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Hemp Protein Bars

“You know you’ve been a food blogger a long time when…”

I feel like I’ve written this blog post before. And, to be fair, I kind of have. In different ways.

But this is one of those recipes that I keep coming back to again and again and again… It’s simple, it’s healthy, and the possibilities for customizing it are basically endless.

So, yeah, this is a riff on energy balls, bliss balls, protein balls… whatever you wanna call them. Ladies and gentlemen: Hemp Protein Bars!

Hemp Protein Bars

The star of these super healthy bars is hemp. Now, let me just say right off the bat, before you jump to conclusions (as one of my YouTube subscribers did), that hemp and weed/pot/marijuana are the same thing. They really, really, are not. Yes, they are related. But hemp doesn’t have any THC, which is the active ingredient in pot. Hemp is actually a pretty spectacular plant. It’s incredibly sustainable, Canadian-grown, and its fibre has a million uses. And–this is where we come in, dear reader–the seeds of the hemp plant are positively packed with vegan protein. 31 grams of protein, in fact, which is more than half of your daily requirement, in just 100 grams of hemp hearts. The list of reasons to love hemp goes on and on.

They also add a lovely nutty flavour to everything. So, if you are vegan or vegetarian (or even if you’re not), they’re a great thing to add to your diet.

In this particular case, these Hemp Protein Bars are a lot like a Larabar, or one of the other vegan-friendly protein bars. No sugar, simple ingredients, no baking. Bonus: these ones also have no nuts. Sweet!

Hemp Protein Bars

Vegan Hemp Protein Bars

For the bars:

  • 1 1/2 cups dates, pitted and soaked
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds (I’m using these ones from Natera)
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup protein powder (make it hemp for extra hempy goodness!)

For the drizzle:

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • hemp hearts for garnish

Method

  1. Drain the dates out of the water they were soaked in and place the dates in the bowl of your food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients, and blend well to combine. The mix should be still a little sticky.
  2. Press the mixture evenly into a 7″ or 8″, parchment- or wax paper-lined square pan. Place in the fridge and allow to set.
  3. To make the drizzle, place the coconut oil in a small saucepan on low heat. Allow to warm, but don’t bring it to a boil. Add the maple syrup and coconut sugar and whisk continuously until it dissolves. Stir in the cocoa powder and whisk to dissolve. Remove from heat and allow to cool until it gets to the right consistency to drizzle. Drizzle (or just spread) the chocolate topping over the protein bars, and then sprinkle additional hemp hearts over the top to garnish. Refrigerate until set, then cut into bars.

Hemp Milk (Mylk)

Uuuuuhhhh what now?

Hemp milk! It’s 40 different kinds of awesome. So, for the vegans out there, and for those of you who are lactose intolerant, you likely drink some kind of milk substitute. It’s easy enough to buy in the store; and the variety is staggering. There’s rice milk, almond, cashew, soy, coconut and yes, even Hemp Milk (I normally look for Manitoba Harvest, as they are Canadian). These milks (or Mylks, there’s a ton of controversy about what they should be called) are actually really easy to make at home for a fraction of the cost.

Hemp Milk

The other great thing about making your own milk is that you don’t have to worry about any preservatives that might be included in your beverage. You get to make them how you like them; preservative free, sweetened, not sweetened, flavored, not flavored, it’s up to you.

The reason why you might wanna consider hemp is two-fold: first off, lots of people have nut allergies, making almond and cashew milk no-gos. Soy? Similar story. Hemp is a seed, though, and a lot less people are allergic to those. Additionally, hemp packs quite a lot of protein–more than flax and more than chia. Just one 30 gram serving has 10grams of protein!

hemp hearts

I use hemp hearts all the time; I roll them into energy bars, I add them to my morning smoothie, and I sprinkle them on salads.

Hemp milk would be great for baking with, adding to your coffee, or having on your morning oatmeal.

Here’s how:

 

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