Raw Nature Fuel Protein Energy Seed & Nut Bars

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Hemp is the perfect base for creating a high protein, high energy, filling bar.  It is a  rare plant based complete protein, meaning it contains all 20 amino acids, including all of the essential ones, all in a highly absorbable form.  It is especially great for post-workout due to it’s high protein levels which will help to feed the muscles, as well as it’s  branch-chained amino acids which are needed for repair and growth of lean body tissue.  Hemp is also an excellent source of the essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6, as well as gamma linolenic acid.  Hemp contains soluable and insoluble dietary fibre which helps to make these bars very filling.  And there’s more!.. hemp has great levels of vitamins A, D, E, and B vitamins, as well as being a good source of iron and a high source of magnesium.  All those benefits and that was just the hemp!.. The amazing nutritional benefits of raw cacao, chia seeds, goji berries etc are detailed in some of my other recipes if you want to have a search on the right.  With all of these ingredients combined, you’ve got an  amazingly nutritious, filling snack, with no sugar, wheat or dairy.  For a firmer version, you could omit the dates and apricot and add more cacao butter or another binding agent like tahini or a nut butter.

And I know there will be some of you who  wondering, no matter how many of these you eat, you are not going to get high!  The hemp which is cultivated for smoking and medicinal purposes is a different strain of the plant, containing much more of the essential THC compound needed.  So that may be good or bad news for you!  ;-)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3/4 cup dates
  • 1/4 cup apricots
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup cashew nuts
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup ground chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp cacao butter, grated
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup goji berries, pre soaked for a few minutes in hot water
  • 3 tbsp date syrup or agave nectar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence, extract, or some vanilla beans
  • 1/2 tsp orange oil

These bars are so simple to make.  You just blend everything together with a food processor. Soak the cashews and almonds first, overnight preferably.  Depeding on the texture you prefer, you might want to blend some of the ingredients in batches, to retain larger pieces of some of the nuts.  I blended the cashew and almond together, then retainied the sunflower, pumpkin and hemp seeds in larger pieces.  I blitzed up the goji berries very fine with the dates and apricots (you may need to add a very small ammount of water to loosen up the dates) and then just added the ground seeds, cacao powder, grated cacao butter, agave, vanilla and orange oil as they were.   Play around with the flavouring, you may prefer to increase the vanilla and agave, or omit the orange oil.  When everything is combined, pack the mixture in a 1-2 inch layer in a lined baking tray or something similar.   Allow the mixture to firm up in the fridge and then slice in to bars. These bars keep well for a week in an airtight container in the fridge, and freeze well also.

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