Bloody good gluten free cereal.

So as some of you know I am currently Gluten and Dairy free.  One of the biggest challenges I have faced has been breakfast.  I got on the chia bandwagon and then got over chia seed pudding pretty quick!  I really missed having a decent cereal.  Don’t get me wrong I love chia but I needed something more…..

I already eat eggs a  fair bit for lunch so really didn’t fancy it for brekkie as well.  This is where my bloody good gluten-free cereal evolved.   I already had some of these ingredients lurking in the cupboard and then walked the aisles of a local health store.  I began reintroducing myself to the ancient grains & seeds that you read about but never really use (ha!), trying to find what would work for me and that was going to be sustainable.  Heath foods are great but also come at a cost!! I wanted my own cereal to look forward to in the morning.  It needed to be quick and easy to make, affordable, high in nutrition and be able to sustain me through until morning tea!  This is where I found puffed amaranth, and boom my new favourite cereal was born.

Bloody good Gluten-free Cereal
Ready in: 15 minutes
This makes one large cereal container.

1-2 cups Toasted coconut chips
3/4 C Goji berries
125g Puffed Amaranth
3TBSp Chia seeds
1/4 cup Cacao nips
1/4 cup Chopped Dates

*a handful of pumpkin seeds (sesame seeds or sunflower would be great too)

*Chopped nuts of your choice – almonds, cashews, macadamia, Brazil to name a few (I had none at the time but would probably toast some almonds if given the choice!)

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.  Spread your coconut chips over a large wide oven tray – place in the oven and check after 5 minutes.  Give a quick mix and place back in the oven for a further 5 minutes.  When the coconut is coloured and toasted to your liking remove from the oven too cool.

Add all ingredients to your cereal container and shake – congrats you are done! #winning!

There is no exact science to this recipe you can literally add whatever you please in quantities that you prefer.  I love coconut so mine was a bit heavier on the coconut.  You can always reduce that if you are not a fan.  You can swap out more expensive ingredients for the cheap and cheerful kind.  I added dates last minute as I am currently reading about the benefits of these and how amazing they are for the digestive system.

Add your favourite fresh fruit on top – kiwifruit, bananas, apples, apricots the choice is all yours.

You read about all these super foods but half the time I am left thinking what is that exactly and how do I use it?   So I thought I’d explain a bit more about Amaranth.  For this cereal, I bought puffed Amaranth and it actually goes a long way and is really quite filling.   So go out there and own this one – share your version if you please 😉

So uh what the heck is Amaranth?  Well, I thought you might ask that so I hunted out a few interesting facts about Amaranth:

1)  Amaranth was cultivated by the Aztecs and is still a native crop in Peru.

2)  This tiny grain is gluten free – so perfect for coeliac,  or me!  It’s sometimes referred to as a “pseudo-cereal” because its nutritional profile is very similar.

3)  Its actually a seed not a grain of the Amaranth plant.  One plant can produce up to 60,000 seeds wow!

4)  Its remarkable nutritional value. It’s higher in minerals, such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, and carotenoids, than most vegetables. It has truly remarkable protein content: cup for cup, 28.1 grams of protein compared to the 26.3 grams in oats and 13.1 grams in rice.

5)  Amaranth can be used as an exceptional thickener for sauces, soups, stews, and even jellies. Eaten as a snack, amaranth can have a light, nutty, or peppery-crunchy texture and flavour.  Best of all, amaranth is even more nutritious than its true-grain counterparts.

6)  Amaranth is a great source of lysine, an important amino acid with protein content comparable to that of milk.  It contains primary proteins called albumin and globulins and is more soluble and easily digested than wheat.

7)  Most grains like wheat are short on lysine, an amino acid, but that’s not the case for amaranth. This makes amaranth a complete protein because it contains all the essential amino acids.

8)  Amaranth contains more protein than most other grains.

9)  It’s a great source Of Key Vitamins And Minerals.
Amaranth contains calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and iron.  One cup of uncooked amaranth has 31 percent of the RDA for calcium, 14 percent for vitamin C, and a whopping 82 percent for iron.

10)  Amaranth Can Be Popped!
Popped amaranth is used in Mexico as a topping for toast, among other things.  It looks like tiny popcorn kernels and has a nutty taste, and you can do this yourself ask google!   I am yet to try this, so let me know if you do before me 🙂

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