Chocolate Amaranth Bar Crispies

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This week at #Healthykidscommunity we’re bringing you healthy snacks!
So these are our new favourite snacks at home, they are #refinedsugarfree #zerosugar #glutenfree and can be #vegan ,  100% toddler friendly! 👍💪
It involves zero baking and only take 10 minutes to prep and cook! Vegans see below for vegan options. 😉

For babies under 12 months old, don’t use honey instead use a little maple or coconut syrup and also less cacao powder.
These make perfect snacks for school lunchboxes or as after school snacks. For adults you’ll love them for after gym or simply to satisfy your sugar craving! 👍

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10 Health benefits of amaranth

1. Amaranth is gluten-free
2. It has more protein than other grains
3. Amaranth provides essential lysine
4. Helps with hair loss and greying
5. Lowers cholesterol and risk of cardiovascular disease
6. It’s high in calcium
7. Amaranth is full of antioxidants and minerals
8. Works as an appetite suppressant
9. Improves eyesight
10. Amaranth is easy to digest

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, almond butter, or sunflower seed butter ( I used small chunky peanut butter, zero additives)
  • 1/4 cup honey, maple, or coconut syrup (I used honey, have made with maple syrup too but prefer honey)
  • a pinch of pink salt / sea salt (omit for babies under 12m)
  • 2 cups amaranth or quinoa puffs (I used amaranth)

Method

  1. Whisk together the cacao, coconut oil, peanut butter, honey and salt in a small saucepan over low heat.
  2. Place puffed amaranth into a large bowl and pour chocolate mixture over and stir until it’s well combined.
  3. Pour the puffs into a square tray or food container, press the puffs down until it’s firm. Freeze for 15 mins or until hardened or keep in the fridge, take it out and cut into desired shapes and serve  and store the rest back in the freezer or fridge.
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