Golden milk porridge

By Desiree Nielsen
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Turmeric is one of my favourite spices. Vibrant and earthy, turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory, and paired with millet it is an ener­gizing way to start the day. Home-cooked porridge does not seem that doable on a busy morning, so I like to put everything in a pot and soak it overnight to reduce the cooking time in the morning.



  • 1 cup (250 milliliters) unsweetened soy milk
  • 1/4 cup (60 milliliters) water
  • 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon (5 milliliters) pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2 milliliters) ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1 milliliters) ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1 milliliters) cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon (0.5 milliliters) ground ginger
  • 5 whole fennel seeds
  • Salt
  • 1/3 cup (75 milliliters) millet


  1. In a small saucepan, whisk together the soy milk, water, orange juice, coconut flakes, maple syrup, vanilla, turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, fennel seeds, a pinch of salt, and millet. Cover and place in the fridge overnight. Be sure to use a stainless steel saucepan or the turmeric will permanently stain your precious enameled cookware.
  2. In the morning, heat the porridge over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce to medium-low heat, partially covered, for about 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. The liquid will be mostly absorbed, but the mixture should not look dry.
  3. Pour the porridge into a bowl, top with banana, apple, or persimmon (if using), and serve.


  1. If you have a long, leisurely morning, you can make this in one go. Stir the golden milk mixture in a saucepan and then add the millet. Bring to a boil and lower to a simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally for about 25 minutes.
  2. Make It Faster - Bring a half-portion of the golden milk mixture to a boil, add a 50 gram packet of unsweetened instant gluten-free oats instead of millet, pack it in a Thermos, and you are out the door.
  3. Make It Healthier - If you are a hard-core turmeric fan, add up to one teaspoon. Any more than that and it will be too intense.


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