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Home cooked meals with friends are priceless for me.  Besides it being good quality time, It’s often how I get turned on to new favorite foods! It’s so easy to get stuck in the rut of eating your same favorite foods all of the time, until they are no longer favorites and you are just bored with them. I don’t believe we should ever be bored with food. There’s too many amazing options! Spend time with your foodie friends in your kitchens, and their favorites can quickly become yours & vice-versa.
I credit my friend Nikki for turning me onto amaranth, which was a staple food for ancient aztecs. It’s currently one of my favorite breakfasts, and I want to share it with you!
Like quinoa, amaranth is often referred to as a grain, but technically is a seed. Also like Quinoa, it’s a great source of protein, including two essential amino acids, lysine and methionine, making it a complete protein.  Amaranth also provides your body with iron, magnesium, B-6, calcium, and fiber. It’s a great gluten free choice for people avoiding gluten in their diet, and is easily digestible to boot!
My latest favorite breakfast is cooked amaranth with peanut butter, banana, a touch of maple syrup, and a sprinkling of cinnamon.
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 1 & 1/2 Cup water to 1/2 cup amaranth
Cooking time 20-25 minutes
For breakfast, I like the amaranth to be a porridge consistency, so I use 1&1/2 c water to 1/2 cup amaranth. Feel free to add a little more water if you want it even more porridge like. You would use a little less, if you are wanting to have a fluffy grain as a side dish.
Combine amaranth with water in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for up to 20 minutes, until water is absorbed.
When the Amaranth is done, I stir in a spoonful of peanut butter, add some sliced banana, and a sprinkling of cinnamon of you like.  It is delicious! The combination of the amaranth & peanut butter is deliciously creamy. Since I think bananas are the perfect combo with peanut butter and they add some sweetness,  my mouth is really happy! If you have a sweet tooth, adding just a touch of maple syrup is delicious too.  This is a hearty breakfast packed with protein, and a  bowl of this will easily keep me satisfied until lunch!
I’m a huge fan of the peanut butter & banana combo, but feel free to experiment with almond butter or other nut butters, as well as adding any other fruit, dried fruit, nuts & seeds, or cinnamon.
Enjoy!
Shelly

Amaranth breakfast with peanut butter, banana, maple syrup, & cinnamon.

Nutrition Facts
Amaranth grain, cooked
Amount Per
1 cup (246 g)
Calories 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.9 g 6%
Sodium 15 mg 0%
Potassium 332 mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 46 g 15%
Dietary fiber 5 g 20%
Protein 9 g 18%
Calcium 11% Iron 28%
Vitamin B-6 15% Magnesium 40%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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