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Amaranth: The New Grain in Town

Step aside oatmeal, there’s a new grain on the breakfast aisle, and it’s turning heads. Amaranth is a highly nutritious rice-like grain that makes for a satisfying breakfast, snack, or even dessert! The grain is naturally gluten-free, full of protein, and it helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol. What more can you want from a little grain?!

This recipe for Amaranth Oatmeal requires just 6 ingredients and is super easy to whip up for a quick breakfast. All you need is amaranth, water, raisins, dried cranberries, honey, and milk. First, add a cup of amaranth to two cups of water and bring it to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, reduce the heat, cover it, and let it simmer for about 20 minutes until the liquid absorbs. Top it off with milk, raisins, dried cranberries, and honey (if desired), and enjoy!

For another amaranth-loaded dish, try this Amaranth Pudding with Coconut and Raisins for a slightly sweet breakfast or dessert. The recipe calls for unsweetened coconut milk, amaranth, unsweetened shredded coconut, honey, raisins, salt, a cinnamon stick, vanilla extract, and a piece of peeled fresh ginger. To prepare the pudding, combine all of the ingredients in a large saucepan and bring them to a boil while preheating the oven. Then, pour the mixture into an oiled, 3-quart casserole dish and bake for one hour. You can serve the pudding warm or chilled!

So, what do you think? Could amaranth be the new oatmeal? Join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter! Happy cooking!