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Amaranth Porridge

Ok, so first things first.  I love Oats.  They are a great choice for breakfast…BUT… there is always a but isn’t there.

All Oats are not created equal…top of the heap you have your gorgeous organic Jumbo Oat and then right down at the bottom of the pile you have that sawdust in sachets that passes for breakfast cereal.  The jumbo oats give you a slow release of energy, especially when you pair them with nuts, seeds, nut milks or dairy, while the sawdust sachet just gives you a sugar rush and a crash.  Oats are naturally gluten free, although they may have been processed in a factory that also produces gluten based products so if you have an allergy or intolerance then always buy the guaranteed Gluten Free Jumbo Oats.

But despite their impressive health credentials Oats are not for everyone and if you are trying to reduce or cut out grains from your diet then breakfast can be a nightmare.

Step in the Amaranth Seed.

A protein packed powerhouse, Amaranth contains more than three times the average amount of calcium and is also high in iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.  It’s also the only grain documented to contain Vitamin C..pretty impressive stuff right!

Its doesn’t go completely soft as a grain would, its more of a soft nutty texture..it maybe a bit if an acquired taste.  We serve this recipe on our Sugar Detox Retreat and it almost always splits the table into lovers and haters…


Amaranth Porridge - A Healthy Alternative To Oats
Serves 2
  • 100gm Amaranth
  • 100ml Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 100ml Coconut Water
  • 1/2 Cap of Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 sml Cinnamon Stick
  • Grating Fresh Nutmeg
  • 20gms Flaked Almonds

As with all porridge this couldn’t be simpler to make.

You simply combine the amaranth with all the ingredients in a small pan and bring to a gentle bubble on the stove.  I know that at first it will seem like a lot of liquid to the amount of Amaranth but thees little seeds really soak up the juice.  So be liberal.

Keep it on a low bubble and give it the occasional stir to stop it from sticking and so you can adjust the liquid if you need to.  You may find that you will want to add a splash more almond milk to stop it from becoming too thick.

It will take about 20 mins for the porridge to cook through.

Serve topped with flaked almonds

If you are looking for a gluten free porridge recipe this is well worth a try.