This blog post was sponsored by Eaton Hemp
I think it’s safe to say that we can all agree on the fact that the majority of store bought granola bars are loaded with not so great ingredients! From loads of refined sugars (often including High Fructose Corn Syrup), poor quality oils, additives & preservatives, soy products, and so on!
Not only this, a lot of bars are loaded with pesticides. Did you know that numerous General Mills products such as Nature Valley granola bars are loaded with high levels of glyphosate – despite the bars being deemed as ‘All Natural’? (1)
This is why I prefer to make my own bars – as much as possible! And what better way to do so then using hemp hearts – which are naturally loaded with proteins, healthy fats, and all sorts of other trace minerals!
These ‘Hemp Granola Bars’ are the perfect treat for a mid morning snack, mid afternoon snack, to bring on a hiking trip – or even for dessert! When I eat them for dessert, I melt a bit of chocolate to drizzle over the top of them and they are truly heavenly – yet sooo nourishing!
I always use Eaton Hemp Hearts in my kitchen as they are organic, grown with so much care, and you can honestly taste the freshness because of it! And as you likely know by now – you can use the code MEG20 for 20% off your order on all Eaton Hemp products!!
These bars are not only loaded with good for you ingredients that taste amazing – they’re… gluten free, dairy free, nut free, soy free, and refined sugar free!
I hope you love this simple and hearty – yet utterly delicious hemp bar recipe!
– 1/4 cup honey
– 1/4 cup coconut oil
– 1/4 cup tahini
– 1/2 cup dates
– 1/2 cup apricots
– 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
– 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
– 1/3 cup Eaton hemp hearts (the best!!)
– 1.5 cup oats
– Optional: 2 TBSP. Cacao nibs and/ or 1 bar of chocolate, chopped into pieces and then melt on the stovetop
– Pre-heat oven to 325 F, convection
– In a small pan, melt the coconut oil, honey and tahini together. Do NOT bring to a boil! Just ensure you reach a homogenous texture, and then immediately remove from heat
– In a food processor (or high speed blender) place the pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, oats, and hemp hearts – and blend until you reach a flour like texture
– Next add the dates and apricots and continue to blend/ process
– After this, add the oil, tahini, honey mixture, and continue to process until you reach a homogenous texutre. If your mixture is too dry, add an additional scoop of tahini and/ or 1/4 cup more dates or apricots for moisture. If your mixture is too sticky, add in 1/4 cup more oats.
– Once finished, press mixture into an 8 x8 pan. Bake in oven at 325F convection for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown (be careful to not overcook). Allow to cool in fridge for 15 minutes to ‘set’ and then sit on counter for another 15 minutes before cutting into!
– Best drizzled with additional hemp hearts on top, peanut butter, and potentially even some melted dark chocolate!