Cinnamon Amaranth with Berries, a delicious gluten-free, protein, nutrient packed breakfast filled with nutty, toasty flavor.
Quinoa is the "it grain", but I can't enjoy it because I'm allergic. Yes, there are some of us that are allergic to Quinoa, well actually it's a sensitivity to saponin, which is a substance that acts as a protectant from insects and fungus. It can have a toxic effect so it's very important to wash quinoa very well under running water until the water runs clear before cooking. However there are still some of us who are still sensitive to it even after a through washing. In my case I used to eat quinoa with no problem until one day I think I has some that wasn't washed throughly, soon after eating it I was doubled over in pain. Now whenever I eat quinoa my body recognizes the protein and I get sick all over again.
So I have embraced Amaranth, a grain that many have never tried or just plain don’t know about.
Amaranth is a gluten-free grain with a nutty, toasty flavor high in protein, vitamins and minerals, it's popular in Mexico and was a major crop of the Aztecs.
It’s a super versatile grain that can be used in place of rice or pasta, in soups or stews, in puddings, baked goods, smoothies, cereals and it can even be popped and served as a tasty snack.
Today I'm sharing one of my favorite ways to have it, as a warm breakfast cereal with fruit.
I use a two to one ratio when preparing Amaranth, 1 cup Amaranth to 2 cups of liquid. In this recipe you can use water, milk, or both, I like to do half water, half milk. Just put liquid, spices and Amaranth in a pot bring to a boil and 15 to 20 minutes later it will be ready. Garnish with fruit of your choice, nuts or seeds and you'll have a delicious bowl full of energy packed cereal.
Cinnamon Amaranth with Berries
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Total Time: 25 mins
- Yield: 4 1x
Recipe can be reduced or increased if needed, just use the ratio of 2 liquids to 1 amaranth.
- 1 cup amaranth, uncooked
- 2 cups water
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- dash of salt
- assortment of fresh berries of your choice
- sliced almonds or nut of your choice, you can also use chis seeds
- maple syrup
- Place all the ingredients except the berries in a medium saucepan over medium high heat, stir and bring to a boil.
- When it starts to boil, reduce heat to a simmer and allow to cook until tender, about 20 minutes. Stirring occasionally, add in more milk if mixture gets too dry.
- While amaranth is cooking wash and prepare the fruit.
- When amaranth is done spoon into serving bowls, top with fruit, nuts or seeds and drizzle with maple syrup.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Serving Size: ½ cup
- Calories: 181
- Sugar: 0.9
- Sodium: 6.7
- Fat: 3.4
- Saturated Fat: 0.7
- Carbohydrates: 31.8
- Fiber: 3.4
- Protein: 6.6
- Cholesterol: 0
Megan - The Emotional Baker says
I haven't tried amaranth. This looks so delicious and would make a great breakfast 🙂
It is nice for breakfast it gives you fuel for a busy day. Thanks Megan for visiting.
This looks really yummy and like the perfect winter breakfast! I will have to try it out sometime. I found your blog and wanted to say hi. It's not every day you meet another Celeste, especially a fellow blogger!
This is so awesome and you are right, rarely do I meet another Celeste. Thanks for visiting and I'm glad you found me and this one of my favorite recipes.
I'm sure we all would love this as a breakfast, snack or anytime! I've never tried it, but love all the benefits already! I'm off to the supermarket, so will add this to my list! I hope I'll be able to find it where I live! Thanks for this delicious looking recipe Celeste!
That's what nice about Amaranth, you can have it as a breakfast or dinner, sweet or savory.
Bethany @ athletic avocado says
Yum! What a wonderful alternative to oatmeal in the morning! I love the cinnamon and berry combo!
It is nice to have options, and this is a good one to have.
I hope you enjoy this one Bethany.
Swati @Watch What U Eat says
Looks YUMMY! Even I never tried the amaranth. I will give it a try 🙂
I hope you like it.
Celeste, I had never heard of Amarant before. Your image pulled me in, it looks so delicious. Especially as I sit in the car waiting on a cold, snowy morning. I love warm breakfast especially with fruit. I'm going to look for amaranth at the store, it really sounds like something I would love. Thanks for schooling me.
It's a cousin of Quinoa, if you like Quinoa you might like Amaranth os well. Let me know what you think.
I'm GF but haven't tried this yet - reminds me of the cream of wheat I so adored as a child!
SusanF - ofeverymoment says
I had never heard of amaranth - but this recipe looks like a good one to try, especially if I am ever serving breakfast to someone who is gluten free. Visiting from Ducks 'N a Row and I just yummed this 🙂
I'm glad you found me. I hope you will have a chance to try amaranth in the future.
Thanks for visiting.
Angela / Only Crumbs Remain says
Until now I'm one of those people who have never heard of, let alone tried, amaranth. I love what you've done with it here with the cinnamon and fresh berries, yum! I shall keep my eyes open for the grain when shopping. Thank you for sharing Celeste, #YumTum,
Thank you Angela,
If you have a Whole Foods nary you should be able to find it there, I buy mine from the bulk section.
Hayleigh Budgetfoodmummy says
This looks really lovely and would make a good breakfast. We are trying my son gluten free and it's good to find things I have never heard of before to try him with. #yumtum
Hayleigh I hope your sone likes the amaranth, there are more gluten-free options today, but it can still be hard sometimes finding things that children will like.
We love amaranth at our house so this will be fun to try! It sounds so yummy! 🙂
That's great, I hope this gets added to your families favorite list.
That looks amazing
I hope you give it a try.
Rosemary @anitalianinmykitchen says
What a great way to start off the day. Sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.
I think it's a nice change from oatmeal.
Thanks for visiting.
What a great healthy breakfast idea! I am always looking for new alternatives to keep things interesting! I don't think I have ever tried amaranth before.
katherines corner says
Celeste, this is so interesting. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things b log hop. Hugs!
Thanks Katherine, I hope you have a chance to give it a try.
Kim Cunningham says
This looks so nourishing!
Yum, this sounds delicious! I haven't done much in the way of cooking with amaranth lately, but I do love it. Thats so unfortunate that you are allergic to quinoa, its such a versatile ingredient, at least there are lots of others to play around with 🙂 #yumtum
Yeah,it is very unfortunate because I would love to have it, it's a good ingredient to use in veggie burgers. Thank goodness for the other grains I can still have fun with my food.
Thanks for visiting Donna.
Miz Helen says
This is a wonderful dish of goodness, I will love this recipe! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a fantastic day!
Come Back Soon!
Thanks Miz Helen, enjoy!!!
Mary M. Martinez says
This was a great idea! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Mary, it really is tasty. I hope you have a chance to give it a try soon. Enjoy!
Thank you for sharing this grain, Amaranth with us. I'm sure others were aware of it, but I was not and your dish looks delicious! I will be on the look out for this in the grocery store!
I've newer had Amaranth, looks fabulous though. Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Stumbled 7 yummed! Have a great week!
Thanks Kim, hopefully you will have a chance to give Amaranth a try soon. Hope you'll like it.
Rhiannon looks just delicious!! I can only get popped amaranth. Will this work too?
For this dish to work you have to start with uncooked amaranth. You can give it a try, however, and please let me know how it works.