Amaranth Snack Bars

16 05 2011

With a week of carrot related recipes over, I decided to celebrate with some snack bars!  A recipe in the newest Eat Clean Diet Cookbook, by Tosca Reno, inspired these bars and I dare that Ms Reno would approve of these.

Amaranth Snack Bars

2/3 cup coffee

4 Tbsp molasses

2 Tbsp honey (or agave nectar)

1 tsp vanilla

2 Tbsp cocoa powder

1/2 cup almond butter

1 cup puffed amaranth

1/2 cup almonds, chopped or slivered

1/2 cup pecans, chopped

1/4 cup unsweetened coconut

1/4 cup sesame seeds

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup dried fruit, chopped

Prepare a 9″ x 9″ pan, either greasing it or lining it with parchment paper.  I normally go with greasing the pan because folding parchment paper is too fiddly for me.

Chop pecans and almonds before placing in a dry frying pan to toast on medium heat.  When the nuts begin to get warm, but haven’t started toasting, add coconut and sesame seeds.  Toast until coconut is turning gold and the nuts are beginning to get browned and set aside to cool.  Be very careful not to burn, it seems to take forever for anything to happen in the pan and then all of a sudden everything is browning (and burning) very quickly!  This is why I no longer use the oven, inevitably I forget about my nuts and burn them.  Every.  Single.  Time.

Heat coffee in a saucepan on medium-high heat in order reduce.  You want to have roughly 1/3 cup coffee after reducing.  Remove from heat and add molasses, honey, vanilla, cocoa, and almond butter, stirring until mixed.

Add nuts, coconut, sesame seeds, puffed amaranth, raisins, and dried fruit to the coffee and molasses mixture, stir until all the dry ingredients are lightly coated.

Scoop mixture from saucepan into 9″ x 9″ pan, pressing bar mixture firmly into pan.  Place in fridge and allow to set for at least an hour before cutting into bars and trasferring to an air tight container and storing in the fridge.




4 responses

24 05 2011

They look delicious! I quite fancy trying the recipe. How long does it keep for?

25 05 2011

The squares will keep for at least 5-days in the fridge. Let me know how you like the recipe, I’d love your feedback!

25 05 2011

Great, thanks. It’s in the fridge now. It’s nearly 10pm here in Sweden so I probably won’t eat any before bed but I licked the spoon and it was tasty. Looking forward to eating some tomorrow.

30 05 2011

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