Amaranth Porridge Recipe

Megan Myers | Stetted

Amaranth porridge is full of apples and cinnamon for a hearty breakfast. It's a great alternative to oatmeal!

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When I was a child, I refused to eat oatmeal. Frankly, I was a bit odd when it came to breakfast. My daily habit consisted of either buttered toast, Crispix cereal, or Cream of Wheat. Never the sugary cereal or the “dinosaur egg” oatmeal my brother liked.

At some point I grew past that and embraced every kind of breakfast, from blueberry waffles to omelets. Still, there is something to be said for the childhood comfort of a bowl of Cream of Wheat, and now that I’m an adult and fully into experimenting with ingredients, I’ve fallen in love with amaranth porridge.

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Amaranth is a plant that is sometimes considered a weed, but is also cultivated for eating. In many countries the seed is what you eat. These teeny-tiny seeds are similar to quinoa and puff up slightly when cooked. You can order it online, or find it in some grocery stores near the other ancient grains.

Amaranth is also an excellent source of protein, fiber, and lots of minerals, so it’s a good option for those who are health conscious. It has its own uniquely nutty taste and is certainly a filling breakfast!

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Amaranth porridge is an excellent substitute for oatmeal if you are still craving that hearty taste but need to add something new to the menu. I like to cook it with a mixture of milk and water, and then whatever fruit I feel like having.

Firm fruits like apples and pears work beautifully with this recipe, as well as bananas and frozen berries. For fresh berries, I like to add them at the end of cooking, just so they’re warmed and not completely mushy.

You can also use your favorite spices in amaranth porridge, from cinnamon to nutmeg to cardamom. I haven’t tried making a savory version yet, but because savory oatmeal is all the rage right now I might need to make my own twist.

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Be sure to serve the amaranth porridge with maple syrup for drizzling, or cream if you like (or both!).  Any leftovers can be saved in an airtight container in the refrigerator, and reheated in the microwave with a little extra liquid.

Give amaranth porridge a try!

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Amaranth Porridge Recipe

    4 Servings


  • 1 cup Amaranth Seeds
  • 2 cups 2% Milk, or water
  • 1 medium Apple, peeled and diced
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick, 4-inch
  • pinch of Salt
  • Pure Maple Syrup, to serve


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine amaranth, milk or water, apple, cinnamon, and salt.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cover.
  3. Simmer for 25-30 minutes, stirring every so often, until amaranth is cooked and desired consistency is achieved.
  4. Serve with maple syrup for swirling on top.


Cooking Method:
Make Ahead
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Author: Megan Myers
Recipe Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 32
Calories 251

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g
  Saturated Fat 1g
Sodium 64mg
Total Carbohydrate 43g
  Dietary Fiber 5g
  Sugars 10g
Protein 11g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Megan Myers

About Megan

Megan is known for her commitment to eating local, fresh food and leading a well-fed life, as documented on her blog, Stetted. Around these parts, though, she's known for her commitment to phenomenal breakfast recipes.

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