These snack bars are a perfect protein boost after a work out or simply delicious as a sweet treat in a lunch box. Easy to make and packed with goodness.
Amaranth is a grain similar to quinoa and is a high-quality plant-based protein source. It does not only boast two essential amino acids, lysine and methionine but is also high in iron, calcium and fiber. It is easily digestible and completely gluten-free.
The pumpkin seeds are also packed with iron, protein and fibre and are full of vitamin e, minerals and various antioxidants. An absolute must for the post-work out treat.
Additionally the dried mango chunks are rich in vitamin a, c, e, as well as being a great source of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, which encourage healthy skin and boost the immune system.
What you’ll need is this:
1 small cup of amaranth seeds
1/4 cup of cashew nuts
1 handful of pumpkin seeds
1 handful dried mango
First thing is popping the amaranth seeds, something I only just found out about recently. It’s like miniscule popcorn. Heat up a frying pan until red-hot and tip a small batch of seeds in, within a few seconds they should start exploding. If nothing happens and they just sit around and burn then let the pan heat up even more and try again. Once you get the right heat it’s a very easy process. Chuck a small amount into the pan, pop and place into a bowl. Repeat until you have enough.
Now from here it’s plain sailing, mix the popped seeds with the chopped up dried mango and pumkin seeds in a bowl.
To make the binding mixture simply add the dates and cashews into a food processor and blend til it’s a sticky gooey mess. For additional stickiness you can add agave syrup, golden syrup or whatever sweet runny thing you have in the house. Once this mixture is sticky enough drop it into the bowl with the dry ingredients.
The best way for the dry and the gooey to meet is by hand. Get your hands dirty and mix it all together thoroughly. When you are happy with the consistency roll the mixture out to a ca. 1-2 cm slab and cut into manageable pieces. Done.
Kept in an airtight container these will easily last a few weeks. Perfect for anyone with a hectic lifestyle.