Alegria - Healthy Mexican Amaranth and Honey Bars




Introduction: Alegria - Healthy Mexican Amaranth and Honey Bars

are you looking for a tasty yet healthy snack? well look no further.

i first tasted these some years back while i was in mexico and really loved them, but i kind of forgot them again. so when i bought some popped amaranth for my breakfast cereal some days ago, i remebered them again and off to the kitchen i went!

these bars are super tasty, easy to make and are made of whole grain amaranth, dried fruits, nuts and honey - making them a healthier alternative to most store bought cereal bars that also contain sugar.

have fun with this recipe, it's totally worth a try!

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Step 1: Ingredients

you will need:

- about two cups of popped amaranth; if you can only get your hands on unpopped amaranth or in case you rather PIY (pop it yourself), try this very helpfull instructable.
- dried fruit of your choice, i used dehydrated strawberries and dried apples that my mom made from fruit from her garden, but really any dried fruit you like is fine
- some almonds or pepita seeds or other nut
- 3 tablespoons of honey, when buying honey it's always best to buy local, honey is one of the few products that can be really produced almost anywhere, so do something good for you and the planet and get some honey that has been made close to your home
- half a teaspoon of cinnamon

Step 2: Preparations

chop the almonds and toast them in a pan whithout oil until golden brown.

cut the dried fruit into little pieces if necessary.

in a bowl, thoroughly mix almonds and dried fruit with the popped amaranth.

Step 3: Make the Alegria

put a pan on low heat and add the honey and the cinnamon, heat carefully until the honey is liquefied, but don't let it really boil.

pour the liquid honey over the amaranth mixture and mix well.

put a sheet of baking paper on a flat tray and spread the amaranth and honey mixture evenly onto it. press the mixture a bit, so that the honey can glue the amaranth grains together better.

the alegrias are almost done now, you have to let the mixture sit in a cool and dry place for some hours now.

Step 4: Enjoy!

after some hours, when the alegria has hardened, cut it into bars or squares, whatever you like!

and if you like your alegria, try differnet versions, you could add cocoa powder or ground chili to the honey, use different kind of nuts or seed and other dried fruits.

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    6 Discussions


    5 years ago

    Can amaranth be replaced with seasame?


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    i guess, i never tried. but there are similar bars from sesame that you can buy in shops so i think it should work...


    5 years ago on Introduction

    these bars are also not super firm, but if you press them enough before letting them sit, it's ok. also, if there is too much moisture in the air, they will be softer than if you have a dry climate.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Hey, thanks for the shout out ;)

    Your bars look delicious!

    I've experimented with amaranth bars as well. I always used caramelized sugar to "glue" the seeds together, but I never had a real recipe and so some batches became rather crumbly granola than bars ; ) Honey seems to work better for this task and may be healthier as well...

    I'm looking forward to give your recipe a try!