Amaranth is a really cool grain that is tiny, tiny, tiny but packs big, big nutrients. Naturally gluten-free, this grain is another one of those hidden gems that has been around for thousands of years. The tiny amaranth seeds come from over more than 60 different species of tall plants that have broad green leaves and colorful purple, red, or gold flowers.
As with other whole grains, amaranth is high in protein, fiber, is great for heart health, and can help lower cholesterol among other positive health benefits. Plus, it’s kind of a cool little grain.
When cooked with liquid, amaranth becomes paste-like making it ideal as a substitution for peanut butter and other nut butters in some recipes. The seeds can be heated and popped for a flavorful addition to salads, cookie recipes, sprinkled on fruit parfaits for a fun little crunch. In this recipe, molasses is used to bind together popped amaranth, dried cherries and given a hint of bright citrus flavor with orange zest, not the juice. Filled with natural sugars, this snack is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up energy bite.
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Amaranth Cherry Energy Bites
Amaranth is a really cool grain that is tiny, tiny, tiny but packs big, big nutrients. Naturally glutenfree, this grain is another one of those hidden gems that has been around for thousands of years.
- 1/2 cup amaranth
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped dried cherries
- Heat a deep saucepan over medium high heat.
- Add 1/4 cup of the amaranth and stir until most of the seeds have popped.
- Remove popped seeds from the pan and repeat with the remaining seeds.
- In a separate saucepan, heat molasses over medium high heat until it reaches a soft boil.
- Insert a candy thermometer and softly boil the molasses until it reaches 240*.
- Stir in amaranth, orange zest and dried cherries.
- Scrape onto parchment paper and allow to cool until mixture is partially set, about 5 minutes.
- Scrape about 1 heaping tablespoon and roll into a ball.
- Allow to firmly set; then, store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
- Makes about 20 balls.
- Will keep for up to 2 weeks.