Strawberries & Cream Amaranth Porridge

Strawberries & Cream Amaranth Porridge is the perfect comforting breakfast. This creamy porridge is cooked in coconut milk, sweetened with maple syrup, and topped with juicy strawberries.

Strawberries & Cream Amaranth Porridge

Do you remember Cream of Wheat? I used eat it all the time as a kid, and I loved it. My mom would cook up the instant hot cereal in a little water or milk, and then I would put sugar and butter in it. Those were the days before I knew about my food allergies, obviously. I’ve found something that really resembles Cream of Wheat in so many ways.

Meet amaranth, the healthier version of Cream of Wheat.

This stuff kind of blew my mind. I hate to compare a healthy whole grain to a processed boxed food but once cooked it really reminds me of that good ‘ol childhood breakfast. Except for the fact that it’s gluten-free, a good source of fiber, protein, amino acids, AND it doesn’t have any weird ingredients like Cream of Wheat does. It actually sort of looks like it when cooked into a porridge, and even has that same sort of earthy taste.

Amaranth is a gluten-free ancient grain that was a staple food of the Aztecs. I’ve heard of people using it in lots of  creative ways, and I can’t wait to try it out in baked goods. And, here’s a little trick I learned about amaranth from the world wide web… soak it overnight. Basically like you would do when preparing dried beans. It really unlocks the nutrients and aids in digestion. It is not a requirement, but just a suggestion if you have the time.

My favorite amaranth is from NOW Foods because I know the quality of their grains is top notch. It has an amazing flavor, and is very affordable. Don’t forget that you can get 20% off your order at NOW Foods if you use the code CANDACE.

I went with one of my favorite flavor combos to pair it with, strawberries and cream. I wanted to keep it dairy-free, so I used coconut milk as the ‘cream’, but you can use any type of milk you want. I do find that full-fat coconut milk definitely gives you the creamiest porridge compared to other milks. You can get creative and use whatever kind of fruit you want, any type of berries would work perfectly. Or even peaches!

Strawberries & Cream Amaranth Porridge

I used maple syrup to naturally sweeten it because it adds a really nice flavor that goes well with the earthy flavor of the amaranth. Then top it with some more coconut milk and some crunchy almonds, and you have yourself the perfect nourishing, comforting breakfast.

Strawberries & Cream Amaranth Porridge

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Strawberries & Cream Amaranth Porridge

Servings 2


  • ½ cup amaranth , uncooked
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup canned coconut milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • 3-4 tbsp coconut milk (for topping)
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds


  • Soak amaranth in water overnight (optional).
  • Drain and rinse amaranth. In a medium saucepan, combine the amaranth with 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup coconut milk, a pinch of salt, and vanilla extract. Bring to a boil, once boiling, turn the heat down to low and reduce to a simmer. 
  • Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 10 more minutes to thicken up a bit. 
  • Once the amaranth is cooked, divide it between two bowls. Drizzle a couple of tbsp of coconut milk on top, as well as a tbsp of maple syrup to each bowl. Top with the strawberries and sliced almonds.
  • Serve and enjoy!

This post was sponsored by NOW Foods, and I am so grateful to be partnering with amazing companies like this. Thank you for supporting The Wheatless Kitchen, all opinions are my own. Remember to use code CANDACE to get 20% off everything at NOW Foods!

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