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.
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
Hemp Protein Bars - Chocolate Cranberry
- 1 cup almond flour
- 2 cups dates pitted
- ½ cup almond butter
- ½ cup cacao or cocoa powder
- ½ cup hemp seeds
- ½ tsp salt sea salt or kosher
- ¼ cup cranberries dried
- 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