Desserts and Pastries — By Ben on 16 December 2010
Amaranth and Chocolate Cookies

Chocolate and amaranth

I’ve seen it everywhere in Mexico. We eat it as a cereal. We make sweet bars with it called “alegrias” (joy) and even use it for moles and other sauces and drinks. But I never really stopped to think about it. For the longest time I even thought amaranth seeds and sesame seeds were the same. Oh how mistaken I was!

Amaranth is a cosmopolitan genus of herbs with approximately 60 species recognized around the world. In Asia, Africa and the Americas it is used as leaf vegetables, cereals and ornaments. One of the great things about amaranth is that it has the potential to improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development and support sustainable land care.

However, the best thing about amaranth seeds is that they are delicious. Especially when they are made into sweet treats like these no-bake cookies that my mom prepared last week. They are perfect to give away for Christmas. People will be intrigued and delighted with them.

I do not have the recipe for them right now, but they are very easy to make. All you need is amaranth seeds and chocolate chips. Melt the chocolate chips and start mixing it with the amaranth seeds, just enough to make them stick together. If you add too much it will get too hard when it dries up. Use a cookie cutter to give them the form you want and viola, no bake amaranth and chocolate cookies for your friends and family.

I’ll ask my mom for the recipe and if you want it leave a message so I can send it to you.

Chocolate and amaranth

¡Buen provecho!

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(42) Readers Comments

  1. Of course we want the recipe! Looks very interesting.
    Could I do the same with chia???

    • I don't know about chia, but it would be very interesting to find out. I'll send out the recipe this weekend.

    • This recipe is exactly what i was looking for !! ..You should give it a try with chia seeds, since you got superfood in your kitchen might as well use it in different ways to make it interesting =) By the way, here is some ideas and information about chia seeds hope you like it ~.~

  2. Interesting and so original!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  3. Thsi sounds like such a great little cookie! I'm going to have to be on the lookout for some amaranth!

  4. These look very interesting. I'd be interested in the recipe.

  5. Whoa super cool! I've only ever seen amaranth used in the same way that quinoa or rice is. Definitely going to have to keep an eye out for some to try this!

  6. We have a similar seed (could be the same thing) in India, called Rajgira and we make a similar thing with jaggery (kind of molasses). we call it "Chikki". Love it. would u know if the seeds are lightly roasted?

    • They roast the seeds to make the alegria bars, but my mom didn't roast them for these cookies. I bet they would taste a lot better if roasted.

  7. I have amaranth int he pantry and never really knew what to do with it. Those cookies look amazing. Will give it a try if you can pass on he recipe

  8. i would love the recipe for this cookies! looks really good!

  9. Interesting and very different. I would love to taste it. Cuanto sabor hay en México!

    Un saludo : )

  10. Perfect! I'm always looking for more ways to use amaranth seeds. I have a big bag of them and have used them in breads and bagels, and now I can use them for cookies. They look great!

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