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Chewy Superfood Hemp Protein Bars // nutritionstripped.comBeing athletic and living an active lifestyle, I’m always on the lookout for unique and plant-based friendly products catered towards protein density- I haven’t found too many on the market that I enjoy consuming on a daily basis just yet… so I created my own! Chewy Superfood Hemp Protein Bars have become one of my favorite go-to snacks or desserts when I’m on the go or simply want something high in protein, filling, and it satisfies my sweet tooth at the same time (win win). These protein bars are not like your standard protein bars that you find in most grocery stores, they contain only whole food ingredients that you and I both can find in our pantry!

There’s something about the main ingredients in this bar chocolate, nuts, and dried fruit that’s such a lovely combination between sweet, crunchy, chewy, and creamy. Superfoods = super nutrition from the nutrient dense plant-based proteins found in this bar. One of the superfoods I use are cherries, which happen to be one of my favorite fruits because of their anti-inflammatory power and culinary use in both sweet and savory dishes. Several other ingredients in this bar serve as binding ingredients to make this recipe super simple to make…and an added bonus, no cooking! These are all raw with no fuss of baking.

These are super special protein bars… and no I’m not talking about special brownies containing the other form of hemp, these Chewy Superfood Hemp Protein Bars are loaded with the powerful plant-based proteins, hemp seeds and hemp powder. Hemp isn’t the only contributing protein player here, spirulina adds a nutty flavor to these protein bars as well as contributing 8 grams of protein to the entire recipe. These protein bars are chewy, but have hints of crunch from the pumpkin seeds, cacao nibs, and dried mulberries– an amazing flavor combination as well! Dried tart cherries and dates for perfect for this recipe for their wonderful flavors of sweet/tart, and also for their chewiness to act as a binding agent in these protein bars. As you can see, these bars are loaded with heaps of nutrients, plant-proteins, fiber, omega-3 fats, and good carbohydrates.

Chewy Superfood Hemp Protein Bars //

Why make homemade protein bars? The answer to this question could be an entire post in itself, but I’ll spare you the minute details and break it down. Typically store bought protein bars most often are candy bars in disguise- they’re loaded with refined sugars, lack fiber or harsh fibers are added into it, they contain hydrogenated oils (especially in the coatings), artificial flavors, preservatives, and not to mention the main source of proteins used are whey. I don’t have it out for whey just because I practice a dairy-free lifestyle, but what I don’t like is the source and quality of whey used in most protein bar brands out there. Most whey is coming from highly produced factory farmed dairy in comparison to what would be an ideal source, from a farmer givin’ those animals love!

Chewy Superfood Hemp Protein Bars //

Chewy Superfood Hemp Protein Bars //

There are many plant-based proteins I enjoy using (stay tuned for a guide this week!), but hemp protein has a couple unique characteristics that make it perfect for use in recipes other than protein shakes/smoothies. In one serving of hemp protein there is roughly 20g, it also contains omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and works really well when using in baked goods, cookies, and these raw bars! Many of the store bought plant-based protein bars don’t utilize hemp protein as much as I wish they would; but nonetheless I’ve been inspired by raw date and nut bars on the shelves, such as Larabar, to create this one!

Ways to enjoy | of course I made these into bars for a reason, for a quick to grab-n-go snack but you can easily chop these bars into bite sized pieces for a decadent dessert topping on BanaNO Cream or Coconut Ice Cream, with almond milk or on your favorite yogurt. These bars are nutrient dense and calorically dense so feel free to use this as a meal on the go or cut in half to make it into a snack size friendly amount. Keep in mind, all of our caloric needs are different, let’s focus a bit more on the goodness of nutrients in these bars more than the numbers!

Chewy Superfood Hemp Protein Bars //

Chewy Superfood Hemp Protein Bars //

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Chewy Superfood Hemp Protein Bars
Recipe type: snack, dessert
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12+
A chewy and crunchy all natural protein bar made with hemp protein and delicious dried fruits. GF VGN Raw
  • DRY //
  • 1½ cup hemp protein powder, chocolate flavor (or original just add more cocoa)
  • ½ cup hemp hearts, shelled
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup walnuts, ground into a coarse flour
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds, whole
  • ¼ cup chia seeds, ground
  • ¼ cup dried mulberries
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons spirulina powder
  • ¼ teaspoon pink himalayan sea salt
  • dash of ground cinnamon
  • WET //
  • 1½-2 cups dates, about 20 pitted
  • ½ cup dried tart cherries
  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 heaping tablespoon almond butter
  • ½ cup water (start with ¼ and add gradually)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. DRY //
  2. Coarsely grind walnuts and chia seeds. Pour into a large mixing bowl and combine all remaining dry ingredients (hemp powder, seeds, cocoa, pumpkin seeds, mulberries, cacao nibs, and seasonings). Set aside.
  3. WET//
  4. Combine all wet ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor. This mixture is very thick and sticky so you'll need a powerful kitchen appliance or mix in small batches. Start with ¼ cup of water in this mixture.
  5. Pour wet ingredients into the large mixing bowl with dry ingredients. This is where you can adjust the water and pay close attention to how much you use.
  6. Using your hands (the best tools for this!), massage and combine the mixture until everything has come together to form a large ball.
  7. If the mixture gets too wet, simply add more cocoa or hemp protein powder. If the mixture isn't wet enough, try adding more coconut oil or a few more dates. The desired texture is a thick, chewy, sticky bar.
  8. In a 8x8 or 9x9 inch parchment lined pan, evenly spread the protein bar mixture into the pan. Using your hands and fingertips firmly press the mixture into an even layer until it's even and smooth on top.
  9. Chill for at least 2 hours in the fridge.
  10. Cut into small pieces or 12 whole bars.
  11. Keep some for later in the freezer by wrapping individually in clear wrap or keep in the fridge for later use that week.
  12. Enjoy!
LOWER FAT // use less coconut oil and more water to "stick"
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 bar (1/12th of recipe) Calories: 320 Fat: 20 Carbohydrates: 26 Sugar: 4 Fiber: 7 Protein: 14

FUN FACT // have you ever noticed the majority of my carbohydrate rich or simple sugar rich recipes I often add cinnamon alongside? There’s a reason for this! Cinnamon is great for blood sugar regulation and it tastes delicious.

TIPS // I purposefully make larger batches of this recipe at a time and keep some in the fridge for quick snacking and I store the others in the freezer for a later day. Simply wrap the bars individually in clear wrap or parchment and then place into a tupperware or ziploc storage bag in the freezer. They last well and are quick to thaw- you can also pop these into a toaster oven or microwave for 30 seconds or less and get them nice and warm/soft!

Also note, if you’re on the go, these are perfectly fine to keep at room temperature! It’s only dried fruits, nuts, seeds, and coconut oil, nothing will spoil if you’re bringing it with you to work, to school, the office, etc. Simply store it in a ziploc bag or wrap tightly with clear wrap.

Chewy Superfood Hemp Protein Bars //

I hope you all enjoy these natural homemade protein bars, leave your comments in the section below of how you like them! What other protein bars or remakes of protein bars would you like to see recreated and developed here on Nutrition Stripped?

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xx McKel

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  1. Yay! Someone else who likes hemp protein powder. It is my favourite, too. This looks like a fun way to eat it. :)

  2. I can’t wait to try this! My friend recently mentioned hemp protein powder to me, so I’m definitely going to tell her to check out this recipe!

  3. These look great! I often turn to bars when I forget to make up snacks or lunches ahead of time or need something in my belly before/after a workout. I’ve never used protein powders, but this looks like a great guide to start.

  4. Talk about nutrient dense, cowabunga!

  5. Hi McKel, love the presentation and content within your website and appreciate your regular updates. With this latest recipe, how would the hemp protein bar keep if I took it to work as a mid morning/afternoon snack and didn’t have a refrigerator handy? If you have any suggestions on how to reduce spoilage rates through changes in the recipe, they’d be really helpful. Thanks very much!

    1. Hi Shobee,
      Thank you so much for your kind words and support of my blog- I truly appreciate that. I just updated the blog post to inlcude you question. These are perfectly fine to bring with you on the go without the fridge!

  6. These look so good! SO full of nutrients and energy!

    1. Totally are! hope you enjoy them :)

  7. jessica press says:

    Looks great and easy! I am on anti-cadida diet, is there something else sugar free to replace the dates and berries? Thank you!

    1. Hi Jessica,
      Wonderful! Dates are the biggest part of binding everything together, which would not be anti-candida friendly. You may use extra coconut oil as the binder, but it will not be the same in texture. Sorry about that!

  8. Christine says:

    Hi McKel,
    I just put a batch of these in the fridge subbing out cashew butter for the almond and found some sprouted walnuts to use. Wow delicious!! The best thing about raw treats is tasting the “batter” as much as you want :). Thanks for another great recipe!

    1. Hi Christine! Awesome, I’m so glad you enjoyed these- thanks for sharing and spreading the word :)

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  10. I can almost see how chewy these are haha, they look incredible! :)

  11. These look amazing! I’ve just started using hemp protein powder and am excited to give these a try. Do you have any suggestions for what kind of cocoa powder to use? I’ve been looking for a good brand to bake with! :)

    1. Excellent Carolyn, I hope you enjoy them! I use a raw cocoa powder but any unprocessed kinds will do- the higher the quality the better!

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  13. random question, I don’t have spirulina powder, but I do have a wheat grass juice powder, could that be used as a substitute?

    1. Hi Sarah, the flavor will be different, I would just skip the spirulina then!

      1. Thanks for the advice! I’m going to make them tonight!

  14. Victoria Burkhardt says:

    I want to make this! I have hemp seeds with the shell. It was the first time I bought them and didn’t realize most recipes call for shelled hemp seeds. What can I do with these ones?

  15. Gillian says:

    I made these yesterday, and they are delicious! I was a little nervous buying dried mulberries for the first time because they look like little, dried-up brains, but they’re great! Thanks for introducing me to them!

    These are now going to be my go-to protein-rich, nutrition-dense snack. I added extra cocoa and cinnamon since I love that flavour combination. Thanks, McKel!

    1. Haha dried mulberries are fantastic and oddly shaped, I agree. So glad you enjoyed this recipe though, thanks for sharing :)

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  19. Hi McKel,
    Is it possible to use a different protein powder in place of the Hemp one? I have Sun Warrier (natural flavour) and Vega Sport Vanilla.
    Many thanks

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  23. These are amazing!! I took them on a hike yesterday which they were perfect for.

  24. Hi! I’m trying to find THE BEST protein bar recipe: GF, preferably raw & vegan, super food/natural ingredients , low sugars, high protein AND lower vs. higher calories. But am wondering by your pic of the bars (I seem to count what would have been a dozen on your board, before some were removed?) that a very small 1/12th portion is 320 calories? Please clarify, could you? I REALLY like these nutritionally-packed ingredients but just know that I’d eat more than 1 bar to feel totally satisfied re: the volume. If I was going to consume the equivalent of 640 calories (i.e. iF I restrained myself to eating 2 bars), I’d feel more satisfied having something else, even a big greens salad w/ just vinegar.

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  28. Great recipe, thanks for sharing. This was my first attempt at any sort of home made protein bar and I am hooked. I couldn’t find mulberries, so I used dried cranberries. Also, I sprinkled some coconut on top of half the batch and I really liked how it tasted.

    1. I love the improvisation! Aren’t they delicious? And you can also freeze them for later :)

  29. These are delicious! I will never buy a portion bar again. I did a few changes to suit my needs, but, WOW! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Thank you so much, that’s a big compliment! xx

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  33. Desaree says:

    I made these today, except since cherries are in season, I used fresh chopped cherrys which are wet, so I eliminated the WATER. After I mixed it all it needed no water). (perhaps also because the dates I got today were super fresh and most. THey are sold in bulk at the Market where I shop. I didnt have mulberries and made the recipe without them. THESE ARE SUPER FANTASTIC!! I WOW. These are my new favorite. :-) ty. Desaree

    1. SO glad you enjoyed these Desaree! xx

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  35. Just wondering if you can recommend and alternative to the cocoa powder, not too into chocolate lately, thanks!

    1. Great question- you can totally leave the chocolate/cocoa powder out of it! x

  36. Hi McKel!
    How much extra cocoa powder would you suggest using if using regular hemp protein powder instead of the chocolate variety?

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  39. Sabrina Pang says:

    This looks great! I’m thinking of making these for snacks on the plane. One question-can I substitute hemp seed powder for flax seed powder? And are the medjool dates necessary for the recipe? I’m trying to cut down on sugar (even natural ones).

    1. McKel Hill says:

      Great questions Sabrina! The dates bind the bars together, so technically yes you need them. BUT these are a great balance of carbs, protein and fats to balance it all out. The hemp seed powder makes them richer in protein so I would try to keep those in!

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