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!
Original publication date: April 19, 2021
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.