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Raw Hemp Protein Bars/ Balls

kept byNonie

A nice, natural alternative to 'nut' granola bars that get us banished from school yards. Yummy and can be made into bars or little balls, which can then be rolled in shredded coconut if you add a little extra syrup or honey. Lots of energy, lots of protein, totally flour free.
Has anyone else wondered why tree nuts are banned when peanuts are in fact a legume???


1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1/4 cup hemp hearts
1/2 cup fresh medjool dates, pitted
3 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
2 Tbsp. raw cacao powder (optional)
2 Tbsp. chia seeds
1 tsp. cinnamon
optional: add more syrup or honey, roll into balls, and coat with sesame seeds or shredded coconut


  1. In a food processor or blender pulse the pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, coconut flakes and hemp hearts quickly. Do not over-process, we want it crunchy. Place the mixture in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Add wet ingredients (dates, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla) to the food processor or high speed blender and blend to combine.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients. Add cacao powder, chia seeds and cinnamon and stir until well combined.
  4. Spread the batter evenly into a baking dish, make sure it becomes quite compact. Place in the fridge for about 30 minutes. 
  5. OR alternatively, roll them into balls and dip each into shredded coconut on a plate and roll to cover.  Place on tray lined with parchment, then refrigerate as above.
  6. Cut into bars or remove balls. Wrap them in wax paper and store in an air-tight container. Will keep for about a week in the fridge. They also freeze very well. But they won't last that long if there are kids around!




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