It seems as though every 10 seconds there is a new gluten-free grain popping up on the health food scene. One you may not have heard of is millet. Millet is commonly found in bird seed but it certainly is not only for our feathered friends to enjoy. It is incredibly versatile and can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes. Whether you’re stuck for meal ideas or are just curious as to how this super grain can be used, the following recipes for millet porridge, millet snack bars and moroccan spiced millet are sure to be crowd pleasers.
Millet Porridge Ingredients
1 cup uncooked millet
1 cup water
2 cups plant based milk
2 tbsp pure maple syrup*
Optional extras: 1 tsp cinnamon, 3-4 tbsp dried fruit, 1 tbsp nut butter
Add all ingredients to a saucepan and bring to a boil.
Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and continue to simmer until it becomes thick and creamy.
Add to a bowl and top with whatever toppings tickle your fancy.
Chewy Millet Snack Bar Ingredients
¾ cup uncooked millet
½ cup uncooked quinoa
½ cup rolled oats
½ cup dried fruit of choice (I used inca/golden berries)
½ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ cup flaxseeds
3 tbsp maple syrup*
½ tsp himalayan salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat your oven to 160°C.
Add the millet, oats, quinoa, dried fruit, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, salt and cinnamon to a large mixing bowl and combine.
In a small bowl, mash together the dates, maple and vanilla to form a paste.
Add the date paste to the dry ingredients and stir until everything is combined and clump together.
Transfer to a lined baking tray and bake for 25 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes.
Cut into squares with a sharp knife and enjoy!
Moroccan Spiced Millet Ingredients
2 cups cooked millet
2 tbsp cumin
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp turmeric
½ tsp coriander
½ tsp cracked black pepper
½ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 cup cooked black beans
¼ cup almonds
4 tbsp pomegranate arils
Combine all the spices in a small bowl then add to the millet.
Stir in the rest of the ingredients until everything is combined.
Serve with greens and more almonds and enjoy.
* Available to purchase at your local GoodFor store
By Ella Farrugia aka @thecuriousavocado