Kaniwa pronounced as (ka-nee-wa) is a fairly new food to me. A South American seed like quinoa but much smaller in size, “quinoa’s little sister”. Highly nutritious packed with protein and unlike quinoa kaniwa has no saponins, (the gel wax like coating) which makes it more digestible and no need to rinse before cooking. Kaniwa can be found in health food stores like WholeFoods or online shops like Nuts.com. If you buy Kaniwa packaged it should have instructions to cook, or just like quinoa cook it in water to kaniwa ratio of (2:1). Kaniwa has seed like crunch, is almost tasteless and takes in any flavor you add to it, so that way its versatile. It is a little on the pricey side right now I just use it with other major ingredients. In salads or mixed with other grains.
Note: Make sure you floss after eating. It gets stuck in every nook of your teeth.
Here is one way to try this super seed.
Kañiwa Oat Pancakes with Chia Blueberry Compote
Makes 9-10 four inch pancakes
- 1 large organic egg or chia egg ( 1 tsp chia seeds + 3 tablespoons water soaked for 10-15 minutes)
- 1 cup oat groats rinsed well and soaked in water overnight, drained next day
- 1 cup plant milk
- 1/2 cup water or as needed
- 1/2 cup Kañiwa (cooked as per the package)
- Zest of 1/2 lemon
- 1 banana mashed
- A little pinch of salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or cinnamon
- 2 tablespoon virgin coconut oil or olive oil for frying
- Chia Blueberry Compote
- Makes about 1 cup compote
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 heaped tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon bony or raw sugar
- Few drops vanilla extract