Now if you have never had cream of wheat, it can go either one of two ways. It can be decentlyyyyy good (with enough brown sugar and butter to give the tasteless and colorless hot mush some sort of flavor and color) or 2. it can just be a bowl of tasteless and colorless hot mush. YUM, right? Mmm, NOT.
Luckily my dad made it with lots of sugar and butter to help us get it down. Eventually it grew on me but it was never my go to breakfast request. However, now that I’m older sometimes I crave that warm bowl of hot mush, especially on a rainy or cold, lazy morning. I guess to me, there is just something comforting about it.
Okay, but, cream of wheat has little to no nutritional value (in my opinion). Unlike its cousin, oatmeal, which is still in its whole grain form, offers: fiber, protein and gives you your whole grain needs. Cream of wheat is literally the wheat germ ground down to almost a dust. If the germ stays in its natural unprocessed state it has the benefits of fiber and protein. So needless to say, eating a bowl of Cream of wheat essentially offers no nutritional value to your body whatsoever.
Since I said earlier that I sometimes crave a warm bowl (on cold or rainy mornings) I wanted to find an alternative to Cream of wheat and even oatmeal that was the same-ish consistency but had actual nutritional value.
I stumbled across this grain called Amaranth and I was curious. I did some research and discovered you can cook this grain just like the good ole fashion bowl of mush BUT it has a ton of healthy benefits, and a much better consistency.
I was in.
I bought a bag and started testing.
After trying different fruits, nut butters and seeds this has been my favorite combination of toppings so far.
It is cozy, filling, warm, and delicious.
I made it for a few of my friends one morning and they loved it. So much so that they began requesting i make this famous bowl of “porridge.” So if you remember trying to force yourself to eat the hot mush as a kid And classic oatmeal just isn’t doing it for you anymore, I highly suggest you give Amaranth Porridge a try. You might be pleasantly surprised at how much you like this hot bowl of mush.
- 1/2 cup Amaranth
- 1 1/2 cup Water
- 1 pinch Salt
- Coconut Sugar or Maple Syrup (I prefer coconut sugar because it tastes carmely)
- 1 Sliced Banana
- 1 Handful Blueberries
- Any fruit of your choice
- 1 TBS Coconut Mana (ESSENTIAL)
- Cacao Nibs
- Coconut Flakes (Optional)
- 1/3 cup Milk of your choice (I prefer Cashew Milk)
- Put Amaranth and water in sauce pan
- Cover with lid
- Bring to boil
- Reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes
- Grains will absorb water and bind together
- (It should be sticky/look oily: Amaranth releases natural fats giving it this consistency)
- Add milk & sugar
- Stir until combined (you can always add more milk if you want to loosen up the porridge)
- Top with fruit, nuts/seeds
- Drizzle coconut butter ALL OVER