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Amaranth Bars

Amaranth Breakfast Bar

Amaranth is an ancient grain that has so many great nutrients and vitamins; it is a power grain that contains phosphorus, potassium, iron, magnesium and more than three times the average amount of calcium which is great for bone and joint care. Amaranth also contains Vitamin C – this is rarely found in any grains.

Amaranth has a nutty, crunchy texture along with its natural sweetness which makes this recipe a healthy, nutritious, and protein-rich start to your day or keep some slices for a snack during the day. These no-bake bars are a great on-the-go source of energy.

This recipe make 10 servings at 196 calories per serving.  BUY YOUR Amaranth HERE

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup Amaranth
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • ½ tsp orange zest

Directions

In a small saucepan, heat brown rice syrup and almond butter over medium heat, stirring often, until a smooth mixture forms. Set aside.

 

Here is how to cook Amaranth In a pot over medium-high heat add 1 tablespoon amaranth and cover. As soon as the grains begin to pop, shake the pot vigorously for about 10 seconds, or until the popping stops. Remove popped amaranth and place in a large bowl. Repeat with remaining grain one tablespoon at a time, turning down the heat slightly if needed.

 

Stir pecans, cranberries, raisins, chia seeds, orange zest and cardamom into the popped amaranth. Mix in the syrup-almond butter mixture until everything is moist.

 

Place mixture in a greased or parchment-lined baking pan (8 in. x 8 in.) and press down firmly into an even layer.

 

Refrigerate for 2 hours and then slice into 12 bars.

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