Before you pass over this recipe because amaranth sounds foreign to you, I ask you to hang in here with me for a minute. You can easily change out the amaranth for rolled oats, quinoa, farro, or any grain or seed you like. My Crock Pot Apple Pie Amaranth Porridge is vegan and gluten free.
What is amaranth?
Amaranth, like quinoa, is actually a seed. The seeds are smaller than quinoa, so the texture is a bit like grits. Amaranth contains more than three times the average amount of calcium. It is also high in iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. It’s also the only grain known to contain vitamin C. It’s a protein powerhouse. At about 13-14%, it contains the highest protein content of most other grains. You may hear the protein in amaranth referred to as “complete” because it contains lysine, an amino acid missing or negligible in many grains. These are tiny seeds, but pack a nutritious punch.
With the holidays coming up many of you are probably preparing for a house full of visitors. You may already be busy thinking about how to easily feed all those hungry mouths. With large holiday dinners to cook, why not make breakfast a breeze? Crock Pot Apple Pie Amaranth Porridge is the answer!
To make this porridge, simply dump all the ingredients into your crock pot, turn it on low, and wake up to a warm, filling, nourishing breakfast that will make your home smell wonderful. You can leave the crock pot on low all morning and have breakfast ready for all your guests no matter what time they wake up. Set out a do-it-yourself topping station so your guests can customize their Crock Pot Apple Pie Amaranth Porridge however they like.
In fact, make this recipe all winter long even just for yourself. It’s getting really cold outside right now, how comforting would it be to wake up to a breakfast that will warm you from the inside out? Make this Sunday night and have it ready to reheat all week long. How about that for a twist on overnight oats?
- 5 medium apples (sweet or tart), cored and cut into 1 inch cubes
- 15 large dates, pitted
- 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- Juice of 1 orange, about 4 Tablespoons
- 2 cups amaranth (or rolled oats, oat groats, farro, quinoa- anything you like), sprouted or soaked preferred
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 2 1/2 cups water
- Possible toppings:
- chopped nuts
- goji berries
- dried cranberries
- unsweetened coconut flakes
- Grease a crock pot with a little coconut oil or butter.
- Add all of the ingredients in the order listed to your crock pot, except for the toppings.
- Cook over low heat overnight, at least 8 hours.
- Serve warm with your favorite toppings.
Choose organic ingredients when possible.