Popped Amaranth, Pumpkin Seed and Mango Energy Bars

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
15 dates
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.



About VeggieBlackboard

I am a twenty something architecture student from Scotland. I enjoy making easy, simple, cheap and healthy vegan recipes. All tried and tested by my foodie friends and myself.

4 Responses to Popped Amaranth, Pumpkin Seed and Mango Energy Bars

  1. Hi love! I just came across your blog and I am in looove! Such beautiful photos and recipes. It’s crazy because this past week I watched 4 of the documentaries you spoke about in your “why veggie” section. I even talked about them in my last post (five things friday). They had the same effect on me! After watching Earthlings, Forks over Knives, Food Inc and Vegucated I’ve really been forced to rethink my eating habits. I haven’t been much of a meat eater to begin with (I only eat fish and chicken, no dairy other than occasional yogurt, and eggs are occasional as well), however the films and research I’ve done have gotten me to look further into Veganism. That being said, I’m so glad to have found your beautiful blog! How long have you had it? It says you are new but it seems so advanced already!

    • VeggieBlackboardVeggieBlackboard says:

      Hi Melissa, thanks so much for your lovely comments!! I’m delighted to hear you are looking into going vegan. Please feel free to bombard me with vegan questions :) I know from personal experience that the first few weeks can be quite confusing. To answer your earlier question, I have had this website for just over half a year and a tumblr for a year. So it’s not brand-new but I’m definitely still learning very much. Had a look at your blog and it looks great! Keep up the good work. x

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