Discover Millet
Special Diets, Healthy Living on on August 3 2013 by Cassidy Stockton

Discover Millet

Let me start by saying that millet is one of my favorite grains. In fact, it's one of my favorite Bob's Red Mill products. We see it most often in birdseed blends, but it's been popular across Asia for thousands of years. Millet was revered as one of five sacred crops in ancient China and was first farmed 10,000 years ago. Millet is mentioned in the Old Testament, the writings of Herodotus, and the journals of Marco Polo. Clearly, I'm not alone in my love of millet.

Millet has a mild, sweet flavor and quick cooking time, making it a tasty, convenient, whole grain addition to any meal of the day. Unlike most other grains, this versatile, gluten free grain is alkaline, which makes it easy to digest and helps balance the body’s natural tendency towards acidity.  Discover Millet

Enjoy whole grain millet as a unique alternative to rice in salads and stir fries. Cook millet for a sweet breakfast porridge or add uncooked millet to breads for a crunchy texture. Serve millet with a drizzle of olive oil, and a dash of salt, and pepper in place of mashed potatoes for a delightful side that will enhance any meal. It's also a good source of iron! The light flavor of millet allows it to be sweet or savory, which means the possibilities are endless. Luckily, we have developed some delicious recipes for millet to help get you started. Millet Spring Roll Salad combines all of the wonderful flavors of spring rolls without the effort of making them! Whip up these Spinach and Lemon Millet Arancini for your next party and bask in the praise for your culinary prowess. Serve these Millet Burgers with Olives, Sun-Dried Tomato, and Pecorino from Grain Mains for your next Meatless Monday to the delight of your family.


  1. Dianna
    Can millet flour be used in yeast breads? If so, can you share a bread recipe?
    Thank you!
    1. Cassidy Stockton
      Yes, millet flour can be used in breads, but I'm afraid the only recipe we have for bread is using the bread machine:
  2. Jen
    What species of millet is the Bob's Red Mill millet? Thanks
    1. Cassidy Stockton
      We buy the Panicum Miliaceum variety
  3. PerfuraIndia
    Thanks for the wonderful blogs
  4. perfuraindia
    Really a very helpful post. This is really great information. Thanks for sharing this information with us.
  5. Denis Bekaert
    What is the country of origin of your millet grain ?
    1. Whitney Barnes
      Hi Denis! Our Millet is grown in both the USA and Canada.
  6. Pamela Bennett
    I purchased your millet flour hoping to bake some muffins that use only millet flour. Do you have any recipes for breads or muffins that use only millet flour? I especially like blueberry or pumpkin muffins.
    Your article, “Discover Millet” was very informative and you have several recipes for your hulled millet that I am going to try.
    1. Elisabeth Allie
      Elisabeth Allie
      Like many gluten free flours, you'll get the best result by using millet flour combined with other flours. Here's one of our favorite recipes:

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