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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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oatmeal cookie steel cut oats

25 Mar

the biggest problem i have blogging about what my kids eat is remembering to take a picture of what they are eating, before they eat it. anyway, this is one of their absolute favorite breakfasts (see picture of empty bowl). this is great replacement for sugary cold cereal.

oatmeal cookie breakfast

1 1/2 cups steal cut oats, soaked overnight in water
in the morning drain and rinse the oats. set aside and let drain while you gather the other ingredients.
4 tbs raisins
6 tbs mini chocolate chips, enjoy life
1 tbs vanilla
pinch of salt
add all ingredients to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until chopped, do not over blend.

next time i think i’m going to add walnuts and coconut to the mix.