CHEWY CHOCOLATE HEMP PROTEIN BAR WITH CRANBERRIES
Create your own protein bar! Made only of whole food ingredients, these holiday season flavored protein bars are filling and pack a hefty amount of protein, fiber
and omega-3. So skip the expensive (and often filled with lots of artificial ingredients) standard protein bars that you find in your grocery store and start making your own!
Hemp provides a complete and easy to digest protein. Dates are a great source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, B5 and B3. High in minerals such as potassium, copper, manganese, magnesium and iron and antioxidants known as tannins and antioxidant flavonoids such as B-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin (good for the eyes!) Flaxseeds and walnuts provide an extra amount of protein and a healthy dose of omega-3.
And yes, dates are high in natural sugar but they provide “good carbs” rating low to low/medium on the Glycemic index (GI) which means that you get sustained energy without the crash you can get from snack bars and processed foods.
2 cups dates = 25 medjool dates (pitted and soaked for a couple of minutes in hot water for easy processing)
1 ½ cup hemp protein
½ cup shelled hemp seeds
¼ cup ground flaxseed
1 cup walnuts (soak 6-8 hours or overnight and rinse well before using)
2 tablespoons dried shredded coconut
3 tablespoons cranberries
½ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons coconut oil
4 tablespoons (raw) cocoa
3 teaspoons orange zest
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ginger powder
2 teaspoon cinnamon (has blood sugar regulation ability)
dash of stevia optional
In a food processor grind the walnuts, but leave them chunky, and set aside.
In a food processor add the dates with the orange juice and process until smooth.
Add the hemp protein, honey, coconut oil, cocoa, orange zest, vanilla, ginger and cinnamon and process some more until well mixed.
Pour into a large mixing bowl and combine with the hemp seeds, walnuts, flaxseed, dried coconut and cranberries.
Using your hands, massage and combine the mixture until everything has come together to form a large ball. The desired texture is a thick, chewy, sticky bar.
If the mixture gets too wet, simply add more protein powder if the mixture isn’t wet enough add some water (careful!)
Line a baking pan with plastic wrap or wax paper.
Press the batter down firmly end evenly and place in fridge for at least 3 hours.
Cut into bars. Store in an airtight container in your fridge or wrap them individually
in clear wrap or parchment and place into a Tupperware or Ziploc storage bag in the freezer.
They last well and are quick to thaw.
Source: International Cannabis Community Recipies: Karin Joosten Photography: Ron Kreeft