Prep Time: 5 minutes (not including the soaking of the millet)
Cook Time: 30-40 minutes
A heavenly combination if you ask me! This sort of happened by accident – have you noticed that’s when the best stuff happens, too? I had some homegrown organic pears that were really ripe and I was in the mood for something warm, sweet and homey. Little did I know how good this would turn out and how heavenly my kitchen would smell while baking! Wonderful. A-ma-zing!
This, in addition to being fabulous, is also a gluten free recipe, so extra, extra healthy. Ingredients are simple but complement each other nicely.
So here’s what you need:
- 1 cup millet (preferably soaked for a few hours and/or rinsed), a small cup to use for measurement for the millet and liquids will do best, a whole cup (240ml) might be a bit too much in quantity since the millet really puffs up
- 4 cups (the same cup you used for the millet) liquid (this can be a plant based drink such as rice, oat, hemp, almond or a combination of two or more) – I would suggest oat in this case
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 2 pears, peeled and sliced into 2 mm slices
- 2 tablespoons pure organic cane sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
- Cinnamon to sprinkle on top
- Mix all the ingredients except the pears and cinnamon in a pan of your choosing (ceramic or glass works best for me, my pan is about 4*8 inches and makes just enough for two and a half people) and place in the oven, preheated to 375 F.
- Bake for about 25-30 minutes (or until the millet has puffed up) and you can arrange the pears on top. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon and return to the oven for an additional 10 minutes.
- Let cool and set for a bit. This keeps in the fridge for a few days, covered with plastic wrap.
- Serve with some vegan whipped cream and let yourself be charmed by this simple yet flavorful dish.
*Other options and flavors include but are not limited to: dried cranberries or raisins, prunes, pineapple, ground nuts/pecans, apples or almost any other fresh fruit.
**Fun fact! Did you know that millet is the only grain that has an alkalizing effect on the body? It is rich with copper, phosphorus, manganese and magnesium. On top of all this it is really very healthy as it has some amazing heart-protective qualities, helps with development and repair of body tissue, to prevent gallstones, lowers the risk for Type 2, diabetes and much more.
Now, I think there are plenty of reasons for you to try this as soon as possible! Enjoy!