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Amaranth

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Recipes for the Grain, Flour, and Leaves
Plus Nutrition Information

Complete guide for cooking Amaranth grain, leaves, and flour recipes for pancakes, bread, cereal, and more. Plus the nutritional facts, health benefits, and history of the Amaranth plant and leaves.

What Is Amaranth Grain?

Often referred to as a grain, it is actually the seed of a plant that was originally cultivated by the ancient Aztec people of Central America.

It was greatly revered as a staple food source but was also used in Aztec rituals of human sacrifice. For this reason it was almost completely wiped out by the Spanish conquistadors who destroyed its crops in hopes of ending the practice of human sacrifice.

Luckily in a few remote areas of Central America this six-foot tall, colorful plant, with its edible leaves and nutritious seeds, was somehow cultivated in secret and thus preserved. It is now cultivated and eaten around the world.

It can be cooked as a cereal, puffed and popped like popcorn (see our how to video), or added to soups and stews as a thickener. It can be ground into flour and be used in pancakes and pasta but because it is a seed it contains no gluten. So this type of flour must be mixed with glutinous flours to make any kind of leavened bread.

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Amaranth Nutrition and Health Benefits

It is high in protein, vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), iron, phosphorus, zinc, copper, and magnesium. To see how it compares, nutritionally, to other whole grains go to our whole grain comparison charts.

It is a great source of protein, minerals, and vitamins which contribute to high energy levels, healthy cell growth, strong bones, an improved immune system, and proper muscle and nerve function. It is also 90% digestible which makes it a good food for those recovering from illness because the body will absorb most of its nutrients.

How To Cook Amaranth?

1 part raw seeds to 2 1/2 parts liquid. Simmer 18-20 minutes. Increase water to 3 cups when cooking it as a breakfast cereal. But be careful not to overcook it as it can burn or become mushy.

Taste
It has a mild, sweet, and nutty (almost creamy) flavor.

Shelf-Life
The raw seed should be eaten within
3 - 6 months of purchase, but if refrigerated and
stored properly, it can last as long as a year.

Amaranth Flour
How to cook with this type of flour...

Plant
Flower pictures and info about these type of plants...

Leaves
General information and cooking instructions for the edible varieties of this plant

Where to Buy
Find out where to buy this healthy whole grain locally and online...

Favorite Amaranth Recipes

amaranth atole recipe

Traditional Atole Recipe

Similar to hot chocolate but richer and creamier.

amaranth pancakes recipe

Amaranth Pancakes Recipe

A healthier alternative to traditional pancakes.

amaranth cereal recipe

Cereal Recipe

This creamy cereal makes a delicious yet nutritious breakfast.

amaranth bread recipe

Bread Recipe

This is one of the best gluten free bread recipes. This Rosemary and Kalamata Olive bread goes great with hummus. Try it with pepper jack cheese for an awesome grilled cheese sandwich. From start to finish this whole grain bread recipe will take about 2 1/2 hours.

How to Pop Amaranth Video



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