Hello! It has been a while since I last shared a recipe with you. I actually became a bit overwhelmed with the combination of my studies, work at the cafe and family visiting. I really enjoy sharing my recipes and ideas on this website as I find it a great creative outlet. I used to keep a timetable to ensure a regular post. However with my busy schedule it all became a bit too overwhelming and blogging became more of a chore than a joy. Hence I decided to take some time off and share a recipe or some nutrition information whenever I feel like I am missing doing the same especially my food photography and styling. A few days ago I felt that way. Hence I decided to share this simple yet very nutritious gluten free breakfast recipe for Amaranth Buckwheat Porridge.
This breakfast Amaranth Buckwheat porridge is something I make on a weekly basis and so simple that I never actually thought of sharing it as a recipe. However when I had family visiting they absolutely fell in love with this recipe and couldn’t stop raving about it. They insisted I share its recipe on the website and hence I kept this yummy gluten free breakfast recipe on my list of recipes to share. This porridge is made with two cereals- Buckwheat and Amaranth. You all know my love for this delicious,nutricious ancestral grain/ pseudo cereal called Amaranth or Rajgira in India. I have shared a series of recipes such as Healthy Banana Bread and Coconut Amaranth Granola Bars as well as an article on Grain free eating with details on why Amaranth is such an amazing pseudo cereal to add to your everyday diet.
Buckwheat is another naturally gluten free grain /pseudo cereal packed with trace minerals that you would otherwise find difficult to add to your diet especially if your diet is more vegetarian or plant based. I have also made this porridge with oat groats and steel cut oats instead of the buckwheat and I think Spelt groats would work very well especially if you are not on a gluten free diet.
The recipe for this Amaranth Buckwheat porridge is extremely easy with the only a little bit of planning required. The night before you want to make this breakfast, soak the grains in warm water overnight. Then all you need to do the next day is drain and wash the grains and cook it with water. If you have a pressure cooker then the cooking will take you not more than 20 minutes with about 40 minutes required if you are going to cook it on a gas top. I like to stir in whole fat organic milk but almond milk or any nut milk will do very well if you are following a dairy free diet. I love to top it with lots of chopped fruits like bananas and berries which act as natural sweeteners as well as some dried fruits like dates and figs. For an added crunch as well as protein and minerals I also add toasted pumpkin seeds, soaked almonds and walnuts. You can choose to add any type of fruit and nut toppings based on what you have at hand and what you like best.
If you are new to going sugar free, then I would suggest you add a little more fresh and dried fruit to your porridge bowl rather than being tempted to add sugar or honey as a sweetener. It may taste a little bland at first but slowly you will start enjoying the depth of flavours in the ingredients and reduce your dependence on sweeteners as flavour enhancers.
I do hope you like this gluten free healthy breakfast recipe of Amaranth Buckwheat Porridge. It is really simple to make, packed with protein, fibre and minerals and definitely worth giving a try. You can make a double batch and it can last for a week in the fridge making your everyday breakfast a little more simple and a little more healthy! For more sugar free breakfast recipes then have a look at my article detailing my favourite breakfasts when going sugar free. Do let me know what you think about this recipe in the comments below and keep me informed if you share this recipe on Instagram using the #meghnas and tagging me @meghnas_ as well!