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. Hey, they look great! I have only tasted amaranth in my musli in the morning. can you please send me the recipe for the cookies? I would love to try it. Thanks!

  2. Just stumbled across this. They look amazing. Do you have a recipe yet? Would love to try it.

  3. Dear Ben,

    I recently tasted amaranth-chocolate cookies that my friends from Mexico brought back from home. My web search led to your page. The recipe for the amaranth-chocolate cookies would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance.

    Sincerely,
    Al

  4. These look amazing
    I would love the recipe to give these a go

  5. Has this recipe been posted? I can’t find it and I really want to try these?

  6. I’d love to have the recipe. I just cooked some amaranth and now I don’t know what to do with it! Cookies would be wonderful!

  7. Always looking for something different to try and these cookies look very tasty. Please send me the recipe. Would like to try making them, especially since there isn’t any baking envolved.

    Gracias

  8. I would be interested in the recipe! Thanks

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