August 4, 2021

Chai-Spiced Amaranth Porridge

Who’s looking to mix up their breakfast game? After just a few months at home during the pandemic, I knew I was. Enter amaranth - a teeny, tiny seed that can be used like a grain in sweet or savory recipes. I used it to create this Chai Spiced Amaranth Porridge, which can be served hot or cold, and is extra delicious topped with fresh fruit.

Amaranth is nutrient-dense, and a good source of fiber and protein. It is high in important minerals, including manganese, magnesium, and iron. Amaranth contains numerous antioxidant compounds, which help reduce inflammation. It’s a versatile, gluten-free grain that can help add some variety to your meals!

To make this amaranth porridge, you simmer the amaranth in water until it’s fully absorbed, then add coconut milk, maple syrup, and spices, and simmer a little longer to thicken. Top this spicy, sweet porridge with fresh seasonal or dried fruit, shredded coconut, or a sprinkle of nuts or seeds - whatever you would put on your favorite hot morning cereal! You can also make it ahead, and store it portioned in small jars in the refrigerator for easy-to-grab breakfasts for the week ahead. It’s delicious when cold, too!

Ingredients assembled for Chai-Spiced Amaranth Porridge
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Stages of cooking the amaranth porridge
Cook amaranth until tender, then add coconut milk, maple syrup, and spices, and simmer again until thickened.

Chai-Spiced Amaranth Porridge in wo glass jars with toppings to add such as diced fresh mango, fresh strawberries, and shredded coconut
Top your amaranth porridge with fresh seasonal fruit and shredded coconut, or whatever your favorite toppings are for your traditional hot cereal (like oatmeal).

Chai-Spiced Amaranth Porridge in two glass jars, topped with mango, strawberries, and coconut
Chai-Spiced Amaranth Porridge adds variety to your morning breakfast routine!

Original publication date: April 19, 2021

Chai-Spiced Amaranth Porridge

Looking to mix up your breakfast game? This Chai-Spiced Amaranth Porridge can be served hot or cold, and is extra delicious topped with fresh fruit.


Kira Freed - The Joyful Plateful











1/2 cup amaranth

1 cup water

1/4 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1/2 tsp. ground cardamom

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

1/4 tsp. ground allspice

2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk

Fresh fruit and/or shredded coconut, for topping/serving (optional)


  1. In a medium pot, bring water and salt to a boil. Add amaranth, and reduce heat to maintain a simmer/low boil. Cook amaranth for 20 minutes, until grain is tender and water is almost completely absorbed.
  2. Once amaranth is cooked, stir in coconut milk, maple syrup, and spices. Return to a simmer for 5 minutes, then turn off heat and let stand for 5 minutes to cool and thicken.
  3. Serve porridge topped with fresh fruit such as mango or berries and shredded coconut (optional). Makes 2 servings.
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March 19, 2024
Sounds sooooo yummy. I will definitely prepare this