Slow-Cooker Overnight Fonio Porridge

Fast-growing and drought-resistant, this ancient grain is an important crop in West Africa. It's a type of millet, making it gluten-free. Fonio's light and fluffy texture and mild flavor make it work equally well with sweet and savory toppings.

Slow-Cooker Overnight Fonio Porridge
Photo: Ted & Chelsea Cavanaugh
Active Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 5 mins


  • 8 cups unsweetened oat milk or other nondairy milk or water (see Tip)

  • 2 cups fonio

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Combine oat milk (or other nondairy milk or water), fonio and salt in a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on Low until tender and creamy, about 8 hours.


5- or 6-quart slow cooker


Use any plant-based milk or water in this recipe, but skip dairy; it will curdle.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

270 Calories
2g Fat
57g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 1 cup
Calories 270
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 6g 12%
Total Fat 2g 3%
Sodium 265mg 12%
Potassium 95mg 2%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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