Hemp Butter Protein Bars
Looking for a protein filled bar to give you a boost post-workout? Maybe you're just a busy gal or guy and need a good, healthy energy burst for the afternoon...Either way, these will be your new go to. They're mine!
I created these bars by accident. The first batch didn't taste the best, but I love hemp seed butter and didn't want to give up on it, so I reworked it and finally came up with exactly what I had been hoping for. The bars are soft and chewy, but the puffed kamut adds a the perfect 'krisp'. They're lightly sweet with a hint of vanilla, and packed full of protein. I have started eating them as my post-sprints recovery food and they're wonderful. Not too heavy or filling, and just the right amount of goodness to keep you healthy and nutrient-filled.
Just portable little bars with a protein punch!
Kamut, the crisps in the bars, is considered an 'ancient grain'. Up to two to three times the size of common wheat, kamut contains 20–40% more protein, is higher in lipids, amino acids, & vitamins and minerals. Kamut is loved for its rich, nutty flavor.
'A 100 g portion of uncooked kamut provides 337 calories, 15 g of protein, 70 g of carbohydrates, 2 g of fat, 9.1 g of dietary fiber and 6 mg of sodium, according to the website Nutrition Value. In addition to being an excellent food source of energizing complex carbohydrates and muscle-building protein, kamut is very high in many vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin B1 or thiamin, B2 or riboflavin, B3 or niacin, vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, copper, zinc, selenium and manganese.' (livestrong.com)
2 cups puffed kamut
1 cup coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons hemp seed butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup agave nectar
In a medium mixing bowl combine kamut puffs, coconut flour, and salt. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, mix together hemp seed butter, vanilla, and agave nectar. Fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients. The hemp seed butter mixture should be thick in texture but should easily incorporate the dry ingredients.
Once combined, press mixture into a lined loaf pan or small non-stick square baking dish. Refrigerate for an hour, then cut into eight 2-in. by 2-in. squares.
Bars can be refrigerated for up to a week in sealed plastic bags or containers.
Or eaten pretty immediately. Like I did.
I love snacks that are healthy and portable.
What's your go-to protein snack?