Millet Coconut Breakfast Pudding

Millet Pudding

Mmm, sweet things for breakfast.  Definitely not the norm in my little kitchen: I’m usually a coddled eggs over avocado and greens kinda breakfast girl.  When I’m visiting my family I’ll whip up some gluten-free waffles (I have a thing for waffle makers – thanks Rae!).  With guests in town weekend brunch means French omelets, really good bacon and some sort of roasted veggies, maybe with a side of GF blueberry cornbread.

But when I got this month’s recipe from All-Day Singin’ and Dinner on the Ground for the Burwell General Store Recipe Swap, my mind immediately went to breakfast for some reason.  And from savory to sweet.

From All-Day Singin' and Dinner on the Ground

Not that I don’t love a good slaw.  In fact, it’s one of my favorite restaurant sides as (a) it contains in its original recipe nothing that I’m allergic to, (b) I love cabbage and (c) I’m usually missing something that comes with the main dish it’s paired with, so slaw makes my meal feel more authentic.

But I honestly just don’t have room for a big thing of coleslaw in my fridge and no one to eat it with this week.  It’s a busy one in Dusty Bakerland (which is a little northwest of Candyland and because you don’t get a sugar crash you never slide down, only climb up).

So, what to swap?  I’ve been cooking for friends and baking like crazy lately, and didn’t want to go back to the grocer’s for a fifth time this week for something new.  A little pantry combing and… millet.

I’m a big fan of this little grain.  It’s gluten-free, easy to digest and contains high levels of magnesium (amongst other things), so it’s good for people who suffer from asthma or anxiety or are watching their tickers.  It has a little more bite than quinoa if you toast it first and then cook it to an al dente sort of doneness, but will also mash well and make a smooth porridge if you’re nursing someone back to health.

I figured by making a millet breakfast pudding – similar to the coconut milk rice pudding recipe I love and haven’t posted yet – I could try out the quick stovetop custard technique in this recipe (I’d usually do it a bit differently).

Because I wanted to make this an only slightly sweet breakfast recipe, I stirred in only a tiny bit of maple syrup and threw in some cracked tricolored pepper and grains of paradise – I’m actually a huge fan of pepper in sweet dishes.  And once again it brought me closer to the swapped recipe.

And for some protein – stirred in some crushed walnuts.


This is the perfect breakfast pudding and an incredible alternative to oatmeal (in general I find millet easier to digest than oats).  You can easily vary sweetness to suit your taste and throw in whatever you have lying around – protein powder, some chopped dates or prunes, raisins, almond butter… your pantry’s the limit.

If you make it sweeter and stick it in the fridge, you’ve got a delish alternative to dairy-free rice pudding.

But right now I’m gonna grab this glass and go eat my breakfast in bed.

Please check out Burwell General Store for info on the swap and see what other awesome bloggers have created at their links below.

Happy Sunday.

Recipe.  Swapped.

Sweet, creamy, filling, warm... breakfast.


  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter or oil
  • 1 cup millet
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten slightly
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup (honey works too)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp rockin awesome cinnamon (I should do a post about my cinnamon obsession soon)
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg (grab a microplane and jar of nutmegs, you won’t be disappointed)
  • 4 grinds of a pepper grinder
  • 8 grinds of a grains of paradise grinder (about 1/8 tsp)
  • Nuts and dried fruits to taste
  • Salt to taste


  • In a large heavy pot, melt butter or bring oil up to heat.
  • Add millet and stir to combine.  Cook until toasty and just starting to brown.
  • Meanwhile, in a small pot with a tight lid bring 2 cups of water up to boil.
  • When toasty, transfer millet to boiling water, cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes until done – this should be about 5 minutes after you no longer see any water bubbling.
  • Meanwhile, put coconut milk, beaten eggs, maple syrup, vanilla and spices into the now empty pot and set it over low heat.
  • Whisk all ingredients together fully.
  • As the mixture heats, whisk constantly until it forms a light custard.  Once the millet is done cooking you can bring the heat up on the milk mixture a bit – just make sure to whisk constantly so that the egg doesn’t curdle as it cooks.
  • Add cooked millet to coconut custard mixture and mix to combine.
  • Toss in any added extras, jump into bed with a good book and maybe hum a song or two.

Please click on this cute little blue frog to see what the other swappers have created and get their recipes!


  1. Jill Colonna says:

    Ooh. Confession: I love sweet at breakfast but won’t feel too guilty with this winner. Love your idea of millet – easier to digest than oats? As an oats’ fan, you’ve sold me. As for that coconut rice pudding – can’t wait to see that one, too. Fabulous!

  2. Paula says:

    This certainly looks like a great way to kick-start the morning! Hope you have a great week and that your project is coming along well.

  3. A Tablespoon of Liz says:

    I love millet, but it always seems to be a grain that I forget about. This looks so good, I looove sweets for breakfast!

  4. Rachel says:

    Ah, a girl after my own heart – my mind tends to drift towards breakfast too. I really love that you swapped out the ingredient most of us concentrated on – the cabbage.
    I love pudding-y grains for breakfast and always enjoy an alternative to oats. Millet is wonderful (I’ve been using the flour lately) and I’d love to try your breakfast version!

  5. chefdennis says:

    what a tasty breakfast pudding! I would love that instead of my oatmeal!
    I would have never thought of using millet that way, great job!

  6. rosemarried says:

    I love that you somehow managed to turn hot slaw into a delightful breakfast pudding. Its quite the transformation! gorgeous photos, gorgeous recipe. Such a good take on the recipe!

    • This was definitely the biggest stretch I’ve made with these swaps but as someone who can’t eat dairy I’m always looking for a way to practice my alternative custards, so this was perfect!

  7. Monique says:

    I’m not a big sweet breakfast eater either, but I do eat my share of oatmeal. Love the idea of the custardy millet – can’t wait to try it out. Nice swap.

  8. Lana says:

    I am the same way – I prefer savory breakfasts to the sweet ones:) But pudding is something I can eat any time of day, especially if it is with coconut:) I have to admit that I have never tried milled, but it is on my to-try list (I have been so enamored with barley, quinoa and bulgur wheat, that poor millet did not get a chance:)
    Great variation of the dish!

  9. Alli says:

    Wow millet and coconut in a pudding…sounds so hearty and good! Thank you for the reminder of how good millet is!

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