This recipe is from my new ebook, A Date with Dessert.
1 cup dry millet
3 cups unsweetened nondairy milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon vanilla powder (optional but good)
6 tablespoons date syrup (optional, for a sweeter pudding)
1. Place all ingredients in an Instant Pot electric pressure cooker, and cook on high for 10 minutes.
2. Release pressure after 10 minutes. This can be enjoyed warm or cold. Millet thickens as it cools.
Fruit Topping Ingredients:
2 cups unsweetened pomegranate juice
2 tablespoons date paste
4 tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in 4 tablespoons water
1 cup wild blueberries (the small ones)
1. In a medium saucepan, dissolve the date paste into the pomegranate juice, and reduce until you have ½ cup. Slowly stir in cornstarch until mixture thickens, then gently stir in blueberries. Remove from heat.
2. Assembly: Distribute pudding mixture evenly into 4 to 6 glasses. I like to use long-stemmed wine glasses or martini glasses for an elegant presentation. Evenly distribute the fruit topping on each of the parfaits. You can create 2 layers and alternate if you wish. Chill for a few hours until set.
Note: This makes an elegant dessert but is also suitable for breakfast. For a delicious variation, stir lemon or orange zest into the pudding. You can lightly toast the millet first if you prefer. Top with pear whipped cream if desired.
Chef AJ has been devoted to a plant-based diet for almost 40 years, and is proud to say that her IQ is higher than her cholesterol. She is the host of the television series Healthy Living with Chef AJ, which airs on Foody TV, and also hosts a weekly podcast of the same name. As a comedienne as well as a chef, she has made appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Late Show with David Letterman. She is the author of the popular books The Secrets to Ultimate Weight Loss: A Revolutionary Approach to Conquer Cravings, Overcome Food Addiction and Lose Weight Without Going Hungry, and Unprocessed, the co-producer of Healthy Taste of L.A., and the creator of the Ultimate Weight Loss Program, which has helped hundreds of people achieve the health and body they deserve. Chef AJ was also the executive pastry chef at Santé Restaurant in Los Angeles, where she was famous for her sugar-, oil-, salt- and gluten-free desserts, which used the fruit, the whole fruit, and nothing but the whole fruit. Chef AJ holds a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell University and is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.