Amaranth Porridge

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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. 

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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!

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.

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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.

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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!

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Amaranth Porridge

Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 25 mins Yields 2

Ingredients

  • 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)

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. Serve with fruit, nuts, honey and additional almond milk if you would like.

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Recipe Notes

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

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24 Comments on Amaranth Porridge

  1. avatar
    LydiaF says:
    July 30, 2014

    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 🙂

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      July 30, 2014

      Oh, that makes sense! Thanks for the tips. I can’t wait to buy more amaranth! He’s sticking around for awhile 😉

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    July 30, 2014

    I have never actually heard of amaranth! But any breakfast with vanilla and honey has my tick of deliciousness. I would really love to try this 🙂

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      July 30, 2014

      Oh, glad to know I’m not alone! So many healthy benefits in amaranth. I hope you give this a try!

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    July 30, 2014

    Definitely called porridge here. I’ve seen amaranth in the gardens and kitchens as leaves but never used the seeds. Clever breakfast!

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      July 30, 2014

      I don’t know where I’ve been, but I never know what the plant was called until now! This porridge was a nice change from the oatmeal I often eat.

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    July 30, 2014

    This porridge looks so delicious, great breakfast idea 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    Marye says:
    July 30, 2014

    I haven’t tried it but that sounds amazing!

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      July 30, 2014

      I’m so excited to have found amaranth. It is a tasty grain as a porridge. I’m anxious to try other dishes too!

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    Priya says:
    July 30, 2014

    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..

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      July 30, 2014

      Thank you, Priya! I would love to learn more about amaranth and how to incorporate it in my diet. I’m going to investigate those dishes to try!

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    July 31, 2014

    G’day I love using Amaranth! Your dish looks delish!
    Cheers! Joanne @ What’s On The List

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    janelle says:
    July 31, 2014

    Yum! I have never had porridge, but this looks good. I love the addition of honey and fruit for flavor.

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      August 3, 2014

      The honey and strawberry is a perfect blend. The walnuts add a nice crunch too 😉

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    Liz says:
    July 31, 2014

    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 🙂

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      August 3, 2014

      You gotta give amaranth a try! You’ll definitely love it!

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    Aunt Bee says:
    July 31, 2014

    I have never cooked with Amaranth. I am curious to try it now! I need your little bee honey utensil! Where did you get it???

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      August 3, 2014

      I found that little bee at a grocery store of all places! You definitely need one, so if I see another I’ll mail it to you 🙂

  11. avatar
    July 31, 2014

    Amaranth Porridge sounds and looks wonderful. I have never tried it. I think after seeing your recipe and blog post though I am going to check it out!!

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      August 3, 2014

      After learning more about amaranth, I’m going to try more recipes. It’s such a healthy grain.

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    shelby says:
    August 2, 2014

    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. 🙂

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      August 3, 2014

      It’s so fun to see what those stores might have. It always changes, so this was fun to get to try Amaranth!

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