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Fonio Porridge Recipe

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Here is a completely vegan and gluten free fonio recipe dessert made with Fonio grain.

What Is Fonio Grain?

Fonio grain, also known as “achard” or “hungry rice,” is a type of grain that is native to West Africa. It is produced by the fonio plant, which is a small, annual grass with thin, upright stems that produce grains that are high in protein and nutrients. Fonio grains are small and round, with a nutty, slightly sweet flavor and a soft, fluffy texture when cooked. They are typically used in porridges, stews, and breads, and can also be ground into flour and used in a variety of dishes. Fonio is considered to be a good source of gluten-free flour and has gained popularity in recent years as a healthier alternative to wheat. It is grown primarily in West Africa, where it is an important crop for small farmers and is used as a staple food in many communities.

Where to Buy Fonio

There are a couple option to buy fonio, based on where you live. You may be able to find fonio grain at specialty grocery stores or international markets that carry African or gluten-free products. It may also be available at natural food stores or online through retailers that specialize in exotic or hard-to-find ingredients. Here are a the best Fonio brands online.

How To Cook Fonio

To cook plain fonio, simply cook in boiling water and salt for about 5 – 10 mins. The cooking ratio for fluffy fonio is 1:1.5 (Fonio to Water (cup)). You can skip boiling in a pot using a microwave. However, my fonio recipe is beyond plan. With ingredients such as carrots, coconut milk and walnuts, this recipe is perfect Autumn/Fall. This recipe can also be breakfast or simply as a dessert but tastes exceptionally wonderful when served hot. It is a perfect dessert to end a great meal or just heavy enough to be eaten on its own.

Cooked Fonio With Carrots
Cooked (Microwaved) Fonio With Carrots

How to Use Fonio Grain

Fonio has a nutty, slightly sweet flavor and can be used in a variety of dishes, including salads, porridges, stews, breads or made into a flour. It is also considered to be a good source of gluten-free flour and has gained popularity in recent years as a healthier alternative to wheat. The taste is quite pleasant and the grain is very nutritious. Some even say that Fonio is better than Quinoa.

Fonio Grain Recipe
Cooked Fonio with Coconut Milk

Sometimes trying new things brings spice to life. We learn by attempting. We will never go far if we do not make the effort to get there. It is the same way with food. That is why I love what I do. Use my creative mind to blend different and unexpected flavours together to come up with your newest favourite meal. Fonio grains became one of these efforts for me. To find a way to use it for any meal and I am so thrilled to bring you this deliciousness. As you guys know, I am on a mission to make Fonio Great!!! This recipe is really delicious and I believe you will all enjoy it. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.

Fonio Grain Recipe
Cooked Fonio Porridge With Walnuts
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Fonio Porridge Recipe

Something Sweet that is completely vegan and gluten free.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine All
Servings 2 People

🥢 Equipment

  • Pyrex Bowl

🍜 Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Fonio
  • 2 Large Carrots
  • 1 (1/2) Cup Coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp Agave
  • 1 Cup Coconut Cream
  • 1/2 Cups Walnuts

🍰 Instructions

  • In a bowl, rub in the folio grain and grated carrots until completely mixed.
  • Add agave and coconut milk and mix it all up.
  • Cover and microwave for 10 mins or boil for 5 mins
  • While hot, pour in the coconut cream and mix. (Add more coconut cream until you achieve your desired porridge consistency)
  • Add walnuts and let cool down.
  • You can eat this warm or chilled.
Keyword Afrofusion, Breakfast, Fonio
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