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How to Make Millet Porridge

millet porridge

Millet porridge is a great alternative to oats porridge, and this plant-based option will make life easier for those looking for alternatives to egg breakfasts. Also, a gluten-free and lectin-free meal, with infinite possibilities to personalize to your own taste. Millet porridge can easily be a great breakfast or snack for children.

A lectin-free ancient grain making a comeback

Even though not as known in Western cuisine, millet has been around for a very long time. Millet is an ancient grain, used in cuisines around the world, especially in Africa and Asia, tracing back thousands of years. It was the main grain in China before the rice became popular, and it is still the main grain in many countries in Africa. As a personal note, I found out it was the main grain in Romania too, and polenta, a traditional Romanian dish, was made with millet before corn was widely introduced by the agricultural revolution.

Does millet have lectins?

Millet is a gluten- and lectin-free grain, high in protein, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and lots of fiber that our gut bugs love. And birds love millet too.

How to cook millet

I’ve been making millet porridge for quite some time now but never got to share a recipe on here. Yesterday I bought an InstantPot and the first thing I tried to make in it was millet.

Pressure cooking millet

I used the instruction from the manual, and pressure-cooked it for 11 minutes, using a 1:1.75 millet to water ratio. It was great warm, we had it for dinner with mushrooms and grass-fed sausages, but I had a lot left so this morning I decided to make a porridge. Millet leftovers get quite dry after they cool down, but that’s why is so perfect to rehydrate with non-dairy milk and make porridge.

Using pressure cooked millet to make millet porridge

So I used Pacific Hemp Milk, Unsweetened, Original to reheat and rehydrate the millet, in a thick stainless steel saucepan, on low to medium heat, on the stove. I added vanilla, some nut butter I had in the fridge, toasted blanched, sliced almonds, some coconut oil, lots of cinnamon, and to give it a little boost, Lion’s Mane mushroom powder (great for mental focus and energy). And a pinch of salt (I didn’t use any salt when I cooked my millet, but if you do then maybe that’s enough).

I finished it with one organic strawberry, few frozen wild blueberries, more almonds and cinnamon, and a drizzle of Yacon Syrup. I don’t like sweet food, but you can taste as you make it and you can add some more of your favorite sweetener to it: monk fruit (granulated or syrup), swerve, or stevia drops. This is an open canvas. Add chocolate, cacao nibs, other seasonal fruits, other nuts or nut butter, coconut flakes, etc. Add the cacao and make it a chocolate porridge if that’s what you feel like. You can also use any non-dairy milk you want, I happen to love hemp milk.

Cook millet on the stove

You can use millet that is already cooked and on the dry side, or you can also make it from scratch on the stove. For usual stove cooking, you will need one part millet to two parts water, but if you only make porridge, I would use half water, half hemp milk (or other milk). This gives it a creamier consistency and better taste for a porridge.

You will also need extra milk that you start adding once your millet has absorbed all the other liquid, to bring it to a creamy consistency. You add milk, stir and continue to cook on low heat until you like the consistency. Add the vanilla, cinnamon, coconut oil, the nut butter if using, mix well and add to a serving bowl. Top with your favorite ingredients. The whole process will take about 20-25 minutes, that’s why it’s easier if you have the millet already cooked and you just rehydrate it with milk.

The below recipe instructions will have cooked millet as an ingredient. To cook the millet check the options above.

This recipe is part of The Ultimate Lectin-Free Breakfast Guide, Recipe Round-Up, check it out for more tasty and satisfying lectin-free breakfast ideas.

How to Make Millet Porridge

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By Claudia Curici Serves: 2
Cooking Time: 5-10 minutes

A lectin-free alternative to oats porridge and a great plant-based breakfast option.


  • 1 heaping cup dry, cooked millet (check post above for instructions and options)
  • about 2/3 cup unsweetened hemp milk / or other non-dairy milk
  • 1 tsp or more cinnamon powder
  • about 1/4 cup sliced, blanched, toasted almonds
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tsps nut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • a small handful of berries / seasonal fruits
  • 1/2 tsp Yacon Syrup or another approved sweetener you have
  • Optional: Lion's Mane (or any mushroom powder you like), cacao nibs, grated chocolate, coconut flakes



In a saucepan, mix the millet with 1/2 cup milk and reheat on the stove, on low to medium heat. Once hot start adding the rest of the milk. You can add as much as you want to reach your favorite consistency.


Turn heat to the lowest, add the vanilla, half of the almonds, the coconut oil, the nut butter and cinnamon, salt if using.


Mix it all, add more milk if you feel is too thick. Add the mushroom powder if using and mix well (if you make it for an adult). Once done add the porridge to serving bowls, sprinkle with more cinnamon, the rest of the almonds, a few berries, and a drizzle of Yacon Syrup. Alternatively, you can add a sweetener while the porridge is on the stove. Taste and decide, I like mine without any other added sweetness. You can personalize your toppings as much as you want.


This quantity makes two servings.

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  • Reply
    March 27, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    This looks like a good breakfast option…thanks for the recipe.

    I was confused on why you recommended mushroom powder, when it says on Amazon lectins are in it:
    Our Full Spectrum Organic Mushrooms Naturally contain: beta glucans, prebiotics, digestive enzymes, antioxidants, amino acids, proteins, peptides, lectins, polyphenols, flavonoids, selenium compounds and other myconutrients.

    • Reply
      March 27, 2019 at 2:47 pm

      Hi Christine. Mushrooms in fact contain lectins, but they are a type of good lectins. In the new The Longevity Paradox book, mushrooms are highlighted as longevity foods. Do not worry about the lectins in mushrooms, in general.

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    March 28, 2019 at 9:24 am

    What brand of millet are you using?

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      March 28, 2019 at 9:34 am

      I buy in bulk, from Whole Foods.

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    March 30, 2019 at 9:11 am

    Hi Claudia,

    Thoughts on making this porridge without pressure cooking the millet? Perhaps an overnight soak and cooking on the stovetop?

    I don’t yet own a pressure cooker 🙂

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      March 30, 2019 at 4:43 pm

      Hi Emily, there is a paragraph in my post where I explain how to makr it on the stove. You don’t need to soak or anything. It will just take about 30 mins to cook. I’ve beem making this on the stove for a long time, I just got the pressure cooker. xx

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    Leah Bruhn
    April 10, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    Made the millet porridge this morning with my instant pot. Great change from eggs! So many good ideas for add-ins too!

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      April 13, 2019 at 12:10 pm

      Happy you love it. I have it rarely but when I do it feels like comfort food <3

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    August 30, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    In the directions you say to add coconut oil but there isn’t any coconut oil in the directions. Made it without it and it was good anyway!

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    November 26, 2019 at 9:42 am

    How about puffed millet? Can we use that?

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      December 2, 2019 at 8:59 am

      Hi Andrea, puffed millet can be used as is instead of breakfast cereals, I even make desserts with it. But not for this recipe.

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    Andrea Field
    November 26, 2019 at 10:13 am

    What are your thoughts on puffed millet can we use that to make this?

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    Merciful faith
    November 11, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Thanks for this information. But do you mean grinded millet? Like the powder? Or the millet seed itself. I am asking because I can’t imagine cooking it, considering the hard nature. Please help out. Thanks

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      November 13, 2020 at 2:17 am

      Hi! This is made with millet, the grains. Millet can be cooked relatively easy, on the stove or in the pressure cooker. I like millet flakes but they are hard to find, and I don’t like millet flour at all, so I don’t work with it. I hope this helps.

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