How-To & Diy

How to Make Amaranth for Breakfast

March 26, 2015

Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.

Today: Katie Quinn shows us how to finagle amaranth, an ancient grain like quinoa, into a powerhouse breakfast bowl with walnuts and honey.

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Amaranth is the new quinoa, so says video journalist and food enthusiast KatieQ. This ancient yet under-the-radar seed is packed with protein, amino acids, fiber, magnesium, and iron -- and it's super simple to make. Katie shows us how to cook the amaranth -- so easy, you can be half asleep. Add your favorite toppings like walnuts and honey, and you've got yourself a powerhouse breakfast bowl.

Tell us, how do you cook with amaranth?

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Written by: Jaime Brockway

Polenta, mac and cheese, farmers' market breakfasts, smoky food & drink. These are a few of my favorite things. I was an editorial intern @Food52 in 2015!


Jaime B. April 1, 2015
Great ideas everyone, thank you!
Josie M. March 27, 2015
Terry Walters has a great pot pie recipe that uses amaranth and millet for a top crust.
Jose C. March 27, 2015
I use the puffed amaranth for my breakfast. Puffed oat, spelt, chia seed, linseed, blueberrys and lowfat quark! That's enough to have energy during the morning :)
Mel S. March 26, 2015
I grow crimson amaranth at home, so I use the leaves like spinach or kale and harvest the seeds to either mix into oatmeal or throw in smoothies. I love it!
Two T. March 26, 2015
Yum! I love amaranth. Once you get the hang of popping it, it becomes like tiny tiny popcorn, and alegria is another super easy, healthy snack to make. Additionally, I toss it into granola with other nuts and seeds. have talked about it here:
Janice L. March 27, 2015
Wow, how do you pop it? Is there a trick? I'm a popcorn addict and I want to try other popped grains ;)
Two T. March 28, 2015
@jan--it takes some practice. Basically you want to heat a wide dry skillet, pour in a tsp amaranth, cover the pan and shake, and within 20 seconds they should pop. Then you want to immediately pour it into a bowl to stop the heat and repeat with another tsp at a time. I have definitely googled videos to help.