Healthy breakfast ideas often find their way to our table in the morning. We have been known to eat biscuits and gravy and all of the other tasty, but not good for you breakfast foods, but we try to stay on the heathy side. These Amaranth pancakes are tasty and packed full of protein. They are the perfect way to start a day.
I will be very honest with you and say that I don’t think I have ever heard of Amaranth until recently, so I was very excited to try out a few recipes using this grain. Amaranth is considered the Aztec Super Seed. The seed has a history dating back 8000 years where it was first cultivated in Mesoamerica. Aztecs relied on amaranth as a food staple. This grain (seed) is packed with amino acids, fiber, iron, calcium and magnesium.
It is the perfect grain for those who follow a Gluten Free diet. Amaranth contains more protein than any other gluten-free grain- and more protein than wheat. One cup of raw amaranth contains 28.1 grams of protein. Cooked amaranth contains about 9 grams of protein per cup. Oasts are a close second with 26.3 grams of protein. In comparison, 1 cup of raw white rice contains 13.1 grams of protein.
- 1/2 cup amaranth flour
- 3/4 cup white whole-wheat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup low-fat buttermilk, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup whole milk, at room temperature
- 1 egg, well beaten
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Butter or oil, for greasing
- Sift together the dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
- Separately, whisk together the buttermilk, milk, egg and melted butter. Pour into the flour mixture and stir to combine, do not overmix. Allow batter to rest for 10 minutes.
- Heat a pan on medium until hot. Or use an electric griddle set at 350 degrees. Brush pan or griddle with butter or oil. Spoon the batter (about 1/4 cup) onto the skillet. Cook until bubbles appear along the surface, about 1-2 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side, 1-2 additional minutes. Adjust the heat as needed so that they brown evenly. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve warm with honey or syrup.
- Fresh peaches, blueberries or other fruit will add an additional healthy benefit and flavor to these pancakes.
I will be participating in a Google Hangout with a panel of other bloggers and we will be discussing Bob’s Red Mill Grains of Discovery. My grain is Amaranth. The other grains that will be discussed are: Quinoa (see my Sopa De Quinoa recipe!), Teff, Farro, Kamut, Chia, Millet, Spelt, and Sorghum. The hangouts will start on September 4th and I hope you will take the time to watch all of them. I will be participating on September 25th. All of the hangouts will begin at 5:00 p.m. PST.
Thanks for stopping by and reading about Amaranth and this great pancake recipe. I hope it gave you another healthy breakfast idea to add to your list.