Sunday, January 13, 2013

Puffed Amaranth Peanut Butter Balls

I got a little carried away talking about the nutritional benefits of amaranth the other day when I posted about Amaranth Breakfast Love, so I won't go into nutritional details here.  But did you know that you can pop amaranth like popcorn?  It takes very little time, no oil, and is lots of fun - especially if there are kids around.

For this recipe, start by popping amaranth in a hot hot, preferably covered, skillet.  I've had the best results by popping in very small batches - about a tablespoon at a time - as larger batches tend to burn.  In a super hot skillet, a tablespoon of seeds will pop almost instantaneously.  Then you just dump them in a bowl and keep going until you have a generous cup of popped seeds.

As to the sticky mixture.  I was looking for something quick that I wouldn't have to spend any time cooking down on the stove.  The result is sticky enough and met my requirements of fast and easy, but it's also un-sticky enough that you have to take some care in making the balls.  I recommend pressing the mixture tightly into a small bowl to compress everything, scooping portions out with a spoon or melon baller, then using cold, wet hands to shape each one.  It's still easy, but the cold, wet hands are key.

1 generous cup of popped amaranth
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup hemp seeds
pinch salt
  • Mix peanut butter, syrup, seeds and salt together in a medium bowl
  • Fold in amaranth and mix well.
  • Shape - see head notes for tips.
  • Makes 10 to 12 truffle sized balls.  Enjoy the same day or within two days tops for best texture.


  1. Can't believe you didn't get 100 comments on this. These balls are so simple yet amazing. I buy the Amaranth already puffed and I do not have hemp seeds. Yet, its still delicious! I keep them in my fridge and everytime I wish I could have chocolate or anything sweet I get one or two and my cravings are gone. I lose weight and I am happy and healthy! Thank you!!!

    1. Hey thanks so much for the comment! I'm really happy you dig these guy. Thanks for remind me of them - I'm going to make a batch tonight! <3