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Lil Bucks: Giving Granola a Run For Its Money


The Lil Bucks Team, Chicago Based and Female-Founded and Run



What do you get when you combine delicious superfood ingredients, sustainability, and pure creativity? Lil Bucks Sprouted Buckwheat.


Founder and CEO Emily Griffith was first introduced to buckwheat while living in Sydney, Australia in 2016 when she had a smoothie bowl topped with this crunchy superfood. Her passion for this sustainable and nutritious ingredient led Griffith to start her company from the ground up in 2018.


What began as a pipe dream has turned into an increasingly popular and innovative health food brand in a matter of three years. Lil Bucks is now available nationwide, including popular grocers such as Whole Foods, Foxtrot, Erewhon, as well as on Amazon and their website. This speaks volumes about the quality of the product, and how the Lil Bucks team goes above and beyond to reach consumers, whether that be by providing free samples at a local smoothie shop or by making creative and fun videos on TikTok.


Lil Bucks offers a wide variety of products that can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. The Sprouted Buckwheat Crunch (original, cacao, matcha-vanilla, cinnamon), Adaptogenic Buckwheat Clusters (chocolate reishi, turmeric lemon, matcha cookie crunch), and their NEW Everything Bucks seasoning can be used in infinite combinations to add a nutty & flavorful crunch to just about any meal.


Here at Abundelcious, we are all about making food choices that satisfy us in the moment AND support our long-term health goals. Beyond their delicious and unique flavors, Lil Bucks products are an incredibly nutrient-dense replacement for conventional granola which is often loaded with sugar and can leave us feeling hungry minutes later. Activated buckwheat seeds are an incredible source of plant-based protein, fiber, magnesium, and antioxidants that calm hunger hormones and provide sustained energy.


Here are some of our favorite ways to incorporate Lil Bucks Sprouted Buckwheat:


  • Avocado toast or eggs topped with Everything Bucks seasoning and microgreens

  • Coconut yogurt topped with Buckwheat Clusters, fresh berries, and crushed nuts

  • Replace the croutons in your favorite salad with Original Buckwheat Crunch or Everything Bucks for the best crunch

  • Sprinkle over fresh fruit or smoothie bowls for a satisfying snack

  • Replace the breadcrumbs on your homemade chicken tenders with buckwheat for a high protein, nutrient-dense swap


From the Lil Bucks Kitchen: Coconut Crunch PB Fudge


Ingredients

  • 2 cups finely shredded unsweetened coconut

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter

  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil

  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup (or date syrup!)

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • 1 pinch sea salt

  • 1 Bag Cacao Lil Bucks


Preparation

  1. Line a standard 9x5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper and set it aside.

  2. Put the coconut in a blender or food processor and blend for about 1-2 minutes until creamy.

  3. Add in peanut butter, melted coconut oil, vanilla, and sea salt and blend again. You can add a little more maple syrup or sea salt after tasting to get your desired taste.

  4. Pour the blended mix into a bowl. Add the bag of Cacao Lil Bucks to the mix, leaving a handful left to sprinkle on top. Mix in the sprouted buckwheat goodness.

  5. Pour the mixture from the bowl into the baking pan. Sprinkle the remaining Lil Bucks on top.

  6. Put the pan in the freezer for about 15 minutes.

  7. Then remove from the freezer and cut into squares. You can enjoy it right then and there, or put it back in the freezer to save for later!


Abundelicious is proud to stand by this inspiring local business that is bringing this nutritional powerhouse to the public. Be sure to look at our ABUNDApproved Guide and Seasonal Recipe Books for some Lil Bucks-inspired recipes. For more information about this incredible company, its mission, and more recipe inspiration, be sure to check out the Lil Bucks website or follow them on social media!


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The Author:


Hi! My name is Lilly, and I am the Programming and Marketing Coordinator for Abundelicious. As a recent graduate of Bucknell University with a BA in Sociology and Anthropology, I continue to follow my passion for holistic wellness, functional medicine, and human connection. I have had the privilege of working for the school's on-campus organic farm and have worked on a farm outside of Santa Cruz to learn about organic agriculture.


I also spent five months in the South Island of New Zealand researching integrative and holistic health practices and have presented my research at the International Conference for Traditional Medicine. Currently, I specialize in social media analytics & marketing, website design, program development, and content creation within the holistic health field.






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