Popped amaranth energy bars
- 1 cup of popped amaranth
- 1/2 cup of oatmeal
- 2 tbsp of pumpkin seeds
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp chopped almonds
- 1 tbsp flax seeds
- 3 tablespoon cane sugar (optional)
- 3 tbsp of butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup dehydrated blueberries
- 5 dates
- Huaora Energy
Amaranth is a pseudocereal like Quinoa and does not contain gluten so it is a good food to consider in gluten-free diets. For these bars we will have pop the amaranth as follows:
- warm well a frying pan and put a couple of tablespoons of amaranth
- move the pan over the fire so that the seeds do not burn
- the amaranth seeds will begin to jump that means are popped and ready to be used
In the same skillet we toast the other seeds and the almonds about 5 minutes and then toast for 5 minutes the oats flakes. Now we mix all these dry ingredients in a bowl, we add about 2-3 tablespoons of Huaora Energy, the diced dates and tge dried blueberries. Now it's time to prepare the ingredients that will serve to bind the bars together.
In a small saucepan, we mix the honey with the butter and the sugar. Heat on low heat until the mixture is completely liquid. Add the syrup obtained with the ingredients previously prepared and mix well with a spoon.
Next, scrape everything into a square mold of 20x20 covered with parchment paper, distributing the mixture as best you can with a spoon or spatula. Use your hands to firmly press and compact the mixture into the mold. Press hard! If you have another pan (square, or a small loaf pan), press it into the bars to further compact. This will help the bars stay together.
Refrigerate all night. Unmold, cut in half and then in 6 equal parts.
These oatmeal, amaranth, almond and chia bars are a healthy snack or snack option for both children and adults. I recommend that once you cut the bars, wrap them individually with non-stick plastic, so you can easily carry them anywhere.