Sunday, June 29, 2014

Slow Cooker Blueberry Breakfast Millet

This is a simple dish that makes six servings and is a great grab and go breakfast. We typically eat with a scrambled egg and on occasion a piece of sugar/nitrite/nitrate free bacon for an extra dose of protein. I love slow cooker foods because I can prepare them and then let them cook for several hours while I conquer other tasks. Millet is technically a seed (not a grain) and is very nutritious. It provides important nutrients and is a good source of magnesium which is linked with reduced blood pressure, decreased type 2 Diabetes risk, reduced food cravings and improved sleep. This tiny seed packs a sweet nutty flavor that reminds me of a creamy oatmeal - the kind that warms your belly! 

Millet is pretty readily available at local health food stores check the bulk bins. The spices found in this recipe have amazing health benefits! Especially good for blood sugar balance, reduced inflammation and digestive health. 

P.S. I cooked this recipe in a large 4 quart Ninja slow cooker. I was surprised at how quickly it cooked! 

Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan

2 tbl. coconut oil or unsalted butter
1 c. millet
3 c. coconut milk, unsweetened (or your favorite milk option)
2/3 c. water
1 c. wild frozen blueberries or local organic
2 tbl. grade A maple syrup or coconut sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cardamom 
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ginger
dash sea salt
chopped toasted walnuts or raw hemp seeds

1. Melt butter and coconut oil in slow cooker on high. Rub into the bottom rim of the slow-cooker so it is coated well. 
2. Add all remaining ingredients and turn to low temperature. Stir to combine. Let cook 80-90 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed.
3. Portion into 1/2 cup portions in sealable containers and refrigerate until ready to enjoy. 

Nutritions Facts 
One serving = 1/2 cup. Yields 6.
Calories 137
Fat 7g
Protein 1g
Carbohydrate 19g
Fiber 2g
Sugar 1.5g
Sodium 49.8g

Recipe, nutrition facts and photos by Keri Marino.

Keri Marino is an internationally Registered Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist. She's owns and operates Yoga Unique offering therapy, classes, workshops and yoga products. Keri teachers both privately and publicly around the Greenville area. Check out more here: YogaUnique