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Quick-Cooking Millet Breakfast Porridge

20 min

Breakfast

This porridge variation is a nice change from the usual oatmeal breakfast. It uses millet, a naturally gluten-free ancient grain.

Servings

Total

20 min

Prep

5 min

Cook

15 min

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Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup (67 g)
    uncooked millet, soaked overnight
  • ⅔ cup (160 mL)
    unsweetened soy milk
  • ½ tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp
    pumpkin pie spice (optional)
  • 1
    medium banana, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp (7 g)
    ground flaxseeds

Optional toppings

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Directions

  1. To a saucepan, add the drained millet, milk, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  2. Then add the banana and flaxseeds and cook for an additional 5 minutes. The banana dissolves in the porridge as it cooks, making it naturally sweet and creamy.
  3. The millet is ready when soft and chewy to your liking. Add more plant-based milk as needed if a thinner consistency is preferred, or remove the lid and simmer on low if a thicker consistency is desired. Add desired toppings and enjoy!

Notes

  • If unable to soak the millet overnight, cook according to the package instructions, as more water will need to be needed. Keep in mind we are also cooking the millet in plant milk, so subtract this from the amount of water listed on the package directions. Learn more about the benefits of soaking in our PUL article.

Storage

  • This porridge is best when enjoyed immediately.
  • Store leftovers for up to 1 day in the fridge in an airtight container. Reheat on the stove and add some additional plant milk to bring it to desired consistency.

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Grains & Starches 46%

uncooked millet

Proteins 28%

unsweetened soy milk

ground flaxseeds

Fruits & Veggies 26%

medium banana

Calcium

unsweetened soy milk

Fat

uncooked millet

ground flaxseeds

Nutrition info

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Christine - April 12, 2022, 8:12 a.m.

I don't think I had come across millet before watching the YT video some years ago and have been making this lovely porridge on and of ever since. More recently I've been having it everyday for breakfast but have now seen articles on the internet indicating that this might not be such a good idea. I never really know which websites are to be believed and which to avoid! I wondered if the PUL Team knew anything about this?

PUL Team - April 13, 2022, 2:40 a.m.

Hey Christine, so glad it's being enjoyed and thanks for the question! It can be so confusing with all of the mixed messaging out there, hey? When possible, we encourage checking the sources of such claims. For example, where are they getting this information from, is it a source that can be trusted, or which research papers have they come from? It does require a bit of hunting sometimes, but it can also help us better decide which sources we can trust 😊

We suspect the articles may be referring to the phytates in whole grains (including millet) or the potential impact of millet on thyroid function. You can learn more about the benefits of soaking whole grains here: pickuplimes.com/article/benef… You can also visit a dietitian near you for personalized insight and perhaps some ideas to promote dietary variety if thyroid function is of concern. We hope this helps for now, Christine!


Amanda - April 8, 2022, 6:35 p.m.

Oh goodness, thank you so much for this recipe! It was amazing and enjoyed by the whole family! Also incredibly filling, my boys weren't hungry again for a few hours after this for breakfast...which is quite the accomplishment!

PUL Team - April 10, 2022, 9:43 p.m.

Oh, so lovely to hear, Amanda! We love a filling breakfast 😍


Callie - Jan. 27, 2022, 12:47 a.m.

We love this recipe thank you!! I'm thinking about trying it with quinoa since that's more accessible than millet where I am. Do you foresee any problems or modifications I may have to make? Thanks for your content!

PUL Team - Jan. 27, 2022, 7:58 p.m.

Hey there, Callie, that's a lovely idea! We haven't tested it out, although imagine it could work out well. The texture of quinoa would resemble steel-cut oats more whereas quinoa flakes may be more desirable if you prefer a softer texture. We hope you enjoy it 😊


Sofiya - Dec. 23, 2021, 2:58 p.m.

Thank you for the recipe! In Russia we cook millet with milk and pumpkin, it`s actually the best millet variant ever, especially when substituting whole milk with full fat coconut milk. Highly recommend you to cook it like this.

PUL Team - Dec. 24, 2021, 12:11 a.m.

Thank you for the insight, Sofiya, it's so appreciated! Hugs to Russia 🤗


Charlotte - Oct. 6, 2021, 6:47 p.m.

Thank you so much for introducing me this type of porridge! I had never tried millet before I made this recipe and I find it makes a nice alternative to oats from time to time. I found millet flakes at my local store which also speed up cooking time! Usually enjoying it topped with colourful fruit and a little dark chocolate. ❤🥣

PUL Team - Oct. 7, 2021, 8:48 p.m.

Aw we appreciate this so much, Charlotte! Thank you for sharing your experience with the porridge ✨


Ainsley K Rawlings - Aug. 9, 2021, 11:20 a.m.

We are big oatmeal eaters in my house, so this was our introductory millet recipe. It was delicious and filling. My littles really enjoyed putting chocolate chips on the top!

Also I love the serving size feature. It was really helpful!

Thank you!

PUL Team - Aug. 10, 2021, 2:56 a.m.

So thrilled you enjoyed the recipe and the new website feature, Ainsley!


Cris S - June 10, 2021, 12:44 p.m.

A very welcome and tasty alternative to oatmeal which can be made in advance and last a few days! 😊

PUL Team - June 11, 2021, 1:16 a.m.

We love the change-up from oatmeal too, Cris! Thank you 🤗


Sorana - May 23, 2021, 7:35 a.m.

This recipe was amazing! So nourishing and satiating. I'm so grateful for your work!

PUL Team - May 24, 2021, 7:14 a.m.

We're even more grateful for the review, Sorana, thank you! 😀


Rowena Ravenclaw - May 11, 2021, 2:08 a.m.

This is so easy and satiating! Recently, I tried cherries and chocolate — it was so good. Personally, I find that a quarter of a cup of millet is just the right amount for me in the morning. Nevertheless, thank you for the recipe!

PUL Team - May 11, 2021, 5:38 a.m.

Thank you for sharing this, Rowena, and so glad you enjoyed the porridge!