Millet is one of those lesser-known ancient "grains" that can be intimidating until you actually cook with it. Like quinoa, it's actually an ancient seed rather than an official grain, but it can be used like one. And also like quinoa, it's quick-cooking, naturally gluten-free, and pretty versatile.

It's also a great source of protein, fiber, B vitamins, and manganese.

With its pleasantly sweet and nutty flavor, it tastes a little like corn and is great in both savory and sweet dishes. It can be eaten for breakfast, dinner, and dessert—just check out all the ways you can cook with it below.

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Fig and Honey

Take a break from oats with this creamy porridge alternative.

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What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today

Millet can be ground and used in combination with other flours to make creations like these irresistable crepes.

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Dolly + Oatmeal

Make spiced and fluffy millet the base of your next breakfast bowl.

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Mitzy At Home

Millet brings a hearty and creamy component to this bright vegetable soup.

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The First Mess

A natural stand-in for ground corn, millet makes the perfect polenta alternative. Serve with saucy and spicy lentils for a satisfying meal.

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Love + Lemons

These veggie-packed baked vegan patties are a great way to start cooking with millet.

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Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen

Give millet the grain salad treatment for this perfect make-ahead lunch.

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Yummy Beet

Sweeten the deal with a vegan and extra-tasty take on banana bread.

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The Awesome Green

Puffed millet lends a fun texture to these dreamy chocolatey energy bars.

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