Amaranth Food Bars: Ananda Squares
I swear that I didn’t mean to talk so much about amaranth this week. This ancient grain must just be on my radar. Ananda sent me their amaranth food bars to try, and they rocked my socks!
Ananda is a new company that creates snack bars using popped amaranth. They kind of remind me of a less-sweet Rice Crispies Treat, and I accidentally ate three of them for breakfast. Luckily, the literature they included with the samples tells me that each square they sent me is 1/4 the size of the retail version. *whew*
They sent me three varieties, all of which are vegan. I’m including ingredients lists with each one:
- Natural – amaranth, evaporated cane juice, agave nectar, lime juice
- Chocolate Drizzle – amaranth, dark chocolate, evaporated cane juice, agave nectar, lime juice
- Fruit & Nut – amaranth, evaporated cane juice, toasted almonds, dried cherries, dried blueberries, agave nectar, dried goji berries, lime juice
That’s a little bit more refined sugar – evaporated cane juice and agave nectar – than I like at breakfast time, but as an on-the-go treat, I think these hold up to any highly processed commercial granola bar. There are actually two sorts of evaporated cane juice in these bars. The second kind is called “piloncillo,” which they describe as “unrefined evaporated cane juice.”
When it comes to sweets, I am a chocolate fan, so I was sure that the chocolate drizzle would be my favorite, but the fruit & nut variety blew it out of the water. The sweet crispy grains were super delicious paired up with tart dried fruit and toasty almonds. I could have eaten three of these easily.
All three bars were tasty and satisfying, and the popped amaranth gave it a nice crunch to go along with a nutritional punch. Amaranth is rich in protein, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, B vitamins and healthy essential fatty acids, so these are definitely a healthier choice than granola bars made with refined grains.
Ananda is running a Kickstarter to raise money for production of their amaranth food bars. You can click here to support their campaign, and check out their video for more about amaranth and their amaranth food bars below: