Thursday, May 31, 2012

Hemp protein barz

These little green bars are full of protein and will keep you energized for hours. They are subtly sweet and have the consistency of fudge when left out at room temperature. They are also great for travel :)

Dry ingredients:
1cup raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
1cup coconut shreds **plus more for topping the bars 
1/2cup hemp protein powder (I used Nutiva brand)
4T chia seeds
4T flax seeds
dash of pink Himalayan sea salt

Wet ingredients:
1cup dates, pitted and soaked overnight
1cup prunes, soaked overnight
1t spiralina
4T raw cacao powder

1cup Brown rice puffs

In a food processor or blender, pulse the dry ingredients quickly. Do not over-process, or it will turn to nut butter. You want a chunky consistency. Place the mixture in a bowl and set aside. 

Add all wet ingredients to the food processor or high speed blender and blend to combine. This might take some time, and if your blender isn’t strong enough you might have to help out by stirring around a few times with a fork or add a dash of water.

Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients, add puffed brown rice and stir until well combined. 

Spread the batter evenly into a 11 x 7-inch (28 x 18 cm) baking dish, make sure it becomes quite compact. Place in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Cut into bars. **Optional: press extra coconut flakes onto the top of the bars**
Wrap them in paper and store in an air-tight container. Will keep around a week in the fridge.

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