My Breakfast Obsession: Amaranth Porridge

RECIPES – BREAKFAST

Amaranth is a nutritious tiny seed that has become a new favorite breakfast ingredient. It cooks up into a delicious thick porridge & is a great alternative to oatmeal.

In this video, I share some of the health benefits of amaranth, as well as two quick and simple ideas for Amaranth Porridge: one sweet with fruit and cashew butter, the other savory with avocado and tomato.
Once you try either of these nourishing breakfast bowls, I bet amaranth will become a staple in your kitchen.

How Should Amaranth Taste?

After posting this video on instagram, I heard from a few of my followers that they tried amaranth before, and it was bitter or off tasting. If that’s the case, rinse before cooking to remove ​​saponin, a naturally occurring phytochemical that gives unwashed grain a bitter taste.

I buy organic amaranth from my local health food store (their private label brand) and it doesn’t have a bitter taste, even without rinsing, so experiment with different sources if yours tastes off!

Amaranth should be very neutral flavored, maybe a little nutty, similar to quinoa or oats, which really don’t have a strong flavor.

Sweet Amaranth Porridge

Sweet Amaranth Porridge

Sweet Amaranth Porridge

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings2 serving

Ingredients

Amaranth Porridge

Toppings

Instructions

  • Add 1 cup of amaranth to a pot with 2½ cups of water. Bring this to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low. Let the amaranth cook for about 20 minutes or so until all the liquid is absorbed. Once it's done you'll see it has a really thick porridge consistency.
  • Pour the amaranth porridge into two bowls. Top each with chopped fruit of your choice, shredded coconut, seeds, and a swirl of cashew butter on the top.

Recipe Notes

You can save the second bowl of cooked amaranth for tomorrow morning, simply reheat and add toppings then. 

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Savory Amaranth Porridge

Savory Amaranth Porridge

Savory Amaranth Porridge

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings2 serving

Ingredients

Amaranth Porridge

Toppings

Instructions

  • Add 1 cup of amaranth to a pot with 2½ cups of water. Bring this to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low. Let the amaranth cook for about 20 minutes or so until all the liquid is absorbed. Once it's done you'll see it has a really thick porridge-like consistency.
  • Meanwhile, chop tomatoes, onion and avocado. Toss in a bowl with pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, salt and a small drizzle of olive oil. Add oregano now if desired.
  • Pour amaranth porridge into two bowls and top each with half the chopped tomatoes, onion and avocado mix.

Recipe Notes

You can save the second bowl of cooked amaranth for tomorrow morning, simply reheat and add toppings then. 

Did you make this recipe?

Tag @mariamarlowe on instagram and hashtag #healthybymarlowe for a chance to be featured and win awesome prizes each month.

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Hi, I’m Maria and I’m an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach.

I help busy women lose weight or clear up their acne by developing healthier eating habits, based on a plant-based paleo diet.

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