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?

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Millet, Dried Figs, Cinnamon, and Orange Porridge [Vegan]

Serves

2

Cooking Time

20

Ingredients

  • 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
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Preparation

  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!
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