This basic Instant Pot® Millet Porridge recipe can add flexibility to your busy mornings. Discover your favorite toppings.
What is an Instant Pot®?
An Instant Pot® is an all-in-one steamer, rice cooker, pressure cooker, and slow cooker. It’s become the Crock Pot® of pressure cookers – where the brand name has become synonymous with all-in-one pressure cookers. I can’t speak on other brands, but I love my Instant Pot®.
What is Millet?
Millet is an ancient gluten-free grain harvested from a variety of small-seeded fast-growing grasses. It is high in protein and antioxidants and can help control blood sugar and cholesterol.
However, it is also a goitrogen – meaning it could suppress thyroid function. So, if you have a thyroid condition you may want to limit the amount of millet you consume.
Other Gluten-Free Grains
If you are concerned about your thyroid, you can still enjoy porridge for breakfast. You can replace the millet with:
- steel-cut oats
Just reduce the cooking time to 12 minutes. You can also tweak the amount of water or plant milk if you prefer a thinner or thicker consistency.
Instant Pot® Millet Porridge Toppings
My other porridge recipes direct you to cook fruits and spices with the grains, but I actually prefer to cook grains on their own. This makes the leftovers more flexible. I can mix and match toppings on each serving as I see fit. Some favorite toppings include:
- ground cinnamon
- pumpkin spice
- chopped dates
- chopped dried apricots
- wild blueberries
- dark sweet or tart cherries
- sliced strawberries
- sliced banana
- sliced strawberries
- diced apples
- diced pear
Nuts and Seeds
- chopped walnuts
- chopped pecans
- pumpkin seeds
- hemp seeds
- ground flax seed
An additional benefit of cooking grains separately is you can use the leftovers in other recipes, such as veggie patties.
How to Reheat
I store leftovers in the fridge and then reheat individual servings. Just spoon the porridge into a bowl. It will likely be stiff instead of porridge-like, but don’t be alarmed. Add a bit of rice milk, cover the bowl with a small plate and heat in the microwave on high for about 1.5 minutes. Then mash/stir to reach the desired consistency and add your toppings.
Instant Pot® Millet Porridge
- 1 cup millet
- 2 cups water
- 1½ cups rice milk – or other plant milk
Add all ingredients to the pressure cooker and close the lid.
Be sure the steam release is in the closed position and manually select 15 minutes of high-pressure cooking time.
When the timer beeps at the end of the cooking cycle, turn the pot off and allow time for the natural release of pressure (about 30 minutes.)
Once pressure is released, carefully open the lid and stir porridge with a long-handled spoon.
Add more plant-milk to individual servings to achieve preferred consistency. Sprinkle with spices, chopped nuts, seeds, and fruit as desired.
Instant Pot® Millet Porridge Review
If you make this porridge, please share your thoughts in the comments below. Did you or would you do anything differently? What are your favorite toppings?
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