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!
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!
- 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
- In a food processor, pulse the mixed seeds, coconut, hemp seeds, and protein powder together. Remove to a bowl.
- 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.
- Add back the seed mixture to the food processor and pulse until everything is combined.
- 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.
- 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.