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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  • Thanks for sharing this recipe, these look delicious! Just a heads up - you have cacao powder listed under wet ingredients. Cheers!
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  • Hi David and Luise, I made your bars today and am ready to take them on the trail. They turned out very well, turned into sturdy bars with no crumbling, and taste excellent! I had one question on the recipe, why do you add the oats and poppy seeds at the end, when all the other dry ingredients are added earlier on? Maybe you just wanted a few ingredients to be whole? On another note, it's been a long while since you posted it, but I hope Luise's health has continued to improve. As a former midwife, I truly appreciate what hard work pregnancy, birth, and postpartum are. Here in the US our society doesn't give much credit to how much work it is, especially the postpartum piece of it.
  • I have been looking for more ways to incorporate more protein in my diet, since I am vegetarian and I work out a few times a week. Loving veggies and fruit is good (and I really really do), but you need to get those proteins too. I made these ( a slightly different version) this morning and I love them, they are delicious!! I will definitely keep making them as a snack. Thank you Luise and David.. Hope you're feeling great! Juliette
  • aloha and hello- I just recently made these protein bars (after seeing them here and in your book) and I just wanted to say how happy I was with the results. I have shared the recipe with my cooking class students and on my websites, hopefully introducing GKS to more people. loves, andrea from Vibrant Wellness Journal
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  • Kristen
    Also, can you freeze these and save for a while?
  • Kristen
    I'm just curious as to what the nutritional value of each bar is
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  • janice
    Hi there im interested in making these hemp protein bars myseld but have one quick question. do you use.only hemp hearts OR hemp powder? It said beside hemp powder you could use hemp hearts instead but said nothing beside hemp hearts if i could just use hemp powder. Just wanted to try to make them perfect the first time!! :) Thanks!!
  • sophie
    These look really yummy, can't wait to make them. p.s. can i use virgin coconut oil instead of just coconut oil? it's the only one i can get hold of
  • raczyk
    Great recipe, thank you. I've just tried it. But I'm not sure I've used enough dates. When you say 20 pitted dates, how much does that weigh, or how much is that by volume? I've weighed one of the dates I've used and it weights 6 grams. By volume, while they are still whole, it may have been a cup at most. Thanks.
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  • Fiona
    Hi guys, looove your recipes and blog, i've just discovered it. You've helped me change the way i think about food, your recipes are inspiring. Now, these hemp bars look so good, but i can't buy hemp here in Australia, or it's extremely hard to get. Can u recommnd a good substitute? Fiona
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  • Betti Immel
    These bars look great! I'm so excited to make them. Would I be able to substitute cotton seed oil for the coconut oil?
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    I just made these bars and they are gorgeous! thanks so much for sharing your good health vibes and recipes :) I will be tuning in for more. I didn't have a few ingredients so substituted hemp with alkalising greens, coconut oil with flaxseed, and i added goji berries instead of poppy seeds :) i also added a bit of cinnamon and cacao nibs as i didn't have cacao powder. i def needed to add extra water to the dates.They are green and gorgeous! Health and light Trinity
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  • Sam
    Hi there :) do these bars need to be refrigerated?? Thank you
  • delicious, delicious bars! i made them a few days ago and they are SO yummy, and really seem full of energy. thank you, thank you for the recipe! i am just happy to follow your blog for some time already. i hope you are all ok, and Luise has no health misfortunes anymore. kindest rgds, Marina
  • HI Louise I'm glad you are getting better. Have you considered trying Bikram Yoga? I've been doing it for 4 months and I feel like a different (much better) persons, with a new body. Many people with injuries that take these classes see an amazing improvement in their getting better . Please try it. I am also struggling to find the fresh dates...Even in London! I bought all the other ingredients and they are just sitting there waiting for the dates!
    • Hi Ines! Thanks for your comment! If you can't find fresh dates, use dried and soak them in water until soft. Yes, I have tried Bikram yoga, not good for me at all, but thanks for your concern :-) All the best Luise
    • Anne
      Try www.planetorganic.com it's London-based but they also deliver
  • These hemp protein bars look amazing! I am a HUGE fan of hemp, being gluten and dairy free while also avoiding several nuts (including almonds) hemp has become my best friend for protein! I recently had to cut coconut out of my diet as well... what would you suggest replacing the coconut flakes with for this recipe to still work? Thanks!
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