Ekadasi Buckwheat Muffins

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I was recently spring cleaning in our office (well, autumn cleaning), and in a file in an unused cabinet I found a hand written, photocopied page with a recipe on it. I don't know how successful the recipe is, or even where it came from, but wanted to put it out here in case anyone can try it and tell us if it's any good. I'd also appreciate any suggestions for improvement from the bakers and cooks out there.

Updated 3/9/12: One of our avid cooks here on the Food Channel recently sent us pictures and notes on her experience with this recipe. Chitra Dasi made a half-batch of these, and only baked them for about 20 minutes because of her oven. You can see the results in the picture above. (Thank you so much Chitra!) Have you tried this recipe yet?

Ekadasi Buckwheat Muffins
By Unknown

Makes about 18 regular muffins

2 cups Buckwheat flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup sucanat or brown sugar
2 cups apple sauce or mashed ripe bananas
1/2 cup yogurt
Pinch of cinnamon

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2) Sift together buckwheat flour, baking soda, and cinnamon; then set aside.

3) Blend together butter, sucanat (or brown sugar), apple sauce (or banana), and yogurt until smooth. Pour in dry mix and combine ingredients. Muffin batter should remain slightly lumpy and imperfectly mixed.

4) Spoon batter into muffin tins and bake for about 25 minutes or until cooked at the center. Insert a wooden toothpick and it will come out mostly clean when the muffin is done baking.

You might also try adding dried fruit or nuts to the batter after you combine the wet and dry ingredients.


Buckwheat flour is a popular substitute for wheat flour on Ekadasi days since it is not a grain and thus approved for days when you are fasting from grains.


Please try this recipe and let us know how it works, or doesn't work for you. If we can turn this recipe into a success, it will be added to our catalog of recipes here on food.krishna.com.


My Kids Favorite

I was pleasantly surprise with the outcome of the muffins. My kids usually do not like any ekadasi sweet I make, but they loved these muffins! Guess i'll be making these every Ekadasi from now on :)


I used 1 cup banana & 1 cup applesauce and followed the recipe as stated. Then I folded in just over a cup of dried apricots that were soaked in water for 1/2 hour and cut into small pieces and also just over a cup of chopped walnuts.

This recipe was happily received.

Thank you for posting.

Buckwheat in Indian languages

For the devotees in India, Buckwheat is --

* कुट्टू / कुटू in Hindi depending on the region

* કુટ્ટિ / કુટ્ટિ નો દારો in Gujarati.

Hope this helps.

tasy right out of the oven

Just made these exactly according to the recipe, and my first taste was good. The cinnamon and banana (plus some chopped cooked apple yield a nice flavor. Hopefully they are still good for breakfast in the morning.

Hare Krishna!

What amount of oil did u add?

what is Buckwheat N CAN WE U

what is Buckwheat

Buckwheat, Baking Soda

Hare Krishna! Buckwheat is actually not a grain. It is a seed, and is commonly used in substitution on Ekadasi days because buckwheat flour acts similar to wheat flour.

Baking soda is used on Ekadasi days because it is sodium bicarbonate (a mineral). But if you buy an inexpensive kind, do look at the ingredients because some companies cut it with other ingredients at times.


I tried this out with oil instead of butter and it came out well..

very nice!

This recipe came out pretty good! Thank you

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