Turmeric & Chia Spiced Buckwheat Porridge


A warming brekkie is the best way to start the day when it is cold and wet. Your body will be craving the good quality complex carbohydrates, protein, fibre and iron. Cardamon is the main base of chai tea, so you can add it with some of its spice companions such as ginger, cinnamon and turmeric.

NOTE: This recipe needs to be made the night before (requires minimum 4 hours of soaking)


  • 1 cup organic buckwheat, rinsed
  • ½ cup organic rolled oats (not quick oats)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 cups milk of your choice
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1 grated pear (skin on)
  • 1 grated seasonal apple (skin on)
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter or coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons good quality local honey

Note: You can also use a golden (turmeric) latte blend instead of the individual spices. We love NutraOrganics Golden Ayurvedic Chai Latte Blend.



  1. Put the buckwheat and oats in a bowl and cover well with cold water. Put the chia seeds in a separate bowl and add 1 cup of the milk. Place both bowls in the fridge to soak overnight.

Next morning:

  1. Thoroughly rinse the buckwheat and oats with cold water in a sieve. Place in a medium saucepan.
  2. Then add soaked chia seeds mixture with the remaining milk (1 cup), water, grated pear, grated apple, spices, butter of choice, vanilla and honey.
  3. Cook over a low heat, stirring frequently, for about 30 minutes. If it starts thickening too much, add more milk or water until soft and well cooked.

To serve:

  • Dish up with your favourite toppings or you can keep in the fridge and reheat each morning.  Keeps for 3 days. Just add more liquid when reheating.
  • Enjoy with vitamin C rich stewed rhubarb or fibre rich stewed apples.
  • Slice some banana on top and drizzle with Manuka honey to keep your immune system healthy.
  • Add some nuts & seeds such as pistachios, sunflower seeds and pepitas for added protein.
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