A good, pre-made granola that is Heal Your Headache diet compliant is one of the hardest things to find. All of them usually have nuts, even the ones labeled as “seed granolas”. What. The. Heck. I’m always surprised by this because there seems to be a good amount of people with nut allergies, my sister-in-law being one of them (hi Libby!). For those of us with migraine, the science behind avoiding nuts in Heal Your Headache is that they are high in tyramine and/or histamine, particularly walnuts, cashews, and pecans.
I was inspired to create this recipe while we were in LA. Of course all the restaurants there seem to cater to special diets! One of the places we visited for breakfast had buckwheat granola on the menu and I was intrigued. I thought I had never had buckwheat in my life, but it turns out that buckwheat is the main ingredient in Japanese soba noodles. Don’t let the name fool you, buckwheat is not actually a grain but a seed. It is not only gluten-free, but also is shown to lower blood pressure and relieve symptoms of Type II diabetes. It contains 11-14 grams of protein for every 100grams, making it a better option for breakfast than most grains. Another positive for migraineurs is that it contains a good amount of magnesium as well. Have I sold you on buckwheat yet?
This recipe is extremely easy. I even made it this morning while I was feeling a little under the weather. I suppose this means no one else in my family will be eating it which was my ultimate plan all along! The most difficult part is picking out your buckwheat. DO NOT GET TOASTED BUCKWHEAT AKA “KASHA”. I made this mistake the first time thinking pre-toasted would add flavor, but it was like eating rocks. I can usually find them in the bulk section of my grocery store if you feel like testing them out before buying a big package. You’ll want ones like these.
Tomorrow I’ll have a recipe for a banana-free acai bowl that you can put this granola on!
This crunchy recipe is gluten-free and nut-free, perfect to top on oats, smoothie bowls, or just have as a snack!
- 1-1/2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
- 3/4 cup buckwheat groats (NOT kasha)
- 1/2 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup unsalted pumpkin seeds
- 3 tbsp oil of your choice canola or coconut (if you can tolerate) are recommended
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1.5 tsp alcohol free vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
Preheat oven to 300. Combine dry ingredients and stir. Add oil, vanilla, and honey and stir until thoroughly combined.
Prepare baking sheet by covering with parchment paper. Spread granola in even layer on sheet. Bake for 45 minutes total, stirring granola every 15 minutes to brown evenly.
Remove from oven and cool. Can be stored in an airtight container, however it probably won't last very long because it will be gone before you know it!