Amaranth Energy Bars

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You say you like energy bars but aren’t sure which are the best ones for you. Go to any health food store and you will find a whole aisle devoted to energy bars – it’s overwhelming. Some claim to be high-protein, others gluten-free, and others are raw. What’s the best one for you? If you insist on buying some off the shelf, rule #1 is to read the ingredient list. Can you identify all of the ingredients as items you could purchase in the store? If not, put it back on the shelf. Can you pronounce all of the ingredients and understand what they mean? If not, put it back on the shelf. An energy bar should only contain real, whole, clean foods, like fruit, nuts, seeds, and grains – that’s it (well, maybe a little dark chocolate could be included!). Some of the best bars include:

  • Kind
  • Pure
  • Clif Kit’s Organic fruit & nut bar
  • Zing
  • Kashi TLC

Even better, why not save all of that money (bars can set you back a few hundred pennies each) and make your own bar? Try out our new Amaranth Energy Bar and feel great. It’s high-fiber, gluten-free, and a good balance of carbs and protein.

Amaranth Energy Bars

(makes 14 bars)

  • 4 tbs. amaranth
  • 4 dried apricots, chopped
  • 10 pistachios, shelled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  1. Place the agave nectar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil; cook 5-6 minutes.

boiling avage nectar

2. While the agave is cooking, find a nonstick wok or skillet with a lid. Place the skillet over very high heat and get the skillet screamin’ hot. Add 1 tbs. of amaranth and immediately cover the pan. If the pan is hot enough, the amaranth will start popping right away. Give the pan a swirl to keep it popping. When the popping has stopped remove from the heat, uncover the pan and pour the popped amaranth onto a plate. Repeat with remaining amaranth, 1 tbs. at a time.

3. When all of the amaranth is popped, add it to the agave along with the apricots and pistachios. Stir to coat and then pour into a small glass baking dish to cool. Smooth out the top and place in refrigerator to cool.

amaranth cooling in pan

4. When cool, cut into bars.

amaranth bars

Per bar: 56 calories; 0.5 (g) fat; 12.9 (g) carbs; 0.6 (g) protein; 10.4 (g) sugar

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