The Health Benefits of Hemp Protein
Certified organic hemp protein is vegan, gluten free, kosher, and non-genetically modified. It contains no sugar, no saturated fatty acids, no trans fat, no cholesterol, and no THC. Hemp is usually very safe for those unable to tolerate nuts, gluten, lactose, and sugar. In fact, there are no known allergies to hemp foods. Instead it can increase your energy, improve your metabolism, reduce food cravings and help your immune system to become a healthy powerhouse, ready for action.
Hemp protein is fantastic and I add it to smoothies, in baking and these hemp protein power bars are tasty and can be modified to your taste. These bars a great pre/post workout (anytime) treat and I often have them as a mid-morning snack. Want to know more? see ‘what is hemp protein’ post.
Happy Hemp Protein Bars
- 1-2 Tbsp Hemp powder
- 5 Dates
- 4-5 Ripe banana’s
- 1/2 cup Shredded Coconut
- 1/2 cup Flaxseed powder
- 1/2 cup Sunflower seeds or any seeds you like
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- Pinch of Himalayan rock salt
- 1 Tbsp Coconut oil
- 1 tsp Vanilla essence
Honey (if you need it but I think this is pretty sweet with the dates), Chia seeds, Dried figs, Pumpkin seeds or any seeds you like, Cacao nibs, Figs (fresh or dried), Apricot kernels and Nutmeg (or other spices you like).
I used my dehydrator to make these, you can also put them in a tray in the freezer to set depending on what texture you want your bars (chewy or soft). Mix all the wet ingredients together (mashed banana, melted coconut oil and vanilla essence). In a separate bowl mix all the dry ingredients (hemp protein powder, shredded coconut, flaxseed powder, sunflower seeds, cinnamon and rock salt). Then chop up the dates (whatever dried fruit you are using) mix into the dry ingredients and add in the wet ingredients. It should have a semi sticky consistency (like a dry cookie dough), which you can then add to a tray and dehydrate/freeze. If using a dehydrator I put it on a low heat overnight in a freezer leave to set for an hour or longer.
You can add whatever you want to this really the combinations are endless and you’ll soon find a combination that suits your taste buds. If using a dehydrator and the mixture seems too dry and isn’t sticking together just add a bit of water until you get the consistency you want. For this recipe I used Good Hemp Nutrition protein powder, which is 100% natural, grown in the UK and cold-pressed, preserving the hemp seed goodness. These bars can be kept in an air tight container for a week and in the fridge for up to two weeks (you can also freezer them if you want to keep them for longer). So get high off protein, life and energise yourself with a happy hemp bar.