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. Amaranth cookies are the best, one of the healthiest desserts you can have!!!! They look beautiful!! Tell your mom I want to be her cooking student!!!

  2. SO — what's it taste like? I can't think if I've ever had it before…

    I'm certainly game, though. Please send! :)

  3. I'd love to have the recipe to try this cookie. They look delicious.

  4. I'd love a recipe! Ben, how do you use dried amaranth in savory ways? I've only added it to soups.

    I responded to your comment about the Grasshopper Pie (on my post about soufflés) , which made me laugh at both of us! But I wasn't certain how to send it to you.

    !Feliz Navidad!

  5. I would love to try it! Another gluten-free cookie option for me!

  6. Never heard of amaranth seeds before but sounds very interesting and easy. Happy Holidays.

  7. Interesting and different. Looks really good.

  8. No bake cookies??/ How wonderful during this hot weather here! Thanks for the idea Ben!

  9. These remind me of the sesame bars that we make in Puerto Rico…called Ajonjoli.

    Would love the recipe for yours.

    Feliz Navidad, Ben!

  10. ben i just love this combo. how interesting. never ever used these in a cookie or with chocolate. i think i used them in a granola. but yes they are tasty. nicely done!

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