What's a better way to start your day than with a comforting bowl of Creamy Millet Porridge? You can serve this morning porridge with fresh fruit, nut butter, seeds, maple syrup, or any other topping you love!
What is Millet?
Millet is a group of small, round whole grains that are primarily grown in India, Nigeria, and other Asian and African countries. This whole grain is packed with nutrients and has a mild corn-like flavor, making it an appealing option for different recipes.
This grain adds a nutty flavor and texture to vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dishes, providing a rich source of nutrients. It's an excellent source of calcium and protein compared to most other grains. It also contains essential nutrients such as B vitamins, fiber, phosphorous, magnesium, and iron.
Millet porridge is a staple in many households, especially in Chinese cuisine. It is an incredibly versatile side dish, served from breakfast to dinner. The porridge can be seasoned with sugar, pickled vegetables, or cheese, complementing nearly any main dish.
Millet Health Benefits
Millet is a good source of fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals. This ancient grain is perfect to keep a healthy diet. It's particularly high in magnesium, which is vital for maintaining a healthy heart, proper muscle function, and managing type 2 diabetes
This ancient grain serves as an ideal alternative to traditional grains like wheat and barley, as it is naturally gluten-free. Incorporating millet into your diet can provide variety while still adhering to a gluten-free lifestyle. A great way to enjoy this grain is by making porridge for a healthy breakfast.
Our Millet Breakfast Porridge is:
- Breakfast meal
How to prepare Millet Porridge
Plant-based milk. To make our morning porridge vegan and suitable for the whole family, we use unsweetened soy milk. You can use any type of plant-based milk you normally use to make porridge such as oat milk, almond milk, or even coconut milk.
Sweetener. To add some sweetness to our millet porridge we use maple syrup or date syrup, depending on what we have. Other options would be brown sugar, coconut sugar, monk fruit, or honey (vegetarian).
Cinnamon. We like adding some cinnamon powder or a cinnamon stick while cooking the millet as it adds natural sweetness and provides incredible health benefits.
Toppings. You can get creative here from fresh berries to puffed quinoa, marmalades, seeds, nut butter, and more. We love using fresh fruit such as blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and some granola.
- Rinse the millet with fresh water. This will help remove any dirt.
- Using a large pot, add the rinsed millet, plant-based or dairy-free milk, water, and cinnamon. Cover the pot and bring it to a simmer. Leave it simmering for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pot.
- Add maple syrup, and some more milk if needed, and blend the porridge to the desired consistency.
- Serve and top with your favorite toppings.
Optionally, you can soak the millet for a few hours or even overnight to improve digestibility before cooking it. This can help if you have difficulty digesting whole grains.
We enjoy our creamy porridge for breakfast, topped with fresh fruit and granola. Here are other toppings you can add to your morning porridge:
- Fresh fruit. You can add any fruit that is in season or that you have at home. Strawberries, blueberries, bananas, kiwi, raspberries, peach, mango, and I could keep going forever.
- Maple syrup. We love adding maple syrup or date syrup to our porridge.
- Seeds or nuts. You can top your porridge with walnuts, pistachios, almonds, cashews, chia seeds, linseeds, etc. They all work perfectly. Make sure you shred the nuts for your toddler, as they are a choking hazard.
- Nut butter. We make our own nut butter as we like adding them to our morning porridge, toasts, and yogurts. You should check out our Cashew Butter and Brazil Nut Butter. Other options are almond butter, or peanut butter.
- Granola. You can as well add some healthy granola to your porridge. We especially like puffed quinoa granola, so so tasty!
- Marmelades or fruit sauces. We especially enjoy adding some homemade apple sauce for those colder days.
To prepare savory millet porridge, we suggest seasoning it with salt and serving it alongside a variety of side dishes such as pickled vegetables, spicy cabbage stir-fry, or nutty steamed buns or savory toppings of your choice. This style of millet porridge is a staple in Chinese cuisine and can be found in this Simple Millet Porridge recipe.
Store and Reheat
Storing millet properly is essential to maintain its freshness and nutritional value. We recommend keeping millet in a cool, dry place away from heat and light. It's best to store millet in an airtight container or sealed plastic bag to protect it from moisture and pests. If stored correctly, millet can have a shelf life of up to 3 to 4 years.
Millet Porridge is an excellent choice for meal prep. You can make a big batch of millet porridge to have for a few days.
Keep your leftover millet porridge in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. To reheat the millet, we recommend adding some additional milk or water to get a creamy texture again.
FAQ and Tips
Is millet porridge suitable for babies?
Yes, millet porridge can be a nutritious and easy-to-digest option for babies. Millet is rich in protein, fiber, and several essential nutrients, making it a healthy addition to your baby's diet. However, we recommend introducing millet porridge in small quantities and observing for any allergic reactions or digestion problems. Always consult with your pediatrician before introducing new foods to your baby's diet.
How does millet porridge differ from oatmeal?
Millet porridge and oatmeal have a few key differences. First, while both are whole grains, millet is gluten-free, so it's a suitable alternative for those with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. In terms of texture, millet porridge has a creamy and slightly nutty flavor, while oatmeal is often thicker and has a mild, slightly sweet taste. The cooking process for both grains is similar, but millet requires a longer cooking time on average compared to oats.
Is millet porridge a healthy breakfast option?
Absolutely! Millet porridge is a delicious and healthy breakfast option. Rich in protein, fiber, and essential nutrients, millet can help regulate digestion and support overall wellness.
Creamy Millet Porridge with Fresh Fruit
- 1 cup millet
- 2 cups plant-based milk
- 2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 ½ tablespoon maple syrup
- A handful blueberries
- A handful Raspberries
- A handful Strawberries
- Maple Syrup
- Rinse the millet with fresh water.
- Using a large pot, add the millet, plant-based milk, water, and cinnamon.
- Cover the pot and bring it to a simmer. Leave it simmering for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add maple syrup, and some more milk if needed, and using an immersion blender, blend the porridge to the desired consistency.
- Serve and top with your favorite toppings.
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