I was at our local grocery store recently and Amaranth was on sale.
I had purchased this in the past, but was never able to cook it just quite right. I decided to give it one more go and am SO glad I took the chance. As this Huffington Post article about the health benefits of Amaranth shows, the health benefits are substantial.
Amaranth is a grain (though it's gluten free), it looks similar to quinoa but the grains are much smaller. It can be cooked similarly to quinoa or rice. I have found the best way to cook this to be in my Instant Pot. Once cooked, it's easy to make additional items like amaranth breakfast cookies/ tething biscuits, amaranth balls, and amaranth porridge.
I love that amaranth is a good source of protein (contains about 13 g per 1/2 cup), and is a great source of many vitamins and minerals - at 5.2 mg iron per 1/2 cup it is one of my favorite iron-rich foods. Iron is such an important nutrient for children, especially when starting solids. Amaranth has an earthy texture, so combining it with some other foods like applesauce and peanut butter can make a wonderful flavor.
We are one month into our journey of starting solids with my 7 month old and this far I have made four amaranth recipes. Below, find my basic amaranth instant pot recipe. Stay tuned for some of my other recipes!
A Basic Amaranth Recipe Using the Instant Pot
- 1 cup amaranth
- 2 cups water, cow's milk or your favorite dairy free milk
- Add amaranth and water to Instant Pot
- Set manual high pressure to 7 minutes
- Use quick release on the Instant Pot
Once you have the basics down, you'll be ready to experiment! Try my amaranth breakfast cookies, amaranth biscuits, amaranth porridge or amaranth balls next!