Ginger Toasted Millet with Blackberry Chia Sauce

Bored with breakfast?

I hear ya! It’s something I commonly hear from my clients. They just don’t know what to make and blending up the same ol’ smoothie gets a little boring after a while. 

Enter this delicious Ginger Toasted Millet with Blackberry Chia Sauce. 

Salivating yet or what?

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As you know, I’m not typically one that includes grains in my diet, but every now and again you’ll find me cooking up some quinoa pasta, whip up my famous blueberry oat pancakes, or just full out indulge in a big ol’ pizza that is not one bit gluten free. I mean, can you blame me? I’m human after all and allowing those treats helps me keep my dietary sanity!

Anyhow, let’s talk about millet for minute. It’s loaded with B-vitamins, as well as calcium, iron, potassium, zinc and magnesium; not to mention being a healthy source of essential fats in the body and full of of fibre. 

Now if you’re still not feeling the millet, this recipe is just as delicious without it, as the sauce is simply divine and perfect over pancakes or another gluten free pseudo-grain, but if you’re looking to include some fueling gluten free carbs in your morning to power through a workout later in the day or some much needed energy for a draining morning meeting (ugh how I used to dread those!), then you’ll love this recipe!

Let’s get to it…

Ginger Toasted Millet with Blackberry Chia Sauce
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
  1. 3/4 cup millet
  2. ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
  3. 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  4. ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  5. ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  6. ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  7. dash of salt
Blackberry Chia Sauce
  1. 2 cups blackberries (if you can’t find blackberries, blueberries or raspberries also work well!)
  2. ¼ cup chia seeds
  3. zest and juice of 1 lemon
  1. In a saucepan, heat the coconut oil on medium heat.
  2. Add the millet and spices and stir to coat. Cook for 5 – 10 minutes until toasted and popping a bit.
  3. Add the almond milk and simmer for 15-20 minutes until liquid is absorbed and millet is tender.
  4. As it simmers, cook the Blackberry Sauce - Simmer the blackberries in a saucepan over medium-low heat until juices start to release.
  5. Mash them on the side of the pan with a wooden spoon.
  6. Stir in chia seeds and lemon juice and remove from heat.
  7. Let sit for 5 minutes so that the chia seeds can absorb the blackberries. If you need more liquid, add a tablespoon of water a little at a time.
  1. *Sauce can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator.
Holistic Wellness
 In need of some other delicious breakfast ideas? Check these out:

Chocolate Chia Pudding
Energizing Blueberry Spinach Smoothie
Gluten Free Crepes

Turkey Veggie Frittata

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My Favourite Morning Smoothie

I’m pretty obsessed with my green smoothies in the morning. Over the years as I was constantly revamping my diet and trying new super foods, I gravitated towards making a green smoothie because it was 1. easy to thrown all my ingredients into a blender and drink it and 2. it’s just damn tasty and it makes me feel like a rock star!

Don’t you want to feel like a rock start? 

I’m always asked what kind of blender and juicer I use…

Blender – Vitamix (which I’ve had now for almost 10 years!)
Juicer – Omega (which I got almost 2 years ago and love)

But I love my vitamix more only because it’s less hassle to clean 🙂

But… juicing is better, right? Or is blending?

Another question I get asked often. 

With blending you preserve all the fiber and juicing you extract all the fiber. That’s why its a juice. The pulp is separated and you’re left with a pure, clean juice. Obviously you want to juice veggies to obtain the most nutrients content that will supercharge your cells upon drinking. Due to the fiber being removed, the absorbability of a juice is much faster. 

As for blending, the pulp is kept in tact and you drink it. Nothing wrong with that! The pulp/fiber will help slow the release of sugar into your bloodstream and is more satiating. 

So..which one is better? I say do both! Personally, I include both smoothies and juices in my diet. If I’m heading out the door to a meeting or off for a super busy day, I’m probably not going to juice. It’s not as filling and my tummy will be wanting to eat soon after. In this case, I’d rather make a smoothie and load it with fruits, veggies, protein, fiber and healthy fats. This is filling!

But what if you combine the two?? Yup! Combine them!

That’s what I’ve started to do and I’m officially obsessed with this blend. It’s so fuelling, energizing, invigorating, healthy, nutritious and yummy!

Due to my juicer being low speed, it prevents oxidation and the juice can actually be stored for up to 72 hours. So what I like to do is make a big batch of fresh pressed juice, use some right away, and then store the rest in the fridge overnight to use again tomorrow. 

Bonus is that I don’t have to juice everyday, but I get to enjoy the benefits.

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So here’s what I’ve been juicing, which I use as a base for my smoothie:

Juice (makes 4-5 cups)

  • 2 large cucumbers
  • 5 celery stalks
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 inch piece of ginger root
  • 1 lemon

I add 1-2 cups of this to my vitamix blender and add in:

  • Half a banana
  • Handful of mixed greens (spinach, kale, etc)
  • 2 tsp spirulina powder
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1/4 avocado (optional, but adds extra creaminess)
  • 1 cup spring water (optional, depending on your preference of thickness)

Blend together and enjoy!

Your energizing Juice-Smoothie! It’s loaded with silica, potassium, omega 3’s, protein, vitamin B12, vitamin C, fiber, beta-carotene and vitamin E. It doesn’t get any better than that. Plus, it tastes SO good!

Happy Juicing and Blending!

P.S. If you’re looking for more delicious and energizing smoothie recipes, My Qualitarian Cookbook is full of them! From juices to smoothies and healing elixirs, you’ll find a ton of nourishing and healthy recipes. Check it out HERE. 

Samantha xoxo 






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