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If you are looking for a warm, hearty, and healthy way to start your morning, look no further than this simple porridge recipe.
Let's be honest, I hesitated to use the word "porridge" when titling this recipe. I mean "porridge" sounds a bit old fashioned and not so appetizing (did you know the word originates with the food they would serve prisoners in Britain?). I could have called it "warm breakfast cereal," but I think maybe we need to reclaim the term porridge and appreciate all that it offers.
Porridge is easy to make, warm, comforting, inexpensive, and healthy. Nothing wrong with that!
This recipe uses millet (a grain) and amaranth (a seed) - two power-packed ingredients that are high in fiber, iron, and protein among other benefits. They are also both gluten-free, making this a GF friendly alternative to a box of cereal.
We sweeten our porridge with honey (of course) and add a little bit of cinnamon and nutmeg that just adds to the comfort food feeling. You can top your porridge with a variety of dried fruits, nuts, and seeds to add flavor and nutritional benefits - in the photo here we have added dried cranberries, pepitas, a sprinkle of ground flax, and hemp seeds. It may sound ultra crunchy nutritious, but I promise it actually tastes delicious, too!
Hint - we make extra porridge and put it in the refrigerator in single size servings, which is a great grab and go breakfast the next morning (just microwave for 30-40 seconds).
Whole Grain Porridge with Cinnamon & Honey Recipe
1/2 cup dry millet
1/2 cup dry amaranth
3 cups water
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of salt
1 Tablespoon honey
Toppings of your choice (dry fruit, seeds, nuts, etc.)
Place millet, amaranth, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a medium-sized pot, pour 3 cups water over them, and give them a quick stir with a wooden spoon. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for about 15 minutes - until you have a nice thick porridge-like consistency and the grains are softened.
Remove from heat and stir in the honey. Allow to sit for a few minutes to fully absorb the liquid and cool slightly. Serve into bowls, add desired toppings, and serve.