Healthy Amaranth Porridge with Sweet Cherries

This healthy amaranth porridge is a creamy, satisfying, gluten-free breakfast option. Topped with sweet cherries, it's a cozy start to your day.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Healthy Amaranth Porridge, Healthy Breakfast Porridge
Servings: 2
Calories: 287kcal


For the porridge:

  • ½ cup uncooked amaranth
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup unsweetened oat milk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract

For the cherries:

  • 1 cup pitted sweet cherries frozen or fresh
  • 2-3 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 vanilla bean optional, but highly recommended


  • Soak amaranth overnight (optional, but will cut down on cooking time). Drain any remaining liquid in the morning.
  • Place amaranth, water, oat milk, and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and cover. Let simmer for 15 minutes (if soaked overnighor 25 minutes (if not soaked), or until almost all the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Remove from heat and keep covered for 5-10 minutes to let the amaranth thicken up.
  • While amaranth is resting, place cherries and maple syrup in a small saucepan and heat over medium-high heat. Cook for 5-10 minutes, or until hot and bubbling. You can also microwave the cherries for 30 seconds at a time until hot, then stir in the maple syrup. Either way, once cherries are cooked, add vanilla bean if using.
  • Stir almond extract into amaranth and divide cooked amaranth between two bowls. Top with cherry topping and additional oat milk if desired. Enjoy immediately.


Nutrition for 1/2 of recipe: 287 calories, 4 grams fat (1 gram saturated fat), 360 mg sodium, 56 grams carbs, 5 grams fiber, 15 grams sugar, 8 grams protein
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