Hemp hearts are my latest fave ingredient in the kitchen. They are way up there in the “super food” department right next to chia and flax seeds. These tiny little gems are packed with omega-3 fatty acids and apparently are great if you’re trying to curb cravings and your appetite. The other beauty about hemp hearts and what separates them from the chia and flax seeds is that they don’t lose their firm texture when added to wet ingredients or liquids! This quality comes in handy when you’re adding them to soups, making mustards or any recipe that has liquid in it and you don’t want your seeds to get all mushy.
Are they not just the cutest?!?!
I was thinking earlier that back in the day as a cool teen and young adult no one ever talked about hemp, chia, flax or amarinth. I mean really, if you did we probably would have thought you were a hippy. The same goes for Birkenstock sandals…again I wouldn’t have been caught dead in those things growing up yet two years ago guess what my daughters wanted to buy and still wear to this day…yes…BIRKENSTOCKS!!! Its hysterical. Every time I look at their sandals I smile and remember my Mom’s birkenstocks..if she were still with us today she would be having the time of her life teasing me about what a cool Mom she was and how I didn’t even know it. How times have changed.
These bars literally take 10 minutes to make and clean up is quick and easy. One huge word of advice…they have to stay refrigerated in order to keep their shape. Otherwise, you’ll do what my hubby did and grab a bar and have it turn instantly back into its original crumbly form. You can even store them in the freezer if you make a large batch.
Buon Appetito everyone!
1 cup of almonds
1 1/4 cup packed, pitted soft dates
1 cup hemp hearts
1 1/3 cup unsweetened fine coconut
3 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup water
-Place the almonds in a food processor and blend.
-Add the dates and hemp hears and mix until a dough is formed.
-Remove and place a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients.
-Thoroughly mix all together.
-Press the dough into a wax paper or saran lined baking pan. Press the entire mixture evenly and firmly so that the bars will stay together when you are cutting them.
-Place in the fridge for at least an hour or alternatively in the freezer.
-Lift out of the pan and cut into bars.
-Store in the fridge or freezer in a sealed container.