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Buckwheat Crispy Treats [Vegan, Grain-Free]

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This healthier rice crispy treat alternative makes for a great lunch box treat or after school snack. Instead of marshmallows to sweeten and keep everything sticking together, this recipe uses a mixture of nut or seed butter and dates. Sticky, sweet, and crispy-crunchy; you won’t believe you’re eating something that’s actually quite nutritious!

Buckwheat Crispy Treats [Vegan, Grain-Free]

This Recipe is :



  • 1 cup loosely packed Medjool dates
  • 1 1/2 cups soaked and dehydrated buckwheat groats (see notes)
  • 1/3 cup and 1 tablespoon almond butter or other nut butter alternative
  • 1 tablespoon almond milk (if using a stronger flavored seed butter like tahini, you can substitute with 1 tablespoon of maple syrup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened or semi-sweet vegan chocolate chips


  1. If your dates are hard or dry, soak them in hot water for just a minute or two and then drain and pat dry.
  2. Combine the dates, nut or seed butter, almond milk, vanilla, and salt in a food processor and process until smooth, thick, and sticky. Scrape into a large bowl and add the buckwheat and optional chocolate chips and mix. Yes, it’s very sticky and messy! But it’s worth it.
  3. Line a small dish (like a 5×5-inch square baking dish) with parchment paper and press the mixture into it. Press down on the top. Fold the parchment paper over the top and pressed down hard with your hands. Freeze for about an hour or so and then lift out the parchment paper and cut the treats into small cubes. Store in the refrigerator or freezer.


To make the crispy activated buckwheat, simply cover your raw buckwheat groats in plenty of filtered water plus a few squeezes of lemon. Soak overnight. In the morning, rinse your soaked buckwheat in a fine mesh strainer very, very well. Rinse off all the slime! Dump out the buckwheat on a few layers of tea towels or paper towels and carefully blot some of the moisture. Add the buckwheat to your dehydrator, and dehydrate until completely dry and crispy.





Tasty dishes designed (with the help of Mother Nature) to make you look and feel your best. Larice Feuerstein is the creator behind the plant-based food blog, Feeding Your Beauty. She posts recipes for tasty dishes that are designed (with the help of Mother Nature) to make you look and feel your best. In addition to healthy whole-food meals and desserts, she also posts reviews on cruelty-free and vegan beauty and skincare products as well as recipes for making your own.



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