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
- 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.