Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Homemade Cereal: Popped Amaranth with Nuts & Dried Fruit

In an attempt to cut down even further on processed foods- I’ve been experimenting with making my own cereals. This recipe is hands-down my favorite, and while popping amaranth can be messy- it’s also freakishly fun. Amaranth is a grain similar to quinoa that is easiest to find in bulk bins at nicer grocery stores. I buy mine at the Town & Country Markets in Seattle.

8 tbsp amaranth
1/2 cup raw walnuts (or nut of choice)
1/2 cup dried fruit (my favorites are cranberries and candied ginger)
2 tbsp maple syrup or honey
1/2 tsp sea salt

To pop the amaranth:
Heat a large pot (the higher the sides the better) over medium-high heat. Toss in two tablespoons of amaranth (any more at a time and you’ll burn most of it) and stir constantly until most of the grains are popped. It’s better to leave some grains un-popped rather than burning the rest. Dump popped amaranth into a medium sized bowl, and continue this process until all amaranth has been popped.

 Unpopped vs. popped

Once all amaranth is popped- add nuts, dried fruit, salt, and maple syrup to your bowl and mix until combined. If you find your amaranth clumping with the syrup- just get in there with your hands and break things up. Cooking should be messy!  Store in a glass jar or other sealed container, and serve just as you would with any other cereal. I’m happiest eating mine with milk.

Originally posted at Swallowing Seattle.


Anonymous said...

Can you pop the amaranth is a hot air popcorn popper?

Renai said...

Hi Dessert-

I've tried! The amaranth is so light that it all just shot right out of the popper before it had the chance to heat up. I've heard that other poppers work, but haven't had the chance to try.

Halley said...

Cool! I didn't know you could pop amaranth.
Thanks for the good info.

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