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I gravitate towards the savory breakfast, even to the point of consuming leftover dinner in spot of waffles, pancakes, or sweet porridges. Even so, from time to time my sweet tooth gets the most effective of me. Fortunately, I can make a imply bowl of breakfast porridge and amaranth is a single of the approaches to my sweet-breakfast heart.

Amaranth Porridge

I totally adore amaranth for each the grain and in floral arrangements. When expanding, it is colorful and undoubtedly and eye-catching addition. However, the grain, in terms of cooking, does not pretty get the identical appreciate.

Amaranth requires a small know-how. It is comparable to quinoa in that it is truly a pseudo-grain or superior recognized as a seed. It does not, even so, cook up like quinoa. Amaranth, if cooked like any other grain, becomes a bit gummy.

Amaranth has a greater level of amylopectin, a major element of starch. This element creates a slightly additional gelatinous texture to the cooked grain believe sushi rice versus extended-grain rice. The creamy really feel of cooked amaranth lends itself nicely to porridges and polentas. There are approaches to use amaranth in additional standard grain approaches, it just requires an further step.

Overhead photograph of Amaranth Porridge with Caramelized Bananas and an extra white plate with caramelized bananas.

The topping

I attempt and stick with only fruits and vegetables I can supply locally but I sometimes appreciate a very good banana dish. It also aids that we nearly often have bananas about thanks to a kid who had a mild obsession with them for some time.

Of course, if you wanted to stick to one thing you could invest in at the farmers market place, attempt peaches, apples, or pears. I like all of these possibilities for cooking in the butter/sugar mixture. You could also just load this amaranth porridge with fresh berries and get in touch with it very good.

Creating it vegan

This a single is simple. I truly favor this porridge with non-dairy milk such as almond or oat. Exact same goes for the cream on best. As for the butter, you could use coconut oil or my pal Emma not too long ago introduced me to Miyoko’s vegan butter. It is truly genuinely very good and a strong 1:1 for dairy butter.


Banana-Pecan Amaranth Porridge


A hearty, complete-grain porridge applying amaranth and milk (quickly vegan with non-dairy milk). Major with the bananas or attempt your personal topping with what ever seasonal fruit you have on hand.



1 cup uncooked amaranth

1 Β½ cups complete or non-dairy milkΒ 

1 Β½ cups water

Pinch of Salt, if applying unsalted butter


three tablespoons butter

two just-ripe bananas

two tablespoons muscovado or brown sugar

Pinch of Salt


Cinnamon for topping

Cream, for topping

ΒΌ cup pecan pieces, toasted


  • Heat a pot more than medium-low heat. Add the amaranth and toast for about a minute. Any longer and you threat the amaranth beginning to pop (a entertaining activity but not what we’re going for in this recipe).
  • Add in the milk, water, and salt. Bring to a boil and let simmer for about 25 minutes or additional, stirring sometimes. It will appear like the porridge is not thickening but it will occur swift towards the finish.
  • Though the porridge is cooking, melt the butter in a compact skillet more than medium-low. Reduce the banana into ¼” to 1/two β€œ thick slices and spot in the pan with the melted butter. Cook for a minute or so. Add in the sugar and a pinch of salt. Continue to cook till the sugar starts to caramelize the bananas, about two minutes or so. You want the bananas to cook just extended sufficient to be soft but not drop their shape.
  • After the porridge and bananas are completed, assemble the bowls. Divide the amaranth into two bowls and best with bananas, a sprinkle of cinnamon, cream, and a sprinkle of toasted pecans.



  • I like to toast my pecans in the pan prior to I make the bananas. Straightforward add to the heated pan and shake till fragrant and beginning to darken slightly. Get rid of from the pan and return to heat for the bananas.
  • A small amaranth goes a extended way. The serving size for amaranth is ΒΌ cup dry but I have a tendency to consume a sizable breakfast.
  • The old recipe named for soaking and whilst there are schools of believed that this is a ought to for each grain, legume, nut, and seed. I favor the flavor of amaranth that has been toasted (which is not genuinely feasible unless you soak, dry, then toast- a course of action I’ve but to master timing for).

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Overhead photograph of amaranth porridge in white bowls topped with caramelized bananas and served with coffee in black mugs.