Amaranth, a diminutive, gluten-free ancient grain, will give your morning routine a delicious reboot. Its earthy flavor and sticky texture are great with creamy cooked bananas and spicy fresh ginger. You can reheat leftovers in the microwave or on the stovetop. Top with a few banana slices or fresh berries, if you like.
- 2 cups amaranth
- 4 bananas sliced
- 3 cinnamon sticks or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger grated
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 3/4 cup chopped pecans
In a large saucepan, combine amaranth, bananas, cinnamon sticks, ginger, salt and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil over high heat and stir. Lower heat, cover pan and adjust heat so mixture just simmers. Cook, stirring occasionally, until most liquid is absorbed and amaranth is tender with a bite at the center, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove cinnamon sticks. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with pecans, or cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days (sprinkle with pecans after reheating).
Per serving: about 3/4 cup, 280 calories (45 from fat), 5g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 95mg sodium, 53g carbohydrates (10g dietary fiber, 12g sugar), 9g protein.
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