Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Hemp Crunch Bars

Hemp might just be my favorite food on the planet. I am repeatedly amazed by its flavor and nutritional profile, and I truly cannot get enough of it. As a growing teenager and an avid runner, the high-calorie, nutrient-dense qualities of this bar, as well as it’s simplicity to make, are why this is probably my favorite raw recipe that I have created. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I have, especially since it’s my first electricity-free recipe!

4½ tablespoons hemp seed butter
¼ cup millet pops, (they're made with the same process as buckwheaties)
3 tablespoons unhulled (much higher calcium content) sesame seeds, coarsely ground
1 tablespoon raw, local, humanely harvested honey, (I like wildflower or sourwood honey for this recipe)
4 teaspoons ,or so, agave nectar
5 small dates, I LOVE Barhi dates
½ packet green foods powder, I use either Vega or Amazing Grass Green Superfood
3 tablespoons hemp protein powder
3 tablespoons sun-dried goji berries
¼ cup chopped walnuts, soaked 6 hours, drained, and dehydrated for 6 hours
any other pinches and dashes of supplements, I added some dolomite calcium powder and some peruvian maca root
¼ teaspoon ground mace or nutmeg

With a fork, mash the dates, honey, and agave into a rich, thick paste in a large mixing bowl.

Add remaining ingredients, saving the dehydrated walnuts and gojis for last. Stir really well with each ingredient being added.
Spread onto perforated sheet of some sort (I just used my dehyrator tray) into four equal bars or eight equal squares and leave on the counter, covered, for 3-4 hours to dry. It could also be done in the sun if you live in SoCal (unlike me… argg…). Eat any time you need a boost of energy.

These are perfect for runners, as the millet and dates provide high-quality carbs while the protein and fiber content stabilize glycogen levels.

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