A popcorn alternative has been high on my list of things to find lately. My daughter was recently diagnosed with a corn allergy and it makes snacking very hard. Everything she has come to know as normal has changed because of this new found allergy, and now my son has been diagnosed with a corn allergy, too.
Because of this, I have been reading and researching every possible way to provide my kids with a snack that tastes like the popcorn that they crave. I found two different kinds of popcorn alternative that my kids have really embraced, and I want to share them with you.
My Search for a Popcorn Alternative
*Updated May 11, 2019 **
It’s not easy to find a popcorn alternative, and the brands often make it cost offensive to purchase products that are pre-made and packaged. Sourcing out new products and creating delicious eats for my daughter is what I do well, and I thought I should share what I have found with you.
Gluten sensitivity is not an easy food allergy to deal with, and on so many levels it is emotional as well as physical. I have attempted to find alternatives to replace the foods she loved and can no longer consume. Just as my son with severe food allergies needs to be accommodated with foods, my daughter does as well, and this momma is hot on the trail of some pretty cool stuff.
Lavishly live healthy eating, with popcorn alternative (affiliate) for those with corn allergies.
Where to Find a Popcorn Alternative
I have done my homework and Googled until I can Google no more, but no one really has the same allergy combinations. For us, beating gluten is one thing, but adding in the corn allergy takes this to another level. I have to really be smart about this and figure out how to not have corn in popcorn. (affiliate)
Finding the foods in all stores is not always possible, but make sure to check Whole Foods. They are pretty good with sourcing foods that you cannot normally find. In addition, my Go-To is Amazon. You can find anything there!
The Corn-Free Party
Have you heard of Amaranth? I read a magazine about it 8 months ago at our Dr’s. office and never finished investigating, but now I have. Amaranth is able to be put on a stove with oil and popped and then seasoned with Salt. It is very good. It is not quite popcorn, but it is tasty.
It is also readily available at almost all major grocery and health food stores. While it does not pop NEARLY as big as regular popcorn, it sure does give the flavor that is reminiscent of popcorn which truly satisfies her.
At first, I thought I was the only one that knew about the Amaranth, but then I found this article on How to Puff Amaranth, and I am excited to try it.
It’s not just Amaranth that is corn-free and popcorn-like. In fact, I have another substitute for you, and this one is just as good. It is all in YOUR Preference.
Because my son and daughter have so many food allergies, we use Gerbs white sorghum because it eliminates cross-contamination worries. However, if you do not have other allergies it won’t matter what brand you buy!
“Gerbs Allergen Declaration: Product is FREE from the following: Gluten, Wheat, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Soy, Eggs, Milk/Dairy, Fish, Crustacean, Mustard, and Sesame.”
POP Amaranth & Sorghum Yourself
Some use a pan and oil, me, I love my microwave and this great microwave popper!
Mini Pops is another excellent sorghum source. We have eaten this, and we like it a lot. The quality is excellent, and it has a wonderful flavor. The only reason we usually opt for Gerbs over this brand is for the cross-contamination worries I mentioned earlier. Again, if you do not have to worry about this, both brands are excellent.
HEALTHY EATING ~ POPCORN ALTERNATIVE FOR THOSE WITH CORN ALLERGIES
As a mom, I am willing to try anything that makes sense but I also bear in mind that my 14-year-old is not as willing to try new things! In order for her to try it, it has to look as good as I say it tastes. You know teens–“prove it to me before I try it” I did prove it to her and she is so happy that we have introduced this to her diet as an alternative.
I have found that although amaranth and sorghum do not taste exactly like popcorn, they are a wonderful popcorn alternative for those who cannot have corn. I am excited that I was able to find these.
Between my son and my daughter, I keep on looking for the next best thing and I truly hope this helps you. I will continue to look for and bring you other alternatives for food allergies in the future!
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