Step Up Your Winter Cereal: Coconut Millet Porridge with Berry Compote

Millet is a golden-colored, gluten-free whole grain that tends to be a little dry when cooked, like rice or quinoa, but becomes soft and creamy when simmered with extra liquid. The addition of coconut milk complements it perfectly and gives porridge a luxurious texture and richness that really is a step up from your average winter breakfast cereal.

Most days I stir frozen berries into this morning porridge right before removing it from the stove. This gives the berries just enough time to defrost without staining the batch purple. When I’m having guests for breakfast, or when something a little more presentable and festive is called for, I make a separate berry compote to top the porridge instead. Not only does the juicy compote look much prettier, but it also allows the delicate flavor of the berries to come through along with providing contrast with the creamy porridge.

Millet has a bitter coating similar to quinoa that needs to be washed off before cooking. I also opt for soaking it overnight to speed cooking time in the morning and ensure a creamy result.

Coconut Millet Porridge with Berry Compote

Makes 2 generous servings

Ingredients:

For the porridge:

¾ cup millet, soaked overnight in 2 cups filtered water

½ cup dried unsweetened shredded coconut

6 cardamom pods

Pinch sea salt

2½ cups filtered water

½ cup unsweetened coconut milk, plus more to serve

Coconut sugar or maple syrup to serve

For the blackberry compote:

2 cups (10-oz package) frozen blackberries

Pinch cinnamon

2 tablespoons pure apple juice

1½ teaspoons arrowroot powder

Directions:

For the porridge: Drain and rinse the millet. Place in a pot and add dried coconut, cardamom, salt, water and coconut milk. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover pot, reduce heat to low and simmer 30 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes in the last 10 minutes of cooking. Porridge is ready when thick and creamy. Remove cardamom pods, re-cover pot and set aside until read to serve.

For the compote: Add blackberries, cinnamon and apple juice to a small pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover pot, reduce heat to low and simmer 6 to 8 minutes or until berries have defrosted and softened. Dissolve arrowroot in 2 teaspoons of water and slowly stir into berries. Raise heat and continue stirring until mixture has returned to a simmer and thickened. Remove from heat.

Spoon porridge into bowls and sprinkle with coconut sugar or sweetener of choice, top with compote and a drizzle of coconut milk.

Amy Chaplin is a chef and recipe developer based in New York City. She is the author of the award winning cookbook At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen. See more of Amy’s recipes at amychaplin.com.

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