Grains of Discovery Giveaway + Amaranth Recipes!


Today I’m going to be a part of the Grains of Discovery Google+ Hangout on Amaranth. Please, come join in! It will be at 5pm PST / 8pm EST (Wed, Sept 25, 2013). The hangout is being hosted by Bob’s Red Mill, and each week they are focusing on a different grain. In honor of this event, I have an awesome gift package to give to one of you…

A Grains of Discovery Kit! (Gluten-Free Optional)

Grains of Discovery Kit Open - Amaranth Recipes

Grains of Discovery Kit Open - Amaranth Recipes

The grains you receive may vary slightly, particularly if you opt for a gluten-free kit (faro, spelt and kamut are not gluten-free, so those would be swapped out). But they will definitely include …

Bobs Red Mill - Grains of Discovery - Amaranth Recipes

Why did I pick the Amaranth Google+ Hangout? Because it is my latest dairy-free fascination:

  • Amaranth is a seed or “pseudo-grain” and a member of the Chenopodiaceae family of plants. It is a relative of beets, Swiss chard, spinach, and quinoa.
  • Amaranth is more akin to greens than wheat, giving it a high mineral profile including a good dose of natural non-dairy calcium, iron, and magnesium. Plus, it is high in the essential amino acid lysine.
  • Amaranth is a tiny little pseudo-grain that can be popped, toasted, or cooked to a porridge consistency. It’s quite unique and a new challenge! Following are two great amaranth recipes:

Amazing Amaranth Candy

Amazing Amaranth Candy - Alegria

Maple Multi-Grain Granola

Maple Multi-Grain Granola Recipe

To Enter this Grains of Discovery Giveaway:

Entry #1: Comment on this post and tell me … What’s your favorite grain or pseudo-grain and how do you serve it (links to your favorite recipe are welcomed!)? It’s hard to pick just one, isn’t it? Lately, I’m loving homemade oat granola bars and “fried” brown rice.

Entry #2 (optional): Share this giveaway on your favorite social network (this could even be emailing your friends and family!), and let me know that you did in a second comment.

The winner will be selected on Wednesday, October 2nd, so comment now!

Bobs Red Mill - Grains of Discovery - Amaranth Recipes

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. Right now quinoa is my favorite. I serve it as is w/ garlic, salt & pepper. I also make a flourless chocolate cake that is amazing. Recipe is from

  2. I love cooking with sorghum flour! It has great flavor for baked goods and especially gluten free pancakes! There are so many gluten free flours to try! Have not had great success yet using coconut flour in baking but use it for like fried chicken 🙂

  3. I feel in love with buckwheat as a warm cereal option a few years ago, it seems easier on my tummy than oats. But I recently tried millet at a friend’s house and I am excited to get my hands on some and start using it more often!

  4. Jill Kantrowitz on

    I know it’s a bit boring, but I love brown rice with black-eyed peas and a little liquid smoke. I need to expand my grain/pseudo-grain knowledge.

  5. Oats is my fav, it’s so versatile – I like making overnight oats, baked oats, or blending it up to make oat flour for baking!

  6. Quinoa is amazing and I have it hot, cold, in place of rice, etc. I’m not too familiar with the others but I’m hoping to change that!

  7. Jennifer Janssen on

    Quinoa is a favorite for our family- I like to put it in everything right now buffalo chicken quinoa salad
    2 cups cooked quinoa
    3 cooked diced chicken
    1 cup (or more) buffalo sauce
    1 bunch stick onion
    Crumbled blue cheese

    I also love white chicken chili with quinoa

  8. Quinoa is the only one I’ve tried, I have it in my oatmeal every morning. But I really want to try the amaranth candy recipe, that would be great for Halloween!

  9. Amy Widner Messick on

    I love quinoa and like to fix it as a cold salad OR as my breakfast, like you would oatmeal…well, I love oatmeal, too!

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