There is something very comforting about a bowl of hot cereal in the morning. One of my fondest childhood memories is waking up to a warm bowl of cracked wheat cereal with raisins, nuts, honey and milk. (This is a bit ironic that one of my favorite food memories is of wheat! Ha-ha!) Well, I have replaced the wheat with one of my all-time favorite grains – sorghum! Have you ever tried this powerhouse grain? It is delicious! I love the texture because it reminds me of wheat kernels. Sorghum is a great canvas for flavor because it is quite mild in flavor. It is naturally high in fiber and iron, with a high protein level as well (22 grams in 1 cup). Sorghum is also rich in antioxidants, which are believed to help lower the risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and some neurological diseases. Best of all, this dynamo grain is gluten-free! I used apples, raisins, dried cranberries, and pecans in my photo. Feel free to use whatever dried fruits, nuts, and spices you love in this recipe – virtually any combination will be delicious!
1 cup non-dairy milk
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup toasted nuts of choice
1/2 cup mixed dried fruit of choice
2 firm apples (or pears)
1 tablespoon Earth Balance butter (optional)
pinch of sea salt
dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, ground ginger
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place 1 cup sorghum and 4 cups water in a pot with a lid. Place the pot on the stove and bring sorghum to a boil. Let boil for 5 minutes. Turn off heat and place lid on the pot. Place the pot in the oven and turn the oven off. Leave sorghum in the oven overnight. In the morning, place the sorghum on the stove over low heat to warm it through.
To prepare the apples (or pears), first wash and then peel them. Cut the fruit into small chunks. Heat a fry pan over medium-high heat and add the butter (if not using butter, I recommend sautéing the fruit in a bit of apple juice), followed by the fruit. Saute the fruit until softened through, about 5 minutes. Near the end, add the dried fruit, sea salt, and spices and toss to combine. Place sorghum in bowls and top with milk, warm fruit, maple syrup, and nuts. Enjoy!