Millet Breakfast Cereal with Mandarin Oranges and Dates Recipe

Versatile and rich in Vitamin C, citrus fruits can stand alone as fresh, delicious snacks, add a tangy twist to any meal or drink, or offer a pop of color to a beautiful plate.

Ranging from tart to sweet, each unique variety offers its own health benefits.

Millet Breakfast Cereal with Mandarin Oranges and Dates

Recipe by Whole Foods
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Course: BreakfastCuisine: American



    Cooked millet is a great breakfast alternative to oatmeal or cream of wheat. Here it's infused with cinnamon and cardamom and served with dates and sweet mandarin oranges.


    • 2/3 cup

      uncooked millet

    • 2 cups


    • 1 ½ cups

      orange juice

    • 4

      large dates, pitted and chopped

    • 1

      cinnamon stick

    • ½ teaspoon

      green cardamom pods

    • Pinch of salt

    • 1 cup

      canned mandarin oranges (canned in water), drained


    • Toast millet in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and just golden brown. 

    • Transfer to a large bowl, cover with cold water, and rub millet grains with your hands for about 5 seconds. 

    • Transfer to a strainer, rinse for 1 minute, then drain millet well. Put drained millet into a small pot. 

    • Add water, orange juice, dates, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt and bring to boil over medium-high heat. 

    • Reduce heat to medium low, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until liquid is absorbed and millet is tender, about 40 minutes. 

    • Remove and discard cinnamon and cardamom, then stir in mandarin oranges. Spoon into bowls and serve.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    • Calories – 210 | Total Fat – 2.5g | Saturated Fat – 1g | Sodium – 40mg | Carbohydrate – 43g | Dietary Fiber – 5g | Sugar – 18g | Protein – 5g

    Facts about Citrus Fruits

    Get Creative!

    • Squeeze lemon/lime juice over salads, fish, or chicken
    • Add mandarins for a bold salad
    • Chop grapefruit into a salsa or blend and whip up a fresh vinaigrette dressing

    Nutrition Breakdown

    • High in Vitamin C (one contains almost 100% of your recommended daily value)
    Mandarin Oranges:
    • High in Vitamins A and C
    • One contains about 90% of your recommended daily value of Vitamin C and 30% of Vitamin A
    • High in dietary fiber
    • High in Vitamin C (one contains more than 100% of  your recommended daily value)
    • High in Vitamin A and dietary fiber

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