Breakfast/ Pasta, Rice, Grains

Amaranth & Steel Cut Oats Porridge with Nuts & Fruits

A valuable source of fiber and nutrients, grains have long been a vital part of man’s diet. They have been ground into flour for baking since ancient times, and for just as long have been eaten as a hot cereal – also called mush or gruel.

Grains are the dried seeds of grass-like plans. The most familiar are wheat, rice, oats, corn, rye, barley, buckwheat, and millet. All can be eaten hot as a cereal by boiling them.

Oats are usually steamed to soften them and then rolled into flaky particles. The only difference between old-fashioned and quick oats is the thickness and size of the flakes. Steel-cut oats, also called Scotch or Irish oatmeal, are small-cut oat grains with a nuttier flavor then rolled oats. I like to use them a lot for my porridges.

Amaranth (amaranthus caudatus) is a gluten-free, pseudo-cereal seed with an earthy, grassy flavor, similar to beets. Amaranth seeds can be cooked into porridge, ground into flour, popped or flaked. As a complete protein (containing 18 amino acids), amaranth was an energizing staple for the Aztecs and Mayans who used it to make tortillas, atole and sweets. This tiny seed is a rich source of calcium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium! Amaranth contains more protein than most other grains and pseudo-cereals.

Amaranth shares many characteristics with quinoa. Both are tiny seeds that are gluten-free, cook quickly, and are complete proteins. While both have a high protein content, amaranth has 9 grams in a 1-cup cooked serving, while quinoa has 8 grams. Also, amaranth has twice as much iron (5 mg in a 1-cup serving). Both quinoa and amaranth are a good source of magnesium and zinc, as well as Vitamin B6. Both have a fairly bland, earthy flavor, but quinoa is milder and can take on the flavor of a dish more easily than amaranth can. Quinoa can be cooked into a soft, fluffy side dish, whereas cooked amaranth has a much wetter consistency with a bit of a chew to it.

The earthy, beet-like flavor of amaranth pairs well with squash, corn, sesame, cinnamon, vanilla and chocolate flavors, offering endless possibilities!

Mornings are a special time of day and a hearty country breakfast, cooked simply and served with care feeds both the body and soul. Hot porridge on a winter’s day is so thoroughly satisfying and always reminds me of snow-covered trees and warm, cozy kitchens. Setting bowls of oatmeal before my children on a cold morning makes me feel better about sending them out to the side of the road to wait for a school bus. In our home, we love to include honey or maple syrup, fruits, nuts, and good country butter to make our hot cereal sweeter on a blustery Saturday morning, shoring up energy for the household tasks we have set for the day.

Millet Porridge with Fruits

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By Cooking Melangery Serves: 4-6
Prep Time: 10 Cooking Time: 15

Ingredients

  • Basic Ingredients:
  • 1 c. amaranth grain
  • 1 c. steel cut oats
  • 3 c. purified water
  • 1 tbsp. buttermilk or other acidic liquid
  • 3-4 c. of almond milk (more if needed)
  • 2 tbsp. almond butter
  • 2 tsp. a mixture of hemp seeds and ground flax seeds
  • 2 tsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. cardamom
  • To Serve:
  • apples (sliced or shredded)
  • berries
  • nuts: pecans, pine, almonds
  • butter
  • maple syrup

Instructions

1

Soak amaranth and steel cut oats in purified water and buttermilk or other acidic liquid overnight.

2

In the morning, rinse grains in warm water. In the medium saucepan mix together grains and everything else. Slowly bring to a boil and then simmer over until desired consistency is reached about 10-15 minutes. Add more water or milk if need it. Serve with everything you love to have for breakfast. Sometimes I even add avocado to my morning porridge bowl.

Notes

The total time for this dish does not include soaking the grain. Soaking grains and seeds at least 8 hours with a tablespoon of acidic liquid (whey, buttermilk, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, etc.) helps your body absorb the nutrients from these nutrient-packed ingredients!

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