Hemp Protein Date Bars

These hemp protein date bars are a healthy homemade snack bar that you will love! Vegan, gluten free, nut free, and made with no refined sugar!

 

These hemp protein date bars are a healthy homemade snack bar that you will love! Vegan, gluten free, nut free, and made with no refined sugar!

Sometimes I have a hard time processing things when tragedies like last week’s events happen.

On the one hand, I feel kind of distanced from it. In Paris, Beirut, and Baghdad countless lives have been altered permanently, but yet over here in Canada we’re still going about our daily lives mostly as usual. On the other hand, it also feels too close. Hearing it on the news, reading stories from the survivors… it makes it seem all too real.

It’s times like these that I’m reminded to be present in all my relationships and live everyday with a full heart. Be friendly to strangers, forgive petty spats… make love, not war, you know?

No, I haven’t gone all hippie on you guys. Well… maybe I have a bit. I’ve been in a bit of a hemp craze lately!

These hemp protein date bars are a healthy homemade snack bar that you will love! Vegan, gluten free, nut free, and made with no refined sugar!

Hemp seeds, that is, ahem. With 10 grams of protein in 3 tbsp, I often recommend these guys as an easy way to boost protein in breakfast and snacks, where we tend to not eat enough of this macronutrient. Hemp seeds are also a great source of iron, B vitamins, magnesium, and manganese. And they contain some omega 3s – which is important if you’re following a vegetarian or vegan diet that doesn’t include fish.

Hemp seeds can be easily added to oatmeal, yogurt, cereal, baking, and even sprinkled on your salads and vegetables! If you’re looking for a great way to use them, try these hemp protein date bars that I adapted from this recipe. With only 7 ingredients, they’re an easy homemade snack you can whip up in a cinch! And they’re dairy free, gluten free, nut free, and vegan. Hippie friendly, if you will.

So with that, I bid you peace, love, and hempiness!

These hemp protein date bars are a healthy homemade snack bar that you will love! Vegan, gluten free, nut free, and made with no refined sugar!

Hemp Protein Date Bars
 
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These hemp protein date bars are a healthy homemade snack bar that you will love! Vegan, gluten free, nut free, and made with no refined sugar!
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Yield: 10-12 bars
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup mixed raw seeds (I used pumpkin and sunflower seeds)
  • ½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 3 tbsp hemp seeds
  • ¼ cup hemp protein powder
  • 1 cup packed Medjool dates (about 13)
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 tbsp water if needed
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, pulse the mixed seeds, coconut, hemp seeds, and protein powder together. Remove to a bowl.
  2. Add the dates, cacao powder, and vanilla to the food processor next and mix until it comes together. If your dates are dry you may need to add 1-2 tbsp water.
  3. Add back the seed mixture to the food processor and pulse until everything is combined.
  4. Spread the mixture evenly into a parchment lined loaf pan (or you could just shape it by hand on a piece of parchment paper), pressing down firmly.
  5. Place in the fridge for 1-2 hours to let harden, then cut into 10-12 bars and wrap individually in seran wrap. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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  1. these bars look so so good. i’m constantly impressed with your photography. you’ve grown so much as a blogger and your camera skills, WOW! and can i just move to canada where everyone seems to be so much happier!?

    • Chelsea

      Aw hey thanks! It’s taken a lot of practice – and 3/4 of my pictures still turn out awful haha.

      Canada is pretty chill. I think you’d like it (minus the freezing winters… although Boston probably isn’t much warmer!).

  2. I can’t control myself around anything with dates!! these look delicious!

    • Chelsea

      Me neither! Dates never last long in my house because if I’m not making something with them, I’m just snacking on them straight up (with almond butter mmmm).

  3. “Peace, Love & Hempiness”—> LOL! These look great! I’ve been wanting to try hemp seeds but just haven’t got my hands on a packet as yet. Clearly I have all the more reason to now ;)!

    • Chelsea

      They don’t really taste like anything but I like the protein boost! In terms of omega 3s though, chia and flax are your better bets. Hemp seeds are much lower in omega 3s, but higher in omega 6s.

  4. It really does feel much closer than it actually is. Definitely feel ya on that!

    These look amazing and can you please teach me your photography ways? I can count the hemp seeds lol!

  5. Karen

    Love dates and I wish to make these for my hiker’s stocking Chr morning. Any reason they have to stay chilled? All ingreds are room temp but pureeing the seeds make chg the fat/oil chemistry so wanted your thoughts? ??

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  8. I like this recipe! But can I substitute the protein powder with something else?

  9. I love this recipe! But can the protein powder be substituted by something else? Thanks! :)

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