popped amaranth

18 Apr

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this is a great substitute for store bought cold cereal. when i first tried popping amaranth i failed miserably but i kept trying and now it’s one of my favorite things to make for breakfast. some helpful hints i can share are: use a small stainless steal sauce pan, have a lid handy, only pop a small amount at a time, preheat your pan slowly for several minutes. a sauce pan works best because of the high sides i use a glass lid which helps to see what’s going on. if you crowd the pan not all the grains will pop. a little patience and you’ll have a delicious breakfast waiting for you in the morning.

popped cocoa amaranth

1 cup amaranth this will serve 4 people with leftovers to make a snack with.
1/4 cup cocoa powder – more or less to taste i never measure
pinch of salt

to pop the amaranth heat your pan slowly to a medium high heat. i usually turn it on and wait 10 minutes. pop 1/2 TBS to 1 TBS at a time. once the amaranth is in the pan cover and count to 5 or just listen for the popping to slow down. give it a shake and dump into a bowl. repeat until all amaranth is popped. *i usually burn the first batch, just dump it in the trash and keep going. when all amaranth is popped mix well with other ingredients and cover until breakfast. i usually make the night before.

in the morning serve and add sweetener of choice such as honey, agave, coconut sugar. top with milk and enjoy.

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4 Responses to “popped amaranth”

  1. Elise April 30, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    I am super excited about your blog. I am going to try being gluten free because I believe it’ll make me feel even better than I already do. Thanks for posting all of these recipes! I will definitely let you know what I think, when I make them. :)

    • elislunch May 2, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

      i hope you try some of my recipes and let me know how you like them. if you have any questions or trouble just ask and i’ll do my best to help you out. being gluten free gets easier with time. for us it has been a real blessing.

  2. superhealthykids May 2, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    What a great idea! I haven’t used amaranth, but I do want to try this!

    • elislunch May 2, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

      you should try it, i think it’s something you and your family would enjoy. amaranth is also a great source of protein. plus, the left overs are great for add-ins to trail mix, cookies, muffins….the list goes on.

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