February is Healthy Heart Month. To celebrate, I made Focaccia using popped Amaranth. Amaranth is a super nutritious and healthy grain. It has a very low gluten content and is the only grain to contain vitamin C. It is also high in calcium, phosphorus and contains high-quality protein, fiber, iron, and is lysine rich.
Amaranth flour is great when combined with high-protein wheat flour in yeast breads. The grains can also be popped to enhance the flavor and give bread a lighter texture. I had some Amaranth grains so I decided to pop them to see what all the fuss was about. It was fun! I love the mild nutty flavor it brings to this Focaccia.