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Tuesday
Feb012011

DIY – cereal

Do you love cereal??  I definitely do!  However, I’ve slowed down my cereal consumption a lot in the past few months.  It never does as good of a job filling me up, even if it’s nutrient dense.  But it’s just so goooood. ;)

Well, today I have a cereal solution.  Yesterday, I showed you how to pop amaranth.

Today, I’m going to show you how to make amaranth cereal!  It’s one of the easiest homemade breakfasts ever!

First, you pop the amaranth.  It literally takes about 15-20sec if you have the heat properly set.  It should be at med-high to high, depending on your stove.  No oil in the pan and have your lid ready, or your kitchen will be covered!  Also, only cook about 2T at a time, for best results.

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What other ingredients do you want to add?

  • almonds

  • dried fruit – apricots, dates, mango, apples, berries, etc.

  • coconut

  • maple syrup

  • nut butter

  • jelly

  • fresh fruit – berries would be great

  • ginger – for spice!

  • cinnamon

  • chia seeds

  • ground flax meal

  • other nuts/seeds

  • raw buckwheat


Anything you want, really!

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I added 1/2t cinnamon and a few shakes of ginger.

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I also chopped 3T of almonds, 2T unsweetened coconut, + 1/4c chopped dried apricots.  I’m thinking fresh bananas + blueberries would be an awesome addition!

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You can eat it dry, with yogurt, or any type of milk.  If you eat it with milk or yogurt, the popped amaranth definitely soaks it up.  It doesn’t turn to complete mush, but does soften up.  The closest thing I can compare it to would be overnight oats, depending on how much liquid you use.

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I added about 1c unsweetened almond milk and it was delicious!  This kept me full for hours.  Perfect!  The best part, was that it didn’t have the strong earthy flavor it has when un-popped.  I absolutely loved this!!

Popped Amaranth Cereal [serves 1]

  • 1/4c raw amaranth

  • 3T chopped nuts

  • 1/4c chopped dried fruit

  • 2T unsweetened coconut

  • 1/2t cinnamon

  • dash of ginger

  • ~1c unsweetened almond milk



  1. Heat a large pot over med-high heat.

  2. When fully heated, add in 2T raw amaranth, cover with a lid and quickly shimmy/slide the pot back and forth on the burner.  If your heat is set correctly it should pop within 15-20sec.  This burns very quickly!  I had 1 test batch that I had to throw out, when I was testing the right heat for my stove.  You might have to do a test batch once or twice.

  3. Empty popped amaranth to a bowl + repeat the process again.

  4. Add in any spices you want and mix.

  5. Add in other dry ingredients or fresh fruit + mix.

  6. Add in milk or yogurt and EAT!


You could definitely transport this to work and eat right at your desk too!  Just throw everything into a plastic container.  If you’re adding in fresh fruit, use a separate container for that.  Pour milk into a water bottle and take everything to go!

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Check out the nutrition facts!!!  Tons of protein, fiber, iron + calcium!

With my mix-ins:

  • 535 calories

  • 16g fat [mostly from almonds + coconut]

  • 9.8 sat. fat [coconut]

  • 4.2g monounsaturated

  • 7.8g polyunsaturated

  • 65g carbs

  • 198mg sodium [will vary with type of milk used]

  • 12.8g fiber

  • 15g protein

  • 35% calcium

  • 37% iron


For dinner, I tried something different.

Buckwheat pizza. You can find the recipe here.  I have had a bag of buckwheat flour for months now, and had yet to use it.  I saw this recipe awhile ago and wanted to give it a try.  Everything was kept the same, except I didn’t grind my flour from raw buckwheat.

I think that really affected the taste.  This flour was extremely strong tasting!

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It was nothing like the buckwheat taste I’ve made for breakfast.  Maybe the buckwheat flour is toasted first and then ground?  Who knows!

I made my super tasty tomato sauce and let it cook until it was nice and thick.

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I also made some vegan parmesan cheeze [.5c toasted sesame seeds + 3T nutritional yeast + 1/4t salt] to throw on top, but also ate a few pieces with grated parmesan, as my dairy for the day!

Chris did not like the pizza.  His toppings were scraped off and applied to toasted bread.  He was happy. :)  I ate these 4 pieces, wondering if I really liked it, with every single bite.  The texture was very bready + soft.  It had a very distinct flavor.  Nothing like typical pizza.  It may work better with fresh ground buckwheat flour, but I don’t think I’ll be testing it out again.

After these 4 pieces, I scraped the rest of the toppings into my mouth.

sauce + broccoli + spinach –> into mouth!  YUM!

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Reintroduction of Dairy – Day 2

  • I learned that everyone experiences the dairy phlegm, but some more than others.  Also, if you rid your body of dairy for a few weeks, like I did, it will be much more noticeable the first few times eating dairy again.

  • I didn’t eat dairy until dinner, and I didn’t even really want the cheese.  Crazy??  Yes!

  • My stomach is currently going nuts but I have no idea what it’s from.  I consumed a ton of fiber today, between the amaranth cereal, a sweet potato, nuts, buckwheat crust, spinach, broccoli, etc.  I’m not sure the small amount of parmesan is causing my disturbance, but who really knows.


January Goals

Remember when I set these goals?  Want to know how I did?

  1. open Etsy shop selling prints

  2. redesign blog

  3. finish Into Thin Air

  4. start + finish Eating Animals Not started.

  5. start detox Monday, January 10th

  6. figure out a way to include all of these things in my workouts properly

    • swimming

    • cycling

    • lifting

    • climbing

    • walking/running

    • yoga



  7. rent a violin


All in all, I did not do the best job!!  However, there has been a LOT going on this month.  I was sick for 1 full week and the past 5 days have been consumed with house happenings.  Not a good excuse, but I’m not beating myself up about this at all.  Here’s what happened.

  1. finished 1/24/11 yay!

  2. blog redesign has started

  3. This book is really slow going for me.  I was hooked at first, but there are so many names and places and random info, that I can’t keep it all straight.  It hasn’t been enjoyable to read.  I feel like I have to finish it before starting a new book though.

  4. Will start once I finish #3.

  5. detox, done + in progress!

  6. I’ve worked out about 3 times in the past 2 weeks, with being sick.  I definitely want to get this in order soon!

  7. hahahaha…with the house stuff going on now, the violin might have to take the backburner


February Goals

  1. finish blog redesign

  2. finish Into Thin Air

  3. start + finish Eating Animals

  4. organize workout schedule

  5. stay on top of house happenings + research products, etc for renovations

  6. focus + make better use of time


I really don’t know if I should add anything else.  I definitely overbooked for January and I know we have a lot going on this month.  Despite all repeats for this month, I feel like I accomplished a lot in January, beyond the Etsy shop + detox.

How are you guys doing on your goals + resolutions?

I definitely made good use of every single minute of today.  I’m ready for a little TV and then bed.

Night!

Ashley

p.s. my recipe page is updated!!

Reader Comments (121)

This popped amaranth sounds interesting. I've heard you can pop quinoa too, have you ever tried that? I don't have any amaranth, so maybe I'll give popped quinoa a try.

If it makes you feel any better I don't think I achieved any of my January goals! Good luck with your February list.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBronwyn Coyne

It's really interesting to read about your dairy experiences. I am vegan but so many people around me are either consuming less dairy or trying to cut it out because they too feel it is causing problems with them. most are cutting it out because of either bad skin or stomach problems. my skin wernt from acne-ish to clear as a whistle in a few weeks.

anyhoe I hope you find your culprit!

x sabine

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSabine @ thefruitpursuit

I've been loving buckwheat flour lately. It's so easy on the tummy too. Have you tried the Japanese buckwheat noodles? :)

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllie@fitforthesoul

The nutritional profile for the cereal is amazing! Need to try amaranth now... :)

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristy @ KristyRuns

I think I'd love this. I dominate cereal.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

I can't tolerate any cow's milk dairy at all. Not even with enzymes. Yesterday a small amount of whey protein in an Amazing Grass bar unsettled my stomach for the rest of the day. Good luck figuring it all out!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshlei

I find that when I eat too much fiber, my stomach does crazy things at night. Sometimes, I have to remind myself to cut back on the veggies. Easier said that done, I know.

I think you've done an excellent job on your goals considering what you were up against. January was a rough month for a lot of people. You pushed through and now February is going to be full of wonderful things for you! :)

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I loved puffed cereal as a kid!!! And i love amaranth so now i just have to manage to not burn it lol:)

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterallison

I think it's totally understandable that you didn't get to all your goals this month - I won't hold it against you! :)

Not having dairy doesn't bother me either. I'm just fine with my nutritional yeast and cheeseless pizza!

I hope your stomach feels better soon - I doubt the parmesan is what caused your tummy troubles as parmesan is a cheese that doesn't affect many with lactose intolerances.

I love the popped cereal! I did buckwheat crispies in my oven a few weeks ago, and man were they crunchy! I'm guessing the amaranth was lighter? Poor Pea Daddy listening to me crunch through those bowls...

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMama Pea

that's a huge bowl of cereal...LOVE it!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather (Heather's Dish)

mm i really like amaranth!! there are slim pickings in terms of healthy grain alternatives for sale here in mexico, but for some reason amaranth is hot. i had no idea what "amaranto" was the first time i found it at the store, but now i'm hooked. it is sold it pre-popped, which is convenient. i actually had no idea its nutrition stats were so good, so thank you for that info!!

aw i'm sad that your "rent a violin" goal will get no love!! i have had the same goal on my never-ending to do list for awhile and also, it receives no love. too much else going on, ha. have you played in the past? i played for 14 years but got lazy with it i college and haven't played much since.. now my violin is at my parents house in the states. i have this constant guilt with it, and am wondering if your background is similar!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercarly

I love cereal so I will have to try this!Good luck with your Feb. goals and thanks for updating your recipe page :)

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaddie (Healthy Maddie)

How absolutely creative! I love that you popped the amaranth for a fun new cereal. That is such a great idea. :D

And the pizza looks awesome. Two recipes that I'll be sure to make. :D

I just posted last night on my progress with my January goals! I've done well with some and really not well with others - but I noticed that 1 or 2 of my goals are not really things that are important to me right now. They may be things I'm interested in doing or want to do someday, but if it doesn't resonate with me right now it's probably not the best idea to push myself into it.
Your make your own cereal looks amazing - that would be a huge money saver! I can blow through a box of $5 cereal so quickly...

I am loving the way that pizza looks! Also, thanks for letting us know about the dairy. I really thought I was the only one. Also, it makes sense even more that after my Vegan week I had a strong reaction to yogurt.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at KeepItSweet

what a great idea for making cereal! it looks so wholesome and delicious.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEliz@The Sweet Life

That pizza looks delicious!

My January goals got a bit sidetracked as well but, like you, I still feel like I accomplished a lot!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

The buckwheat pizza is the star of this post! Yum!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

I've never heard of amaranth before, but it's so cool that you can make your own cereal! I make homemade granola often, and now I want to try making my own bran flakes!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJusteen @ Blissful Baking

I know when I eat a lot of fiber, my stomach really hates it!

That cereal looks AMAZING. I wish my local grocery store carried millet and amaranth...they carry the Bob's Flours of those grains but not the actual grain.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlly at Girl Vs Food

Hi Ashley! I'm not a regular commenter, but a regular reader! Into Thin Air is one of my favorite books! I remember the first time I read it, it was hard to get past the beginning, and I found myself flipping to the front page more often than not to look at the map, or the list of names! But I promise you, once you get past the beginning, and all the history, and feel more comfortable with the names, you will LOVE IT! I really hope you keep on reading and enjoying it!! :)

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

I also want to rework my exercise schedule and try to fit in running, yoga, cycling, lifting. I find it so hard to fit in all and focus on getting a good workout from each without getting too sore, but I love doing all of them and do not want to give up them.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

two fantastic recipes -- i love having amaranth in a similiar way to your recipe. my husband likes the buckwheat pizza recipe -- we're snowed in here and have most of the ingredients...maybe we'll make it for lunch!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlauren @ spiced plate

the pizza looks fantanstic! you are SO SO SO creative in the kitchen! i look forward to your posts everyday! :)

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi(onefitfoodie)

Hey Ashley- I came across your blog last night for the first time, and I've really enjoyed perusing the posts. When I saw your amaranth cereal, I was reminded of a library book I read a couple of years ago that had a lot of great whole grain recipes, including one for popped amaranth crunch. I've been using it to top salads and soups ever since, and I'm sure you would enjoy it as much as I have. The book is Whole Grains Every Day, Every Way by Lorna Sass and you can see a preview of it on Google books - including the recipe!
Keep up the awesome blogging!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate

aww, i'm bummed that the pizza crust didn't turn out like you wanted it too. i've never cooked with buckwheat flour - have you used it in any other recipes besides your pizza crust?

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersarah (sarah learns)

Holy moly both recipes look amazing!! Pizza sounds so great in this crazy weather! And Eating Animals is a GREAT book, not a ton of new info but can really reinforce a good vegetarian diet, highly recommended!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlin @ TPL

oh yay you made the cereal!

I may have some amaranth at home in my cupboard... I hope I do! This cereal sounds so tasty. We never have any in the house and when we do it's gone so fast it's like it wasn't even there.

I think you rocked your January goals. That detox was a huge commitment too.

I'm just curious- why don't you just leave out dairy if it's giving you problems? I haven't had dairy in about a year and it's done wonders for my health, hair, and skin. I get my calcium through my dark leafy greens and my almond milk. Had a bone density scan and my bones have gotten even stronger since I cut out dairy. :)

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersarahsnacks

I ate entirely too many brussels sprouts yesterday and my tummy was actively letting me know all last night!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristin@purplebirdblog

Those will definitely do it to ya!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Popped amaranth cereal concoction sounds delicious! I don't think I'll find that in El Paso. I'll have to wait till I head home for a week to hit up a local Wholefoods.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFallon

Hi Sarah. Thanks for your question. Are you a new reader? If so, I've been doing a 21 day detox where I eliminated soy/gluten/dairy from my diet. This was mainly for digestive reasons because I am bloated 80% of my life! Now, I'm in the reintroduction phase, where I reintroduce one of the items mentioned back into my diet to try to figure out the culprit. I don't think dairy is a problem at all. I haven't really said it's giving me problems. I noticed phlegm after eating yogurt, which is normal for everyone and last night I was uncomfortable from an overload of fiber, most likely. If you want to check out exactly what I'm doing, look at my 21 day recap post with links to all of my other detox recaps as well. http://edibleperspective.com/2011/01/lean-green-juicing-machine/ I wasn't a big dairy person before the detox, and if it is causing me problems, I'm fine giving it up. I'm not worried abut my calcium consumption, as I get a ton of it from leafy greens, nuts, seeds, and non-dairy milks as well.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks girl. Yes, it really was!!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yeah, I've used it in a lot of breakfast recipes lately. Check out my recipe page. I have had good experiences with it so far, but I've ground my own flour from raw, un-toasted buckwheat. This was a packaged flour and super strong tasting. Won't be using it again!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Dangg girl! This is genius, now I have to make my own cereal!:)

Slash now I want pizza and it is not even noon!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatelyn @ Chef Katelyn

Thanks so much for saying hi Kate!! And for the great recommendation on that book. I'm definitely going to check it out!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks love. You are too kind. :)

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I'm about 2/3 of the way through now and am still confused. I just find myself drifting off while reading it. I've read 2 other books by Krakauer and LOVED them. I'll get through this one eventually!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Welcome!! :)

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I totally know what you mean, Corey. It's good to set the goals and then realize some aren't important right now, because you can just put it out of your mind for the time being instead of having it weigh you down.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

great recipe for cereal, ashley! cereal never fills me up, so I stopped eating it.

one editorial comment: in your nutritional breakdown, you list the sodium content at 198 g - I believe this is a typo and should read 198 mg.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSabina

I'm sad about the violin for now too. I want to rent-to-own a violin actually and definitely will at some point. I only played the violin for a short time but played the flute for about 6 years. It will happen..just not right now! :)

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

OMG...I can imagine..hahahahaa The popped amaranth super soft and makes no crunch noise at all. :) Poor P.D.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks girl. ;) I don't think dairy is the culprit, but if so I'm fine giving it up. I know it's definitely not a full blown dairy allergy or anything like that. So, it will probably just be a once in a while thing.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks for your encouragement Lauren!! There definitely has been a lot going on lately!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I love those bars but am annoyed they use whey protein. Just seems like an odd choice to me!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

LOL!!!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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