Date & buckwheat granola with pecans & seeds

Date & buckwheat granola with pecans & seeds

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 35 mins plus overnight soaking


Serves 8

This all-natural granola is sweetened with date purée to make crunchy clusters of nutrient-rich oats, grains seeds and nuts

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal387
  • fat12g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs50g
  • sugars34g
  • fibre3g
  • protein15g
  • salt0.3g
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    For the granola

    • 85g buckwheat



      Buckwheat actually comes from the seeds of a plant distantly related to rhubarb …

    • 4 medjool dates, stoned
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 100g traditional oats
      Two piles of oats



      Oats are processed by rolling (steamed and pressed) or steel-cutting (cut into pieces). There is…

    • 2 tsp rapeseed oil
      Rapeseed oil

      Rapeseed oil

      If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

    • 25g sunflower seeds
    • 25g pumpkin seeds
    • 25g flaked almonds
    • 50g pecan nuts, roughly broken into halves
      Pecan nuts



      Related to the walnut, pecans are native to America, and grow enclosed in a glossy, browny-red…

    • 50g sultanas (without added oil)

    For the yogurt & fruit (to serve 2)

    • 2 x 150ml pots low-fat bio natural yogurt
    • 2 ripe nectarines or peaches, stoned and sliced



      A smooth-skinned variety of peach native to China, similarly flavoured to peaches with slightly…


    1. Soak the buckwheat overnight in cold water. The next day, drain and rinse the buckwheat. Put the dates in a pan with 300ml water and the cinnamon, and blitz with a stick blender until completely smooth. Add the buckwheat, bring to the boil and cook, uncovered, for 5 mins until pulpy. Meanwhile, heat oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2 and line two large baking trays with baking parchment.

    2. Stir the oats and oil into the date and buckwheat mixture, then spoon small clusters of the mixture onto the baking trays. Bake for 15 mins, then carefully scrape the clusters from the parchment if they have stuck and turn before spreading out again. Return to the oven for another 15 mins, turning frequently, until firm and golden.

    3. When the mix is dry enough, tip into a bowl, mix in the seeds and nuts with the sultanas and toss well. When cool, serve each person a generous handful with yogurt and fruit, and pack the excess into an airtight container. Will keep for a week. On other days you can vary the fruit or serve with milk or a dairy-free alternative instead of the yogurt.

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    Anthemys's picture
    11th Aug, 2015
    I found buckwheat in my usual Waitrose and have been preparing this granola twice already. You do need to cook it longer in the oven than what the recipe says. You also need to be careful with the size of the clusters. All in all, it might take a few tries to get it right and to your taste. The taste is really nice and the dates as a substitute for sugar work great. It tastes nutty and healthy!
    23rd Jun, 2015
    I made this as part of the recent 7-day clean eating plan in the magazine. I'd never had buckwheat before but I will add it to things from now on. I didn't realise what a superfood it was and it tasted nutty and great! I understand the comments about the soggy clumps - I had to bake mine for over an hour to get it somewhat crunchy and even then it was a little moist in the middle so I'm keeping it in the fridge. Overall I think I would add buckwheat to my granola from now on and I really liked the dates to sweeten (I used regular dried dates and soaked them overnight in the cooking water). Nice intro recipe to buckwheat!
    23rd Jun, 2015
    I would agree with the comments below and buckwheat is impossible to find in any of the supermarkets. I've been put off by bad reviews as the end results don't sound great anyhow. Will try to find an alternative healthier hone made granola.
    21st Jun, 2015
    I couldn't find buckwheat groats so tried pinhead oatmeal instead. It took a lot longer to dry the clusters than the recipe said but end result was OK. Not exactly crunchy but tasted pretty good.
    20th Jun, 2015
    Truly disgusting! The granola turned out soft, even though I baked it for at least twice as long as the recipe states. The nuts and fruit are nice, but the granola has the taste and consistency of damp cardboard. There are much nicer healthy breakfasts on the Good Food site.
    13th Jun, 2015
    Not having a stick blender used my old faithful (that's so old and faithful I can't remember its make). Should have held the lid down harder at first as the water spilled out. It was quite a faff to make, and I didn't even soak the nuts and seeds, but I think I will make it again because I liked the results. Certainly feels healthier than my usual weekend treat of Jordan's Four Nut cereal which includes an unhealthy amount of sugar - but I will have to make in advance if going out early on the Saturday morning!
    13th Jun, 2015
    A bit of a faff to make the granola and it turned out quite soft and sloppy- I think guidance on the size of the small clusters may help as I suspect I made them too large and they weren't cooked through. Have rolled them out thinly with a rolling pin and put them back in the oven, here's hoping for the best! The finished meal otherwise is quite nice as long as you like the taste of natural yogurt. Definitely one to make the night before as its a 45 minute prep and cooking time, but this means starting two days in advance to soak the buckwheat. Tesco definitely sells buckwheat, like with a lot of usual ingredients I ordered it with click & collect (I'm sure other supermarkets do too, BBC!)
    10th Jun, 2015
    Cannot find buckwheat in any supermarket (and I've searched in several big supermarkets). I'm sticking to my usual overnight oats for breakfast at the moment but I'd like to try this recipe. Good Food - Please check ingredients are easily available as I'm not the only one with this problem. I have also searched for wholewheat flour for the wholewheat flatbreads without success. After some internet research I believe that the term wholewheat is used in the US and in the UK we use the term wholemeal. This confusion has set me back a further few days :(
    7th Jun, 2015
    Made with oats when I couldn't get buckwheat, turned out as horrible stodgy lumps. I would try again but the taste isn't altogether pleasant either so I'll stick to my own quick and easy granola recipe.
    6th Jun, 2015
    I haven't been able to get buckwheat anywhere, is there an alternative I can use?
    goodfoodteam's picture
    10th Nov, 2015
    Hi there, we haven't tested this recipe using a buckwheat replacement so cannot guarantee perfect results. However, you might like to give another of our triple tested granola recipes like this one a go
    10th Jun, 2015
    After traipsing around many a Holland & Barratt's, I managed to find "buckwheat groats" in an independent whole foods store, so if you're stuck try finding the whole foods store near you ;-)
    7th Jun, 2015
    Reall chop the dates into tiny pieces before attempting to blitz then with the stick blender. If not, this mixture will be all over your kitchen walls. Not fun.
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