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.
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.
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.
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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.