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, chocolatey, and delicious. And the healthy part is, yes, they are. Extremely healthy. These bars are sweet but have no refined sugar. Instead, I used dates as a natural, healthy sweetener.

Chocolate Cranberry Hemp Protein Bars

About Dates

Dates are naturally high in sugar, so they are unrefined, whole-food sweeteners. 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 is protein. Compared to chia or flaxseed, hemp has double the protein and half the carbohydrates. This 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.

About These Protein Bars

These bars are so yummy, you will feel like you are eating a decadent brownie treat. Until you remember everything that 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

 

Hemp Protein Bars - Chocolate Cranberry

Colleen
These chocolatey delicious bars are super easy to make, and they're incredibly nutritious and protein-packed. Perfect for back to school lunches and snacks.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 16
Calories 197 kcal

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
 

  • Prepare a nine-inch square baking pan by lining with parchment paper
  • Put all ingredients, except for the cranberries, into the food processor, and pulse until combined.
  • Add cranberries and pulse a couple of times until they are incorporated
  • Press mixture evenly into prepared pan
  • Refrigerate uncovered, overnight
  • Cut into bars

Notes

These bars will seem a bit soft at first, but let them sit in the fridge uncovered, overnight. They will firm up nicely.
Substitute any nut or seed butter for the almond butter for the same result.ย 

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 197kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 6gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 74mgPotassium: 179mgFiber: 4gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 32IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 58mgIron: 2mg
Keyword cacao, dates, healthy snacks, hemp hearts, hemp seed
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23 thoughts on “Hemp Protein Bars – Chocolate Cranberry

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. I wouldn’t say they are boring because they are amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚ It would be great to make a whole bunch of them in advance and enjoy throughout the week – really love how they look!

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