So judging by my post, you can probably tell that I am in love. I have never tried hemp or even done any research on it. Which is out of character of me... I usually smother my yogurts and smoothies with chia and flax seeds. When researching hemp seeds however, I found that hemp seeds contain way more protein, fiber and omegas than chia or flax! Just after reading that, I was hooked. Without having tried any products yet. Done and done. Get in my belly.
I have to tell you that I wanted to try out everything one at a time and on its own in some recipes. But immediately I cracked open the oil bottle and dipped some bread in it. YUM! So nutty and tasty. I have also tested out the Hemp Pro 70 Vanilla three times now for my breakfast shake with the shaker they gifted me and it's great! I like how smooth it is compared to other plant based proteins, most are chalky and almost unbearable. More on the oil and protein powders later in other posts though... today is all about HEMP SEEDS!
Servings: Makes about 12 bars
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 Minutes
- 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds*
- 1/4 cup raw almond slices*
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup Manitoba Harvest Hemp Seeds
- 1 cup dates, pitted
- 1/4 raw almond butter
- 1/4 cup raw honey*
- 1 cup quick steel cut oats (make sure they're QUICK oats!)
- 1/2 cup rice cereal (yes like rice krispy treat cereal but I would see if there is an all natural brand at your store!)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- Take an 8 x 8 baking dish and mold some foil paper inside of it. Make sure the foil sheet is long enough to hang over the sides of the dish so that you can pull everything out easy. Set aside.
- In your food processor, add the pitted dates and process until you have a paste. You might have to stop and move things around in there if the dates get stuck.
- When the paste is smooth, add almond butter, honey, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Process until everything is combined and smooth.
- Dump out your mix in a mixing bowl. Using a spatula here helped me scrape down the processor.
- Add your oats. Mix until the oats are incorporated and then add the rice cereal, pumpkin seeds, almond slices, cranberries and hemp seeds. Mix but be careful not to crush the rice cereal!
- Once everything has come together, dump your mix into the baking dish and mold out flat and evenly with your hands.
- Cover the dish with some more foil and put it in the freezer for about 20 minutes to set.
- After the mix is set, remove the foil with the bars in it and lay it on a flat surface. With a sharp knife, cut your bars.
*When I say RAW seeds, I mean no oil, no salt, no processing whatsoever! The salt and oil are not only going to change the flavor of your bars, but no one wants excess oil and salt in their healthy snacks! I also choose RAW honey because honey that is not raw is super processed which basically means, you might as well be eating straight sugar. Raw is the way to go :)
**I like to wrap my bars individually in plastic wrap and keep them in the fridge.