1. These energy bars sound lovely! I have never used amaranth, but it sounds like a great alternative to the usual energy bar fare. Is it similar to quinoa in texture? I like looking into new snacks–we definitely need to change our snack routine up a bit here. Spending time in the Adirondacks sounds like a dream to me!! I haven’t been back there in years, but it is such a special area. Glad you are getting the chance to enjoy time there. 🙂 Happy summer!

    • Thank you, Jenny. Ive never cooked amaranth, but I think I read that it gets soggy when cooked. It’s similar in texture to tiny uncooked quinoa before it’s popped. After its popped it has the texture of tiny popped corn. It’s actually kind of bizarre popping them. This would be a great alternative. I actually think the Mexico ones I had were made with honey or agave (also boiled) because these have a maple flavor that I like but is different from the ones in mexico. I love the Adirondacks. I’m glad that summer is here! Be well, Jenny!

  2. They sound great and just what you need when hiking or climbing mountains. I’ve never heard of amaranth before, but apparently it is available here.
    I love your picture of the two pigs 🙂

    • Thanks, MD. Aren’t those pigs cute? They were fun friends for the weekend. Amaranth is a thing in Mexico. Candy stores sell these, people on the side of the road on highways, at bus stops. I fell hard for them and have been meaning to make these for a year, but because they’re so simple I didn’t really think to do it for the blog. You can definitely get amaranth at health food stores or online. Bob’s Red Mill may have them.

  3. i tried amaranth for the 2nd time ever this week, the first time was a dud but this time around i mixed it with bulger wheat and it turned out well. i’m glad to see another use for it, like in these bars, because of course, i bought a big bag of the stuff.

    • That’s so funny. I don’t think I’ve ever had it cooked. I think it gets kind of mushy so you’d need to mix it with something. I’ll have to look into other recipes. I actually have a bowlful that I popped and now I have to make these bars until it’s gone. I’ll try them with honey next time. I still have half a bag of the unpopped so I’ll have to try it hot.

  4. Love the name, alegrias! How could they not put a smile on everybody´s face just saying the name out loud? Honestly, they sound so good. Love your thoughts about the gifts of nature and the photos, especially the one with the little wooden house. Lovely, gorgeous post in every way, Amanda!

    • Thank you, Sabine. I do like the name. It seems you and I feel the same way about summer these days. It’s a very special time. Always great to hear from you! Xo

  5. Not at all familiar with amaranth but I have heard of it. I’m afraid my hiking/camping days are long behind me, Amanda. These days, my idea of roughing it is securing a room on the 3rd floor of a 4 story walk-up in a 2 star hotel. Still, I will need some energy if I’m going to make it up those stairs to my room. 🙂

    • Well that’s sounds like a hike… I live on the 3rd floor of a walkup and these are good for those too. Amaranth is like quinoa in its nutritional value and so good in these bars. Thanks for dropping by!

    • I hang either until I made the best granola bars ever. That got me startef because they are easy and adaptable. I highly recommend starting with granola bars.

    • Thank you so much. Sometimes I feel like I’m writing/cooking in a vacuum but sometimes the blog world is so dynamic. It’s nice to get a compliment every once in a while 😉

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