Banana Buckwheat Smoothie

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You know what the best part of living in California is? It isn’t the fact that I can drink green smoothies for breakfast in December and not having my whole day wrecked trying to get my body temp back up (Does this happen to anyone else? Only me? Okay.) but that’s a plus. I don’t know what the best part of living in California is yet. Maybe avocados.

Anyway, this month’s Recipe Redux theme was to redo a recipe found on page 42 or 142 of your favorite cookbook. I have exactly four cookbooks at my apartment in San Francisco: Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook, The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook, the random binder of recipes my Vitamix came with and… It’s All Good, Goop’s latest cookbook. I didn’t have the time or energy to make soup (Tony) or figure out how to successfully make something from Magnolia without butter, sugar and flour (impossible) so Gwyneth it was. How could I actually redo a recipe from Goop? I couldn’t, so I had to use her as inspiration.

banana buckwheat smoothie | almost getting it together

Just think of this as banana buckwheat pancakes in a glass.

Leaving for 15 days (!!!) means eat everything that could go bad and if not, stick it in the freezer and hope that it tastes normal coming back out aka I’m going to throw it away in a few months when I get the bright idea to clean out my freezer. So basically I spent the better part of this week eating huge bowls of greens since I just buy some container of Organic Girl greens every time I’m at Whole Foods. So spinach had to go into this smoothie since I had half a container left.

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Goop approved.

I make a lot of smoothies and honestly, because I kind of just throw things in, 75% of the time they aren’t life-changingly delicious. This one was amazing though. The buckwheat gave it a really great texture and nutty taste. It was super thick so after these photos were taken, I ended up eating it with a spoon.

Buckwheat isn’t actually a wheat at all – it’s a seed! So this recipe is gluten free and this is vegan and all that. Or really, Goop approved.

banana buckwheat smoothie | almost getting it together

Banana Buckwheat Smoothie.

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Banana Buckwheat Smoothie
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Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten Free, Raw
Serves: 1
  • 2 extra large handfuls of spinach
  • 1 frozen banana
  • ¾ cup ice
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ¾ scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tbsp buckwheat
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  1. Place ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until smooth.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 smoothie Calories: 325 Fat: 4.4 g Saturated fat: 10 g Carbohydrates: 51.1 g Sugar: 16.8 g Sodium: 285 mg Fiber: 0.5 g Protein: 25.9 g

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38 comments on “Banana Buckwheat Smoothie

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Jessie on December 22, 2014 7:14 am

Buckwheat in a smoothie? You are the first person I’ve ever seen post a recipe involving buckwheat. Major props for you on being creative! The color is just beautiful!

Favorite thing about where I live? The countless # of coffee shops.. and the delicious food =D
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Cassie on January 4, 2015 6:56 pm

I would totally love to try traditional Kuwait food!

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on December 22, 2014 7:28 am

You may live in CA, but I refuse to allow you to add wheatgrass….

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Cassie on January 4, 2015 6:57 pm

I would never!

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl on December 22, 2014 9:31 am

This looks exactly like my morning smoothie, except for the buckwheat added in. I’ve never thought to do something like that, but it’s a great idea! Thanks for sharing :)
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Cassie on January 4, 2015 6:58 pm

Glad you enjoyed!

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GiGi Eats on December 22, 2014 10:10 am

It’s crazy how 2 bunches of spinach can make this smoothie SO GREEN!
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Cassie on January 4, 2015 6:57 pm

Yes!! I was afraid the buckwheat would make the color… ew.

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Linz @ Itz Linz on December 22, 2014 11:31 am

the only buckwheat i’ve ever had is this buckwheat crepe – sounds good in a smoothie though!
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Cassie on January 4, 2015 6:54 pm

Yes, you would definitely like the flavor!

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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on December 22, 2014 11:36 am

Way to add one of the greatest grains out there! Buckwheat is one of my faves ;)
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Cassie on January 4, 2015 6:53 pm

How has no one added it to a smoothie yet?

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Ange @ Cowgirl Runs on December 22, 2014 12:08 pm

Buckwheat. Intriguing. I saw some at the store the other day and considered buying it but didn’t. I may have to change that ;)
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Cassie on January 4, 2015 6:53 pm

Buckwheat groats are totally cook too but I’ve only tried one recipe with them and they weren’t great.

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Miranda @ Miranda Writes Blog on December 22, 2014 12:21 pm

I don’t think I have a favorite cook book actually. Can I say that Pinterest is my favorite cook book?? I’ve never had buckwheat before, but this smoothie looks delicious so I might have to give it a try. I think my favorite thing about where I live is the people. I’ve lived in the DFW area my whole life and anytime I travel, I am reminded how friendly Texans are (most of the time).

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Cassie on January 4, 2015 6:53 pm

Pinterest is TOTALLY my favorite cookbook!

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Kay @ Kay Bueno on December 22, 2014 12:44 pm

The best part of living in California is obviously me. J/k. Probably the weather, or the fact that you have the most spectacular view ever. Or that literally all the food even in the shittiest taqueria is crazy fresh.

For some reason this smoothie makes me want to do a juice cleanse.
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Cassie on January 4, 2015 6:32 pm

No it’s you and I misssss you. And juice with me!!!

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Whitney Carney on December 22, 2014 2:16 pm

Yum this looks so good! I’ve never tried buckwheat before. Also, I think i need Gwyneth’s cookbook now. My favorite ones are Giada’s Feel Good Food and Katie Lee’s Comfort Table (I love food network).

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Cassie on January 4, 2015 6:32 pm

Def get Goop’s book… such a good one!

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GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth on December 22, 2014 2:45 pm

Never thought of adding buckwheat to a smoothie. Gotta get on that. And I did the ‘eat all the produce’ thing last week since I’m home for 3 weeks starting today. Definitely get where you’re coming from with that one!
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Cassie on January 4, 2015 6:35 pm

I need to eat all the produce because I did NOT at home haha.

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Jo @ Living Mint Green on December 22, 2014 3:21 pm

Yes, I suffer from smoothie-hypothermia too. The other day, I went into the bathroom and turned the blowdryer on myself to warm up. Other times I need to take a scalding hot shower after. #CanadianProbs
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Jordan @ The Balanced Blonde on December 22, 2014 6:24 pm

Hahaha you are NOT the only one who buys a container of Organic Girl (any type will do) every time you’re at Whole Foods. Love it. And this smoothie sounds yummmm. Will you be around SF at all over the holidays?! Xox
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Farrah on December 22, 2014 8:16 pm

hahhh…you are definitely not alone. I stopped drinking smoothies in the morning because I’d end up freezing for ages afterward. (This probably also has to do with the fact that I’m too cheap to turn on the heat.) I’ve recently fixed this by preparing it in the morning to take to didactics with me (a cozier, somewhat-heated room) to drink it. :D

I’ve never tried buckwheat in anything, but will definitely have to look into it!
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Arman @ thebigmansworld on December 22, 2014 10:16 pm

I am in love that your posting smoothie recipes because it’s sweat city b**** sweat sweat city b****.
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Cassie on January 4, 2015 6:35 pm

And I feel like it didn’t feel like Christmas in SF… you had it even worse in Australia. Pumpkin pie ice cream, anyone?

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Danielle L on December 23, 2014 7:30 am

Perfect, I have baby spinach I need to use up and this will be perfect for my pre-Christmas feasts! This is my lunch tomorrow – thanks!!
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Cassie on January 4, 2015 5:54 pm

Did you enjoy it?

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Liz @ I Heart Vegetables on December 23, 2014 8:31 am

Yum! That smoothie looks awesome and healthy! :)

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Cassie on January 4, 2015 5:53 pm

It is definitely both!

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Raquel @kitchinit on December 24, 2014 7:20 am

Yum! I always like learning about new green smoothies recipes!

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Cassie on January 4, 2015 5:48 pm

Me too! You can never have enough :)

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Athletic Avocado on December 29, 2014 6:43 am

Sounds great! i love how you put buckwheat in it! Gotta try! :)
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Cassie on January 4, 2015 5:46 pm

Yes, it definitely made it amazing!

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