When I was a kid we used to eat instant Quaker Oat oatmeal - in all the gloriously flavored varieties. "Peaches and Cream" was my favorite. I now cringe at the thought of eating that much sugar, artificially flavored ingredients and non-sprouted grain in the morning - not to mention feeding that to my children!
Our blood sugar does so much better with a high fat and protein morning meal after "fasting" overnight, but there is something about the comfort of warm cereal that I crave once in a while...
So I got to work developing this gluten-free recipe - loaded with easy-to-digest sprouted millet and abundant healthy fats to keep you (and your blood sugar) satisfied for the whole morning. Read on for the full recipe and all the wonderful health benefits it offers - including potent fertility nourishment and hormone balance.
I settled on millet as the signature "grain" for this porridge because its light and nutty flavor blends so perfectly with the peaches and coconut milk, but you could probably use whatever you have on hand (such as quinoa or gluten-free oats).
Millet acts as a grain due to its high starch content, but it is actually a seed. Native to India, it's grown in popularity and can be found in many health food stores or online. As a seed, it inherently is beneficial to female fertility - a great supplement for women who want to become pregnant (especially when coupled with one of my favorite fertility foods: coconut milk).
A host of nutrients reside in millet as well, including B vitamins, Magnesium, Calcium and Anti-Oxidants. Not to mention fiber and pre-biotics to boost intestinal flora and health. In Chinese Medicine, Millet is considered cool, sweet and with an affinity for the Kidney and Spleen meridians - making it an ideal choice for metabolic or digestive weakness.
Did I mention it also tastes great? Bonus!
I prefer to use pre-sprouted millet , for ease. You could certainly use non-sprouted millet, or sprout your own. Depending on the state of your digestive health will depend on the best form for you to consume.
The coconut milk offers a host of healthy fats, and feel free to drizzle a little more coconut oil or ghee on top for extra nourishment. The spices help activate digestive fire, but don't overpower the rich coconut and bright peach flavors. I hope you enjoy this healthy, warm, breakfast porridge as much as we do!
Recipe: Peaches & Cream Porridge
- 3/4 Cup Sprouted Milled
- 1 Can (15.5 oz) Full Fat Coconut Milk
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
- 2 Cinnamon Sticks
- 2-3 Cardamom Pods
- 1 Vanilla Bean (optional)
- 1 Cup Sliced Peaches (fresh or canned)
- Pour millet into a heavy sauce-pan and turn on medium heat. Stirring constantly, toast the millet until lightly browned and fragrant.
- Add the rest of the ingredients, except peaches.
- Bring to a simmer, then turn heat to low and cover. Let the porridge simmer slowly until the millet is tender and cooked-through (about 20-30 minutes).
- Remove the cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods and vanilla bean.
- Stir in the peaches and let them warm through.
- Serve with a drizzle of coconut milk, coconut oil, ghee or maple syrup. Add other toppings you love like toasted pumpkin seeds or slivered almonds. Consider dissolving in a scoop or two of Collagen Peptides, for added protein and thin with more coconut milk for a creamier porridge.
Keeps well in the fridge for 3-4 days.