Scrambling for last minute gifts this year? In less than an hour, you can make and package bundles of this health(ier) take on pecan brittle. This twist on a holiday classic is perfect for the health nut in your life, or just someone who enjoys quality foods. It's super crunchy, naturally sweetened, and packs a lot of nutrients for something that's meant to be a treat. 

Maybe you're wondering what amaranth is, let me introduce it to you if you aren't already familiar. Amaranth is one of the smallest grains out there, but nutritionally hearty and dense. It stands out as a complete protein, as most grains aren't. Because it's so tiny, popping it for baking purposes adds some volume and a nice toasty flavor. You can do this at home over the stove.

The health nut in your life will also feel good about the inclusion of pecans, as they're choked with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. 

Pecan and Amaranth Brittle

  • Prep Time:5 mins
  • Cook Time:20 mins
  • Total Time:25 mins
  • Servings:20
  • Easy


  • 3/4 cup popped amaranth
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
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  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 325°F. Measure all ingredients into a small bowl.

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  • Step 2

    Mix until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. Next, line a baking tray.

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  • Step 3

    Pour the mixture out into a fairly even layer.

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  • Step 4

    Bake for 20 minutes, or until edges turn a rich (but not burnt) brown. Let cool completely.

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  • Step 5

    Break brittle into pieces with your hands.

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  • Step 6

    If you're looking to give this brittle as a gift, simply wrap in wax paper and embellish as desired. If it's just a treat yo' self kind of deal, store in an airtight container.

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