Who needs to add a little cozy to their mornings? We definitely do! This Warm Maple Amaranth Porridge is going to bring so much comfort and joy to your mornings.
Have any of you used amaranth before? Amaranth is actually a seed from the amaranth plant. It offers a great, gluten-free alternative for those of you with gluten allergies or sensitivities. Amaranth is packed with a range of vitamins and minerals. It contains vitamin B6, folate, and calcium. It’s also an excellent source of iron, magnesium, phosphorous, manganese, and selenium. HELLO POWERHOUSE. Amaranth alone is reason enough to get up in the morning!
We’ll be topping our porridge with one of my favorite foods…figs! Figs are fruits that are deliciously sweet and tart. Often people are puzzled when it comes figs. What do they look like? How do I eat it? How do I know when it is ripe and ready? You can eat figs as a raw, fresh fruit or dried. Fresh ripe figs will be slightly soft to the touch. When you’re ready to eat, just wash the fruit, cut in half, and eat up. For a full step-by-step guide to choosing and eating figs check out this article here.
Now, let’s get cooking! In a medium pot, bring the water to a boil and add the amaranth. Cook over low heat, with the lid on, for 20 minutes or until most of the water has been absorbed. While the amaranth is cooking, make sure to stir occasionally. Once done, remove from the stove, and add the almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and coconut oil to the pot. Stir in well and then serve into bowls. Top with any of the suggested toppings below or your favorite fruits, nuts, and/or seeds! If you’re eating alone, store the leftovers in the fridge for up to a week. When it’s time to reheat, add some additional almond milk and mix it in so the porridge isn’t too thick. Enjoy!
Alright, so what do we think of our Warm Maple Amaranth Porridge? Have you ever had amaranth for breakfast? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup amaranth
- 3/4 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- Figs, blueberries, sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries
In a medium pot, bring the water to a boil and add the amaranth
Cook over low heat, with the lid on, for 20 minutes or until most of the water has been absorbed
While the amaranth is cooking, make sure to stir occasionally
Once done, remove from the stove, and add the almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and coconut oil to the pot
Stir in well, and then serve into bowls
Top with any of the suggested toppings or your favorite fruits, nuts, and/or seeds!
If you're eating alone, store the leftovers in the fridge for up to a week. When it's time to reheat, add some additional almond milk and mix it in so the porridge isn't so thick. Enjoy!
What!!! I’ll have to try this out with the amaranth I’m growing this year. Look like a power house breakfast.
Omg you’re growing amaranth?! How cool is that!
Yes, cool indeed!
Yes, I’ve had amaranth for breakfast, and it’s devine! Thanks for sharing.
You’re welcome! I’m totally hooked. Looking forward to developing more recipes with it
Ann Marie says
just stumbled onto your page, listened to the podcast with Sharon Palmer. as an RD I’m always in search of reliable blogs and websites. quick question, why the coconut oil in this recipe? I encourage patients to stay away from coconut oil of course d/t it’s high saturated fat content.(replacement for butter?) also, did you know you can “pop” amaranth? I have a cereal bar recipe that has popped amaranth in it, very fun, tiny little white puffs, my kids think its great!
Ohhhhh I’ve never popped amaranth! Funnn. So with coconut oil, it has great flavor, and we do recommend practicing portion control just like we would with any other fats. Based on the research, I don’t believe saturated fat (especially plant-based saturated fats) are the culprits in heart disease. Enjoying coconut oil within the context of a varied plant-based diet is totally fine, and there’s also pretty compelling research favoring coconut oil’s health benefits. A lot of our patients have interpreted this as let’s have a coconut oil party hahahaha but that’s where we take the opportunity to educate on how to incorporate coconut oil in a balanced and portioned way. Hope that makes sense!
This is our 4th time eating amaranth porridge. The kids have for the most part not enjoyed it the other 3 times and only eaten their bowlful because they had to. I made it using this recipe today and my children who hated it the most the other times ate 3 and 4 bowls! This is a keeper recipe!
so happy you enjoyed!! I may have to whip up a bowl of this myself now that I’m home so much