Friday, May 13, 2011

Popped Amaranth!

I have really been loving eating popped amaranth lately! It has an almost marshmallowy taste and when consumed with chocolate almond milk it is like a cross between puffed rice cereal and cocoa pebbles! Amaranth is a grain similar to quinoa but it is much smaller. I first saw popping instructions for making this grain into cereal over at The Edible Perspective.

Basically you just put 1 tablespoon of amaranth in a dry pan over medium heat, cover and shake for about 30-40 seconds and then continue to shake off of the heat for another 20 seconds or so. Pour into a bowl and repeat that process until you reach your desired amount of cereal. I usually do about 4 tablespoons for me and 2 tablespoons for Kenley. Enjoy your popped amaranth with your desired choice of milk (I prefer chocolate almond milk).

Let me know if you try it!

Edited to add: In the comments Kimi asked what the cost for amaranth is. Here is my reply:
The amaranth is $3.98/pound. I bought about half a pound which equals about 2 cups. So this will make a lot of cereal. I would guess that 1 tbsp of dry amaranth equals about 3 tbsp popped amaranth.

I eat about 4 tbsps (dry) a sitting so that 2 cups would equal 8 servings which would come out to .25 cents per bowl! 1 cup of dry Amaranth has 716 kcal, 26 grams of protein, and it is a complete protein!

3 comments:

Kimi said...

Where do you get it/ how much does it cost?

Keri said...

I bought it at the Sno-isle Co-op in Everett. I LOVE it there!

The amaranth is 3.98/pound. I bought about half a pound which equals about 2 cups. So this will make a lot of cereal. I would guess that 1 tbsp of dry amaranth equals about 3 tbsp popped amaranth.

I eat about 4 tbsps a sitting so that 2 cups would equal 8 servings which would come out to .25 cents per bowl! That is a lot of bang for your buck!

1 cup of dry Amaranth has 716 kcal and 26 grams of protein!

Kelly said...

how funny is it that I actually cooked the bag of amaranth that's been in my cupboard for months and then came and saw your post!
I cooked it like I would rice and was quite surprised in the outcome. It was more like hot cereal than something I wanted for dinner. SOOOOO, I added maple syrup and put it in the fridge to contemplate. Well, last night I came home with fresh blackberries and put them on top of some of the cooked amaranth (cold from the fridge) and topped it with light canned coconut milk (also cold). Ummm, my new favorite breakfast, and so far it's held me way longer than my normal bowl of oatmeal!