Creamy millet porridge – bored with oatmeal? No problem with supergrain called millet it’s one of many gluten free breakfast option topped with fruit.
If you’re totally bored with the idea of consuming oatmeal for breakfast then how about trying some creamy millet porridge instead?
It took me awhile to get into the swing of eating millet. Before I go any further with discussing the recipe to hand, please note that millet is not a true grain, rather millet is classified as a pseudo-grain (a “grain” which behaves like a seed).
Millet is a great pseudo grain choice for the wheat intolerance or celiac afflicted
This explains why you won’t see millet incorporated into the paleo diet – because of the grain-seed like behaviour. Let’s not worry too much about labels as the good news is that millet is completely gluten free and works in tandem with the digestive system.
For this reason alone I would highly recommend my readers who are either celiac or wheat intolerant to try some millet in the mornings – Keep in mind there are two main variations – seeds or the flakes.
The texture of millet porridge
I personally prefer to prepare the flakes and make into porridge. The texture is surprisingly smooth and not coarse like oatmeal. In fact I would describe the texture akin to cream of wheat if you know what that is or semolina.
How to make millet porridge
Adding millet to the saucepan – whether you are using millet seeds or flakes, either texture needs to be added to a saucepan along with the milk and water.
Yield texture – The millet mixture needs to be stirred and heated through until it thickens. How thick you want your millet is your preference. My recipe is a medium texture – not too thick/thin. Adjust liquids accordingly if you want a different texture.
Add cinnamon – add the cinnamon after the porridge reaches it’s desired texture.
The topping – add your chosen topping (pecans and raisins) upon serving. As millet porridge is quite plain adding a hint of cinnamon, vanilla with a handful of raisins and pecans – really boast those flavours.
There is a slight after taste if not prepared with nut milk, so adding some nut milk is beneficial for reducing the subtle bitterness.
The health benefits of millet porridge
- Fibrous making it good for constipation or aiding regular bowel movement
- High in zinc, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron
- Boosts energy levels and high invitamin B
- Low in fat and carbs
Is millet porridge good for diabetics?
The millet grain falls on the higher spectrum of the GI Index, although there has been studies contesting this. I would advise diabetics to proceed with caution. As with most higher GI index foods, eat in moderation. Keep in mind that the millet grain is more blood sugar friendly compared to maize and other wheat crops
More oatmeal and porridge breakfasts
- Blueberry apple oatmeal
- Coconut mango overnight oatmeal
- Creamy cranberry oatmeal
- Jamaican rice porridge
Creamy millet porridge recipe
Creamy millet porridge – Gluten free, vegan, dairy free
- Prep Time: 2 mins
- Cook Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 12 mins
- Category: Breakfast
- 1 cup of millet flakes
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- Sweetener (agave, maple, coconut nectar)
- On low-medium heat, add the millet flakes along with the water and almond milk then proceed to stir.
- Continue to stir until the flakes begin to dissolve and the texture thickens. This should take 5 minutes or so.
- As the porridge thickens, reduce the flame to low, add the cinnamon and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
- Feel free to stir in some raisins if you wish. Alternatively, you can garnish with a handful of raisins, pecans and drizzle with a sweetener of your choice.