A healthy Midnight Snack that tastes out of this world! 70% dark chocolate, roasted hazelnuts and a superfood: popped amaranth. Try it once and never have anything else ever again in your life at midnight!
Here goes special credit to my man. He is Mexican and missed his beloved puffed Amaranth a lot so he went on a mission to find it in Montreal.
Nowhere did he find it. Not even our Latin American Store where you tend to find almost all Latin American products. Luckily the health food store had raw amaranth and then all we had to figure out is how to puff amaranth. Which, by the way turns out to be ridiculously easy. Even easier than popping popcorn.
Here is the full tutorial: How to Puff Amaranth.
The best midnight snack of all times
The midnight snack is inspired by the super popular Mexican “alegrías” which are some sort of candy sold in bar form. It is simply puffed amaranth with melted raw sugar and then left to set.
My husband wanted to perfect the recipe though and give it his own spin so he added his favorite treats to the puffed amaranth, nuts, dried fruit and…..chocolate!
When I first tried his experiment I BEGGED him to let me post the recipe on the blog. It’s the first recipe he’s ever developed probably and it’s a keeper for life.
Right before going to bed with often crave something sweet.
Most of the time we just get over it, go to bed and forget about it, but sometimes the craving is stronger than and having a healthy-ish alternative to plain chocolate is actually quite amazing.
Now, let’s stop talking and get into the kitchen to make this out of this world midnight snack so it’s set and finished by midnight ;)
- 3.5 oz 70% dark chocolate
- 1/3 cup popped amaranth
- 1/4 cup chopped roasted and peeled hazelnuts
- Melt chocolate and mix with popped amaranth and chopped roasted and peeled hazelnuts.
- Add to a parchment paper lined freezer-proof container and spread out evenly.
- Put in the freezer for approximately 15 minutes.
- Take out and cut into pieces.