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  • Makes 8 parfaits

Millet has a subtle nutty flavor that plays well with sweet ingredients. When cooked, it takes on a fluffy texture that is great for puddings. For a festive presentation, try serving these elegant blueberry parfaits in long-stem wine glasses or martini glasses.

Multicooker directions: To make the pudding in an electric multicooker, combine 3 cups of the milk, 6 Tbsp. of the Date Paste, the cinnamon, cardamom, and 1 cup water in a 6-qt. Instant Pot multicooker. Bring to boiling on Sauté setting. Add millet. Lock lid in place; set pressure valve to Sealing. Set cooker to cook 10 minutes on high pressure. Let stand to release pressure naturally. Open lid carefully. Stir in the remaining ½ cup milk and the vanilla. Cool, covered, until pudding thickens. Continue as directed with Step 2.


  • 3½ cups unsweetened, unflavored plant-based milk
  • 8 tablespoons Date Paste, divided
  • ¾ to 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¾ cup dry millet
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened pomegranate juice
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen blueberries


  1. For pudding, in a large saucepan combine 3 cups of the milk, 6 Tbsp. of the Date Paste, the cinnamon, cardamom, and 1 cup water. Bring to boiling, whisking to dissolve Date Paste. Stir in millet. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in the remaining ½ cup milk and the vanilla. Cover and let cool in pan. (Millet will thicken as it cools.)
  2. For topping, in a small bowl whisk together 2 Tbsp. of the pomegranate juice and the cornstarch. In a medium saucepan combine the remaining 1 cup pomegranate juice and the remaining 2 Tbsp. Date Paste. Bring to boiling, whisking to dissolve Date Paste. Whisk in cornstarch mixture. Cook about 1 minute or until mixture thickens, whisking constantly. Remove from heat. Fold in blueberries; cool.
  3. To assemble parfaits, spoon ¼ cup pudding into each of eight small glasses. Top with 1 heaping tablespoon blueberry topping. Repeat layers. Chill at least 4 hours or until set.

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