Banana-Pecan Amaranth Porridge

  • Author: Erin Alderson
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 2


  • 1/2 cup amaranth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup pecan pieces
  • 1 tablespoon walnut oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup*
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 bananas
  • Milk (whole, almond, or coconut), to serve


  1. Soak Amaranth over night (if possible.)
  2. Drain and rinse amaranth. Combine with one cup water and salt. Bring amaranth to a boil, and reduce to a simmer (all the way to low.) Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 10 more minutes to thicken amaranth. Add a bit of milk/water to thin the texture out if desired.
  3. Add pecans to a dry skillet and toast over medium-low heat, stir often. Toast until fragrant, 2-3 minutes. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  4. Heat walnut oil, maple syrup, and cinnamon over medium-low heat. Cut bananas in 1/2″ slices and add to skillet, cook until bananas are extremely tender and maple syrup has absorbed into the slices.
  5. To serve, stir together 3/4 of the bananas and amaranth. Pour into bowls and top with remaining bananas, pecans, and a drizzle of milk.


*Bananas are fairly sweet on their own but I love the depth the maple syrup adds. 1 tablespoons will add a hint of flavor and sweetness, 2 will be a major presence.