Helloooooo my little scrumptious foodies! It has been so so long I can't even believe it and I am a little ashamed. Sometimes even when you love doing something so much, you find yourself at a road block. I had a food/writer block. I have also been needing a new laptop pretty bad so that's been turning me off from blogging. I finally get a beautiful camera for my pics and then my laptop decides to suck. Such is life... Since my favorite season is upon us, the inspiration juices are really flowing! I am ready to start anew and get back to playing in the kitchen. This week I came home from work to find a large box of goodies waiting for me at the door. Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods was so sweet to send me some wonderful products for me to try out.
****I was not paid for this review, they simply wanted me to try out their goods for an honest opinion. If I hadn't liked any of their products, you wouldn't be seeing any posts whatsoever on them from me****
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!
I have forever wanted to make energy bars because Kind Bars are making me broke! So I thought what an awesome way to incorporate these little seeds of heaven, and why not make it fall flavored. Am I right? Pumpkin errthang? Mmmhmmm.
I really jam packed these babies with some good stuff. You can see the hemp seeds on the bottom left. I also added raw pumpkin seeds, raw almonds, cranberries, almond butter, raw honey, dates, crispy rice cereal, oats and some pumpkin spice to give it all that extra autumn kick.
So as you can see, most of the ingredients I used were good for you, Trader Joe's stuff. Love that place. I started out by processing the dates.
Get those going until they form a paste. If your dates are super dried out you might have to soak them in water for about 10 minutes, just don't forget to dry them up with a paper towel before processing. Once your dates are a paste, you will add the honey, almond butter and your pumpkin spices. And this amazing stuff is what is born.... seriously should we just stop here and grab a spoon?!
Then you are going to toss in your quick oats and bind everything together.
Once your mixture looks like this, you can add all your other ingredients, including your hemp seeds, yay!
Now comes the most work you will have to do. Combine everything together, being careful not to crush the rice cereal. I know right... don't hate me. You can do it! Once you stop cursing my name and actually get everything combined, toss the mix into an 8 x 8 baking dish covered in foil. Then with your hands just press everything down to lay flat and cover every edge and corner.
After allowing it to set for 20 minutes in the freezer, you will have some beautiful energy bars to cut up and wrap for an easy grab and go snack! I absolutely loved the crunch that you get from the oats and the crispy rice and the nuts! And man oh man does this satisfy my sweet tooth. Yes, they are very sweet, but keep in mind it's mostly from the raw honey and the dates! Heck, those are way better than stuffing your face with some rich chocolate cake or a doughnut amiright? Real, whole, natural, raw ingredients.... that's what I'm talking about. And the fact that the hemp seeds bring protein, fiber, omegas etc to my little bar of heaven, welp, I am sold.
Let me know what you think by contacting me on here or on my Facebook page! I wanna hear about your experience with hemp also! Do you love it/hate it?! Can't wait to share another recipe using this superfood very very soon!
Autumn Energy Bars
Servings: Makes about 12 bars
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 Minutes
*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.
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