Steel cut oats and amaranth are a great alternative to rolled oats. They take longer to cook but digest more slowly, giving steady energy all morning.
Plus together they're more nutritious and delicious. Steel cut oats are chewy when cooked, and amaranth adds a lovely nutty flavor and color.
Dried fruit - raisins, currants, chopped dates, dried apricots are also delicious in this cereal along with the seeds.
Total prep & cook time: 40 min
Nutrition Data Per Serving, 187 g: 263 cal, 45g carb, 7g fat, 239mg sodium, 6g fiber, 9g protein, low Cholesterol, good source Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Manganese. Estimated glycemic load: 24
Cut cooking time in half by soaking the cereal in the water overnight. Include the seeds if you want to make them softer. Then cook the cereal, with cinnamon and salt. Add the milk and dried fruit in the last few minutes of cooking.
Other tasty additions include chopped nuts such as walnuts or almonds, other dried fruit like blueberries, cherries, dates, or cranberries, or fresh fruit such as apple, pear or mango.
If you make 2 - 4 times as much cereal (minus the seeds & dried fruit), it will keep well in the fridge. Use it to make cereal quickly by cooking a portion with almond milk, raisins, seeds or nuts and dried fruit.
If you have a pressure cooker, you can prepare oats and amaranth + salt in the cooker (10 minute high pressure), then add seeds, dried fruit, cinnamon and milk. Then cook uncovered for a few more minutes.
When cooking amaranth and oats in the pressure cooker, soak the mixture first for 15 minutes in the cooker, stirring once or twice until the amaranth no longer floats. Then the tiny amaranth seeds won't clog the cooker. I always make triple the amount in the pressure cooker, and keep the extra in the fridge for a quick breakfast in the next few days.
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