Hemp Protein Granola Bar

This is a perfect and hearty breakfast on-the-go or mid-afternoon snack. Scrumptious and high in protein, these will fill you up without weighing you down. You can substitute the chia seeds for flax seeds, if you prefer. They will both do the job! I recently made these on a segment for Mirror Mirror with Rebecca Spera on the Live Well Network. Look for it to air in January!

Hemp Protein Powder: protein from the hemp seed contains all of the essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. It is the highest form of plant based protein and is easily digested and absorbed by the body. It’s an excellent source of fiber, magnesium, iron, zinc and a good source for potassium. They contain the perfect balance of omega-3 and omega 6 (a 3:1 ratio). They’re a great source of energy and may reduce inflammation in the body. It’s for a nutty flavor, making it great for baking or in smoothies and can even be substituted for flour in some recipes. Can we say superfood??

Cherries: contain high amounts of antioxidants. They also have a significant level of melatonin, which slows down the aging process and help with insomnia or jetlag. Cherries are known to ease joint pain, making them great for those suffering from arthritis.

Hazelnuts + Hazelnut Oil: hazelnuts are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, which help to lower the bad cholesterol and raise the good cholesterol. They are a great source of dietary fiber, folate and vitamin E and can boost the body with high energy levels. The oil is pressed from the nut and has a wonderfully nutty aroma. It makes for flavorful dressings and does wonders for the skin!

Hemp Protein Granola Bars

{Yields: 12}

2 Tbsp chia seeds

6 Tbsp water

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

3/4 cups hazelnuts, chopped

1 cup dried cherries, chopped

1 cup coconut flakes

1/2 cup hemp protein powder

1/4 cup sesame seeds

2 Tbsp poppy seeds

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp fine sea salt

1/4 cup mini vegan chocolate chips

3 ripe bananas

1/4 cup hazelnut oil (or canola oil)

2 tsp vanilla extract

3 Tbsp pure maple syrup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a small bowl, mix the chia seeds and the water together. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients.

In another large bowl (or using a blender), smash the bananas with a fork and stir in the oil, vanilla, and maple syrup. Add the chia gel and mix to combi

ne. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until well combined .

Spread the mixture evenly into a 9″ x 13″ baking pan and smooth out the top with the back of a spatula. Bake for about 40-45 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.

Let cool completely, store in an airtight container. You can keep in the refrigerator or freezer for longer shelf life.

9 thoughts on “Hemp Protein Granola Bar

  1. These look delicious! Would coconut oil work as a sub for the hazelnut oil? Also, can the cherries be omitted or would you need to add something else in their place?

    1. Coconut oil would work great! You can definitely omit the cherries if you need to, but using another dried fruit would be good for sweetness and texture- maybe dates or raisins?

  2. Ok, Erin, I just made these. My picky 10 yr. old daughter ate them!! Cannot believe it. One thing-she did say that the coconut flakes were “lettuce” 🙂 so next time I think I will get the smaller flakes. I a so excited to have a healthy snack that she will eat. (and I will eat as well) Thanks

  3. Do you have any nutritional info on these bars? They look fantastic. Saw the episode if Mirror/Mirror. You are a natural on camera!

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