Millet Porridge with Bananas and Blueberries


Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Yield: 2 servings

People often say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This millet porridge is a staple in my home. The toppings I have used here are my favourite, but the options are endless. Experiment with fruits, nuts, seeds, and spices to find your own favorite combination.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup uncooked millet
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, plus extra to sprinkle
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 bananas
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • 2 Tbsp hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup (optional)

Preparation

  1. To cook the millet, place in a saucepan along with 1½ cups water and bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling, reduce to a simmer and partially cover with the lid. Gently stir every now and then, but not too much, only to ensure it doesn’t stick to the bottom.
  2. The mixture will thicken gradually, but you will need to test a small amount to see if you are happy with the texture. Since this is porridge, you want to cook it until it has sufficiently softened and there are no crunchy bits. If necessary, add another ½ cup water and continue to cook until the millet is soft. Once you are happy with the texture, stir in the cinnamon and vanilla extract, remove from the heat, and place the lid on.
  3. In the meantime, peel the bananas. Slice one of the bananas and set aside to garnish. Mash the second one in a bowl using the back of a fork until it is a smooth pulp.
  4. When the porridge has finished cooking, stir in the mashed banana. This creates a lovely creamy texture. Divide the porridge between two bowls. Sprinkle each with cinnamon and maple syrup if desired.
  5. Top with the sliced bananas, blueberries, and chopped hazelnuts, then enjoy!

Lorna’s journey to plant-based eating was fueled by her personal health challenges. It kickstarted years of study in plant-based nutritional therapy, and hundreds of hours counseling patients through their transformations via diet alone. Lorna went on to earn her Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell. Now, she’s making it her life’s mission to help others discover and excel on their own journey to more mindful nutrition. Learn more about plant-based eating on Lorna’s site: www.lornamccormack.com
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