Amaranth Granola Clusters

These amaranth granola clusters are a crispy and chewy, naturally powerful snack, that will keep you energized throughout your busy day!

Amaranth Granola Clusters via Britt's Blurbs #recipe #granola #powergrains #healthy

You guys. These are like what granola dreams are made of. Crispy on the outside, chewy in the middle. I just love that CRUNCH factor in my foods. There’s something so satisfying about it. I’m not sure if anything can beat The Best Darn Granola but these run a VERY close second.

Amaranth Granola Clusters via Britt's Blurbs #recipe #granola #powergrains #healthy

And the secret sticky ingredient that helps bind all the ingredients together… Amaranth. Amaranth has a similar nutritional value to quinoa but it is not as common to hear about.
The health benefits include:

  • Helps to lower cholesterol
  • Anti-inflammatory properties can help to ease pain and reduce inflammation
  • Antioxidants can help protect cells from cancer
  • A rich source of protein and the protein in Amaranth is more digestible than any other grain.
  • Contains a good amount of lysine which helps the body absorb calcium, build muscle and produce energy
  • High in fiber which aids in digestion
  • Rich in minerals to build strong bones, aid hydration and boost energy
  • Good source of many essential vitamins
  • Boost immune system functioning due to all the antioxidants and minerals

(Nutrition Information Source)

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Amaranth Granola Clusters

These amaranth granola clusters are a crispy and chewy, naturally powerful snack, that will keep you energized throughout your busy day!

  • Author: Britt's Blurbs
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 70
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 9 dates (pitted and halved)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 2 1/2 cups organic rolled oats
  • 1 cup cooked amaranth
  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 250 degrees
  2. Soak dates in water for about 20 minutes.
  3. Add dates and water to a food processor and blend until a “date paste” is formed.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and cinnamon.
  5. Stir in the cooked amaranth.
  6. (It will become sticky at this point).
  7. Add the date paste and peanut butter together in a large glass measuring cup.
  8. Heat in microwave for 40 seconds to melt the peanut butter.
  9. Pour the date & peanut butter mixture over the amaranth granola mixture in the medium bowl.
  10. Mix together.
  11. Line a baking sheet with tin-foil (you will probably need two baking sheets).
  12. Spray with organic non-stick cooking spray.
  13. Begin dropping the sticky granola mixture in bite-size clumps onto the baking sheet.
  14. Bake for about 1 hour 10 minutes stirring and flipping the granola clusters every 20 minutes. Low and slow!
  15. Or bake until granola clusters are crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 3041
  • Sugar: 156
  • Sodium: 353
  • Fat: 106
  • Saturated Fat: 15
  • Unsaturated Fat: 81
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 472
  • Protein: 89
  • Cholesterol: 0
Make sure to let the granola cool completely before putting them into air-tight containers. This makes sure they stay crispy for a few days!

Serve the granola with fresh almond milk or over a bowl of yogurt. Top with your favorite seasonal fruit!

Amaranth Granola Clusters via Britt's Blurbs #recipe #granola #healthy

Enjoy!!

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