This is such a nourishing fruity porridge which uses millet to ring the changes from oats. The blueberry and pear pair beautifully together and the ghee (clarified butter) really brings the flavours together. This recipe makes a brilliant porridge for the whole family and is a winner for anyone who is experiencing digestive discomfort and needs to be gluten-free. Sweeten with a drizzle of maple syrup for older children and adults.
Millet is highly nutritious and contains plenty of phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, and folate as well as antioxidants and polyphenols which help to nourish a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut.
Millet is one of the best grains to give babies in the first few months of weaning because it is very easily digestible and is perfect for very sensitive tummies. It naturally contains amylase which helps with starch digestion – the issue that many tricky weaners have a problem with. I also developed this porridge for babies with reflux and complex allergies, as millet is one of the least allergenic grains and very few babies are allergic to pear or blueberries.
This recipe is also a perfect first step for the “milk ladder” when attempting to introduce cow’s milk back into a child with milk intolerance or allergy from around 12 months. The ghee is lactose-free and very low in milk proteins such as casein and whey. A nutritional therapist or paediatrician will advise if your child is ready to try a reintroduction. Start with 1/8th teaspoon ghee.
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