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Crunchy Amaranth Cookies: Gluten Free Digestives


Amaranth flour cookies are one of the delicious baked goodies ever. Do not believe my words? Try out this soft, melt-in-mouth yet crunchy simple cookie recipe with amarath flour.
amaranth digestives
I am on a digestives-making spree, trying out a blend of grains, millets, and cereals. These are the yummiest wheat-free digestives ever. With low saturated fat and no white sugar, the amaranth digestives are baking powder free.

amaranth cookies
You will fall in love with the rustic taste and aroma of rajgira atta, as amaranth is known in Hindi.
Amaranth is a gluten-free addition to your list, which has numerous benefits for health.

Here's a recap on amaranth benefits:

Amaranth is known as the "never fading flower" in Greek. The grain has been widely grown since ages.

rajgira cookies

The amaranth grain is a rich source of protein compared to other cereal grains with significantly higher lysine content.


  • Do you know amaranth benefits digestion health?Perhaps amaranth proteins are easier to digest than any other grain or seed that we are used to consuming?
  • Do you also know that amaranth benefits your bones and muscular system? How? Well, it helps your body absorb calcium easily, as it contains lysine, which is responsible for calcium absorption.
  • Do you know amaranth benefits cardiovascular health? Well, studies how a link between improved heart health and amaranth consumption. How?  Tocotrienols and squalene compounds are present in the amaranth grain that affect the biosynthesis of cholesterol. 


gluten free cookies with amaranth 

With so many benefits of amaranth or rajgira, how can you include it in your diet?
Well, you may enjoy:

  • ladoos with puffed amaranth grains
  • rotis/pranthas with amaranth flour
  • cakes, cookies,with amaranth flour
  • kadhi or buttermilk with amaranth flour

Here I have come up with amaranth cookies or rajgira biscuits, which are soft, melt-in-mouth, and healthylicious in every way!

amaranth cookies with semolina

The addition of nutty almond meal packs another punch to this recipe.
If you are wondering how to make almond meal, it is quite easy.
Here's the video link for you that makes it easier to learn:

Amaranth digestives with oatmeal: Baking Powder Free

This no baking powder cookie recipe is a must try for digestive lovers. If you own an airfyer, this simple cookie recipe can come in handy. The airfryer recipe is not for fasting days, since it uses oats. If you are looking for a fasting friendly cookie recipe, check this.



Ingredients for Amaranth Digestives No Baking Powder
1 cup measures: 240ml
3/4 cup- oatmeal (powdered oats)
2/3 cup- amaranth flour
1 tbsp- ghee (cold butter) (for kid friendly recipe, you may add an extra tablespoon of ghee)
3 tbsp- olive oil
1 tbsp- milk (or 1 tbsp more if the dough is difficult to bind)
1 tbsp- honey
2tbsp- raw cane sugar/ jaggery powder
2 tbsp- whole wheat bran (or extra oatmeal)


How to make amaranth digestives at home

Take both flours in a bowl. Add bran and keep aside.
Add ghee, oil, and raw cane sugar in a separate bowl.
Whisk well until light.
Pour this into the flour mix and start rubbing with hands. 
Rub the oil mix very well into the flour. Spend at least 5 minutes doing this. This step is crucial.
The mixture should look like bread crumbs.
Take a small bowl and add honey and milk to it. Mix well.
Now add this honey mix to the flour mixture.
Gather the ingredients. Do not knead and pack this dough into a parchment paper and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees for 10 minutes. If you would like to airfry the amaranth digestives, preheat the airfryer for 4 mts.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator and flatten it as a thick chapati - measuring 1/4 inch thickness.
Place each cookie at an even distance from each other.
Airfry/bake for 12 mts. Keep an eye on the digestives after 10mts. Amaranth cooks really fast and the cookies could brown easily. 
Allow the amaranth digestives to cool down.
Enjoy wheat-free digestives with a cup of tea or warm milk. 


Amaranth Semolina Cookies: Ingredients


1/2 cup- almond meal (check the video above for homemade almond meal)
1/2cup- Rajgira flour or amaranth
3 tbsp- semolina/suji (or replace with any other gluten-free flour or even same amount of almond meal for a gluten-free cookie recipe)
1 tbsp- solid ghee/clarified butter
2 tbsp- olive oil
Spice mix for flavor (optional)
3 tbsp- sugar powder
1 tsp- milk

How to make Amaranth Cookies

Mix amaranth flour with almond meal and semolina.
In a separate bowl, mix solid ghee and oil.
Add sugar powder, milk, and spice mix to the oil mixture.
Whisk until light and fluffy.
Add dry ingredients to the wet ones.
Mix with hands. Do not try to knead.
Gather the ingredients. Leave aside for half an hour.
We are looking for a semi-soft dough - not too soft, nor too hard.
Preheat oven (microwave convection) at 180 degrees for 10 mts.
Bake the semolina cookies at 180 degrees for 10-14 mts.
Keep an eye on your cookies. Amaranth cooks faster.



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