A porridge is a simple grain cooked in hot water and/or nut milk. I have replaced starch grains (which I grew up on), with starchless super grains. Fonia cooks quick. It is a grain from Africa. You may have to order it online if you cannot find it locally. Fonio (Digitaria exilis and Digitaria iburua) is probably the oldest African cereal. For thousands of years West Africans have cultivated it across the dry Savannas.
I am a true breakfast gal. There is something magical about cooking in the morning. I am up between 5 and 6 AM and will usually cook a grain for dinner and a morning porridge. Not your typical mom’s oatmeal, or cream of wheat, I’m talking serious porridge using superfood grains. I am stronger than gals thirty years younger than me, thanks to these foods. It's that simple. I always start out with a tall glass of water, fresh fruit and the mighty grain. Six heavenly starchless grains are Amaranth, Fonio, Wild rice, Quinoa, Teff and Kamut.
Vanilla Fonio Porridge
2 cup liquid (1 C water/ 1 C coconut milk or any nut milk i.e almond, hazlenut)
1/2 tsp of vanilla
Cut up 3 dates (to sweeten)
1/2 cup Fonio grain
Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil, stir in fonio, remove from heat, cover and let sit for 7 minutes.
Optional: Sweeten with maple syrup