Gluten-free cooking can often seem more complicated than it needs to be; for all the flour substitutes and conversions, there are infinite dishes that are by nature gluten-free. However, I can't help but find it amusing when those naturally gluten-free items are suddenly celebrated as such, like a carton of eggs. Buckwheat, on the other hand, happens to be one of those perfectly gluten-free flours and if you haven't discovered it yet, put down the xantham gum and try these quick and easy variations on the classic buckwheat crepe.

Buckwheat is actually a seed, completely unrelated to wheat and therefore safe for those practicing a gluten-free diet. However, many recipes that use buckwheat also call for mixing in all-purpose or whole wheat flour.

I've gathered a few basic pure buckwheat flour recipes below. The grain lends itself to both sweet and savory flavors, perfect for creative dinners and desserts alike.

What's your favorite way to cook with buckwheat, and do you rely on it any way in a gluten-free diet?