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Fonio is considered to be a nutritional powerhouse and provides a ton of nutrients.

Fonio is a good source of B vitamins, including thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin, which are necessary for the growth, development, and function of cells, as well as energy production.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) suggests that fonio has the highest calcium content of all grains. So, if you don’t consume dairy, such as vegans or individuals with lactose intolerance, this might be a great choice.

Fonio also provides iron, copper, zinc, and magnesium.

Fonio is prepared similar to couscous and other grains. It is boiled in water or other liquid for a very short amount of time and let to sit covered until cooked through. You fluff it with a fork and it is light and airy and perfect for a million different recipes.

Fonio is eaten in its entirety and therefore considered a whole grain.

Whole grains may aid weight management and gut health. They’re also associated with a plethora of health benefits, including a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and colorectal, pancreatic, and stomach cancer.

Fonio is naturally gluten-free. Thus, it’s safe for people with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease.
Fonio is an ancient grain from Africa. It is the smallest member of the millet family and grows easily in the arid regions of Africa. It is traditionally used in everything from breakfast porridge to bread, is added to soups, stir-fries, and baked goods and of course, served as a side dish like it is here.
Fonio is the perfect substitute for couscous, quinoa, white and brown rice and other grains.

Fonio with Pistachios and Apricots

Try a new healthier whole grain that is packed with nutrients and gluten free. My fonio with pistachios and apricots is the perfect side dish.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Sides
Cuisine General
Servings 6 Served
Calories 2 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


  • 1/2 Cup Red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Lemon juice
  • 1 1/3 Cups Shipetaukin Quick Fonio
  • 2-2/3 Cups Low sodium chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 Tsp. Kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 Cup Shelled pistachios
  • 10 Dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/3 Cup Parsley, chopped


  • Place the chopped onion in a small bowl. Pour the lemon juice over the onions, set aside and let the onions soak in the lemon juice for about 5 minutes
  • Toast the pistachios in a small pan on medium-high heat until lightly browned and fragrant. Put in a small bowl to cool.
  • Put 2 and 2/3 cups of stock in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Add one tablespoon of olive oil and one teaspoon of salt to the water. Once the salt dissolves, stir in the folio. Briefly return to a boil. Cover and remove from the heat. Let the fonio sit covered for 5-6 minutes.
  • Fluff the fonio with a fork. Stir in the pistachios, chopped apricots and parsley. Stir in the red onion and lemon juice. Add one more tablespoon of olive oil, stir well and add salt to taste. Serve warm or at room temperature as a side dish or salad.


Calories: 2kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 0.03gFat: 0.02gSaturated Fat: 0.003gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.002gSodium: 0.1mgPotassium: 10mgFiber: 0.03gSugar: 0.3gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 1mgIron: 0.01mg
Keyword grains, healthier choice, side dish
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