Ingredient spotlight: amaranth flour

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Amaranth flour

Amaranth flour tastes terrible to me and I have yet to find a recipe where I think it tastes good. There’s no two ways about it because I have really given this a good amount of tries. Both amaranth in its whole form as well as the flour made from it are a solid no from me. I could not recommend this to anyone, on account of I don’t know how to make it not taste like trash.

Nutrition

Amaranth is gluten free and therefore a good option if you are avoiding gluten. It is also high in protein, which is great for people seeking a plant-based option for that.

Uses/Recipes

DOES NOT TASTE GOOD AND I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS.

ITS AWFUL, LIKE REALLY REALLY BAD.

I really dont get how it can taste so much like dirt. 

Amaranth is unsavable. I really tried, I promise and I can’t make it work. 

So I put the flour in gnocchi, where I thought all the other flavors would cancel out the amaranth, but I was wrong and I just ruined my gnocchi. 

Don’t be like me and ruin your gnocchi. 

Just keep your fucking hands off the amaranth because it’s fucking gross.

Absolutely not sorry at all, in fact, you’re welcome. You can try this stuff our yourself, if you like. Please report back, if you have any tips or tricks to make this stuff edible.

Sources

  1. https://www.webmd.com/diet/health-benefits-amaranth#1
  2. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/amaranth-health-benefits#:~:text=Amaranth%20Is%20Highly%20Nutritious,%2C%20magnesium%2C%20phosphorus%20and%20iron.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amaranth_grain
  4. https://www.verywellfit.com/amaranth-nutrition-carbs-and-calories-2241587
  5. https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/cereal-grains-and-pasta/10640/2
  6. https://www.precisionnutrition.com/encyclopedia/food/amaranth

General caveats that I feel compelled to add: 

I am *NOT* a nutritionist. I am just someone who is deeply interested in and profoundly committed to eating delicious food only. In seeking to reach this goal, I am often trying out random new ingredients that I come across. These ingredients are ones I may not know anything about, and so I am simply sharing my notes with you. I will be updating these as I go along and learn more. I will also link to more recipes that use these ingredients, so that you can try them yourself. If you have any allergies or intolerances, please consult with an actual doctor who can guarantee you accurate information.

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