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.



INGREDIENTS
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.

2 comments:

  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!!!

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    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

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