Berry Almond Breakfast Polenta: A healthy 10-Minute breakfast recipe

April 14, 2015

This is one of my favorite breakfast recipes. It might even be one of my favorite One Hungry Mama recipes ever. It’s a beautiful thing when a handful of humble ingredients come together quickly to make something delicious and elegant. And that’s exactly what happens with this Berry Almond Breakfast Polenta.

One of the things that I love most about polenta is that, despite being nothing more than cornmeal, it feels luxurious. Compared to its down-home American counterpart, oatmeal, polenta is down-right elegant. But don’t let that fool you into thinking that it’s hard to make or should be kept only as a decadent treat. You can make this quick breakfast just as easily on a rushed weekday morning as you can for a Sunday brunch with friends (who will think you’re very fancy).

Blueberry Almond Morning Polenta | One Hungry Mama

Give this polenta a try some morning soon. You’ll see from watching the video that this recipe (which appeared in the first Food52 cookbook, thank you very much!) is incredibly simple and perfect for the whole family.

Oatmeal better watch its back.

Berry Almond Breakfast Polenta
(Can be adapted for kids 6+ mos)*
Serves 4

4 cups milk, whole, 2% or skim
3/4 cup quick cook polenta
1/2 cup almond meal*
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1/3 cup honey*
1 cup blueberries or other berries, chopped if necessary, as with strawberries
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Ground cardamom, to taste (up to 1/4 teaspoon)
Greek-style yogurt, sour cream, or creme fraiche, for topping (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 stir in honey, blueberries, vanilla, and cardamom. Serve with a dollop of sour cream or creme fraiche and an extra sprinkle of berries.

*Note: In order to share this with beginner eaters, be sure that they are already safely managing tree nuts or skip the almond meal. It’s also very important to skip honey for children under 1-year-old due to risk of botulism; you may substitute agave syrup, maple syrup, or sugar. Please note that almond meal can be purchased ready-ground or you can simply pulse almonds in a food processor or blender until a coarse meal forms. Be careful not to process too long or the meal will quickly turn into almond butter!

One Response

  1. Kate says:

    Still one of my daughter’s favorites and most frequent requests. We make it with vanilla almond milk and leave out most of the honey to compensate for the sweetness of the almond milk.

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