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!
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
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.