Coconut Amaranth Granola Bars {Sugar free, GF, Vegan}

Coconut Amaranth Granola Bars {Sugar free, GF, Vegan}
April 6, 2017 megsri8
amaranth granola bars

Good day to you all! I am so happy to be sharing this recipe for Coconut Amaranth Granola Bars with you today. I had experimented with this idea a few weeks back but was not happy with the crumbling texture. However I reworked with it and created these amazing nutrient dense, sugar free granola bars. These Amaranth granola bars are perfect for a breakfast on the go, a mid meal snack or post work out pick me up! I always keep a batch of granola bars or protein bars or energy balls at home because they work as a perfect healthy snack on a busy day.

amaranth granola bars

These Coconut Amaranth Granola bars are made with my current favourite gluten free grain/seed/pseudo cereal- Amaranth. I love the nutty flavour and health benefits of this wonderful ancestral seed. If you are interested in learning more about amaranth then read my article on the my Favourite Rice Substitutes. You can also read my recipe for this delicious and moist Healthy Banana Bread made with amaranth flour as well. In these bars I have used both amaranth flour and whole amaranth as a play on textures. I make my own amaranth flour in my mixer at home as I prefer making it in small batches and keeping it fresher for longer. You can also buy the flour ready from the store.

amaranth granola bars

I wanted these bars to be filled with coconut flavour for a change. Hence I added dried coconut chips as well as coconut oil to give it a typical ‘coconutty’ taste. I added brazil nuts and pumpkin seeds as  good source of selenium, magnesium and zinc. These bars sugar free which means I made these using only dates as the sweetener. The coconut also adds a bit sweetness. To bind these bars together and to prevent any crumbling I made a chia seed egg mixing chia seeds and water together. You can also make this with flax seed powder. I found this firms up the amaranth granola bars wonderfully. It also helps add a slight crispiness and is a great source of protein, fibre and good fats.

amaranth granola bars

Please let me know what you think about this recipe for Coconut Amaranth Granola Bars in the comments below! I would love to know how this recipe works out for you as well! If you share your creation on Instagram then please do use the tag @meghnas_ on the image as well as the caption and use #meghnas so that I can appreciate your wonderful creations as well and re-share them on my account!

If you like this recipe for a healthy snack, then do take a look at my other healthy snack recipes for Mint Protein Bars, Chocolate Hemp Protein Balls, Mango Baobab Energy balls and Rose & Pistachio Energy Balls as well.

amaranth granola bars

 

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Coconut Amaranth Granola Bars {Sugar free, GF, Vegan}
amaranth granola bars
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
Bars
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
Bars
Ingredients
amaranth granola bars
Instructions
  1. Pour boiling water over the dates and let it soak for 10 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water to chia seeds or flax seed powder and mix well to combine. Set aside for 10 minutes, but stir every few minutes to prevent clumping. It should completely absorb the water and become plump and thick. Chop the brazil nuts or walnuts into bite size chunks.
  2. Pre heat the oven to 170C and line a rectangle tray or pan with baking paper. Combine the amaranth flour, rolled oats, puffed amaranth in a bowl. Add the dry coconut chips or flakes, chopped brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds and stir to combine.
  3. Drain the water from the dates and grind to a thick paste along with the coconut oil, vanilla powder and pink salt. Add this to the amaranth mix along with the soaked chia seeds/flax seeds and mix well. All the ingredients must come together and all the dry ingredients must be well coated with the wet additions.
  4. Scrape it into the lined tin/pan and press down with your hands to make a single, even layer. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes. Then remove from the oven and let it completely cool, before cutting into rectangle slices or bars.
  5. I like it a little more crispy, so I lay each bar on a lined baking sheet and place it back in the 170C heated oven. Bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from oven and leave it to cool completely before storing it in an air tight box.
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2 Comments

  1. Sarah 4 months ago

    I love your use of really natural foodstuffs and your observance of the particular vitamins and minerals that they give you – too many people overlook the health benefit that come from food, rather than those that obviously come from not eating food! These bars also look wonderful, and I’m inquisitive to see what they taste like. Love the addition of Himalayan pink salt (I am such a fan), and Amaranth which is a god-send.

    • Meghna 4 months ago

      Hi Sarah ! Thank you so much for taking the time to read this recipe, post and leaving this wonderful comment. These bars really taste wonderful and act as an amazing healthy fuel for the body as well. Food can really heal and nourish you and I try to ensure all my recipes and posts incorporate this idea!:)

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