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Dec132012

popped amaranth cereal {gifts in jars}

CEREAL IN A JAR!!!!

popped amaranth cereal {gifts in jars} || edible perspective

Sorry for yelling, but seriously, this is awesome.

popped amaranth cereal {gifts in jars} || edible perspective

Well, it’s awesome if you like cereal.  Or, if your friends like cereal. 

popped amaranth cereal {gifts in jars} || edible perspective

Throughout the years my love for cereal has only grown.  Especially since realizing I could make my own at home, and that I could eat giant bowlfuls of it with all my favorite mix-ins and way less sugary junk. 

Popped amaranth is a definite breakfast favorite and besides the delicious factor, it’s shockingly filling.  The nutrition stats are quite impressive, too.  I have way too much fun coming up with new mix-in ideas and fun cereal sauces to pour overtop.

I’ve had a few questions about the labels that I’ve been making and apologize there is no tutorial for them.  I just make them quickly in Photoshop with different fonts and colors.  The snowflake graphic came from a free brush tool that I downloaded the other day.

A little Chanukah + Christmas cheer!

popped amaranth cereal {gifts in jars} || edible perspective

There are a few different ways you can go about gifting this.

One would be to mix the popped amaranth with spices and/or cocoa powder and a  little sugar.  You can also add in mix-ins like chopped nuts, dried fruit, shredded coconut, or even chocolate chips!

Why did I just think of the chocolate chip idea at 10pm?

Today we have:

Cinnamon Almond Raisin

and

Cocoa Pecan

Both are lightly sweetened with coconut sugar but brown sugar, sucanat, pure cane sugar, etc. work as well.  Although, when I make a bowl at home I typically drizzle a little honey on top instead. 

popped amaranth cereal {gifts in jars} || edible perspective

If you can’t find amaranth or haven’t had luck getting it to pop, an easy solution would be to buy a bag of puffed millet.  A large bag costs under $2 around here.  I haven’t tried popping millet yet, but I know it’s also possible (along with quinoa).

popped amaranth cereal {gifts in jars} || edible perspective

It took me about 10 minutes to pop numerous batches of amaranth, which was totally worth it.

And, guess what??  Many of you have asked in the past about the lifespan after popping.  Well, I ended up forgetting about a jar of it I had in the fridge for about 2 months.  I found it the other week and gave it a go.  It was perfect!

So, I recommend keeping the jar in the fridge and it will last at least 2 months.  Be sure to let it fully cool after popping before sealing it in a jar to avoid moisture + sogginess.  I haven’t tested how long it lasts stored in the pantry in a sealed jar, but if anyone else has feel free to weigh in in the comments.

popped amaranth cereal {gifts in jars} || edible perspective

This is a really fun breakfast to have with kids [although they might not be so excited to receive a jar of it..ha] because they can make up their own personalized bowl of cereal! 

Putting the toppings on the bottom of the jar will ensure they end up on top when it’s poured out. 

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Print this!

How to: Popped Amaranth slightly edited from this post

[nutrition data info]

[1/4 cup raw = ~1 1/2 cup popped]

  • raw amaranth
  1. Heat a small/medium pot over med-high/high heat.
  2. Test if the pot is hot enough by adding a drop of water.  If it instantly balls up and dances around the pot you’re good to go.
  3. Once hot, add in 1-2T raw amaranth, then cover with a lid and quickly shimmy/slide the pot back and forth just above the burner.  If your heat is set correctly it should start popping within 1-3 seconds and finish within 10-15 seconds.  It burns very quickly!
  4. Just as the amaranth pops are slowing empty it into a bowl.
  5. Replace the pan back on the burner to heat back up for 15-30 seconds.
  6. Repeat the popping process until desired amount has been reached.
  7. Let cool in the bowl.
  8. Add toppings, milk, cereal sauce, nut butter, nuts, yogurt, etc.

Tips:

  • Wear oven mitts!  The heat gets intense when you’re making multiple batches. 
  • I recommend 1-2 Tbsp of raw amaranth in the pot.  You want a thin layer across the bottom.
  • It’s crucial that your pot is fully heated.
  • If you don’t cover the pot amaranth will pop everywhere.
  • If the amaranth doesn’t start popping within 3 seconds your pan is not hot enough.
  • Dump the amaranth into the bowl just as the popping is slowing down.  If you wait until it’s completely stopped it will burn.
  • If the amaranth instantly burns your heat is too hot.
  • If you’re using an electric burner you may have to slide the pot back and forth on the burner and not above it.
  • If you let the popped grain fully cool you can store it in a sealed container in the fridge for at least a few weeks.

Popped Amaranth in Jars

Cinnamon Almond Raisin [serves 1]

  • 1, 12oz jar + lid
  • 1 cup popped amaranth
  • 2 teaspoons coconut sugar [optional]
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons raisins
  • 2 tablespoons chopped raw almonds
  1. Stir the amaranth, sugar, and cinnamon together in a bowl.  Some will settle to the bottom.
  2. Place the raisins and almonds in a clean, 12oz jar.
  3. Spoon the amaranth mixture into the jar.
  4. Secure with the lid and eat within a week or keep in the fridge for at least 2 months.

Cocoa Pecan [serves 1]

  • 1, 12oz jar + lid
  • 1 cup popped amaranth
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2-3 teaspoons coconut sugar [optional]
  • 1/4 cup chopped raw pecans
  1. Stir the amaranth, cocoa, and sugar together in a bowl. Some will settle to the bottom.
  2. Place the pecans in a clean, 12oz jar.
  3. Spoon the amaranth mixture into the jar.
  4. Secure with the lid and eat within a week or keep in the fridge for at least 2 months.

*Popped amaranth has a nutty, slightly earthy flavor with no sweetness at all.  It’s kind of like eating teeny tiny pieces of plain popcorn.  So, mix-ins are recommended for flavor + sweetness.  Banana is a favorite topping of mine to add, and I also love using unsweetened vanilla almond milk on top.

An easy addition to this gift would be to pair it with a fun new cereal bowl and spoon! 

But let’s not get me started on bowls.  They probably excite me more than jars!

popped amaranth cereal {gifts in jars} || edible perspective

More things in jars next week!

Enjoy the weekend and the last few night of Chanukah, if you celebrate!

Ashley

If you want to share a gift in a jar that you’re making this year, please feel free to do so! Either tweet orinstagram the photo to @edibleASH with the hashtag: #giftsinjars  Or, email the photo and your name to at: edibleperspective AT gmail DOT com

Reader Comments (10)

Love the idea of popper amaranth in jars! I told my mother about popping amaranth a while ago (and told her to check out your blog for an awesome tutorial) and she loved it. This would make the perfect gift for her; I know she's not making it for herself everyday. Keep up the awesome gift ideas, they're so much fun and perfect for a nice homemade present :)
December 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmilia
Omg I love you.
December 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley M.
YUM! That looks amazing!! And such a great gift idea.
December 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ Talk Less, Say More
Ashley, you are so creative!!! I've been meaning to try your popped amaranth forever but this puts it over the top. What an awesome gift idea. I'm so excited I don't even know to say :)
December 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa
love the gift tags. your friends and fam will be lucky gift receivers this holiday season :)
Hi Ashley - Thanks to your wonderful posts and suggestions, I have been popping amaranth in large batches for a while now. I always store the extra (after cooling completely as you mention) in a sealed plastic container in the pantry. I lasts for at least 3 weeks that way.
December 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJill
@Jill - Thank you so much for the update on leaving the amaranth in the pantry! I'm so glad to hear you're enjoying amaranth as much as I am. :)
December 14, 2012 | Registered CommenterAshley
This is probably the best one you've thought of so far, just because popped amaranth is such a cool and unique thing! I love these labels the most so far too :)
December 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ Blonde Ambition
I have one of these! Whoop whoop!
December 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdana @ minimalist baker
This is such a great idea! I think I 'll make some of these for gifts, but I want to do this for myself too. I love popped amaranth, so it would be great to have some of these on hand for the days when I don't have time to make myself a good breakfast.
December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKerry

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