Coconut Goji Berry Amaranth Porridge

Nothing is more comforting on a cold winter’s morning than a warm bowl of porridge.  I love waking up slowly on a wintery weekend and taking my time to make a delicious porridge.  At the moment, this one is my favourite – it is absolutely delicious.

I'm using amaranth in this recipe instead of oats which is a nutritious pseudo-grain and great alternative for those who are gluten-free.  It's also a great option to mix up our nutrient intake.  Amaranth is high in fibre (about 3 times more than wheat flour),  and contains calcium, protein, iron and various other minerals.  Amaranth has a sweet, nutty taste and creates a cereal that reminds me more of the cream of wheat of my childhood.  So good!

With amaranth as the base, I’ve chosen to add goji berries to this hot cereal.  Goji berries like most berries are rich in antioxidants, especially Vitamin C. - think anti-inflammatory, immune boosting and anti-aging.  Great to sprinkle on any dish requiring a little sweetness and colour (colour = nutrient variety!)

Enjoy this delicious, nutrient dense, comforting porridge for the perfect weekend breakfast.

Coconut Goji Berry Amaranth Porridge

2 cups coconut milk (can use store bought, coconut water or even full-fat coconut milk - or any non-dairy alternative)
1 cup water
1 cup amaranth
1/3 cup goji berries, soaked
1 banana mashed
2.5 tbsp shredded coconut
1/2 tsp true cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla (or 1 vanilla bean)
Pinch of Sea salt

Rinse and drain amaranth. Whisk together milk, cinnamon, vanilla and sea salt on the stove and bring to a boil.  Stir in amaranth and reduce heat.  Let simmer uncovered on low for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add mashed banana, soaked goji berries and coconut and let simmer another 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and let sit covered for several minutes.  Serve in bowls sprinkled with additional coconut and any other nuts and seeds you may have on hand and dig in!

Makes 2-3 servings.