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Raw Buckwheat Cacao Pops

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Raw-Buckwheat-Cacao-Pops25Do you ever miss sneaking in a bowl of your childhood favorite, sugared, cereal?!  I know I do from time to time.  As I walk down the cereal isle at the grocery, I often stop at various cereals that take me back in time. “Time Travel! Isle 2!” I am not tempted to buy those high sugared cereals but I won’t deny that they sound good!  Well, for those of you who want to revisit a childhood memory with me, make these Raw Buckwheat Cacao Pops, dish up a big bowl with your favorite nut milk, snuggle up on the couch and turn on the cartoon channel!

Ingredients: yields 3 cups

  • 1 cup raw buckwheat or sprouted quinoa
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup dried banana chips
  • 2 Tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 3-4 Tbsp raw agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt


  1. Soak the buckwheat for 30+ minutes then, rinse, rinse and rinse some more.  They create a gelatinous liquid that needs to be washed away.  Buckwheat expands when soaked so don’t be alarmed.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the buckwheat, raisins, banana chips, cacao powder, agave, cinnamon and salt, mix well.  Taste test and adjust if needed.
  3. Spread the mixture onto a teflex sheet and dehydrate for 4 – 8 hours.
  4. Once the mixture is crisp and crunchy, I simply broke it up into small pieces and placed in a bowl
  5. Dish yourself up a bowl, add a little nut milk.


FDA (Food Determining Association) conducted a test at Nouveau Raw Kitchens, The Soggy Cereal Test. The subject: Crunchy Peanut Butter and Buckwheat Cereal Squares.   Object: to see how long this raw cereal could stand up to almond milk before getting soggy.   No animals were harmed in this test.   Results posted below.


Step 1 ~  Set timer for 10 minutes.


Step 2 ~ Add nut milk.


Step 3 ~  10 minutes in… this bite still had good crunch into it.


Step 4 ~ 20 minutes into the test… pieces are breaking up but the buckwheat

remains crunchy.


I know this is a test, but I am really enjoying this process!


Step 5 ~ 30 minutes into the test and the last bite was a little soft but not soggy.


 This concludes today’s test.  It’s a success!

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10 thoughts on “Raw Buckwheat Cacao Pops

  1. Myranda e. says:

    i wonder if i could make raw quinoa cacao pop treats with these…

    • amie-sue says:

      Grand idea Myranda. Be sure to sprout it first. If you try it, let me know. I would love to hear the end result. :) amie sue

  2. Catherine says:

    Delicious – thank you Amie-Sue! I used date past for the fam and sold some at the farmer’s market with Agave. I added extra cacao (cause I’m a chocolate fein) and agave because I knew SAD eaters would like it a bit sweeter.

  3. Amia says:

    This was delicious Amie-Sue. I added shredded organic coconut to this recipe. I did not dehydrate it but rather served it cold.

  4. lisa says:

    Could I successfully make this in an oven at 170*? I don’t have a dehydrator yet!

    • amie-sue says:

      I can’t say 100% how it would turn out Lisa… I never use the oven for my raw foods. You can try it, keep the door cracked and watch it like a hawk. :) It won’t remain raw most likely since you have no way to monitor the temp. Good luck! amie sue

  5. Pam says:

    Do I need to dehydrate the sprouted quinoa before mixing with other ingredients and dehydrate as recipe calls?

    • amie-sue says:

      Hi Pam, you could make it with the quinoa just sprouted and not yet dehydrated. I made it that way because it was what I had on hand, but you ought to be just fine. Have a great evening, amie sue

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