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I was overwhelmed with all of your comments + votes [almost 500!] helping me decide which comforter to buy!!  Guess what?  I’m still undecided.  Not a big surprise there.  And I’ve wasted hours looking for comforters.  Hours that I could have been organizing my kitchen cabinets.  Bah!

Your comments really helped though.  You made so many good points.  So, thank you for that!!

Breakfast?  Corny oats, again!  What I want to direct your attention to, are the brownish blobs on top.  I’m out of coconut butter and running low on nut butter, so I decided to make Sarena’s coconut cream again.  This time, however, I added a few things.

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Cinnamon Sweet, Coconut Cream adapted from Coconut Cream

  • 2T coconut flour
  • 4-6T unsweetened almond milk [or other milk]
  • 1t honey
  • 1t cinnamon
  1. Whisk together until smooth.  Add more milk to reach desired consistency.  I used 6T.

Dollop on oats, toast, a buckwheat bake, or just eat with a spoon!

I actually didn’t like it too much paired with the corny oats.  There was too much “mush,” with this bowl being so creamy from the flour + oat bran.  However, it would be perfect on a buckwheat bake or bowl of rolled oats. :)

Can’t find coconut flour in stores?

Buy it here.  Want to make coconut flour at home?  It’s a bit of a process, but definitely doable!

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For lunch?  Something I haven’t made in months.  Something that always seems like it won’t fill me up, but leaves me completely satisfied for hours. 

Puffed Amaranth Cereal!!

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That’s right!!  You can pop amaranth at home, and turn it into a crunchy, soft cereal.  I absolutely love this!!  I’m actually not a huge fan of cooked amaranth, because of it’s distinct earthy flavor.  However, when you pop it, the flavor mellows out quite a bit.

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I pop 1/3c raw amaranth, which makes around 2c popped amaranth.  Follow that link for directions on how to pop.  It takes a few tries to get the hang of it, but isn’t too hard. 

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And guess what?  You can whisk/blend fun things in to your milk! 

  • peanut butter or other nut butter
  • chia seeds
  • flax meal
  • cinnamon or other spices
  • protein powder
  • honey/maple syrup
  • maca
  • banana

For this version I used:  chocolate chip cookie dough almond butter [minus the choco chips…I ran out!], flax meal, cinnamon + maca

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This bowl is GIGantic.  The never-ending bowl of cereal you always dream about. 

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I topped this bowl with: coconut, dried figs, + almonds

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Dried figs are spectacular. 

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Almost had an overflowing bowl!

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Cinnamon Puffmaranth [serves 1]

  • 1/3c raw amaranth
  • 1t cinnamon
  • 1.5t honey
  • 1-2c milk [depending on preference]
  • 1T ground flax meal
  • 1t maca powder [opt]
  • 1T nut butter
  • toppings: coconut, dried figs, almonds
  1. Follow these directions for popping amaranth.
  2. Whisk/blend cinnamon, honey, flax meal, nut butter, and maca into the milk until combined. 
  3. Top amaranth with nuts/dried fruit + pour on milk


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Want to know more about this ancient grain? Check here!

Check out these stats!  This is just for the amaranth.  The calcium, fiber, iron + protein stats are quite impressive!


Tomorrow’s agenda:

Kitchen organization extravaganza!!!  I’m trying to at least make it sound fun. haha 



Reader Comments (36)

Wow the iron stats are off the charts!

I love the idea of adding mixin's to milk. Especially protein powder. But I'm surprised that PB would actually combine smoothly!

Your amaranth bowl is the stuff of my dreams. It's so loaded :)

The amaranth bowl is the prettiest oatmeal ever. I love figs added to my oats, so deliciou:)

May 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLenna

I LOVE that bowl - very pretty! And the eats in it look amazing too, of course.
Is it weird that the idea of organizing a kitchen is really exciting to me...I could spend hours organizing, and the kitchen is by far my favorite place to do it. Hope it isn't too torturous for you :)

May 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

wow now I really want to try that amaranth stuff! sounds so cool!

Cinnamon Sweet, Coconut Cream = yum

and it gets better with Cinnamon Puffmaranth !!

and then the heart shaped green bowl..too cute!

Aah that bowl with the puffed amaranth in is so pretty! Where'd you get it from?

I always have such a hard time picking out a comforter. Our last set I just kind of stumbled upon on clearance at Macys and it turned out to be the perfect match for our bedroom.

Who could resist having cereal for lunch with nutritional stats like that!?!?

May 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Your bowl.. looks beautiful! My breakfasts never looks quite so nice. I am sure they taste JUST as amazing as it looks!

I would love a never ending bowl of cereal! That would be amazing. But can you make it taste like Fruity Pebbles? :)

Hello sunshine! Now that's the way to wake up. I am definitely making your variation on the coconut cream today! It cracks me up you still haven't decided on the comforter. It's hard making decisions like that that dictate the look of a room. I am not a fan of most of the designs they put on that kind of stuff. Good luck deciding and have fun organizing the kitchen. I always like starting with a clean slate in the kitchen. Everything is so organized and neat...for a little while at least!

that cinnamon puffed aramath looks awesome!

What fun! I love the look of that coconut cream and I have never tried to puff amaranth. I love how adventurous you are in the kitchen! :)

I was in Mexico recently on vacation at an all inclusive and they had puffed amaranth at the breakfast buffet. I only knew what it was because of your posts on it. Of course I had to try it and loved it! Ate it every day of vacation :) now I need to try it myself.

Cereal for lunch? YUM!

Your breakfast looks amazing, love the coconut cream. Looks delish

mmm both breakfast and lunch look delicious! Why haven't I made that cereal yet! :) Do you think I could make the cereal ahead of time (in the evening), to save time in the morning? Also, have you ever tried making your own coconut flour? Or even coconut milk? The link you provided intrigued me. It looks like a fun process! I am just wondering how it turns out :)

May 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenna

cinnamon and coconut cream sounds like a match made in heaven - I will be trying this immediately, ahthankyou!

I have no idea where to buy amaranth grain. I've been wanting to try your amaranth recipes for a while. that bowl looks so yummy. and i Love love love figs in any form. :drool:

They have it at our Whole Foods in the bulk section. Bob's Red Mill also packages it. :)

May 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

For sure!! If you make it, then let it cool, just store it in an airtight container. I think it would be fine for a few days! I haven't made coconut flour or milk yet. Maybe one day...hehe

May 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That is SO awesome!!! It is known for being an ancient aztec grain, so I'm not surprised they offered it. Very cool!!

May 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Love that bowl! Clearly made with love. :)

Totally hard!! I also get sick of things really I have to think really hard about something that will dictate the whole room, like you said. :)

May 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I would love to go browse the clearance aisles, but don't have much time. I might hit up TJmax today though!

May 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

My mom bought it for me at an art show. :)

May 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

No it's not weird...but it's just annoying when you have 50 million other things to do too. It hurts my brain to try and think about where things should go! haha

May 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

The peanut butter whisks in pretty well, but not 100%. I love the little blobs of PB that end up in my spoon! You could also blend it, to fully combine before adding.

May 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Your corny oats and cereal look amazing. I always love your unique combination of flavors!

May 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlexa @ Simple Eats

This looks amazing! That coconut cream sounds delicious too! I will ahve to try that.

May 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

I used to puff my amaranth and eat it like regular cereal too - but I noticed my blood sugar just can't handle the puff cereal (don't know why - I had tons of chia, coconut, and other stuff in it too). I might give it another try...because your photos just make me drool!!

May 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

oh my gosh that looks wonderful! I had no idea that you could do that with aramanth! great to know...and that coconut cream also sounds fantastic!

May 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi

Now thats a bowl of cereal!!! I just used up the last of my amaranth for yesterday's dinner :(

But I will have to get some more and POP it! How fun!!

I was wondering when you were going to bring back popped amaranth cereal again :) I figured you were on the buckwheat kick and not sure how long that would last! What do you think the next breakfast obsession will be? :-)

That bowl is SOOOO cute- C& B, maybe?

May 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmilia

i've got to say, i've never heard of amaranth before i started reading your blog.

May 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura (Starloz)

My mom actually got it for me at an art fair. :)

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Is it the carbs that mess with your blood sugar in amaranth? I would have thought it would be a good stabilizer...but what do I know! haha

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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