Dulce de Alegria: Popped Amaranth bars

IMG_0622Alegria is a sweet snack originating from Mexico using popped Amaranth seeds and natural syrup. They are kinda like rice crispies, but nuttier, airier, simpler, and way more fun.

“Alegria” is Spanish for “joy”, which I imagine is from the joy of popping the amaranth yourself and then eating the treats after. (Though to be honest, the joy was mixed in with a hint of fear of exploding the grains into my face as I have never popped anything before.) Try a few teaspoons to practice and you’re good to go!

Amaranth is a super food in the form of tiny little seeds. They are are gluten-free, a complete source of protein, high in fibre, and an excellent source of magnesium, vitamin B6, iron and calcium.


  • Servings: 8-10 bars
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  • 1/2 cup Organic Amaranth Seeds (or 2 cups popped)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • Option: handful of seeds and dried fruit to mix in

Let’s go:

  1. Heat a wIMG_0605ok or deep pot over high heat. Give it 3 minutes to fully heat.
  2. Have a large bowl handy to transfer your popped amaranth to.
  3. Test run: add 1 tsp of amaranth, and either stir it constantly with a spatula, or close the lid to your pot and shake it gently over the heat for ~ 30 seconds or until you see and heIMG_0610ar all the seeds are finished popping.  Note: If you let the seeds sit still , it will burn!) Transfer to the bowl. Give this a couple tries and when you’re ready, add up to 1 tbsp at a time and continue popping until finished.
  4. Heat your syrup in a saucepan over medium-high heat and briIMG_0613ng to a boil. Continue boiling until the syrup thickens  ~ 5 minutes.
  5. Add the syrup to your amaranth gradually, folding it in with your spatula. Add enough to just cover all the seeds. Mix in your other toppings if using.
  6. Transfer to a parchment lined baking tray and flatten with a spatula. Cool until it hardens and cut into delectable, natural protein bars.










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  1. Pingback: Amaranth: the Gluten-Free Grain with More Protein - The Active Habitat

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