Hemp Protein Bars

We try to always see things from the bright side even though we all have setbacks and things troubling us every now and then. That is why we have waited to tell you this story until we could find a happy ending to it.

When Luise was pregnant with Elsa she got chronic pelvic and tailbone pain. It was a pregnancy spent on crutches and in a wheelchair. During the last months it was so bad that she had to stay in bed most parts of the day. After Elsa was born it became better but not completely good. During the end of our trip around the world the pain got a lot worse again. Since then she has been on constant rehabilitation several days a week, working with the entire body. We feel a bit bad about not mentioning this in our weekly stories, since her injury and rehabilitation actually has been a huge part of our lives these last years, but as we hate focusing on the rough stuff we deliberately kept it out.

Looking at her walking, no one would probably guess how much her body was hurting. But each walk that she has taken has been punished with hours of pain. Running has been completely out of the question, even carrying Elsa has been hard at times. She has seen several doctors, osteopaths, physiotherapist, acupuncture clinics, homoeopaths and personal trainers, and all of them have given her different advices on how to get better, with no result. Finally she found a good clinic where she has been going for six months now. She has been working so incredibly hard, both there and at home, with small improvements each month. She has been going through intense treatments and medications and has a very talented physiotherapist and personal trainer. And you know what, a few days ago Luise took her first run outside! She only ran a couple of blocks and for about 10 minutes, but it was amazing seeing her in her running outfit again. With the biggest smile on her lips. She is still not fully recovered, but we think this is definitely worth celebrating. So here are our protein packed hemp bars. Perfect after a good run and for celebrating health.

Hemp Protein Bars
Makes around 15 bars 

These bars are not only filled with protein, they are also magically delicious. They are sweet but it in a very nice and nourishing way. Have them after a workout or as a mid-day snack.

Dry ingredients
1 cup (160 g) pumpkin seeds
1 cup (100 g) dried shredded coconut
1/2 cup (80 g) hemp hearts (shelled hemp seeds)
1/2 cup (50 g) hemp protein powder (you can use hemp hearts instead)
4 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp bee pollen (optional)

Wet ingredients
20 fresh medjool dates, pitted

6 tbsp coconut oil, room temperature
4 tbsp cacao powder
1 tsp vanilla extract or 1/2 tsp ground vanilla

Add after blending
6 tbsp rolled oats

2 tbsp poppy seeds

In a food processor or blender, pulse the dry ingredients quickly. Do not over-process, you want it a little crunchy. Place the mixture in a bowl and set aside. Add all wet ingredients to the food processor or high speed blender and run until smooth. 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 oats and poppy seeds 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. Wrap them in paper and store in an air-tight container. Will keep around a week in the fridge.

Tip: If you do not have a high speed blender, place your pitted dates on a plate and mash with a fork until they are sticky and smooth as caramel, it’ll take a few minutes. Then add the remaining ingredients one by one and kneed it by hand until well combined.


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  • Lisen
    Hi, thanks for wonderful recipes and stories! Just wondering, I don't like the flavour of dates, which always seem to be integral to raw food bar recipes. Can you think of a possible substitute? Thanks nevertheless and sincere best wishes for your recovery. /Lisen
  • Faye
    I have made these on a Sunday for 2 weeks now so I have one for every lunch time at work, and they seriously keep me going. Great bars guys!
  • Blake
    Was dying to make them since I first saw them, however I live in Japan and hemp products are not allowed to be imported (yes, there is a place more backwards than the US)> Now that I am in the US rounded up all the ingredients and made these. They were incredible! Everyone I gave them to was amazed and loved them. IF you haven't tried them, do go to the effort (which isn't much once you get the ingredients) and try them.
  • Ashli
    These are amazing!I use dried dates since the fresh Madjool ones in my area were prohibitively expensive but I just cut the dry ones in half and soaked them overnight. There were some date chunks left in the final mix but I like the texture anyway. Thanks for the recipe!
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    Fantastisk ide - tusen takk for oppskriften :) Barene falt i smak hos både store og små i min familie! Og, endelig bruk for hamp proteinpulver som til vanlig smaker som sement :) (jeg hadde ikke nok gresskarfrø hjemme og brukte litt sesamfrø og litt hasselnøtter - funket perfekt)
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  • Dora
    Hi guys! your bars look just amazingly beautifull. I did this recipe yeasterday and my bars stayed loose. I'm eating one right now, good in flavour but didn't get compact. I can't grab them, have to eat it more or less like muesli. Blegh! I wonder why??? maybe i'll found out next time.
    • Hi Dora! Try to run the mixture in the food processor a little longer next and make sure to use fresh soft dates. You can also add a little water. Good luck :-) /Luise
  • Jenna
    First of, thank you for a wonderful food blog :) I have a question: what is hemp hearts ? Can I use shelled hemp seeds? /Jenna
    • Hi Jenna! Hemp hearts are shelled hemp seeds. They are light green/white in color. Happy Hemp Making /Luise
  • I just made these bars this morning and they are FABULOUS. My first try at raw bars ever, and I am definitely going to make these again. Thank you so much! I feel energized!
  • Cara
    I made these bars this weekend and they are fabulous. Thanks for the recipe!
  • So happy to hear that she is feeling better! Those back injuries can be brutal. I fell off a horse and broke my tailbone right after I had my daughter. Not including labor, it was the most painful experience I have ever had. I still have trouble sitting on hard plastic chairs for too long. I hope she continues to recover! These bars look great. I've never made anything like them so if I can find all the ingredients I will give them a shot.
  • pat
    These bars are divine! Love them! The first batch is already gone and I must restock for the seconds. I'm so happy to find a tasty recipe using hemp hearts and chia. A fabulous, satisfying snack.
    • Thank you Pat, we are so glad that you like them. We have also worked our way through quite a few batches these last weeks. /David
  • Ketmala
    I just made these bars in no time, I soaked the dried dates & replaced the hemp hearts with raw sunflower seeds since I did not have them on hands and they turned out DELICIOUS! My husband, son & daughter loved them too for our midday snack on a snowy day here. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent and recipes. May you continue to be healthy and happy with your beautiful family!
  • I will SO try to make these very soon. They look very delicious and sound like such a great protein source with the hemp. So truly inspiring to hear your story, Luise. Thank you for sharing it with us.
  • Emily
    Hemp is really hard to find here in Aus, could you suggest any alternatives? I am pleased you are progressing well, Luise :)
    • Olivia
      http://www.hempfoods.com.au/ Hemp products from Byron Bay.
  • Suzan
    Thank you for sharing your story Louise. As others, I'm inspired to write my first comment after reading about your struggle to recover from your pregnancy. When expecting my second child I was also crippled by joint and pelvic pain. Months of immobility left me weak and it took a long time (although not as long as you) before I could take a walk, go to the gym or play with my children. My little boy is 19 months now, and after over a year of physiotherapy and hard work I feel stronger than ever and I am blessed with pain free days from time to time. While struggling to regain mobility and good health I began thinking about my diet. The past few months I have made some serious changes (mainly cutting out sugar, wheat and processed foods) and your blog is a daily inspiration for me. Thank you.
  • Julia
    Hi! Ive been thinking of getting a vitamix myself so I was wondering which vitamin model did you guys buy and from where did you buy it? And how much did it cost? Ps: love, love ur blog! So beautiful Pictures and wonderful recipes!
    • Hi Julia, we bought the Vitamix TNC 5200 and ordered it from the Swedish webshop Bagaren & Kocken. It costed 5 995 kr. We have never paid that much for a kitchen tool before, but it truly is a great machine. /David
  • Shannon
    I made these bars this week too and had a similar problem as Debbie - my bars were dark but VERY crumbly. I used dried medjool dates because fresh dates are also hard to find in Northern Canada (I don't think I have ever seen them in stores here). Next time I will try soaking them and adding more dates along with the soaking water. This is also the first time I have used hemp hearts and they are delicious! I will be using them much more often now. Thank you for the fantastic recipe.
    • Hi Shannon, yes unfortunately they will turn too crumbly if you use dry dates. Soaking them should definitely help but if you find fresh dates you will see how big difference it will make. Ours are not crumbly at all. Maybe you will have better luck finding fresh dates in health stores than in normal food stores? Glad you liked them anyway and good luck next time! /David
  • Judith
    Hej, I was very touched by your "confession". I almost cryed. strange, huh? maybe it's because I also love to run and work out and everything and imagining that every movement would hurt, was just too horrible. I am sooo happy for you Luise, that you can run again and I whish you all the best!!! :-) ma°nga kära hälsningar!

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