akasan (Haitian cornmeal drink)

Delicious Akasan aka AK100 – Haitian cornflour porridge that’s served for breakfast – dairy free, vegan



1 cup of yellow corn flour

4 cups of water

3 star anise

2 cinnamon sticks

1/2 cup of almond milk ( or other plant based milk)

1 tsp of vanilla extract

1/4 tsp of nutmeg

1/4 tsp of pink salt

Sweeten with coconut sugar (or other low GI sugar) to taste


Bring the 4 cups of water to the boil with the star anise and cinnamon sticks for roughly 10 minutes until the water is slightly reddish-brown in colour.

Mix the cornflour with 1 cup of water into a paste.

Reduce the saucepan with boiling water to low, then carefully pour the cornflour mixture into the pan while stirring to avoid any lumps.

Simmer for another 7 minutes, continuing to stir until it thickens slightly.

Remove the saucepan from the stove and pour in the almond milk, nutmeg, pink salt and vanilla extract

Discard the star anise and cinnamon sticks

Sweeten according to taste

Serve hot or cold