by Charul Mishra
Servings: 12 servings (about 3 cups of granola)
Serving size: ¼ cup granola
Calories: 270 calories
Protein: 10 grams
Fat: 13 grams
Carbs: 30 grams
Amaranth is a high-protein grain that is similar to quinoa. It has a complete amino-acid profile, which means it contains all nine of the essential amino acids. An essential amino acid is one that the body cannot produce on its own, but instead needs to be ingested from protein-dense foods. In addition to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, amaranth is a good source of fiber, protein, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron. It is also a gluten-free grain, making it suitable for people who are sensitive to gluten.
You can find amaranth online or in the health food section of the grocery store, often near the oats or with the grains. Although you can puff amaranth, it can take a lot of patience and it burns easily. See directions on how to puff amaranth below.
2 cups Puffed amaranth (or 1 cup unpuffed)
1 cup Rolled oats (optional)
¾ cup Pumpkin seeds
¾ cup Sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons Chia seeds
¾ cup Mixed nuts of your choice (almonds, walnuts, cashews, pecans), roughly chopped
¾ cup Raisins
1 tablespoon Coconut oil
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract, alcohol-free
2 tablespoons Peanut butter or almond butter
1 tablespoon Unsweetened coconut flakes
1/3 cup Maple syrup/date syrup
Dry organic or unsprayed rose petals (optional for garnish)
This granola can be served with regular or nondairy yogurt. For a colorful finish, top yogurt and granola with fresh or frozen mixed berries and kiwis!
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