Hemp Protein Bars – Chocolate Cranberry

Chocolate Cranberry Hemp Protein Bars

Hemp Protein Bars may sound healthy but maybe you’re thinking, a bit boring?

However, these bars are anything but boring. These are sweet, chocolate-y, and delicious. And the healthy part is, yes, they are. Extremely healthy. Theses bars are sweet, but have no refined sugar. Instead, I used dates.

Chocolate Cranberry Hemp Protein Bars
Chocolate Cranberry Hemp Protein Bars

About Dates

Dates are naturally high in sugar, so they are an unrefined, whole food sweetener. Dates are also naturally sticky, so they do double duty as a binder in bars like these hemp protein bars. They’re also high in fibre and potassium, so they bring a lot more than sweetness to a recipe.

About Hemp Hearts

Hemp is a species of the Cannabis plant, but is not the same as marijuana. Hemp seeds do not contain any real amount of THC, the compound in marijuana that makes people high.

The hemp species of plant is cultivated for its seeds, which are also called hemp hearts. They have a chewy texture and a mild, nutty flavour which makes them perfect for baking, salads, smoothies, and raw treats like these protein bars.

Hemp is a Super Food

Hemp hearts are very, very nutritious. Twenty five percent of the total calories in hemp seed are protein. Compared to chia or flax seed, hemp has double the protein and half the carbohydrates. Which is saying a lot, because both chia and flax are also nutritional superstars. (Try these Easy Chia Energy Balls)

Hemp seeds are also an excellent way to consume healthy fats, as well as a great source of Vitamin E, Calcium, Iron, Zinc, and other minerals. You can find more in depth info on hemp seed nutrition here: Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds

Cacao Packs even more nutrition into these protein bars

The fact that dark chocolate is so good for us brings joy to my heart. Because chocolate makes everything better, like these hemp protein bars. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and minerals.

These Hemp Protein Bars

These bars are so yummy, you will feel like you are eating a decadent brownie treat. Until you remember everything I said above, and realize there’s no need for guilt here.

These delicious bars make a perfect addition to a packed lunch for school or work, a protein hit for post workout, and I even like them for breakfast. Try hemp seed in a delicious morning smoothie, too: Kiwi, Banana & Hemp Smoothie With Ginger and Lime

Chocolate Hemp Seed Protein Bars

How to Make Hemp Protein Bars

5 from 1 vote
Hemp Protein Bars - Chocolate Cranberry
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

These chocolate-y delicious bars are super easy to make, and they're incredibly nutritious and protein packed. Perfect for back to school lunches and snacks.

Course: Snack
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: cacao, dates, healthy snacks, hemp hearts, hemp seed
Servings: 16
Calories: 197 kcal
Author: Colleen
Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 cups dates pitted
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup cacao or cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt sea salt or kosher
  • 1/4 cup cranberries dried
Instructions
  1. Prepare a nine inch square baking pan by lining with parchment paper

  2. Put all ingredients, except for the cranberries, into the food processor, and pulse until combined.

  3. Add cranberries and pulse a couple of times until they are incorporated

  4. Press mixture evenly into prepared pan

  5. Refrigerate uncovered, overnight

  6. Cut into bars

Recipe Notes

These bars will seem really soft at first, but let them sit in the fridge uncovered, overnight. They will firm up and be amazing.

Substitute any nut or seed butter for the almond butter for the same result. 

 

Nutrition Facts
Hemp Protein Bars - Chocolate Cranberry
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 197 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Sodium 74mg3%
Potassium 179mg5%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 32IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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23 thoughts on “Hemp Protein Bars – Chocolate Cranberry

  1. I wouldn’t say they are boring because they are amazing! 🙂 It would be great to make a whole bunch of them in advance and enjoy throughout the week – really love how they look!

  2. I love cranberries in chocolate and it’s nice that you added all of that nutrition info. Dates are the perfect binder/sweetener for this recipe, yummy and healthy!

  3. I’m always looking for new snack bars to try, especially healthy, protein packed ones like these. And I have all the ingredients in my fridge and pantry to make them, so I’m pinning to make some time soon!

  4. These are an awesome treat!! I love the combo of chocolate and cranberry. So yummy! I’d love to pack these in my boys’ lunchboxes for a healthier little treat.

  5. They do not sound the least bit boring! I’ve never cooked with hemp and didn’t realize that they were such nutrition powerhouses. I will definitely be trying this!

  6. Oh these look like an awesome and healthy snack for my three year old! Trying these soon for sure. Thanks for a great recipe!

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