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.