Sep 19, 2023 by Hannah Sunderani
Switch up your morning routine with this creamy amaranth porridge! It’s a one pot recipe and it comes together in less than 30 minutes. This amaranth porridge is sweet and nutty with a slightly crunchy texture, it’s protein-packed and the perfect healthy way to start a busy day.
If you love my 20-Minute Creamy Quinoa Porridge, you’re going to LOVE this amaranth recipe! It’s the perfect recipe to replace Traditional Oatmeal if you’re celiac (or simply gluten-free), or if you just want to switch up your morning breakfast routine. It has the same irresistible, creamy texture as my popular quinoa porridge, yet is made with a base of the ancient crop, amaranth.
Amaranth has a long standing history as a staple food in Aztec and Incan civilizations and has recently become popular again due to its impressive nutrition. It’s also naturally gluten-free, which is ideal for anyone struggling with the digestion of wheat! Once you give it a try, you’ll be hooked by it’s sweet and nutty flavour. I’ve no doubt that it will quickly become one of your favourite porridge recipes.
I love it topped with ripe and juicy pears and toasted pecans, but depending on the season and your cravings you can top with seasonal fruit or your favourite toppings like pumpkin seeds, unsweetened coconut flakes, or a drizzle of nut butter.
Aside from being a naturally gluten-free grain, this little seed is often referred to as a superfood due to its rich nutritional profile. Here are just a few reasons why you’ll want to be incorporating this ancient grain into your family’s diet!
You’ll need just 4 simple ingredients to make this amaranth porridge recipe:
If you’ve ever made one of my oatmeal recipes or even fluffy quinoa, making this amaranth porridge will be a breeze for you! Simply combine the amaranth and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, slightly lower the heat, and let simmer for 25 minutes, stirring frequently until the amaranth is soft and cooked. When it’s ready the consistency should be of a thick porridge.
After 25 minutes or so, pour in the coconut milk and stir to combine. This will add a nice creaminess and help thin out the porridge to the perfect consistency. Finally stir in the maple syrup, cardamom, and salt for flavor.
Enjoy with the toasted pecans, sliced pear, or additional fresh fruit of choice like fresh berries.
While both oats and amaranth are considered whole grains, they are distinctly different in many ways. For example, the flavour of amaranth is often described as nutty and earthy, whereas oats are much more mild and slightly sweet tasting. Additionally, amaranth has a unique texture when cookies, often described as sticky or gelatinous.
As with any whole grain or legume, armaranth should be rinsed thoroughly before cooking. This is going to help remove any excess starch, dirt, debris, or other impurities from their surface. I like to do this by placing the amaranth in a fine mesh sieve and running it under cool, clean water until the water runs clear.
Dry, uncooked amaranth can be stored in your kitchen cupboards and makes an excellent, long-lasting plant-based staple. Once cooked, however, it should be stored in the refrigerator. I recommend transferring any leftovers to an airtight container and keeping for up to 5 days. Leftovers can be reheated with an additional splash of coconut milk on the stovetop or in the microwave until warmed through.
Yes! This porridge is an excellent recipe to freeze if you’ve made too much or want to freeze individual servings your family can quickly reheat on their own. To freeze, allow the porridge to cool, then transfer to a freezer-safe container, portioning into individual servings, if desired, then freeze for up to 3 months.
I hope you love this Amaranth Porridge as much as I do! If you do make this recipe, please let me know in the comments below what you think and check out The Two Spoons App for more vegan breakfast recipes like this! I truly love hearing from you, and I’m always here to answer any questions you might have.
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