There's nothing better than a yummy treat when you're hiking, on a road trip, or just snacking at work. It's even better when that treat is both healthy and delicious. These coconut hemp protein bars are super easy to make and they've become a staple to refuel on our hikes — if they last that long, which they usually don't. They're stuffed with all kinds of goodness and taste more like candy than a nutritious bar.
Why Is “Healthy” Food So Expensive?
We'd both eat snacks all the time if we could, but it's weirdly hard to find healthy, yummy snacks without paying out the roof for them. We've tried our fair share of packaged bars, fruit leather, and other various snacks, but they add up and become expensive, quick. And I hate wasting my money on unnecessary crap. Which leads us to buy chips or other processed snacks instead because they're cheap. Which worsens my issue with wasting money.
We've been making a conscious effort to eat better lately, though, and that's where these yummy coconut hemp protein bars come in. To make them even better, all of the ingredients were already in our pantry!
Hemp hearts are incredibly nutritious, rich in healthy fats, and full of protein. They're a plant-based protein and even though they come from the same species as cannabis, they only contain trace amounts of THC which is the compound that causes the effects of marijuana. They contain omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids and are a complete protein source, which means they provide all of the amino acids that our bodies require from our diet. They're also incredibly high in protein and are similar to beef or lamb by weight. Their mild, nutty flavour is a great addition to many recipes!
Coconuts are also very nutritious, high in fiber, and full of vitamins and minerals. They're great for hikes because they provide a natural source of energy and enhance physical performance. They also help boost your immune system, improve digestion, promote weight loss, and help protect against cancer, kidney disease, and bladder infection. Plus, they taste great!
Coconut Hemp Protein Bars for the Win
Unlike store-bought bars which are often full of things we don't want to eat like added sugars, fake flavours, and preservatives, we know everything that's going into our bars. That's definitely one of my favourite parts of making my own recipes.
I was feeling snacky this afternoon and decided to whip these up with only the ingredients already in our pantry. They were super easy to make and I'm excited by the endless options available by simply substituting some of the ingredients. The hardest part was chopping up the sticky prunes, but our handy-dandy Vitamix made quick work of whipping them and the other wet ingredients into a paste. It also made chopping nuts a breeze.
Bring these healthy coconut hemp protein bars with you on your next hike or road trip! Or just as a quick breakfast that'll keep you feeling full and energetic throughout the day. What's better than a healthy snack that tastes amazing?
Coconut Hemp Protein Bars
These delicious, raw coconut hemp protein bars are perfect for refueling on your hike or road trip. They're made with various types of nuts, protein powder, and coconut oil. These nutritious bars are packed with goodness and will keep you coming back for more!
- 1/2 cup chocolate protein powder
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup hemp hearts
- 1/3 cup cashews chopped
- 1/3 cup almonds chopped
- 1/3 cup walnuts chopped
- 1/4 cup coconut shredded
- 1 tbsp flax seeds
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate nibs
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 15 prunes chopped and pitted
- 4 tbsp coconut oil melted
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1/4 cup water more as needed
- 2 tsp coconut shredded
- 1/2 cup almonds chopped
Combine all dry ingredients in a blender or food processor. Mix for 15 seconds or until mixed thoroughly. Make sure nuts are still crunchy.
Put dry mixture aside and blend the wet ingredients in the blender or food processor. Mix until well combined. If the mixture isn't mixing well, slowly add more water.
Combine the dry and wet ingredients in a bowl.
Line a small dish with parchment paper and spread mixture evenly. The mixture won't rise, so make the bars as thick as you want.
Refrigerate for 2-3 hours, cut into bars, top with extra coconut and almonds, and enjoy! Will last for a week in the fridge or freeze for months.