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Move Over Mr. Quinoa 'Cuz Ms. Millet Needs the Spotlight!

Did you know that millet is a Gluten Free grain, too? Yep, that’s right quinoa isn’t the only one, and after using millet in several different ways, I think Mr. Quinoa might need to start sharing the stage with Ms. Millet!

Nutritionally, millet stands almost side by side with quinoa. It’s a great source of vegan protein, containing all the essential amino acids. There’s many other health benefits, too, including:

· Great for the gut because it’s a prebiotic (helps maintain a healthy gut)

· Good source of fiber

· Alkaline (not acid)

· High in antioxidants which protect the heart

· Contains magnesium, which protects the body from heart disease, diabetes, asthma and migraines

· High in B vitamins, which help with the skin, digestive tract and the nervous system

· Good source of folate

I’ve tried this a few different ways, including a Mediterranean millet pilaf, a raspberry breakfast bake, and millet griddle cakes. The pilaf was ok, BUT the breakfast bake was AMAZING! It’s an absolute great alternative to a French toast bake or bread pudding, feeds an army, and can be made ahead! You can also add whatever fruit you want to it! What else could you want? Here’s the recipe…I hope you enjoy it!


Fruity Millet Breakfast Bake

By Robyn Johnson

Step 1

1 c. millet

2 c. water

Boil the water. Add the millet. Simmer covered for 20 minutes. Move off the heat. Let rest for 10-15 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

Step 2

3 bananas, mashed

1 tsp. vanilla extract

¼ c. water, coconut milk, milk or even juice!

Mix bananas, vanilla and liquid together. Add the millet.

Step 3

1-2 cups fruit, such as berries (chopped if they’re big), roasted diced pineapple (super good), diced apples, diced mangoes

Mix fruit into millet.

Step 4

Spray a baking dish. Add the millet and smooth it out even.

Step 5

Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until it forms a light crust.

Tips & Extras:

You could add shredded coconut, chopped nuts, seeds, even a few tabs of coconut oil on top. Come on…get creative! Make it how YOU want it!

I like to serve this with a little vanilla yogurt on top…maybe a sprinkle of cinnamon or even fresh ginger. If you didn’t want to put nuts into the bake, you could serve them separately.

Also, you could make the millet ahead of time. You could even make the whole dish the night before. I’m telling you, this is your new go-to!