan version of  Yossy‘s baked oatmeal often, subbing ground flaxseed for the egg and almond/coconut milk for the cow’s milk.  It’s warm and comforting, the top is a little crunchy with toasted nuts and coconut oil, and the jammy pockets of berries make it feel extra special. Perfect cozy-making winter fare.

So with that oatmeal in mind, I turned out this hearty apple-spice baked buckwheat. It’s apple pie-like and it’s my breakfast of choice these days. It’s quite easy to make! I started by cracking/lightly grinding the buckwheat in my blender first–just to achieve a lightly creamy consistency. If this step is a bit daunting or you’re just unsure about the amount of grinding necessary, Bob’s Red Mill makes an excellent pre-ground product called Creamy Buckwheat. Finely chopped apples, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger mingle together with light coconut milk. I used walnut halves, but pecans or slivered almonds would be just as tasty. The little finishing drizzle of coconut oil makes for some buttery and toasty notes.

I make this whole dish for myself and just reheat portions of it with a splash of non-dairy milk as I go. Serving it up with a dollop of coconut milk yogurt and maple syrup seems so grand for a weekday morning.

hearty apple-spice buckwheat bake (vegan + gluten-free) // www.thefirstmess.com
hearty apple-spice buckwheat bake #vegan #glutenfree // www.thefirstmess.com
hearty apple-spice buckwheat bake #vegan + #glutenfree // www.thefirstmess.com

Hearty Apple Spice Baked Buckwheat

Apple spice baked buckwheat is a naturally gluten-free and cozy baked breakfast porridge option. Warming, filling, and delicious!
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hearty apple-spice buckwheat bake // via @thefirstmess
Servings 6


Baked Buckwheat

  • 1 ¾ cups raw buckwheat groats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 ½ cups light coconut milk
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup walnut halves, toasted and chopped
  • 1 ½ cups small-diced apple (1 apple)
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil

To Serve

  • extra maple syrup
  • coconut milk yogurt


  • I ground the buckwheat in the dry container of my Vitamix, but I think a food processor might be better. You kind of want the grains to have a “cracked” appearance. Definitely avoid over-processing them into flour-like bits.


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8 1/2 or 9-inch pie tin/dish with coconut oil and set aside.
  • In a blender or food processor, grind the buckwheat groats until they have a “cracked” appearance, or at least until most of the grains are visibly split in half. Dump the ground buckwheat groats into a large bowl.
  • To the buckwheat, add the baking powder, ground flaxseed, vanilla powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger, and sea salt. Stir lightly to combine.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the coconut milk and maple syrup.
  • Start layering: Pour a third of the coconut milk mixture in the greased pie dish. Then, evenly sprinkle half of the buckwheat mixture on top of the milk. Sprinkle half of the walnuts and diced apples on top of the buckwheat. Grate some more nutmeg or sprinkle additional cinnamon here if you like. Pour another third of the coconut milk on top next. Then, add the other half of the buckwheat mixture. Pour the remaining coconut milk on top and garnish with remaining walnuts and diced apples.
  • Give the pan a good shimmy-shake and some light taps on the counter. A few air bubbles should poke through. It’s going to look like a hot, soggy mess at this point. Drizzle the melted coconut oil on top and slide the dish into the oven. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the top is golden and everything is set. Serve the hearty apple-spice baked buckwheat warm with extra maple syrup and coconut yogurt.
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04/02/2015 (Last Updated 09/02/2023)
Posted in: autumn, breakfast, coconut milk, earthy, gluten free, sweet, vegan, winter


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  • Morgan L

    Wow – so good! We loved this recipe. I didn’t have baking powder so I subbed baking soda + yogurt and just cut the liquid by a 1/2 cup, and it was delicious! I also used macadamia nuts because that was all I had, and I highly recommend that combo!

  • Louisa

    I just made this for breakfast! Taste and smells amazing. I am not a fan of oatmeal and I have wanted to cook with buckwheat for a while now so this was perfect. Thank you for this recipe.

  • Lyndsay

    Can you make this the night before and throw it in the oven in the morning ?

    • Laura

      I think you could fully bake it the night before and gently reheat it the next morning. I would not assemble it and leave in unbaked in the refrigerator overnight. i think the buckwheat would soak up too much of the liquid and your final bake would be quite dry.

  • kristin Sjaarda

    Hi Laura!
    So. Yum. So satisfying. I used rhubarb and strawberries as they are in season right now. I had to add a bit more maple syrup to counter the sour of the rhubarb. Good as an afternoon treat or as breakfast. my kids likes it, too! Thanks again!

  • Lea

    I am a whole foods cooking junkie who recently discovered your blog, and am in love! This was the first recipe I tried. I used half walnuts and half pecans, substituted chia seeds for the flax, and ate it with a sprinkle of pepitas, cocoa nibs and hemp hearts. Incredibly delicious! Thanks for the recipe. Can’t wait to try more.

  • Agness of Run Agness Run

    Many thanks for sharing this recipe. It seems easy to eat healthy now.

  • Aishath

    I can make this since I have almost all the ingredients in my pantry! Thank you! Looks scrumptious!

  • Jacqueline

    I just discovered your gorgeous blog today! I’ve pulverized buckwheat groats for a gluten-free cake recipe. I was diagnosed with Celiac disease three years ago when I graduated from cooking school. I’ll use my extra groats to make this for my breakfast. I’m looking forward to exploring every nook & cranny of your blog!