This healthy amaranth porridge is a creamy, satisfying, gluten-free breakfast option. Topped with sweet cherries, it’s a cozy start to your day.
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I love oats.
In fact I eat overnight oats pretty much every day of the week. But on weekends (and the occasional weekday) I like to shake things up.
Growing up, I ate a lot of porridge: oatmeal, cream of wheat, malt o-meal, and Smørgrøt (a Norwegian porridge).
Which means I have a lot to compare this recipe to. While it’s different from all of these, it most-closely resembles cream of wheat as the amaranth “grains” are super small and the mixture is creamier than oatmeal.
If you’ve never had amaranth before, you may be wondering: what does amaranth taste like? I find it has an earthy, nutty flavor that’s similar to wheat berries or brown rice. I personally don’t find it as sweet as oats.
Nutritionally, amaranth and oats have a lot in common as they’re both high in fiber (4-5 grams per 1 cup cooked), and a good source of essential vitamins and minerals such as manganese, magnesium, iron, zinc, and selenium.
But where amaranth shines is in its protein content. Like quinoa, amaranth is one of the few plant-based sources of complete protein (a.k.a it contains all 9 essential amino acids).
Just 1 cup of cooked amaranth has 9 grams of protein (compared to about 5 grams in 1 cup of cooked oatmeal).
Want to learn more about the health benefits of amaranth? Check out my Meet Your Ingredients Guide here.
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