January 28, 2014

Lemony Hemp-Coconut Energy Bars

I am trying out an energy bar with hemp as a main ingredient for a close friend who was looking for a nut-free version of energy bars. This bar is packed with energy from pumpkin & chia seeds, protein from hemp, good fat from coconut & coconut oil and sweetened only with dates. It is mildly flavored with lemon juice and lemon zest. Best served for kids or adults as a breakfast on the run :-)

  • Raw hemp hearts - 1 cup
  • Raw pumpkin seeds - 1 cup
  • Shredded dried coconut - 1 cup
  • Chia seeds - 1/4 cup
  • Medjool dates - 12 - pitted
  • Cold pressed coconut oil - 6 Tbs
  • Lemon zest - from a lemon 
  • Lemon juice - from 1/2 a lemon
  • Pink Himalayan salt - a pinch

  • Powder half of the hemp hearts into a coarse powder using a dry blender or food processor. 
  • Powder the pumpkin seeds into a coarse powder using a dry blender or food processor. 
  • Powder chia seeds using coffee/spice grinder. 
  • Add all these to a bowl. Add remaining hemp, coconut, salt and lemon zest. Mix well. 
  • Mash the dates using blender/food processor or just mash using a fork.
  • Melt the coconut oil over warm water, add it to the mashed dates. Add the lemon juice and mix well.
  • Mix dry and wet ingredients to form a 'dough'. 
  • Line a 9x13 cookie sheet with parchment paper and press the dough evenly into it. 
  • Keep refrigerated for 3-4 hours before cutting.
  • Cut into bars. This makes about 12 bars. 

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