I bought a bag of hemp hearts a few months ago and they have been sitting in a lonely corner of our fridge since then. I used them in oatmeal once but they were so bland that I lost interest immediately. I love nuts and seeds of all kind so I never expected to meet a kind I didn't like, but hemp seeds appeared to fill the void for my distaste. I didn't want to toss them in the trash after trying them because I knew they were a great source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats and help to reduce blood cholesterol. I also didn't want to be wasteful.
I randomly stumbled upon a bar recipe online with hemp hearts as the star ingredient. It honestly wasn't that intriguing, I only gave it a go because I wanted to get rid of the seeds in the fridge. The recipe also included chia seeds so I knew it could be that bad. My chia seed obsession has a way of controlling me.
I tweaked the recipe to my liking, which took me all of 15 minutes to prep. The outcome was unexpected; they tasted absolutely wonderful. I now have a new love and respect for hemp hearts.
To make the bars you will need a food processor and a square baking pan. I used a coffee grinder for the flax seeds, but you can also buy them pre-ground.
Hemp and Chia Bars
Adapted from The Healthy Family and Home
3 1/2 cups oats
1/2 cup hemp seeds
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup flax seeds
3/4 cup almond flour
1/2 cup raw honey (I used orange blossom infused)
1/2 cup pureed pear
3/4 cup cashew butter
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
Grind the flax seeds in a coffee grinder.
Mix first five ingredients together and set aside.
Mix all wet ingredients together in separate bowl (last five ingredients).
Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and combine.
Press mixture into a 8x8 baking pan. Place in fridge overnight to chill.
I made these the week before Justin and I were working at the Seattle Marathon EXPO. Coincidentally, there was a Manitoba booth at the front entrance promoting hemp seeds! I had a chat with one of the reps and shared my recipe with him because I happened to pack a few bars in my lunch. I almost fainted from excitement when I was offered a huge box of hemp seeds to take home. Score!
It will be hard to find a hemp seed recipe as good as this one, but I am on the hunt and will report back if I find anything worth sharing.
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