Very similar in looks, pseudo-grains can, in general, be used as regular cereals. Some of them are quinoa, buckwheat, and amaranth, which, from a botanical point of view, are not grains but rather so-called pseudocereals.
Pseudograins – what are they?
According to the definition, pseudo-grains are grains that are used in a similar way to cereals but do not grow on plants of the sweetgrass family like wheat, rye, and the like.
Why KoRo’s pseudocereals?
The pseudocereals that you find on our online shop come from certified organic agriculture and are free from artificial flavor and color enhancers. We avoid using preservatives as well and select our products only based on their quality. Packed in convenient bulk-sized bags, our pseudo-grains arrive directly at your doorsteps, and wait for you to make the best out of their incredible taste and versatility!
Types of pseudo-grains
Based on the quantities that are produced worldwide, the most important pseudocereals are buckwheat, quinoa, and amaranth. Among the less known pseudo-grains, belonging to the foxtail plants family, you can find hemp seeds and teff, which are becoming more and more popular as healthy and high-fiber additions to a variety of recipes; teff flour, for example, is a great gluten-free alternative to regular flour.
Contrary to popular belief, millet is not a pseudo-grain, but, like corn and rice, a gluten-free type of wheat.
Health benefits of pseudocereals
As they are all gluten-free, pseudo-grains are a fantastic alternative to cereals for people who suffer from celiac disease or have an intolerance to gluten. These tiny and beautiful grains are incredibly rich in important nutrients, and can be a wonderful addition to a healthy and varied diet:
- Amaranth contains a lot of healthy fatty acids, plant-based protein, and minerals like magnesium, calcium, and iron. Moreover, amaranth is very high in fiber, which is crucial for our gut microbiome.
- In the case of buckwheat, the name does not say it all. Buckwheat is not wheat, but a great alternative to it, thanks to its nutty and unique taste, and crunchy texture. Compared to conventional cereals, buckwheat has a lot of high-quality and essential amino acids and protein, and it also contains iron, potassium, and B vitamins.
- Quinoa is famous for being a fantastic source of plant-based protein, but the list of its qualities goes well beyond this. Among the few plants that contain all 9 amino acids, quinoa is therefore an amazing alternative to conventional grains! Its taste is slightly nutty and very versatile.
- Hemp seeds are also true nutrient powerhouses: they contain many important substances like zinc, magnesium, and iron, but also omega-3 fatty acids. For our body to absorb as much as possible of these great nutrients, you should soak the seeds before consuming them.
- Teff, also known as dwarf millet, is super high-fiber, and it contains essential fatty acids and plant-based protein, making teff very popular among athletes and vegans. Ground as teff flour, this small pseudo-grain brings all its advantages to the taste reminiscent of that of whole wheat flour with it.
How to use pseudo-grains?
Due to the lack of gluten, the cooking and baking properties of pseudocereals are different from those of normal white flour. Nonetheless, pseudo-grains can be an asset to your kitchen.
A great addition to your porridge and smoothie bowls, pseudo-grains will pleasantly surprise you – especially puffed quinoa and amaranth, which are among your best options. Our naturally gluten-free buckwheat flakes are a fantastic and tasty replacement for traditional rolled oats.
If ground, pseudocereals are a great ally for your gluten-free baking. Differently from other gluten-free flours, our teff flour has a remarkably strong binding power, which makes it able to replace traditional flour in any kind of dough and preparation. Moreover, thanks to its delicately nutty taste, it is delicious for sweet and savory recipes alike!
Recipes with pseudocereals
In the Food journal section of our website, you can find many recipes with pseudo-grains, all personally tested and approved of. From crunchy quinoa and hemp crackers to delicious hearty bowls and vegan patties, you will be spoilt for choice!
But pseudocereals are also great for sweet creations like amaranth pancakes or porridge with hemp seeds. And, last but not least, they are fantastic toppings that will add to your every dish that extra touch of taste you were looking for.
All questions about pseudo-grains
We want you to have access to all the information you need about our pseudo-grains. If you have a question concerning a specific product, check its page and Specifications. Should you not find anywhere what you were looking for, do not hesitate to contact us per email or via our social media pages; we are happy to help!
Why are pseudo-grains so special?
Although their use in the kitchen is quite similar to that of real grains, pseudo-grains, also called exotic grains, are naturally gluten-free and therefore a great ally in the celiac-friendly kitchen. Because of their nutritional values, however, they are also very popular among health-conscious people and vegans. All KoRo's pseudocereals come from certified organic agriculture.
Are pseudocereals good to lose weight?
Those of you looking for ways to eat fewer carbohydrates or even follow a strict low-carb diet will be disappointed, as pseudo-grains are usually not lower in carbs than real cereals. However, these small grains are full of nutrients, healthy fats, and protein that make them absolutely recommendable as part of a healthy diet. Pseudograins are also rich in fiber, which is an important part of a balanced diet.
Do pseudocereals contain gluten?
All pseudo-grains are naturally gluten-free. They are therefore a wonderful alternative to wheat and other cereals, for people who suffer from celiac disease or have a gluten intolerance. More and more delicious gluten-free recipes rely on pseudo-grains!
Can I eat pseudocereals if I have a grain allergy?
In the case of a grain allergy, complaints in the gastrointestinal tract often occur after consuming these products. Since pseudo-grains come from a different plant family, many people who suffer from wheat and cereal allergy can consume them without any symptoms, buckwheat included despite its misleading name. But there are other options among the pseudo-grains, like amaranth and quinoa. However, your individual tolerance should be tested by a doctor.
Can I feed my dog pseudocereals?
If you want, you can also feed your dog with grain every now and then. However, pseudo-grains and gluten-free grains like buckwheat, amaranth, millet, quinoa, and rice, are preferable because they are easier to digest.