July 01, 2008


Bring 2 cups of apple juice to a boil in a large saucepan. Add amaranth. Stir and cover. Reduce heat to medium. Cook for about 15 minutes until tender. Stir in additional cup of apple juice, raisins, vanilla, lemon juice, lemon zest and cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in chopped almonds. Pour pudding into individual dessert bowls and chill. Garnish with grapes, berries or fruit.

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A southern staple in gardens and flower arrangements, considered a weed by many, Amaranth is actually classified as a pseudo-grain.


  • 1 cup dry amaranth (available at Wild Oats in the bulk section)
  • 2 cups + 1 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 1⁄2 cup raisins
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
  • juice of one lemon
  • zest of one lemon
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1⁄2 cup almonds, chopped fine
  • Fresh grapes, berries or chopped fruit
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