These past few days have been crazy. Its tax season so we have lots of people coming in and out of the dealership. So that leaves very little room to eat healthy or plan ahead (I might be making excuses, I know) But seriously sometimes I feel like I’m drowning… House work, two growing businesses, studying, and selling cars. All blessings. But nonetheless it feels good to vent and get that off my chest. Anyway this is where these Raw Hemp Protein Bars come into place.
These bars are delicious, tons of protein, perfectly sweet and packed with energy. I know what you are thinking, HEMP! “Isn’t hemp illegal?” No and no they will not make you high! I promise. They will make you full, happy, healthy, and energized!
My guess is that you did not know that hemp is one of the oldest and most versatile crops in the world. Its a great source of plant based protein it contains all 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential ones, making it an ideal choice for vegans, vegetarians, and earth lovers. There are differences between the edible hemp and the smoke-able hemp. Hemp, grown for seeds, oils, lotions, fibers, etc, is known as Cannabis Sativa. Cannabis Indica more commonly known as “marijuana” is bred specifically for its flowers, and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol – the psychoactive substance that produces the “high”). Although they belong to the same family they are completely different. Think kittens and tigers. Same family but very different.
You can find hemp at your local health food store. Most stores carry a wide selection of hemp products. Hemp is available in many edible forms hulled seeds, often referred to as “hemp hearts”. Hemp Hearts are my favorite. I like them in salads, smoothies, yogurt, granola, and protein bars. Hemp is a vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, trans fat-free, cholesterol free, and THC-free (High Free!). Hemp is a whole food that delivers an incredible amount of nutrition! Hemp is usually very safe even for those unable to tolerate nuts, gluten, lactose, and sugar. Try it! These bars offer lots of vitamins, protein, fiber, omegas, and deliciousness.
These bars are not only filled with protein, they are perfectly sweet and delicious. Have them after a workout or as a mid-day snack. My personal favorite with a cup of french press.
- 1/2 c pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 c coconut flakes
- 1/2 c hemp hearts1/4 c hemp hearts
- 1/4 c hemp protein powder
- 4 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp bee pollen
- 6 tbsp rolled oats
- 2 tbsp poppy seeds
- Handful of unsweetened carob chips
- Wet ingredients
- 2 cups of dried apricots ( I soaked them in warm water for about 15 minutes)
- 1 cup of raisins ( I soak the raisins as well)
- 4 tbsp organic coconut oil, melted
- 2 tbsp of flax-seed oil
- 4 tbsp sweet cacao powder ( many people like to use raw unsweetened cacao)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Pour all the dry ingredients in a mason jar and shake to combine them all. Place the mixture in a bowl and set aside. Add all wet ingredients to the food processor or high-speed blender and blend to combine. Make sure your blender is strong enough.
Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients, add oats and poppy seeds and stir until well combined. Spread the batter evenly into a baking dish, make sure it becomes quite compact. Place in the fridge for about 30-60 minutes. Cut into bars. Wrap them in baking paper and store in an air-tight container. You can keep them in the fridge for about 7 days.