Dark Chocolate Groatmeal
allergy free dark chocolate cereal, 'groatmeal'

I give this cereal a 10!

This combination of buckwheat groats and oatmeal makes for a good solid breakfast. It's great with coconut milk poured over it, but water and a pinch of sugar is tasty too — which is why this cereal is perfect for overnight stays in those hotels with zero breakfast options. 

This groatmeal is low in sugar so don't expect it to be sweet, it tastes more like dark chocolate. Ripe bananas or coconut milk will sweeten it up a bit, but absolutely adjust the sugar to your own tastes. Just be mindful to keep your sugar intake to a minimum.

Buckwheat groats

Buckwheat groats

Recipe notes:

Buckwheat groats are hulled seeds, and contrary to what their name implies, they actually contain no wheat or gluten. They have a slightly nutty flavor and are high in protein, minerals, and B vitamins. They're relatively inexpensive and a little goes a long way.

I've seen the same bag of groats range in price from about $4.00 to $8.00 so it pays to shop around. 

I’ve made both strawberry and blueberry versions of this cereal before with great success. I simply substituted 1/2 cup of really ripe fruit (pureed in the blender) for the cocao powder, and added it to the groatmeal mixture. 

This recipe is adapted from a Chunky Chocolate Buckwheat Granola recipe over on the My New Roots blog. Thank you Sarah for the inspiration!

allergy free dark chocolate cereal, 'groatmeal'

Dark Chocolate Groatmeal

*This recipe can easily be made 8SAFE if you follow the original recipe and only use processed ingredients that are free of gluten & the top eight food allergens.

The 8SAFE processed ingredients that I've used for this recipe are: Bob's Red Mill Quick Cooking Gluten-free Oats, Shiloh Farms Organic Buckwheat GroatsNAVITAS NATURALS Cacao Powder, Simply Organic pure vanilla extract, LET'S DO ORGANIC shredded unsweetened coconut. And I use SO DELICIOUS Dairy free Coconut Milk beverage, vanilla flavor over my groatmeal.

  • 3 cups gluten-free quick oats

  • 1 cup buckwheat groats

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil

  • 1/3 cup mix of pure maple syrup

  • 2 Tbsp Cocao powder

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut

  • 1/4 cup chia seeds


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, buckwheat groats, and salt. Stir to combine.

In a small pan, warm the coconut oil, maple syrup & honey, cocao powder, and vanilla extract just until the oil melts, stirring  to make a nice smooth sauce. 

Pour the sauce over the quick oat/groat mixture and combine until well coated.

Spread onto a sheet pan in a thin, even layer. Bake for 15 minutes, stir, then for another 10 minutes. Remove from oven.

Add the coconut and chia seeds to the pan and mix. Let cool, then serve in a bowl with coconut milk or water. Store the remaining groatmeal in an airtight container for later.



Always use safe handling practices when preparing an 8SAFE recipe:

  • Wash hands with soap and water (hand sanitizer does not remove allergens).

  • Wipe down all surfaces; use clean equipment; and

  • Avoid cross contamination of ingredients not called for in the recipe. Be mindful that allergens can become airborne in flour or powdered form. Preparing 8SAFE recipes before ‘regular’ recipes will help prevent cross contamination. Do not share equipment among recipes (For example: If you cook regular pasta alongside 8SAFE pasta, use a dedicated spoon for each. Do not use one spoon to stir both pots.)

  • Clean your grill thoroughly beforehand (or use a clean grill pan or tin foil on the grill) when preparing an 8SAFE recipe.

  • Dedicate individual serving utensils for each dish. Allow food sensitive guests to serve themselves first to reduce risk of cross contamination from serving utensils.

  • When in doubt, snap a photo of the ingredient list of any processed items you use for an 8SAFE recipe. You can then share the information with your guests to confirm that it’s safe. 

While I do my best to keep 8SAFE product suggestions up to date, please keep in mind that manufacturers change their ingredients and formulas from time to time (it's also human nature to make a mistake now and then, and I'm no exception). So be sure to double check all products to be free of gluten and the top eight food allergens before preparing an 8SAFE recipe.