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Brain Food Porridge – Millet, Dried Figs, Cinnamon and Orange

If you’re going through a particularly stressful time in your life and need all the help you can get to boost your immune system, this is the recipe for you. Students, professionals, researchers — if you spend a lot of time looking at a computer screen or do a lot of reading, you need to make sure your brain is getting the nutrients it needs!

Millet is a seed, though it looks more like a grain you might easily confuse with couscous. When cooked, it soaks up liquid to become wonderfully plump -- a perfect texture for a comforting bowl of porridge. Millet has many health benefits: it is rich in vitamin B and C, selenium, zinc, iron, potassium, manganese and dietary fibre, all of which you need to be full of energy and to have a healthy digestive system. It is a highly alkaline food, so it's very healthy for you! Oh and did I mention it's gluten-free?

The dried figs provide a hefty dose of calcium, and finally, the cinnamon and ginger boost your metabolism. What's not to love?

Brain Food Porridge – Millet, Dried Figs, Cinnamon and Orange

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  • 100g millet
  • 200ml water
  • 200ml almond milk
  • a dozen dried figs, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground (or fresh) ginger
  • zest of an orange (optional: add the juice, too)
  • date syrup, for topping


  1. Bring the water and milk to the boil, then add the millet and simmer for 12-15 minutes, until cooked and plump.
  2. If you find it is too thick, add a splash of milk.
  3. Take off the heat, stir in the spices and zest, toss in the dried figs, and top with a drizzle of date syrup.
  4. Enjoy!






Julie West loves sharing the wonderful world of vegan foods and healthful eating and living. She began a vegan lifestyle in the early part of 2011 and hasn't looked back. Since then Julie has become passionate about creating healthy vegan dishes, some 100% raw, and sharing her lifestyle. Her blog, The Simple Veganista, is about all the simple beautiful plant foods there are to eat and the different ways to put them together that taste great. Eating vegan is not about restrictions, it's about creating new habits, healthy habits that encompass the world around us making it a better place for all.



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