Amaranth Breakfast Porridge

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Amaranth is an ancient gluten free seed (pseudo-grain) that is growing immensely in popularity. The trouble is, most folks who want to eat it have no idea how to prepare it.

The seeds are too tiny for most grain grinders, which leaves the whole grain itself as the most practical way to get started using it in the kitchen. 

Until you have the funds for a specialty appliance that can grind tiny amaranth seeds into flour (I don’t recommend store bought flour as it is usually nutritionless and even rancid), amaranth porridge is the most practical way to go.

Amaranth for Breakfast

Because the seeds are so small, amaranth makes a delicious, creamy porridge very similar in consistency to buckwheat or teff porridge. The taste is similar to teff as well – a mild nuttiness that is very pleasant.

The key is that amaranth should be soaked first as the seeds are high in anti-nutrients like tannins and saponins. The process is very similar to overnight oats. However, amaranth is more of a seed than a true grain. So, I use a soaking medium of filtered water and a small amount of sea salt instead of whey, lemon juice or apple cider vinegar.

Then, a thorough cooking on the stove renders it fully digestible. Most notably, the excellent protein profile will be more fully metabolized when careful preparation methods are followed. Dress it up in a bowl with your favorite healthy fat, whole sweetener or fruit and other toppings.

Here’s how I make and enjoy it in my home.

Traditional Amaranth Porridge Recipe

Classical recipe for amaranth porridge best enjoyed for breakfast hot in a bowl with your choice of healthy fat, whole sweetener and nuts or fruit topping.

Course Breakfast
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 180 kcal
Author Sarah Pope MGA

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place amaranth seeds in a small pot and mix in half (1.5 cups) the filtered water and 1/2 tsp sea salt. Cover and leave on the counter for a minimum of 5 hours or overnight.

  2. Drain off the soaking water and rinse the seeds well. 

    rinsing amaranth grain
  3. Place the seeds back into a clean small pot and pour in the remaining 1.5 cups of water. Bring to a boil uncovered, stir well, cover and reduce heat to a simmer for 10 minutes.

  4. Remove from heat, uncover and stir amaranth porridge to enhance smoothness. 

    cooked amaranth
  5. Serve in bowls with your favorite healthy fat, whole sweetener and other toppings. I enjoy a half tablespoon of butter, whole grassfed raw milk, and a drizzle of date syrup.

Nutrition Facts
Traditional Amaranth Porridge Recipe
Amount Per Serving (47 g)
Calories 180 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 10mg 0%
Potassium 170mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 1g
Protein 7g 14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

Sarah Pope has been a Health and Nutrition Educator since 2002. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Weston A. Price Foundation.

Sarah was awarded Activist of the Year at the International Wise Traditions Conference in 2010.

Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in Economics from Furman University and a Master’s degree in Government (Financial Management) from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mother to three healthy children, blogger, and best-selling author, she writes about the practical application of Traditional Diet and evidence-based wellness within the modern household. Her work has been featured by USA Today, The New York Times, National Review, ABC, NBC, and many others.

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