Raw Vegan Hemp Protein Bar Recipe
I came up with this chocolate, Raw Vegan Hemp Protein Bar Recipe, as a sneaky way to get some more vegan protein and good oils into my young kids and also my own diet. I am happy to report that it is a winner! This quick and easy, raw vegan, hemp protein bar recipe, pleased my two in-house, food critics. Of course the chocolate on top was what sold it first!
I love using Hemp Seeds, and I, along with many others, are waiting somewhat impatiently, for the Australian Government to recognize the incredible nutritional value of Hemp and to legalize its use as a food for human consumption here in Australia.
Did you know that practically every other country in the world has legalized consuming Hemp and has recognized that smoking marijuana and eating hemp seeds are not the same thing! You simply cannot get high from eating Hemp!
Read more about the benefits my article Hemp Seed & Hemp Oil Health Benefits
By now I am sure you are all well aware that I am a huge fan of using raw coconut oil in my recipes. If you are not yet up to date on about all of the wonderful health benefits that coconut oil has to offer us, then be sure check out my following articles;
Ingredients all Organic
1 cup of raw pecans
1 cup of raw almonds
3 tbsp of raw hemp seeds – I get mine in Melbourne from The Raw Source,as they are Aussie Grown Hemp Seeds.
3 tbsp of raw sunflower seeds
3 tbsp of raw pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp of raw cacao powder ( I use Power Super Foods)
1/2 cup of desiccated coconut
2 tbsp if coconut syrup
2 tbsp of raw coconut oil
3 tbsp of goji berries ( I buy the Power Super Foods brand)
Fair-trade dark chocolate. For this recipe, I used 2 tbsp of Organic Times dark chocolate drops.
* Note – Where possible I try to get certified organic, Australian grown, pecans, almonds, sunflower and hemp seeds. The other ingredients are imported, as they are not grown readily, if at all in Australia.
You will need either a food processor capable of blending nuts, like the Vitamix 2500, or you could use a manual nut grinder.
Start by blending all the nuts, seeds, cacao powder, desiccated coconut and goji berries together till they form an almond meal consistency.
Place the blended mixture into a large stainless steel or glass bowl.
Now place your coconut oil and coconut syrup together in a stainless steel or glass bowl. If the coconut oil is solid, sit this bowl in another bowl of boiling hot water to melt it down.
Stirring the oil and coconut syrup briskly to combine it, pour into your nut mixture and stir with a spoon to combine. Once combined reasonably well, use your hands to knead the mixture to combine further.
Then is a small sized, shallow, rectangular baking tray, lined with eco-friendly baking paper, press the mixture out evenly, so it is about 2cm thick. Pop into the freezer to set.
While your raw vegan protein bar is setting, temper your organic dark chocolate, using the double boiler method. This is simply done by using the same technique, mentioned above to melt down solid coconut oil.
Keep stirring the chocolate with a teaspoon as it is melting.
Take your raw, vegan protein bar out of the freezer and drizzle the melted dark chocolate over the top, then place back in the freezer till the chocolate sets hard.
Next,using a very sharp knife, cut into bars.
Store in the freezer in a Tupperware container, as they will keep for longer, as opposed to storing in the refrigerator.
For a crunchier bar, don’t blend the hemp seeds and desiccated coconut. Instead stir them into the mixture after you have blended the nuts, seeds and cacao powder.
This recipe would also make perfect vegan protein bliss balls.
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