Amaranth “Popcorn” & Greek Yogurt

Looking for a crunch to top off that greek yogurt?  Have you heard of Amaranth?  It’s great for the whole family.  If I haven’t mentioned it before, I have a bit of an obsession with the organic/whole foods isle in grocery stores and I always love finding new items to try.  Amaranth is a grain that is high in protein and iron and also contains calcium, b vitamins and other minerals.  It can be cooked whole as a breakfast cereal (like oatmeal) or served with vegetables or other foods for lunch or dinner.  It can be ground into a flour for baking and can be a substitute for wheat and other grains.

It can also be toasted, and popped looking like teeny tiny pieces of popcorn!  It has a nutty flavour when toasted and is perfect to throw on yogurt, cereal, salads….anything you want to add a little crunch (and nutrients) to.

To toast/pop Amaranth, heat a pan on high (it has to be high for the Amaranth to pop) and add a Tbsp of Amaranth grains.  You will need to constantly move the Amaranth around so it does not burn (I use a flat wooden spatula).  It will probably take a few times to perfect your skill.  I have only done it once and found that about half of the grains toasted, and half of them popped like popcorn.  Either way they are still yummy!

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You should be able to find Amaranth in whole foods stores or whole food isles of your grocery store, or head to the Bulk Barn!

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