First of all, if you don’t know what amaranth is, that’s ok. I have a sinking suspicion that you’re not alone. Amaranth is a gluten-free, ancient grain that has an earthy flavor and sticky texture. The actual grain is quite small – smaller than quinoa – and can be found in most health food stores in the bulk section.
We often have amaranth in the pantry because it’s a super versatile, protein rich grain that works well for veggie bowls, muffins, cookies, and even breakfast. I made a big batch of it the other night as I was making veggie bowls using all the bounty from our garden and had a bunch leftover amaranth when I was finished cooking. Instead of overdoing it and making everyone eat amaranth veggie bowls all week long, I decided to turn the leftover amaranth into a cold breakfast porridge to spice up our usual routine of smoothies and overnight oats.
If you prefer a hot breakfast, you can also make your amaranth porridge hot, I just prefer to do it overnight oats style because it’s no muss, no fuss kind of breakfast that you can just prepare the night before and grab and go on your way out the door.
Here’s what you’ll need (serves 2-4):
- 1 cup cooked amaranth
- 1-2 bananas, sliced (depending on preference)
- 1 generous handful of blueberries (frozen are also fine!)
- 1/2 cup almond milk (or to taste)
- Honey, to taste (optional, of course)
- 1 tbsp of almond butter
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 scoop Designer Protein Organic Pro 30 Plant Based Chocolate Protein Powder
Here’s what I do:
Use your leftover (or cooked amaranth) as a base and add all the ingredients above and stir well. Leave in the fridge for an hour or overnight and enjoy cold (or heat it up on the stovetop) when you’re ready to eat! Easy, peezy. No muss, no fuss high protein, high fiber breakfast.
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