These Coconut Cashew Hemp Bars are loaded with healthy fats and wholesome goodness! No bake, gluten-free, and dairy-free.
Hey all! Hope you’ve all been having a great week. Even though it’s only Thursday, and it’s a short week, for some reason it feels like Friday to me… Odd.
Anyways, I’m pretty excited about these bars, guys. At first I wasn’t sure if I wanted to share them or not… the pictures didn’t come out quite the way I was hoping. Probably because I was working on three other recipes at the same time and my brain was shot. But regardless of the photog, I’m diggin’ the taste of these! And I certainly didn’t want to keep them from you. They are loaded with super goodness. Cashews… Coconut… COCONUT BUTTER… Hemp hearts… HEMP PROTEIN POWDER. Hopefully the caps are making you feel my excitement. And hopefully you’ve got your hemp protein powder from the first recipe I posted. If not, check out Vitacost for some good deals. I used Manitoba Harvest in this recipe. Why hemp protein powder and not some other blend? Because hemp is super great for you. And a super great protein option for vegans. Its not just hippy food! Although my husband thinks I am getting more and more hippy every day I’m pretty sure. All this “weird stuff” I keep feeding him. Or when I drink Kombucha and he says “I literally have no idea what that is.” One day, he’ll learn. When I start replacing yoga with all of my HIIT and strength workouts, that’s when he should be concerned 😉
I could totally be a yogi though… watch out.
Alright but back to the bars! They might not be the PRETTIEST looking snack bars you’ll ever eat, but they are super delicious. The green comes from the hemp powder, which also adds a great source of fiber. (And apparently I may or may not have been making something with chocolate when I used a knife to cut these bars hehe.) And then I threw in some coconut flour for fun… but feel free to replace that with more hemp powder if your heart so desires. The mixture might feel a little sticky when pressing it in the pan. But once you let it set in the fridge for 30 minutes, the coconut butter works its magic and they are solid. Coconut butter for the win! If you don’t have coconut butter, I’m thinking a good almond butter could possibly do the trick. I’ve made another no-bake bar using almond butter as the binder, and it seemed to work pretty well. But I just really wanted an excuse to bust out my coconut butter again 😉
- Line a loaf pan with parchment paper, or use a silicone loaf pan (no spray necessary) and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine cashews, coconut flakes, chia seeds, hemp hearts, hemp protein powder, and coconut flour. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine honey, coconut butter and vanilla extract until smooth.
If coconut butter is not soft, you can microwave the honey and coconut butter together for about 10 seconds. Make sure to use a microwave safe bowl.
- Add the coconut butter mixture to large bowl and stir until thoroughly combined.
- Press mixture into loaf pan and put in fridge for 30 minutes to set.
- Cut bars into 8 squares, store in air-tight container in fridge. Bars should keep fresh up to 2 weeks stored in fridge.
*This recipe can easily be doubled. Use an 8×8 pan if doubling.
*If you don’t have coconut flour on hand, you can replace with more hemp powder, or leave out entirely.
*You could most likely sub the coconut butter for almond butter, or another nut butter of choice. But the results in texture and firmness may be slightly different.
*These bars are higher in fat because of all the HEALTHY fats from the ingredients.
- Serving Size: 1 Bar
- Calories: 184
- Sugar: 10
- Sodium: 8mg
- Fat: 12
- Saturated Fat: 7g
- Unsaturated Fat: 4g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 16g
- Fiber: 4
- Protein: 4
- Cholesterol: 0mg
P.S. I take my NASM Certified Personal Training test Saturday morning! AHHH. Wish me luck! 😉
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