This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Suncore Foods. The opinions and text are all mine. The Suncore product mentioned in this post was sent to me as a gift to use in this recipe, thank you so much!
So I have to admit, I’ve been really meh about breakfast lately. Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day, but is often times the hardest, especially with kids. I mean, truth be told I used to be a cereal fanatic, like the cinnamon toast crunch, lucky charms kinda fanatic. I used to eat cereal for dinner sometimes because it was quick and tasty- but if we’re being completely honest, cereal isn’t the healthiest of breakfasts (or dinners) with all the added sugars and empty calories. Since giving up cereal years ago, I’ve been kinda stuck… trying to develop more breakfast recipes that are easy, quick, nutritious, filling and kid-friendly… These Rose Apple Amaranth Bars are all that and then some!
Although you probably wouldn’t eat these for dinner, they do make a great snack option too. They are crispy and slightly sweet, with a nutty crunch. Basically, they are cereal disguised in bar form with no milk required. They are probably one of the easiest recipes on my blog (and if you’re my hubby- a favorite). Let’s unmask these healthy-on-the-go-no-milk-needed “cereal” bars:
☆ puffed amaranth
☆ Suncore Foods® Rose Apple Chips
☆ hemp seeds (also available from Suncore Foods®)
☆ white chia seeds ((also available from Suncore Foods®)
☆ pure vanilla extract
☆ coconut oil
☆ brown rice syrup/honey (if you consume honey)
Now hold up- raise your hand if you’ve had a rose apple… I for one, have not. Most likely you won’t be able to find them at your local grocery store, unless you live in a more “tropical” climate. So if you’re like me, you get super duper excited to try new foods, especially when they are packed with nutritional value, like rose apples are. And how convenient to have them in a crunchy, chip form like these from Suncore Foods!
These bell-shaped fruits were believed to have magical healing properties. They offer health benefits such as boosting immunity, smoothing the digestive process, lowering cholesterol, and reducing fevers.* So the addition of these Rose Apple Chips to these already rad bars is really where the magic happens.
Also, if you haven’t had amaranth, I think it’s definitely an underrated grain. It’s relatively similar to quinoa, but you can actually pop it like tiny little popcorn kernels! I buy mine already puffed to make this recipe easier. My family and I love these bars, hope you do as well! Be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook!
*information provided by the Suncore Foods website
Rose Apple Amaranth Bars
- 1.5 cups amaranth (puffed)
- 1 cup Rose Apple Chips (from Suncore Foods)
- 3 tbsp raw, chopped walnuts
- 3 tbsp raw pepitas/pumpkin seeds
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (raw, white)
- 1/3 cup honey/brown rice syrup (for fully vegan version)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup almond butter
In a large bowl, combine amaranth, walnuts, pepitas, hemp seeds, chia seeds and rose apple chips
**NOTE: I crushed the rose apple chips with my hands into smaller pieces
In a small bowl, combine the coconut oil and almond butter and microwave until melted (approximately 45 seconds)
Add the honey (or brown rice syrup for fully vegan bars) into the bowl with the amaranth mixture, then add the vanilla and coconut oil amond butter mixture
Stir to combine well, then press the mixture into a 7×11 baking dish lined with parchment paper
**NOTE: you could alternaively use a square baking dish, the shape of the bars don't really matter- they taste the same! 🙂
Place in the freezer to set up for about 20 ish minutes (they can be eaten right away, but taste best when allowed to harden a bit). Best stored in an airtight container in the freezer! Enjoy straight from the freezer.