No Bake Amaranth Bars (Vegan, Gluten-free) | © 2014 |

These gluten-free vegan no-bake bars, adapted from Rapunzel, are filled with homemade popped amaranth, almonds, cocoa powder, a combination of cocoa and coconut butter, and sweetened with maple syrup and dried cranberries. They are great on the go, super healthy getting your daily fiber and protein.

No Bake Amaranth Bars (Vegan, Gluten-free)

adapted from Rapunzel
  • 85 g Coconut butter, melted
  • 90 g Cocoa butter, melted
  • 150 g Maple syrup
  • 200 g Almond butter
  • 150 g Amaranth, puffed
  • 100 g Dried cranberries
  • 125 g Roasted almonds, ground
  • 2 tbsp Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp Bourbon Vanilla powder
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Line a 9-inch rectangular pan with parchment paper. Place the coconut butter and cocoa butter in a saucepan. Melt over the low heat.
  2. Mix the melted coconut and cocoa butter together with the rest of ingredients. Spread and press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Slice into bars. Store the rest in the airtighter container in the fridge. | © 2014 | | © 2014 |


Rosa's Yummy Yums 21/3/14 08:08

Healthy and delicious! A great treat.



Unknown 21/3/14 09:25

Great bars, Angie. I don't know if they would keep in my fridge for too long...:)ela

Esther Lau 21/3/14 10:31

Hi Angie, no bake sounds good ya! Looks like energy bar! Good job!

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 21/3/14 11:28

Great looking bars Angie. I can't believe they require no baking. I'm on board.

Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself 21/3/14 11:48

Your bars look delicious, I love how they are so organic and full of energy :D

Choc Chip Uru

Alida 21/3/14 12:12

Fabulous these bars Angie! Amaranth is really interesting and so good for you. You are very good at making healthy and interesting food and tasty too! Have a good weekend!

Chris @ Shared Appetite 21/3/14 12:17

What a great looking snack! Love that they are no bake!

Tertúlia da Susy 21/3/14 13:00

Adorei e podia comer agora.

Shashi 21/3/14 14:54

I have not baked or cooked with amaranth before and I am intrigued by these bars - the texture on them is AH-MAZING - the flavors with the cocoa butter and coconut butter make me wanna sink my teeth into these!

cristina 21/3/14 14:56

All those good ingredients in this no-bake it, Angie!

Angela @ My Golden Pear 21/3/14 15:01

Another fab and healthy recipe - well done :-)

Elisabeth 21/3/14 15:44

Angie, you may not realize that these are the exact type of treats that is also great for people with 'diabetes'! My cousin was visiting me (also from Florida)...she just found out abt. her type 2 diabetes...after getting very ill, and I had to rush her to the ER at our local hospital! She is on meds now but must change her diet. These bars are amazing, and super delicious!

jehanne@thecookingdoctor 21/3/14 15:45

they look really beautiful, angie!

kitchen flavours 21/3/14 15:54

Lovely bars! Healthy and great for snacking!

Amira 21/3/14 18:15

Healthy, easy and delicious What else can I ask for?!! great job

Unknown 21/3/14 19:15

You always have great, healthy snacks. I bet these would give a great mid day energy boost!

Rosita Vargas 21/3/14 20:30

Ohh se ve muy delicioso y saludables me gustan muchooooooo,abrazos.

Jeanette 21/3/14 20:37

Love the idea of no-bake bars - I've popped amaranth once before, but haven't tried it in any recipes yet - great idea Angie!

jasna varcakovic 21/3/14 21:54

Intriguingly interesting bars; their texture calls for a bite!

Evelyne CulturEatz 21/3/14 21:54

I have had Amaranth puff in my cupboard for a while not really knowing what to do with it. This recipe is awesome!

Veronica's Kitchen 22/3/14 01:21

I am starting to learn cooking raw food and gluten free food for an alternative diet after my health crisis. Your blog has so much to offer and you are such an inspirational blogger! Thanks Angie!

Ann Jones 22/3/14 01:47

I love using almond butter in recipes, I prefer the taste over peanut butter. I love that these are gluten free and vegan!

Medeja- CranberryJam 22/3/14 04:18

These bars look good! When I had first look I thought they are baked.

Beth 22/3/14 05:06

The cranberries are such a nice touch in these bars!

Nammi 22/3/14 06:04

wow, completely new ingrediants for me

Lite Home Bake 22/3/14 07:03

Your bars are giving me the feel good factor with all the healthy ingredients in them :)

Kit @ i-lostinausten 22/3/14 10:29

Interesting & healthy bake! Love it ;)

Monica 22/3/14 12:14

Love your use of many different whole grains. I want to try amaranth and these nice thick bars, particularly!

Barbara 22/3/14 13:05

I love all those ingredients, so how could this help but be delicious? Going to try this soon. Love that it's no bake too.

Kathy 22/3/14 13:53

Angie, These look delightful and so yummy! Such a healthy snack!

Ashley 22/3/14 16:38

Ooo I love how thick these are! And so easy to grab and go! I need more snacks / breakfast options like that!

Gloria Baker 22/3/14 16:57

Angie, you always make amazing bars too, look absolutely delicious:)

Donalyn @ The Creekside Cook 22/3/14 23:56

These look so tasty - I love using unusual grains more and more lately - definitely putting these on my "to-try" list! Thanks for a great recipe!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake 23/3/14 02:03

I need to fill my purse with these yummy bars! They'd certainly hit the spot when I'm running low on energy on a busy day!!!

Sue/the view from great island 23/3/14 02:24

I can't wait to give these a go --- we're flying cross country next week and I've been looking for something to make for the trip --- can't rely on getting ANYTHING good on board anymore :)

MunatyCooking 23/3/14 11:14

I love your take on healthy options! I'd like to make some soon, better munch on something healthy and delicious like these goodies :)

Debra Eliotseats 23/3/14 15:00

I love the idea of the two butters. These sound delicious!

Unknown 23/3/14 15:00

What yummy bars! I don't think I have ever seen Amarath puffs before....

Sokehah cheah 23/3/14 16:41

These are so healthy and nutritious and easy to make too!

Couscous & Consciousness 23/3/14 18:46

I've never actually tried amaranth, but these look utterly delicious, and perfect for a snack on the run. I obviously need to add some of those ingredients to my shopping list.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 23/3/14 19:49

Being a gardener I've heard of amaranth but never knew it was used in food! Another thing I will have to add to my list to look for :) Even though I don't know what it tastes like these bars look delicious with the almonds and cranberries.

Pam 23/3/14 21:07

I've never had anything like these bars before... I need to change that because they look and sound fantastic.

fimere 23/3/14 22:51

j'adore ce genre de gourmandise, je note
bonne soirée

What's Baking?? 24/3/14 01:50

That's a great looking bar Angie. So healthy n full of fibre. Love to have a few pieces of these morsels.

The Yum List 24/3/14 01:51

I like no bake recipes. They're fun to make with kids.

sprinklesandsauce 24/3/14 02:05

i don't think we have ever used amaranth! i appreciate you using a variety of ingredients for your recipes Angie! great ideas and very educational!

Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness 24/3/14 04:01

These sound wonderful, yummy, and healthy.

Priscilla | ShesCookin 24/3/14 04:23

Love these energy bars and that you experiment with different grains and I especially like that no baking is involved!! Great recipe, Angie :)

Erin | Well Plated 24/3/14 05:47

Amaranth has become one of my new fave grains, but I haven't tried putting it in a bar yet. Great idea!

Joanne 24/3/14 12:19

These bars look so delicious!! THe perfect granola bar substitute.

Blog do Chocolate 24/3/14 15:26


So healthy and so practic to carry everywhere !
I am sure I would love them !


Tricia @ Saving room for dessert 24/3/14 16:56

These look irresistible! Another wonderful healthy snack :)

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl 24/3/14 17:57

I love some no bake bars, these look delicious and full of flavor!

Judit + Corina 24/3/14 18:31

Love this pretty and healthy bars, Angie! Never tried amaranth before, thank you for the inspiration:)

GG 24/3/14 18:53

These look wonderful, I bet they taste delicious. GG

Reeni 25/3/14 02:01

These are gorgeous Angie! Can you believe I'm allergic to amaranth of all things? I don't know how I'd resist these!

mjskit 25/3/14 02:37

Puffed Amaranth - another new one on me. These certainly look crunchy and just full of goodness. Great recipe Angie! Definitely love the addition of the dried cranberries.

chow and chatter 25/3/14 03:17

cool i must try popping amaranth also is it small then not like popcorn

motherrimmy 25/3/14 04:07

Anything no bake makes me happy. I have a bag of amaranth I purchased last summer and had yet to do something with. I've never used amaranth before. Now I can put it to good use!

Amy (Savory Moments) 25/3/14 11:35

These look so healthy and really tasty as well! I've never tried popped amaranth, but I'm intrigued.

Alex 25/3/14 11:42

Oh and these look so great to take to work!... Love them!

FLAVZCORNER 25/3/14 12:01

I loved the texture and the fancy look of the bars. They look gorgeous with the ruby red cranberries on them!!!

~Lexibule~ 25/3/14 12:03

Elles ont drôlement l'air bonnes tes jolies barres:) Bon mardi!! xxx

Helene Dsouza 25/3/14 12:49

Another brilliant recipe share angie. I would love to learn more about amaranth and its uses and great recipes such as your no bake bars are a great start in this direction.

Kitchen Belleicious 25/3/14 13:36

i can;t believe these are no bake! They look amazing!

Priya Suresh 25/3/14 13:52

Beautiful bars, just feel like having some.

Asmita 25/3/14 16:37

Healthy and delicious! Love these!

Layla @ Brunch Time Baker 25/3/14 17:10

Oh my goodness, these bars look amazing!!

Kelly 25/3/14 20:02

These bars look incredible Angie - I love the texture and how thick they are. I haven't tried using amaranth before but it sounds awesome in here - no bake makes these the perfect bars :)

Caroline Taylor 25/3/14 21:37

These sound so good, great for breakfast.

Anonymous 25/3/14 22:43

Amaranth - now that is something that is still missing from my cupboard. I have had a package in my hand a few times, but always put it back down again. But now my curiosity really has been tickled!

Unknown 26/3/14 01:01

I have a question, how do you puff Amaranth? Or do you buy it like this-)) I have amaranth flour and seeds, but nothing puffed-))

I love your recipe!

[Reply] 26/3/14 01:26

I have never used amaranth but it sounds great. I love any no bake desserts. They are all right up my alley. Great pictures :-)

Juliana 26/3/14 02:12

Wow Angie, these bars look so pretty...and healthy too!
Have a wonderful week :D

Gina Stanley 26/3/14 05:11

Wish I had one of these bars to help me get over my cold. I think they might work, huh. Never had that amaranth, another item I need on my must true list. Hope you are having a good week.

Anonymous 26/3/14 05:53

healthy and delicious a matter of fact these are the best ones to choose for mid.noon snacks among all the recipes we have on hand,thanks so much for sharing :-)

Cass @foodmyfriend 26/3/14 05:57

I'm really getting into all of these healthy bars and slices. I have to admit, I find myself referring back to your recipes. You really nail it :)

Angie's Recipes 26/3/14 06:13

@Yelena StrokinI popped my own amaranth. Use a heavy bottom saucepan and heat until very HOT. Add just enough amaranth to barely cover the bottom of the pot with a single layer. Shake that saucepan constantly. Once the popping slows down, immediately empty them into the bowl. They get burned very quickly.

ann low 26/3/14 09:11

I've never heard of Amaranth before. Sounds so healthy and delicious, wish I can have a piece right now :D

Unknown 26/3/14 13:12

Those look so healthy and absolutely delicious!!!

Unknown 26/3/14 14:08

Those look amazing! I need to start using Amaranth more often!

Vicki Bensinger 26/3/14 14:25

I'm always inspired by your recipes Angie and want to rush out to purchase the ingredients. I wish I had enough hours in my day to cook all your recipes. I haven't found one yet I wouldn't like to try. Thanks for sharing all of these.

lena 26/3/14 17:42

even energy bars can be so delicious looking!

Katerina 26/3/14 17:50

So unusual and so bursting with flavors! Very tasty!

Julia | 26/3/14 19:43

I love these bars - so unique and healthy! And I swear I used to eat something like that as a kid! Oh, this post brought back some memories to me!

Catherine 26/3/14 20:32

Dear Angie, These are beautiful and look quite delicious. Your display is so appetizing.
Blessings dear. Catherine xo

Koko 26/3/14 23:04

Love the ingredients in these! They look like the perfect nutrient dense snack or even grab and go breakfast.

Azu 28/3/14 01:34

Hi Angie,

Love amaranth! These bars look delicious. Love your photos too!

Terra 31/3/14 04:55

Love that they are no-bake. These would be healthy, delicious, and perfect in my lunch each day! I apologize for not responding on my post, if you want to exclude Irish whiskey from my Irish coffee bars, you could use more yogurt and applesauce, or use apple juice or oil instead:-) Hugs, Terra

Kelly Mulcair Registered Nutritionist. Content © 2011 Trinity Nutrition. 3/4/14 03:26

I'm using puffed grains more and more. They're so versatile and useful in recipes like this -- a great bulking agent for bars that tastes great too. These look wonderful!

My Little Space 15/4/14 05:54

Wish I can have a taste of these little bars.


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