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cereal sauce

Let’s get right down to business today.


Because I’m slightly busy getting ready for a trip to Portland tomorrow.

For what?

To shoot Mama Pea’s second cookbook!

For how long?

A full week! 

Clothing, camera equipment, and random photography props, are currently strewn about the house.  Does anyone else like to make a to-do list with 584 things on it the day before they go out of town?

That would be me.

One thing I did today?  Made 4 new creations to share with you lovely people.

Inspired by Tom Haverfod and his hilarious food nick names.  Please tell me you watch Parks and Rec!! 


It’s been far too long since my last bowl of popped amaranth.  Surprisingly filling, and a cinch to make.  Well, once you figure out the proper heat setting for your stove, it’s a cinch.  It varies quite a bit but if your stove is hot enough the amaranth should pop within seconds.

Fluffy, crunchy, goodness.

And quite nutrient dense.

180 cals – 3g fat – 32g carbs – 4.5g fiber – 7g of protein for 1/4c [1 1/2c popped] – 21% iron

As an alternative to adding a handful of different toppings and pouring milk overtop, I’ve come up with a few cereal sauce recipes for you to enjoy.  

I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether you pour this on popped amaranth or just slurp straight from the glass.

These are really quite simple and will take any bowl of cereal to the next level.

Pop 1/4c – 6T amaranth, which yields 1.5-2c popped amaranth.  Directions here.

Blueberry Banana Protein

  • 3/4c blueberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1c milk
  • 3T protein powder

Chocolate Cherry Chia

  • 3/4c cherries
  • 1T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1c milk
  • 1T chia seeds

*If you refrigerate this for 5-10min after blending it will thicken substantially.

Cinnamon Banana Butter

  • 1.5T almond butter
  • 1/2T ground flax
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1c milk
  • 1t cinnamon

Peanut Butter “Monster” [as coined by Angela]

  • 2c raw spinach
  • 1.5T peanut butter
  • 1c milk
  • 1t honey
  1. For each recipe, blend all ingredients until smooth.

*Use frozen fruit for a thicker consistency.

Of course, you can add a crunchy topping if you like.

See you from the West coast!

Other cereal sauce recipes.


What would Tom Haverford call “popped amaranth?” 

Reader Comments (74)

how fun are those colorful cereal sauces!? #cowmilkisoverrated haha

safe travels to the pea house!

These are so inventive! I have never seen these before, can't wait to try them, especially the peanut butter monster (theres something about getting greens in the morning that makes me feel good).

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

oh my gosh. i freaking love "parks and rec". and tom. or should i say aziz.

those sound really great, but the pictures are even better! seriously. they're beautiful!

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersarah c

Oh I love the simplicity of the photos; I know it wasn't simple in effort but in styling, and in what you did to get the shot, I dig it all.

The bowls of grains, the pour shots, the colors...beautiful!

I'd love a bowl of this, but I tried popping amaranth once and it burned. :(

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessy (squeezetheday)

Enjoy Portland and the Peas! We're supposed to be getting a ton of rain over the next few days!

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Beautiful colors!

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

Very fun! Love this idea. Like smoothie in a bowl, I suppose! :) Have a great trip, looking forward to hearing all about it.

Have fun, lady!!!

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBlog is the New Black

Ahh so jealous of your upcoming trip! But wishing you the best time. :)

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

What a great idea... I love this! That cherry chocolate chia is right up my ally. Anytime I can have chocolate and pass it off as healthy is a winner to me! Where did you find those spoons? I'm obsessed!

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin

parks and rec is my favorite show and is probably my favorite website haha

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKarina

Weee have so much fun in Portland and send me some cookies! (I say this because I know there will have to be cookies involved)

hope you girls have fun! i can't wait to see the pictures :)

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather (Heather's Dish)

Ha! I love this! Have fun with the Pea family. :-)

Love this! Have fun with the Peas! I'm sure there will be no lack of laughs, excitement, and amazing food!

I am a huge fan of "cereal sauce", I have never been a cereal and milk fan but find myself now pouring different smoothies overs my dry cereal all the time :)

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

how cool! I am loving the colours :)

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren @ What Lauren Likes

very cool idea, cereal sauce, will have to give it a try! And have fun with your photo shoots!

hahahhaha! this is the best post EVER AShley! the colors are so fun!!!!!!

I really love the photos of the colourful 'cereal juices'!!! So pretty!
Have a great time with the Peas!!!
I'll be making your protein granola bars again today (I make them pretty much every week!) and I will use some popped amaranth instead of puffed rice! Should be good... :-)

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNathalie

Safe travels...sounds like so much fun!

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLizAshlee

What a fabulous idea!! I need to pop a huge batch so I have it on hand as an ingredient and not just cereal!

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

You are so very right!

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hahaha, I am sure there will be cookies!

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I know! I feel the same way about chocolate. Yumm! The spoons are from crate + barrel!

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That is what I hear!! I hope it's still semi-bright outside so I can get some natural light!

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Averie!!! I totally get what you're saying. :)

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thank you Sarah!! Glad we're on the same page with P+R!

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I completely agree!! Enjoy!

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

very creative idea. I feel like young kids would LOVE something like this- colorful milk!

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkatie @KatieDid

Oh man, how I love P&R!! :)
I had banana pineapple green monster "sauce" with kamut puffs this very delicious! I can't wait to try you creations! They look like a great way to getdiegard cereal eaters (ska, my family) to eat a more nutritious breakfast. Who says no to purple milk? ;)

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

Jealous of your time in Oregon!! Kiss Lulu and Gigi for me!!

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay @ Lindsay's List

Have fun shooting! That's great!

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNicole, RD

Hahahaha - Tom is the BEST character on that show. I love him.

I wish I were as witty as he were...I don't think any of my suggestions would hold up to his standards.

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate

What a great way to mix up the cereal routine! Heathly AND colorful :)


I hope you enjoy Portland! I just got back here from a midwest trip and have a renewed sense of appreciation for all the green!
Also, Tom is my favorite character on Parks and Rec too!

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNikita

Those "cereal sauces" are so pretty! I'll admit I've never had cereal without a normal looking milk of some kind but this looks like way more fun (and healthy!)

I don't watch Parks and Rec, but had to tune in last week when Paul Rudd was on (I LOVE HIM.)!
I love Tom Haverfod though- I rented 30 Minutes or Less from Redbox a few weeks ago, and the movie is funny... but he is HILARIOUS. I just love his voice! I should start watching P&R just because of that.

And how timely of you to post about Amaranth! I found a bag of it while I was cleaning out my pantry the other day. I am not so good at popping it properly, but LOVE it when I have... I just usually end up burning it though. I'll have to read up on your last post about it.

Love the colors of the cereal sauce (and reference to Parks and Rec!).

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBecky @ TOHG

TOM HAVERFORD! I am obsessed with Parks and Rec. Jean Ralphio and Tom Haverford together are the best TV duo everrrr.

Also, your cereal sauce looks perfect.

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Your photography in this post is beautiful--I love the colors of the different milks.

I have tried making popped amaranth a couple times but I always burn most of it and still have a lot of it end up unpopped. Do you have any tips? I have an electric range, maybe that makes a difference?

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAudrey

I heard that you can pop amaranth in a hot air popcorn popper - ever tried?

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Just started watching parks and rec, that guy is funny!

And these look amazing! Takes a reg bowl of puffed amaranth to a whole new level!

And have a safe trip! It's raining here today :(. And I'm just across the bridge from PDX so it's probably raining there too :(

I was "haha"-ing about the cereal that I look again, it looks like I'm just an idiot laughing at your seriously awesome post...I promise I'm only that weird in other ways...not just a rude gal

I am a cereal monster, so I typically eat cereal using protein shakes as the "milk" so I can eat it more often. Although, when you do it, it's much prettier ;) Have fun at Sarah's! Totally jealous.

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjanetha

Popped amaranth is one of my favorite breakfasts! I can't wait to try all four of these recipes - especially the chocolate cherry chia version - chocolate for breakfast is always a good thing! I love all of your other "cereal sauces," so I know these will be amazing too!

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKerry

So, I received an email from my sister saying...have you ever tried amaranth? I wonder where she got that from! Lol. I just turned her on to your site when I made her your maple cinnamon almond butter (to die for!). She also just made your apple sage chickpea burgers which were great in a wrap I had with spinach and hummus!

Have fun with the Peas!

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Okay,you've finally done it! I'm convinced to try popped amaranth. Your cereal sauce looks scrumptious too, haha! Hope you're having a blast with Mama Pea!! :)

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley @ Cooking for John

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