A very under utilised grain that really should get some limelight since it has so many health benefits when eaten as part of a balanced diet. It is one of the richest sources of protein found in a grain (lysine - an essential amino acid) as well as being gluten-free. It is high in fibre and so rich in antioxidants, minerals, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and caratenoids when compared to most veg, rice and wheat. Once this grain is well cooked it is easy to digest and provides a slow release of energy and contributes to healthy weight management, improved condition of hair and eyesight.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
1 cup amaranth
2 cups water
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
½ tsp cinnamon/ginger (mix n match)
2 tsp ghee or coconut oil
4 tsp sweetener (maple syrup, coconut palm sugar, jaggery or honey)
Pinch of salt
Topping options: pumpkin seeds, cacao nibs, chopped dates, soaked raisins walnuts, toasted coconut, flaked almonds.
Rinse the amaranth in cool water and drain off excess water (soak if you have time)
Heat the water and amaranth together and bring to the boil and cook grains for about 15 minutes
When almost cooked add milk, spices, ghee and a pinch of salt
Bring to boil and then gently simmer for 10 minutes stirring every few minutes until fully cooked.
When cooked add sweetener of your choice
Serve and add your favourite toppings