September 21st, 2009

10-Min Healthy Breakfast: Blueberry Almond Morning Polenta

blueberry almond morning polenta

I get giddy whenever I spy breakfast polenta on a brunch menu. It seems so glamorous, so luxurious… so Italian! But, the truth is, polenta takes all of 10 minutes to make. It’s even quicker and easier (and, dare I say, more delicious) than its down-home American counterpart, oatmeal.

Polenta isn’t quite as nutritious as oatmeal, so I riffed off of a breakfast polenta recipe from Martha Stewart to include blueberries and almonds, making a nutrient-rich start to the day. In short order, the Hungry Papa and our Hungry Boy were gobbling down bowls like there was no tomorrow. All while I imagined myself sitting in an outdoor cafe somewhere in Rome, my favorite city of all time.

PS: This is a great, easy dish to make if you’re having people over for brunch (especially people with little ones).

PSS: This recipe has been chosen by editors Amanda Hesser (of the NY Times) and Merrill Stubbs as a wildcard winner to be featured in the upcoming Food52 cookbook!

Blueberry Almond Morning Polenta
(can be adapted for kids 10+ mos)

4 c organic milk
3/4 c organic quick cook polenta
1/2 c organic almond meal (skip for kids under 12 mos)
4 tbsp (1/2 stick)  organic butter
1/3 c organic honey (substitute agave syrup for kids under 12 mos)
1 c organic blueberries
1/2 tsp organic vanilla
organic cardamom, to taste (up to 1/4 tsp)
organic sour cream or creme fraiche, optional

1. Bring milk to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat.

2. Reduce heat to low and add polenta, whisking constantly until smooth. Add almond meal and continue whisking until the polenta thickens to a creamy consistency. Add butter, continuing to whisk until it melts completely.

3. Turn heat off and whisk in honey, blueberries, vanilla and cardamom. Serve with a dollop of sour cream or creme fraiche and an extra sprinkle of blueberries.

13 Responses

  1. Kate says:

    Stacie – this looks GREAT. Is almond meal something I can find at the national health food chain in town in the bulk aisle?

  2. stacie says:

    I found it at my local Trader Joe’s — in the baking isle. If you can’t find it in store, it’s nothing more than almonds processed into a powder! You can easily make it on your own in your food processor. It might even be nice left a little bit chunky!

    Let me know if you make it and what you think. It really was ridonkulously good! I think I have to make it again tomorrow morning!

  3. Rebecca says:

    Mmmm, when are u having me over for a bowl?

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  5. Kate says:

    I found the Bob’s Red Mill brand at the store and it was a BIG hit with the grown ups. Miss Half Pint had already decided she wanted waffle. (more for me :)

  6. Debby says:

    I’m so glad that I spotted this recipe! I recently watched Tyler Florence make a chestnut polenta, that I’m anxious to try. I had never heard of breakfast polenta, and I LOVE polenta! I will definitely have to make this, instead of my Irish Steel-cut oats– which I love. This kind of reminds me of cream of wheat. Yummy!

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  8. jennygib says:

    saw this recipe when you posted it originally but never made it…….however, i spotted it again this week on your blog in this “Best of One Hungry Mama 2009″ list. So – we gave it a whirl yesterday morning and it was fantastic and my 14 month old loved it. (doesn’t hurt that she has a fruit crush on blueberries right now). We are lovers of all warm breakfast cereals, cream of wheat being our favorite but we may very well have a new fave!! So yummy! I make pancakes and waffles with Almond meal so I had all the ingredients on hand! Thanks for another great recipe – i love reading you every week! You are a very engaging writer and I appreciate you and your blog!

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