Friday, January 14, 2011

Apple Nut Amaranth

This recipe is another one of my favorites from the amazing book, Ultrametabolism, by Dr. Mark Hyman (AKA my nutrition hero). Before reading Dr. Hyman's book, I had never even tried amaranth, or heard of it. Especially in winter months, try including this recipe as part of your breakfast rotation, as well as these others from Dr. Hyman, Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats and the Best Protein Shake Ever.

1/3 cup amaranth, uncooked (try this)
1 cup water
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
A pinch of sea salt (optional)
1 small apple, diced (I use Gala for taste and also because they are one of the top 20 antioxidant foods. Red delicious and granny smith apples are also on the "top antioxidant" list, experiment as you like)
2 tbsp rough chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, etc.)

One-third cup amaranth, uncooked
How To:
1. Combine: Place all ingredients except the nuts and about one-fourth the diced apples in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.

2. Cook: Cover saucepan and reduce to low heat. Simmer for about 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until amaranth is soft (water will have absorbed).

3. Serve: Top with the remaining apples and nuts (and another sprinkle of cinnamon, if desired). This recipe makes one serving but can easily be doubled or tripled (use one large apple in those cases).

Overall, this takes about 5 minutes to prepare, plus cook time, which is mostly hands off. 

Looks amazingly delicious, right??

This recipe is based on one presented in the book, Ultrametabolism, by Dr. Mark Hyman. If you have not tried amaranth, this is a great recipe to start with. Amaranth is a good source of protein, calcium, B vitamins, and fiber. It is also gluten free and has a very good taste. Dr. Hyman's recipe uses soy milk and does not include the uncooked apples at the end. I don't drink soy milk and have always just made this with water and it's delicious -- it is one of my favorites.



  1. The Iron Chef Mom Team would love to invite you to join us this week with this fabulous apple recipe and any others you might want to enter into the contest!
    The Iron Chef Mom Team :)

  2. Very interesting, I had never heard of Amaranth either. Glad to learn about something new. Thanks for linking up to Snacktime Saturday.

    1. You should definitely give it a try. I think you'll enjoy it and it's just as simple as making oatmeal. Thanks for the comment!


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