Amaranth grains popped in a pan, mixed with pomegranate seeds, sweetened with dates, and flavored with pecans, nutrition enhanced with super food hemp seeds and flax oil.
No Bake Antioxidant Snack Bars!!
Snacking is important between meals to keep the metabolism going but sometimes it’s so confusing, thinking about what to snack. Snacking on the same old monotonous veggies and fruits puts us off and in turn we crave for unhealthy food and gain weight. OH NO!! HMMMM!!
Pomegranates are high in fiber and great antioxidant fruit and my family’s favorite. This beautiful fruit is always consumed the same day as bought. 🙂 . Hence, I thought of making some snack bars out of it.
I managed to keep some pomegranate seeds hidden from my family so that I could try my hands on making Puffed Amaranth Pomegranate Bars. This time while developing this recipe I was slightly short of time since there was Parents’ Day at my daughter’s school and I had to do some prep for it. So I decided to make a bar that does not require any baking.
But the toughest part was to perfectly pop all the Amaranth grains. I was popping them for the first time. Amaranth needs to be popped/puffed properly and evenly and should not have any burnt taste or any dark grain in the bars. Hmmm!!
I was seriously nervous this time but I still went ahead with my idea of Puffed Amaranth Pomegranate Bars. In my first couple of attempts I burnt the Amaranth. I was constantly looking at the clock ticking and at the same time I was so determined to perfectly pop the Amaranth. HUH!!
I can be stubborn at times which I realized while making this recipe. Finally, after couple of attempts I got the hang of it. Hahaha. Finally, I did it!! 🙂
I realized it wasn’t tough and not time consuming at all. Once the pan is properly heated it hardly takes couple of minutes to pop amaranth. They looked beautiful and crunchy. WOW!
I quickly processed all the ingredients in a food processor and mixed with puffed amaranth and spread the mixture in a square pan and put it into the freezer. Since it’s completely gluten free bars I was a little anxious whether it would come out in proper shape. I did not want it to crumble at any cost. But I succeeded, I was able to cut it into desired sizes/pieces and the bars did not crumble at all. 🙂 . Yippee!!
Puffed Amaranth Pomegranate Bars tasted superb and just like a dessert!! Healthy snack that can be served as a dessert. 🙂