Amaranth Pudding with Amaretto Cream


Amaranth grains, which are as tiny as poppy seeds, make this comforting, amaretto-spiked pudding creamy and delicious.

Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 45 mins
8 servings, about 2/3 cup each
Nutrition Profile:



  • 3-3 1/2 cups water

  • 1 1/2 cups amaranth (see Tips)

  • 1 3-inch cinnamon stick

  • ¾ cup half-and-half

  • ¾ cup nonfat milk

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar

  • 2 tablespoons amaretto liqueur

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Amaretto Cream & Topping

  • ½ cup whipping cream

  • 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar

  • 2 teaspoons amaretto liqueur, plus more for drizzle

  • 16 amaretti cookies, divided


  1. To prepare pudding: Combine 3 cups water, amaranth and cinnamon stick in a large heavy pan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened and the amaranth is tender and translucent, 18 to 20 minutes. Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup more water if the amaranth starts to stick to the bottom of the pan. Discard the cinnamon stick.

  2. Stir in half-and-half, milk, turbinado sugar, 2 tablespoons amaretto, vanilla and salt; return to a simmer, stirring continuously. Reduce heat to maintain a gentle bubble and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture resembles a thick porridge, 3 to 5 minutes more. Reduce heat further, if necessary, to prevent the pudding from sticking to the pan. (Use caution as you stir: the mixture can splatter as it bubbles.) Divide the pudding among 8 small serving dishes (about 2/3 cup each). Let cool at room temperature for 1 hour. Then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour.

  3. To prepare amaretto cream & topping: When you're ready to serve, whip cream, confectioners' sugar and 2 teaspoons amaretto in a medium bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until soft peaks form. Crush 8 cookies with your fingers to get coarse crumbs. Top each pudding with about 1 tablespoon of the whipped cream and 1 tablespoon cookie crumbs. Garnish each bowl with 1 whole cookie and a little drizzle of amaretto, if desired.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare pudding (Steps 1 & 2) up to 2 days ahead.

Tips: Amaranth, rich in protein and minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, has been cultivated in Central America for an estimated 5,000 to 8,000 years. When cooked, it has a thick, porridge-like texture--great in soups, stews, breakfast porridge or puddings. Find it in the natural-foods section of well-stocked supermarkets or in natural-foods stores.

To Make It Gluten-Free: Most Italian amaretti cookies are made without ingredients that contain gluten, but not all brands are made in a gluten-free facility. If you are gluten-sensitive, use almond flavored gluten-free cookies for the topping instead.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

337 Calories
12g Fat
48g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 337
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 24g
Added Sugars 21g 42%
Protein 7g 15%
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Vitamin A 348IU 7%
Vitamin C 2mg 2%
Folate 32mcg 8%
Sodium 106mg 5%
Calcium 122mg 9%
Iron 3mg 16%
Magnesium 97mg 23%
Potassium 263mg 6%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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