These delightful Orange & Rose Maple Amaranth Bars are infused with an uplifting blend of fruits & herbs, to awaken your senses and nourish your soul!
A highly nutritional treat made with puffed amaranth, shredded coconut, sesame seeds, dried rose petals, fresh orange zest, tahini, honey, and maple syrup. This bar is rich in vital protein, fiber, & fat, as well as complementary to the digestive & immune systems. Having a mildly sweet & bitter taste, not often present in the modern diet.
Taste | A familiar sense we employ on a daily basis but tend to overlook as a practical healing tool. The taste acquired from a food, plant, or herb holds within it a complex message, unique in itself, and in a sense, a reflection of its own qualities, affinities, constitutions, and actions on the body.
For instance, if we examine the taste of this bar more closely, we come to find that is both sweet & bitter. Two differing tastes with their own unique qualities working synergistically to balance the flavors and nutritional + medicinal benefits of this blend. These sweet and bitter tastes, both warming & drying in this instance, influence the digestive system by stimulating bile production in the liver + creating saliva in the mouth and influence the immune system by stimulating immune cell function + helping the body to adapt to stress.
Amaranth | Amaranthus tricolor | An ancient food source highly regarded by the Aztec’s & Mayan’s of Central America. Now recognized as a highly nutritional superfood that is high in protein and essential amino acids. When combined with grains such as wheat or rice it forms a complete protein, making it a highly beneficial food source. An example is, a cup of Amaranth seeds supplies 60% of an average adult’s daily intake of protein. Although it is often combined with grains, it is not a grain itself, but an annual herb often referred to as Pigweed.
Coconut | A highly nutritious fruit regarded for its meat, juice, milk, and oil. All of which contain high levels of lauric acid. The meat of the coconut is also high in essential fats & oils, especially medium chain fatty acids that are easily assimilated into the body & then metabolized into vital energy.
Sesame Seeds | Sesamum indicum | An ancient food source grown throughout the world since pre-historic times. Known as one of the smallest seeds and densely packed with vital nutrients as well as essential minerals. Especially in regards to protein and fat, with an outstanding 82% unsaturated fat content. Making it a valuable food source in its raw or processed form as the seed butter referred to as tahini.
Rose | Rosa centifolia | A treasured herb long regarded as a symbol of beauty that is healing to the mind, body & soul. The aroma of rose can awaken the heart and her essence can heal the soul. Rose is regarded as a nervine & blood/energy mover that also contains anti-hypertensive, anti-anxiety, hypnotic, anti-inflammatory, and astringent properties.
Orange | Citrus sinensis | A beloved fruit, that is rich in vitamin C and flavonoids. This rich vitamin C content combined with high levels of flavonoids make oranges excellent simulators of vitamin C. Especially in regards to the immune system, adrenal glands, reproductive organs, and all connected tissue.
Honey | A traditional sweetener + elixir of the gods & goddesses. This sweet medicine made by the nimble honey bee is both healing to the external and internal body. It has been used traditionally as a vulnerary for the skin and as an anti-spasmodic for the respiratory and digestive systems.
Orange & Rose Maple Amaranth Bars
- 1 + 1/2 Cups Puffed Amaranth*
- 1 + 1/2 Cups Shredded Coconut
- 1/4 Cup Sesame Seeds
- 1 to 2 Tablespoons Rose Petals Dried
- 1 Tablespoon Orange Zest Fresh
- 1/2 Cup Tahini
- 1/4 Cup Honey
- 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
- 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 Tablespoon Orange Blossom Water*
To create, begin by using a pan to puff the amaranth and then set aside. Then add the puffed amaranth, shredded coconut, sesame seeds, rose petals, and orange zest into a mixing bowl. Stir until combined, then set aside.
Take a pan and set on the stove at low to medium heat. Then add the tahini, honey, and coconut oil to the pan. Stir until melted.
Then combined the ingredients in the pan with the ingredients in the mixing bowl and stir until combined. Once combined, add the remaining ingredients to the mixing bowl and once again stir until combined.
Line a square pan with parchment paper and press bar mixture into the pan. Press firm & evenly into the pan. Then place in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour until solid.
Once solid, slice into desired pieces and store in an airtight container for up to two weeks in the fridge.
*How to prepare Puffed Amaranth | Take a pan and set on the stove at medium heat. Then add 1 Tablespoon of Amaranth at a time to the pan. Place a glass lid over the pan and heat until popped (about a min), being sure to shake the pan so that the amaranth doesn't burn while popping.
*Food-Grade Orange Blossom Water | May be purchased at a local health food store