Amaranth Porridge Recipe

Start your morning with gluten-free Amaranth Porridge. Amaranth is a plant protein source that is packed with calcium, iron, and triple the fiber of wheat. 

Amaranth Porridge with vanilla and walnuts - The Foodie Affair

There is a new kid in town and his name is Amaranth! So watch out quinoa it looks like you may have some competition in my kitchen!

Well, I guess I should clarify. HE is a grain that I discovered while shopping at Marshalls, and I don’t know why I’ve never been aware of this little seed, but it’s a nutritional powerhouse!

Amaranth Porridge with honey - The Foodie Affair

I love going to Marshalls to browse through their food isle. I find different brands of coffee that I don’t always see in our grocery stores as well as a variety of spices and oils.

A little bag of  tiny seeds (smaller than chia, maybe the same size as quinoa) of amaranth caught my eye so I took a closer look, and was intrigued by the suggested way to prepare it; pop it like popcorn, grind it into flour, toast it or cook it like rice.

Amaranth Porridge with Vanilla and Walnuts - The Foodie Affair

He came home with me and as soon as I was able, I googled AMARANTH to see what I could learn. Apparently, this guy dates back 8,000 years to ancient Aztec and Incan civilizations. Not a new discovery at all, but I suppose not a very popular grain!

If you are interested in learning more, I found this article, Amaranth, a healthy grain for vegetarian recipes to be full of information and a couple of recipes that looked interesting. The Amaranth Grits recipe caught my eye, and I thought that for my first try at using the grain I would start with something similar.

Amaranth Porridge with vanilla and honey - The Foodie Affair

Porridge seems to be such an old-fashioned name, but I was at a loss for what to call this oatmeal-like breakfast besides yummy or tasty!!

I cooked the amaranth with almond milk and half of a split vanilla bean, which yielded sweet, creamy, nutty flavors. There is a little chewy texture in the porridge, and I topped it with strawberries, walnuts and honey.

Amaranth reheats well too. I put some in a jelly jars to take with me to work, and added some more almond milk to get a creamy texture when I warmed it in the microwave. You can find Amaranth at nutrition stores. I hope Whole Foods carries it because I’m ready to experiment some more!

Amaran Porridge with vanilla and honey in a white cereal bowl

Amaranth Porridge

This bowl of nutritious porridge is simple to make is a nice change from the traditional bowl of oatmeal.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Amaranth porridge, amaranth porridge recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 250kcal
Author: Sandra Shaffer


  • 2 cups almond milk unsweetened
  • 1 cup Amaranth
  • 1/2 vanilla bean split (or you can add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract)
  • fruit optional
  • walnuts optional
  • honey or sweetener of your choice optional


  • In a medium saucepan stir in the almond milk, amaranth and vanilla together. Bring to a boil. Cover and let simmer for 20-25 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove vanilla pod.
  • Serve with fruit, nuts, honey and additional almond milk if you would like.


I lightly toasted the walnuts in a non-stick pan to bring out the nutty flavor.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 12mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 18g


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  1. I’ve never had amaranth porridge but I am determined to change that and make this recipe! It is such a healthy and delicious breakfast (or lunch) option!

  2. I have never heard of Amaranth and now I’ve seen recipes twice in one week! We will definitely give it a try, porridge is a great way to start the day!

  3. This is the first I am hearing of Amaranth? You can bet I am looking for it now! So many ideas in my head to use it!

  4. Ah! I’ve heard of this but never knew what you could use it for! This sounds like a really fantastic way to start the morning and get some healthy stuff into the body! Cant wait to they it.

  5. This is the second recipe for this new kid on the block that I have drooled over today! Clearly, I have to get better acquainted with amaranth; this porridge looks like the perfect place to start!

  6. I haven’t used Amaranth before either. I also LOVE Marshalls (Home Goods and TJMaxx) for the same reason. I usually head right straight to the back of the store upon entering building. πŸ™‚

  7. I’ve heard of amaranth, but never have cooked nor eaten it! As a huge fan of quinoa, I have a feeling I’d love this ancient grain, too πŸ™‚

  8. Very healthy recipe! I use Amaranth regularly in our diet. Very healthy and packed with nutrition. Its commonly available in India known as Rajgira. We makes sweets like laddoo, pooris which can be served with vegetables etc..

  9. Another source for amaranth would be Indian food stores and health food stores. I think Bob’s Red Mill sells it too. Now I’m curious about how it would taste popped. Enjoy your new friend πŸ™‚