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Millet – bird food or breakfast?

December 10, 2011

At least in the UK, millet is probably best known as a component of bird seed. However, I thought I would try changing up our usual breakfast routine by skipping the oats and using millet, which is gluten-free and packed with vitamins.

How did it turn out? Well, I loved it! I think Ben prefers regular oatmeal but would have millet sometimes just for variety. I think on a day-to-day basis I would prefer oatmeal as well, because the oats are quicker to cook and oatmeal is somehow more comforting. However, this was really tasty and had a bit more of a crunch to it (kind of like grapenuts if you’ve tried these), so if you don’t like the mushy texture of oatmeal then this would be perfect for you.

Millet breakfast porridge

Servings: 2 when mixed with banana, nuts, and fruit. If serving on its own, I would double the quantity.

Porridge ingredients:

1/2 c. dry millet, toasted in the pan (see instructions)

1 c. non-dairy  milk (I used sweetened soya milk)

1 tsp. cinnamon

Suggested toppings:

1 mashed banana per serving

1 tbsp chopped nuts

small handful of berries (I used frozen)


Place the millet in a saucepan on the stove and turn on to medium heat. Stir regularly and let the millet toast lightly for a few minutes.

Add the soya milk and cinnamon, then stir regularly until the milk is absorbed.

Mash your banana in your bowl with a fork if you are using a banana. I would recommend it, as this adds very nice sweetness and creaminess.

Pile the millet on top of the mashed banana, then add desired toppings.

It won’t last long if I’m around!

Hope you enjoy and that you’re having a good weekend!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 10, 2011 8:57 pm

    That looks delicious! Definitely breakfast!

  2. December 11, 2011 12:56 am

    This is great! I had to read this post because I just served this up last week as a hot cereal. My hubby looked at me and said, “Bird seed for breakfast? Aren’t we getting a little too healthy?” As it turned out, we both loved it. I have been mixing it up with quinoa, steel cut oats and buckwheat groats for a 4 grain hot breakfast. Keep enjoying it!

    • December 12, 2011 4:48 pm

      Haha, that is really funny! I have been wondering about quinoa as a porridge, and had also been wondering about combining different grains so it’s great to hear that you like it that way. I will have to try it!

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