Make Ahead

Blueberry Almond Breakfast Polenta

September 21, 2009
2 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
Author Notes

This recipe came to me right as I was about to overextend myself: I'm 8 mos pregnant and, with a day of cooking ahead of me, almost decided to whip up impromptu blueberry corn muffins for breakfast. As I stared at the cornmeal trying to gear up to bake, it struck me: BREAKFAST POLENTA! Such a treat, so very Italian, and (most importantly) quick and easy. I boosted nutrition with almond meal and blueberries and couldn't have been happier with the ridiculously yummy results. Enjoy! - ChowMamaStacie —One Hungry Mama

Test Kitchen Notes

ChowMama Stacie, inspired by a Martha Stewart recipe, starts with a brilliant concept (polenta instead of cream of wheat!) and runs with it. She blends almond meal with the polenta and cooks the two together, later adding vanilla, fresh blueberries and cardamom. A bit of honey lends just the right amount of sweetness -- a light touch keeps it from being cloying. We tried it with hazelnut meal too, and it was fantastic. We think this delicately flavored breakfast cereal would be great with whatever berries are in season. - A&M —The Editors

  • Serves 3 to 4
  • 4 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup quick-cook polenta
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch Cardamom (up to 1/4 teaspoon)
  • Crème fraîche or sour cream, optional
In This Recipe
  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 and whisk until it melts completely.
  3. Turn heat off and whisk in honey, blueberries, vanilla and cardamom. Serve with a dollop of creme fraiche or sour cream and an extra sprinkle of blueberries.
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