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Hemp Protein Bars

We try to always see things from the bright side even though we all have setbacks and things troubling us every now and then. That is why we have waited to tell you this story until we could find a happy ending to it.

When Luise was pregnant with Elsa she got chronic pelvic and tailbone pain. It was a pregnancy spent on crutches and in a wheelchair. During the last months it was so bad that she had to stay in bed most parts of the day. After Elsa was born it became better but not completely good. During the end of our trip around the world the pain got a lot worse again. Since then she has been on constant rehabilitation several days a week, working with the entire body. We feel a bit bad about not mentioning this in our weekly stories, since her injury and rehabilitation actually has been a huge part of our lives these last years, but as we hate focusing on the rough stuff we deliberately kept it out.

Looking at her walking, no one would probably guess how much her body was hurting. But each walk that she has taken has been punished with hours of pain. Running has been completely out of the question, even carrying Elsa has been hard at times. She has seen several doctors, osteopaths, physiotherapist, acupuncture clinics, homoeopaths and personal trainers, and all of them have given her different advices on how to get better, with no result. Finally she found a good clinic where she has been going for six months now. She has been working so incredibly hard, both there and at home, with small improvements each month. She has been going through intense treatments and medications and has a very talented physiotherapist and personal trainer. And you know what, a few days ago Luise took her first run outside! She only ran a couple of blocks and for about 10 minutes, but it was amazing seeing her in her running outfit again. With the biggest smile on her lips. She is still not fully recovered, but we think this is definitely worth celebrating. So here are our protein packed hemp bars. Perfect after a good run and for celebrating health.

Hemp Protein Bars
Makes around 15 bars 

These bars are not only filled with protein, they are also magically delicious. They are sweet but it in a very nice and nourishing way. Have them after a workout or as a mid-day snack.

Dry ingredients
1 cup (160 g) pumpkin seeds
1 cup (100 g) dried shredded coconut
1/2 cup (80 g) hemp hearts (shelled hemp seeds)
1/2 cup (50 g) hemp protein powder (you can use hemp hearts instead)
4 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp bee pollen (optional)

Wet ingredients
20 fresh medjool dates, pitted

6 tbsp coconut oil, room temperature
4 tbsp cacao powder
1 tsp vanilla extract or 1/2 tsp ground vanilla

Add after blending
6 tbsp rolled oats

2 tbsp poppy seeds

In a food processor or blender, pulse the dry ingredients quickly. Do not over-process, you want it a little crunchy. Place the mixture in a bowl and set aside. Add all wet ingredients to the food processor or high speed blender and run until smooth. This might take some time, and if your blender isn’t strong enough you might have to help out by stirring around a few times with a fork or add a dash of water.
Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients, add oats and poppy seeds and stir until well combined. Spread the batter evenly into a 11 x 7-inch (28 x 18 cm) baking dish, make sure it becomes quite compact. Place in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Cut into bars. Wrap them in paper and store in an air-tight container. Will keep around a week in the fridge.

Tip: If you do not have a high speed blender, place your pitted dates on a plate and mash with a fork until they are sticky and smooth as caramel, it’ll take a few minutes. Then add the remaining ingredients one by one and kneed it by hand until well combined.


  1. Jennifer L.
    Posted 4 Feb ’12 at 00:19 | #

    I am surprised to read this post today. Just this morning, I was wondering how she was doing since I recalled she was off to see some specialist after your visit in Santa Cruz. I wondered if it had helped, or if she had found any relief yet. I know it can be frustrating to try everything and not find some comfort. I am so happy to hear she is running!

    Our second daughter was born a few weeks ago and I am reminded of how pregnancy, childbirth and parenting take a toll on our bodies! It’s hard work growing babies! I am sending along hugs and good thoughts for more recovery.

    • Posted 4 Feb ’12 at 19:31 | #

      Congratulations Jennifer and welcome to your little new! Hope you are all doing great! Thanks for your lovely comment, take care :-)

  2. Emily
    Posted 4 Feb ’12 at 00:54 | #

    I am so sorry to hear about your injury Luise. And yet glad that you are starting to feel better. Hurray for that! The bars look absolutely phenomenal. Wish I could reach through my screen and grab one of them right away.

    • Posted 4 Feb ’12 at 19:33 | #

      Thank you Emily! It took a long time, but I’m so happy for all the talented people who helped me ;-)

  3. Posted 4 Feb ’12 at 01:33 | #

    Mmm these look so tasty!

  4. Posted 4 Feb ’12 at 01:41 | #

    I’m so glad things are starting to get better. Going for a run is such an accomplishment and I’m sure it made both of you smile from ear to ear. I’ll be thinking about you and sending good health wishes your way! xo

  5. Posted 4 Feb ’12 at 03:33 | #

    yum, first off, i will make these. second, and more importantly, i hope you luise! I am so sorry! Chronic pain of any sort is so terrible and annoying – hoping things continue to get better. Thinking of you.

  6. Jessica
    Posted 4 Feb ’12 at 04:23 | #

    It’s lovely to hear of your recovery. I had Bilateral Sacroiliitis caused by Ankylosing Spondylitis through my second pregnancy (pelvic and leg pain), unable to sleep in a bed and several episodes on crutches. It took a long time to diagnose and work out exactly what it was, finally after seeing an excellent physio, then orthapedic surgeon and finally a rheumatologist. It was such a joy to be able to walk again without any pain! It’s amazing what you take for granted and it’s great to hear you’re doing so well.

    • Posted 4 Feb ’12 at 19:40 | #

      Oh wow, what a story Jessica! Unbelievable what you went through, pour you! I’m so glad to hear that you are okay now! I know exactly what you mean, being able to walk without pain is an amazing feeling :-)

  7. Posted 4 Feb ’12 at 05:10 | #

    I just discovered your blog a few days ago. Its inspired me to try new ingredients and just eat more whole foods in general. I’ve never tried hemp seeds before or used dates in my bars. Will have to try it soon.

    Luise, keep up the hard work! Hope to hear more great stories about your progress.

    • Posted 4 Feb ’12 at 19:42 | #

      Hi Lisa, we are so glad to be inspiring you! Let us know what you think about hemp :-)

  8. Posted 4 Feb ’12 at 05:20 | #

    I am so excited to try this recipe out. We LOVE hemp in our house and I am always looking for new ways to use it!

  9. Posted 4 Feb ’12 at 06:28 | #

    I’m so sorry to hear about the awful pain you have been in, Louise. Congratulations on the run, and here’s to many more. I wish you all the best in continuing to get better.

  10. Posted 4 Feb ’12 at 08:25 | #

    I just came across your blog recently, and I have to say it was virtual love at first sight. And read. Oh, vegetarian love! You two, well three, are a team after my own heart. My new blog is a work in process, but it’s sites like yours that inspire and encourage me to practice, learn and share love.
    A quick question (my apologies if I can find this answer somewhere on your blog): what camera do you (or David) generally shoot with throughout Green Kitchen Stories?
    Also, I hope your recovery picks up, and know that running has been one of the most therapeutic experiences in my life!

    • Posted 4 Feb ’12 at 23:28 | #

      Hi Bette Jane, thank you for your comment.
      I use a Canon EOS 5D with a 50 mm f1,4 lens or a 100 mm f2,8 lens (depending on the motive).
      Good luck with your blog and your photography.

  11. Posted 4 Feb ’12 at 09:01 | #

    I’m thrilled to hear there is reason to celebrate. Luise, you are an inspiration. I have no doubt you have struggled through many tough days to reach this point where you can revel in the joy of movement.

    I hope there are many, many great miles to come.

  12. Posted 4 Feb ’12 at 09:15 | #

    I’m so sorry to hear Luise has been in so much pain since having Elsa. Pregnancy does crazy things to a womans body! I know you’ve tried everything already (and that’s awesome she’s getting good results now) but I too suffered from major pelvic pain after the birth of my first child. A (UK trained) French osteopath fixed it in two sessions, even when my doctor said she though I needed surgery! All the best, these hemp bars look amazing!

    • Posted 4 Feb ’12 at 15:31 | #

      I’m so glad you are all well now Emma! I had really good results with an osteopath in San Diego as well.
      Happy healing thoughts

  13. mona
    Posted 4 Feb ’12 at 09:18 | #

    <3 Keep on running <3
    Very nice recipe. Looks so full of energy!
    And just what we need right now in the freezing cold Scandinavia.
    I'm thinking of using raw liqourice powder insteed of cacao. What do yuo think?
    Love, Mona

    • Posted 4 Feb ’12 at 15:14 | #

      Mona <3 Thank you!

      Sounds like a great idea, 1 tbsp licorice powder will do it ;-)

  14. Monica
    Posted 4 Feb ’12 at 09:20 | #

    Glad you are feeling better Luise. I understand, too, how are bodies change so much during and after pregnancy. I hope you continue to feel better and become pain-free by summer so you can really enjoy the beautiful summer runs. I will be getting back on that ‘train’ as well :-)

  15. Posted 4 Feb ’12 at 10:39 | #

    It needs celebration, definitely! This is a really moving story which made me write my first comment here although I come nearly every day. T’m gonna make these bars for the one I love, a very sporty man, since Valentine’s day is approaching: what better wish to make than hoping the one we love is always happy and healthy?
    Can’t wait for your next post… You two have a wonderful weekend.

    • Posted 4 Feb ’12 at 15:12 | #

      Sweet Faery! Thank you for posting your first comment and your kind words :-)

      Happy Valentines day and hope your loved one likes the bars <3

  16. Sini
    Posted 4 Feb ’12 at 11:42 | #

    Sorry to hear you’ve had such a hard time but happy to hear it’s finally getting better! I look up to people who always try to see the glass half full, not half empty.

    Thank you for the recipe. Have to give it a go!

  17. Sophie from Sydney
    Posted 4 Feb ’12 at 11:51 | #

    Wow, wow, wow… I just made these and they taste so yummy (I couldn’t stop eating the mixture) !! I was looking for an energising snack that I could take to work to stop me from getting sleepy and unproductive in the afternoons. These beautiful bars will do the trick! I added a few extra superfoods like goji berries, spirilina and mesquite, as well as some cocao nibs. Oh and I also added some ginsing :-) I live on the other side of the world but feel strangely connected to you three through the stories you share and the food you prepare. Keep spreading the green love .. S xx

    • Posted 4 Feb ’12 at 15:09 | #

      Wow Sophie, have you already made them? That was quick!
      Thank you for your sweet comment.
      We’re glad that you liked the bars and it sounds like a great twist to add ginsing :-) Maybe we’ll meet in Sydney one day …

  18. Elizabeth
    Posted 4 Feb ’12 at 14:04 | #

    I hope Luise continues to recover and improve! :) Yum, can’t wait to make these!

  19. Posted 4 Feb ’12 at 14:10 | #

    Luise, you’re amazing for doing so much traveling, cooking, and inspiring (i am certainly inspired) despite your pain! Congratulations on the run!

    Even though the weather is anything but warm, I am now inspired to lace up my sneakers and face it for a run. I’ll certainly make some of these protein bars so I have a good snack waiting for me at home. I just bought snacks. Thank goodness for well stocked (green) kitchen cupboards.

    All the best with the rest of your recovery!

    • Posted 4 Feb ’12 at 15:06 | #

      Thank you Sasha! Hope you had a nice run in the cold and the bars turned out delicious :-)

  20. Vincent
    Posted 4 Feb ’12 at 14:53 | #

    I mostly just lurk and don’t really posts comments, but I’ve made a few of your recipes, enjoy reading new posts and viewing the gorgeous pictures of delicious food, and even your lifestyle has been an inspiration. Therefore I’m sorry to hear she has been through all this trouble, and am delighted to hear that it is getting better. Good luck with the rest of the recovery!

  21. Posted 4 Feb ’12 at 15:45 | #

    These look INCREDIBLE. I mean, seriously. I want like 400 bars in my face right now.

  22. Posted 4 Feb ’12 at 16:47 | #

    Wow, congratulations on running again! Sounds like such a happy and bright spot for you guys. This was inspiring and just lovely to read. Wishing you so much joy for the miles ahead.

    And the bars sound delicious. Something to look forward to at the end of a workout for sure :)

  23. Posted 4 Feb ’12 at 21:25 | #

    Yum, and congrats on such incredible progress :) Truly inspiring.
    We’ve just started being able to buy hemp products for consumption in Australia, and I do believe I’ve just found my first recipe idea to try :D Thankyou.

  24. Posted 4 Feb ’12 at 23:07 | #

    Hi, I’ve been a reader for a while, but have never commented. I feel compelled to reach out and offer my sincere condolences and hope that you’ll begin to feel better. Life is hard, and its hard to share those negative parts in the online world. I hope your treatments begin to help and you see some progress. Thanks for your constantly inspiring healthy recipes. I especially loved your post on raising children to eat well.

  25. Posted 5 Feb ’12 at 19:32 | #

    So glad Luise is on the mend and running again, a real inspiration! These bars sound incredible and I just might be able to convince my toddler to eat these hemp bars if I throw in some extra chocolate incentive by way of cacao nibs (he’s a picky one).

  26. Posted 6 Feb ’12 at 03:34 | #

    Yum! Part of my New Year’s resolution was to give up buying snack bars. This will make a very nice replacement!

  27. I var i mine drømme
    Posted 6 Feb ’12 at 14:21 | #

    I was so surprised when I read this post the other day. Not that you could ever get to know ‘strangers’ by following a blog, but after keeping tuned the last two years, you kind of get a feeling that you do! I just wanna send you all some good vibes and wish you all the best in the future. And normally I do not write comments, but you sneaked into my dreams this night, which took me by surprise, so I felt it as a sign to send out some love and positive energy :) Thank you for always being an inspiration!

  28. Posted 6 Feb ’12 at 17:54 | #

    It sounds like Luise suffered from symphysis pubis dysfunction, no? I too suffered with this in both my pregnancies (and for some time after the first) until I cut wheat and cane sugar out of my diet (while pregnant). The dietary changes completely relieved my symptoms. I should point out that my symptoms were not so severe as to require the use of a wheelchair. So glad she is back running. Best wishes to you all!

  29. Debbie Lewis
    Posted 7 Feb ’12 at 17:47 | #

    Hi – I just made a batch of these and they have come out very different to yours! They are very pale in colour – not dark at all – and they haven’t set. I looks like there’s way too much dry ingredients to wet… I used the ml weights instead of cups as I’m in the UK…

    • Posted 7 Feb ’12 at 18:55 | #

      Hi Debbie.
      What a shame! The color depends on the cacao powder you use and the stickiness depends on the quality of the dates, we always use fresh medjool dates. They are soft, sticky, big and juicy dates. Could that be the problem? Let me know.

  30. Debbie Lewis
    Posted 7 Feb ’12 at 19:34 | #

    Hi Luise, yes I think it must be the dates as the raw cacao powder I have is very dark, there just was not enough liquid. In the UK it’s very hard to find fresh dates… they are quite small and virtually always dried here. I doubled the quantity of dates and oil and that fixed it. Thanks for your quick reply,
    And yes… they are delicious!

  31. Judith
    Posted 7 Feb ’12 at 19:49 | #

    I was very touched by your “confession”. I almost cryed. strange, huh? maybe it’s because I also love to run and work out and everything and imagining that every movement would hurt, was just too horrible. I am sooo happy for you Luise, that you can run again and I whish you all the best!!! :-)
    ma°nga kära hälsningar!

  32. Shannon
    Posted 8 Feb ’12 at 20:10 | #

    I made these bars this week too and had a similar problem as Debbie – my bars were dark but VERY crumbly. I used dried medjool dates because fresh dates are also hard to find in Northern Canada (I don’t think I have ever seen them in stores here). Next time I will try soaking them and adding more dates along with the soaking water. This is also the first time I have used hemp hearts and they are delicious! I will be using them much more often now. Thank you for the fantastic recipe.

    • Posted 8 Feb ’12 at 20:32 | #

      Hi Shannon, yes unfortunately they will turn too crumbly if you use dry dates. Soaking them should definitely help but if you find fresh dates you will see how big difference it will make. Ours are not crumbly at all. Maybe you will have better luck finding fresh dates in health stores than in normal food stores? Glad you liked them anyway and good luck next time!

  33. Julia
    Posted 8 Feb ’12 at 20:13 | #

    Hi! Ive been thinking of getting a vitamix myself so I was wondering which vitamin model did you guys buy and from where did you buy it? And how much did it cost?

    Ps: love, love ur blog! So beautiful Pictures and wonderful recipes!

    • Posted 8 Feb ’12 at 20:23 | #

      Hi Julia, we bought the Vitamix TNC 5200 and ordered it from the Swedish webshop Bagaren & Kocken. It costed 5 995 kr. We have never paid that much for a kitchen tool before, but it truly is a great machine.

  34. Suzan
    Posted 9 Feb ’12 at 10:55 | #

    Thank you for sharing your story Louise. As others, I’m inspired to write my first comment after reading about your struggle to recover from your pregnancy. When expecting my second child I was also crippled by joint and pelvic pain. Months of immobility left me weak and it took a long time (although not as long as you) before I could take a walk, go to the gym or play with my children. My little boy is 19 months now, and after over a year of physiotherapy and hard work I feel stronger than ever and I am blessed with pain free days from time to time. While struggling to regain mobility and good health I began thinking about my diet. The past few months I have made some serious changes (mainly cutting out sugar, wheat and processed foods) and your blog is a daily inspiration for me. Thank you.

  35. Emily
    Posted 11 Feb ’12 at 13:34 | #

    Hemp is really hard to find here in Aus, could you suggest any alternatives?

    I am pleased you are progressing well, Luise :)

  36. Posted 11 Feb ’12 at 13:35 | #

    I will SO try to make these very soon. They look very delicious and sound like such a great protein source with the hemp.
    So truly inspiring to hear your story, Luise. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  37. Ketmala
    Posted 11 Feb ’12 at 22:08 | #

    I just made these bars in no time, I soaked the dried dates & replaced the hemp hearts with raw sunflower seeds since I did not have them on hands and they turned out DELICIOUS! My husband, son & daughter loved them too for our midday snack on a snowy day here.

    Thank you for sharing your amazing talent and recipes. May you continue to be healthy and happy with your beautiful family!

  38. pat
    Posted 12 Feb ’12 at 01:41 | #

    These bars are divine! Love them! The first batch is already gone and I must restock for the seconds. I’m so happy to find a tasty recipe using hemp hearts and chia. A fabulous, satisfying snack.

    • Posted 12 Feb ’12 at 22:42 | #

      Thank you Pat, we are so glad that you like them. We have also worked our way through quite a few batches these last weeks.

  39. Posted 13 Feb ’12 at 03:36 | #

    So happy to hear that she is feeling better! Those back injuries can be brutal. I fell off a horse and broke my tailbone right after I had my daughter. Not including labor, it was the most painful experience I have ever had. I still have trouble sitting on hard plastic chairs for too long. I hope she continues to recover!
    These bars look great. I’ve never made anything like them so if I can find all the ingredients I will give them a shot.

  40. Cara
    Posted 13 Feb ’12 at 15:07 | #

    I made these bars this weekend and they are fabulous. Thanks for the recipe!

  41. Posted 13 Feb ’12 at 18:42 | #

    I just made these bars this morning and they are FABULOUS. My first try at raw bars ever, and I am definitely going to make these again. Thank you so much! I feel energized!

  42. Jenna
    Posted 14 Feb ’12 at 15:10 | #

    First of, thank you for a wonderful food blog :)
    I have a question: what is hemp hearts ?
    Can I use shelled hemp seeds?


    • Posted 16 Feb ’12 at 17:35 | #

      Hi Jenna!
      Hemp hearts are shelled hemp seeds. They are light green/white in color.
      Happy Hemp Making

  43. Dora
    Posted 15 Feb ’12 at 12:21 | #

    Hi guys! your bars look just amazingly beautifull. I did this recipe yeasterday and my bars stayed loose. I’m eating one right now, good in flavour but didn’t get compact. I can’t grab them, have to eat it more or less like muesli. Blegh! I wonder why??? maybe i’ll found out next time.

    • Posted 16 Feb ’12 at 17:28 | #

      Hi Dora! Try to run the mixture in the food processor a little longer next and make sure to use fresh soft dates. You can also add a little water.
      Good luck :-)

  44. Posted 20 Feb ’12 at 08:04 | #

    I eventually made my own version but posted a link to your recipe:
    Thanks for inspiring me!

  45. Isabella
    Posted 27 Feb ’12 at 14:16 | #

    Fantastisk ide – tusen takk for oppskriften :) Barene falt i smak hos både store og små i min familie! Og, endelig bruk for hamp proteinpulver som til vanlig smaker som sement :) (jeg hadde ikke nok gresskarfrø hjemme og brukte litt sesamfrø og litt hasselnøtter – funket perfekt)

  46. Posted 28 Feb ’12 at 17:37 | #

    Oh my goodness … these look so sinfully delicious! Being vegetarian I always get excited when I stumbled upon blogs with beautiful recipes geared towards me! I cannot wait to try these … wow, that’s it. Wow.

  47. Ashli
    Posted 28 Feb ’12 at 17:41 | #

    These are amazing!I use dried dates since the fresh Madjool ones in my area were prohibitively expensive but I just cut the dry ones in half and soaked them overnight. There were some date chunks left in the final mix but I like the texture anyway.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  48. Blake
    Posted 1 Mar ’12 at 17:35 | #

    Was dying to make them since I first saw them, however I live in Japan and hemp products are not allowed to be imported (yes, there is a place more backwards than the US)> Now that I am in the US rounded up all the ingredients and made these. They were incredible! Everyone I gave them to was amazed and loved them. IF you haven’t tried them, do go to the effort (which isn’t much once you get the ingredients) and try them.

  49. Faye
    Posted 4 Mar ’12 at 12:43 | #

    I have made these on a Sunday for 2 weeks now so I have one for every lunch time at work, and they seriously keep me going. Great bars guys!

  50. Lisen
    Posted 18 Mar ’12 at 15:04 | #

    Hi, thanks for wonderful recipes and stories! Just wondering, I don’t like the flavour of dates, which always seem to be integral to raw food bar recipes. Can you think of a possible substitute? Thanks nevertheless and sincere best wishes for your recovery. /Lisen

  51. Laura
    Posted 3 Apr ’12 at 03:03 | #

    Do you think these would freeze well?
    I’m so excited to try these all of these recipes, they all look scrumptious!

  52. Matthew
    Posted 8 Apr ’12 at 08:14 | #

    Any idea of the macros on these?

  53. k
    Posted 13 Apr ’12 at 19:33 | #

    i made these last night and am enjoying one as a snack right now. thanks for the great recipe – they are so tasty!

  54. Posted 16 May ’12 at 13:54 | #

    This kind of dietary bars are very healthy and nutritious but it is helpful for prevention of any disease It is really very good to know that this is good source of medicine which containing protein and helpful for cure of diseases.

  55. Posted 24 May ’12 at 15:30 | #

    your recipe of Hemp Protein bar is quite simple and everyone can made at ours home….Thanks for sharing and after see your post, I attracted to aware of more recipe….

  56. Posted 19 Jun ’12 at 14:37 | #

    These hemp protein bars look amazing! I am a HUGE fan of hemp, being gluten and dairy free while also avoiding several nuts (including almonds) hemp has become my best friend for protein! I recently had to cut coconut out of my diet as well… what would you suggest replacing the coconut flakes with for this recipe to still work?


  57. Posted 12 Jul ’12 at 19:06 | #

    HI Louise
    I’m glad you are getting better. Have you considered trying Bikram Yoga? I’ve been doing it for 4 months and I feel like a different (much better) persons, with a new body. Many people with injuries that take these classes see an amazing improvement in their getting better . Please try it.
    I am also struggling to find the fresh dates…Even in London! I bought all the other ingredients and they are just sitting there waiting for the dates!

    • Posted 12 Jul ’12 at 20:53 | #

      Hi Ines!
      Thanks for your comment!

      If you can’t find fresh dates, use dried and soak them in water until soft.

      Yes, I have tried Bikram yoga, not good for me at all, but thanks for your concern :-)

      All the best

    • Anne
      Posted 27 Jan ’16 at 12:05 | #

      Try http://www.planetorganic.com it’s London-based but they also deliver

  58. Posted 11 Aug ’12 at 12:59 | #

    delicious, delicious bars! i made them a few days ago and they are SO yummy, and really seem full of energy. thank you, thank you for the recipe! i am just happy to follow your blog for some time already.
    i hope you are all ok, and Luise has no health misfortunes anymore.
    kindest rgds, Marina

  59. Sam
    Posted 27 Sep ’12 at 17:43 | #

    Hi there :) do these bars need to be refrigerated?? Thank you

  60. Trinity
    Posted 20 Nov ’12 at 01:47 | #

    I just made these bars and they are gorgeous! thanks so much for sharing your good health vibes and recipes :) I will be tuning in for more.

    I didn’t have a few ingredients so substituted hemp with alkalising greens, coconut oil with flaxseed, and i added goji berries instead of poppy seeds :) i also added a bit of cinnamon and cacao nibs as i didn’t have cacao powder. i def needed to add extra water to the dates.They are green and gorgeous!
    Health and light

  61. Betti Immel
    Posted 22 Jan ’13 at 21:03 | #

    These bars look great! I’m so excited to make them. Would I be able to substitute cotton seed oil for the coconut oil?

  62. Fiona
    Posted 11 Feb ’13 at 12:13 | #

    Hi guys, looove your recipes and blog, i’ve just discovered it. You’ve helped me change the way i think about food, your recipes are inspiring. Now, these hemp bars look so good, but i can’t buy hemp here in Australia, or it’s extremely hard to get. Can u recommnd a good substitute?


  63. raczyk
    Posted 4 Mar ’13 at 00:05 | #

    Great recipe, thank you. I’ve just tried it. But I’m not sure I’ve used enough dates. When you say 20 pitted dates, how much does that weigh, or how much is that by volume? I’ve weighed one of the dates I’ve used and it weights 6 grams. By volume, while they are still whole, it may have been a cup at most. Thanks.

  64. sophie
    Posted 28 Mar ’13 at 20:18 | #

    These look really yummy, can’t wait to make them. p.s. can i use virgin coconut oil instead of just coconut oil? it’s the only one i can get hold of

  65. janice
    Posted 11 Apr ’13 at 07:29 | #

    Hi there im interested in making these hemp protein bars myseld but have one quick question. do you use.only hemp hearts OR hemp powder? It said beside hemp powder you could use hemp hearts instead but said nothing beside hemp hearts if i could just use hemp powder. Just wanted to try to make them perfect the first time!! :) Thanks!!

  66. Kristen
    Posted 23 Apr ’13 at 01:00 | #

    I’m just curious as to what the nutritional value of each bar is

  67. Kristen
    Posted 23 Apr ’13 at 01:01 | #

    Also, can you freeze these and save for a while?

  68. Posted 13 Jun ’13 at 21:53 | #

    aloha and hello- I just recently made these protein bars (after seeing them here and in your book) and I just wanted to say how happy I was with the results. I have shared the recipe with my cooking class students and on my websites, hopefully introducing GKS to more people.
    loves, andrea from Vibrant Wellness Journal

  69. Posted 29 Jun ’13 at 19:23 | #

    I have been looking for more ways to incorporate more protein in my diet, since I am vegetarian and I work out a few times a week. Loving veggies and fruit is good (and I really really do), but you need to get those proteins too. I made these ( a slightly different version) this morning and I love them, they are delicious!! I will definitely keep making them as a snack. Thank you Luise and David.. Hope you’re feeling great!


  70. Posted 6 Jul ’13 at 20:28 | #

    Hi David and Luise, I made your bars today and am ready to take them on the trail. They turned out very well, turned into sturdy bars with no crumbling, and taste excellent! I had one question on the recipe, why do you add the oats and poppy seeds at the end, when all the other dry ingredients are added earlier on? Maybe you just wanted a few ingredients to be whole? On another note, it’s been a long while since you posted it, but I hope Luise’s health has continued to improve. As a former midwife, I truly appreciate what hard work pregnancy, birth, and postpartum are. Here in the US our society doesn’t give much credit to how much work it is, especially the postpartum piece of it.

  71. Posted 29 Aug ’13 at 02:47 | #

    Thanks for sharing this recipe, these look delicious! Just a heads up – you have cacao powder listed under wet ingredients.


  72. Carly
    Posted 9 Sep ’13 at 11:40 | #

    hi Louise,
    congratulations on your recovery!
    i am wondering if quinoa flakes would be a good replacement for oats as a GF option?
    Many thanks for sharing your recipes with us :)

    • Posted 9 Sep ’13 at 20:26 | #

      Hi Carly! Thank u :-)
      Absolutely, quinoa flakes will work great.

  73. Larisa
    Posted 15 Sep ’13 at 23:22 | #

    Love this recipe! I did it and its so delish! I had to omit all the nuts and seeds though so I just used 1/2 cup hemp powder and 1 cup coconut flakes with 1 tbsp of raw honey. I modified the wet ingredients too, I used only 5 medjool dates, 1 tbsp of raw cacao, 6 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tsp vanilla extract and added cinnamon. Soooo good! I could eat them before freezing. Thanks!!

  74. dv
    Posted 13 Nov ’13 at 17:01 | #

    This may be an odd question, but can these bars be frozen for later use?
    I don’t see myself eating 15 bars a week but I would like to make them all to save time

    Love this site and recipes here.



  75. Kris
    Posted 15 Nov ’13 at 17:38 | #


    I’ve just discovered your blog. It’s truly beautiful & incredibly inspirational. I just added your recipe book to my Christmas list as well.

    Just wondering what are some other grain & gluten free alternatives to the oat flakes? I saw quinoa flakes mentioned, but I’m hoping you might be able to suggest any more.

    Big love,

  76. Sarah
    Posted 4 Dec ’13 at 20:10 | #

    Hey there!
    First off, all the best to you, Luise!
    Second: I just made these and I really need to ask you where you get those inspirations from?? I’ve always been a huge fan of raw protein bars but this tops everything!!! I was even not sure if they would make it into the fridge haha :) Thanks so much for this/another inspiring and delicious recipe!

  77. nina
    Posted 22 Jan ’14 at 11:49 | #

    Just made these bars with your book and i can confirm they are delicious! I eat them as snack or dessert and it is so good!

  78. Posted 29 Jan ’14 at 22:08 | #

    Thats really a testimonial blog. I’m so excited that this hemp protein bars so good for health and they are delicious too. Here is another one which I came across: http://papasteves.com/ which is Papa Steve’s protein bars, an healthy alternative to a protein bar that is made of non gmo ingredients, its gluten free, tastes great and its perishable.

  79. Megan
    Posted 11 Mar ’14 at 22:19 | #

    I have your cook book and read your blog, love it all!
    I really like the idea of these bars and want to make them but I really do not like coconut. Is there something you would suggest to replace the shredded coconut with?

  80. Sha
    Posted 17 Apr ’14 at 17:06 | #

    I LOVE your hemp protein bars and make them ALL the time. Any idea how many calories are in each bar?


  81. Olivia Berggren
    Posted 20 Apr ’14 at 13:41 | #

    Hey, thanks for a great recipe. This might sound crazy, but I added 1 1/2 tbsp dried lavender to the dry mixture, and guess what, its went out really well! I also added lemon zest and the combi from the citrus and the little flowery taste from the lavender is just great, -try it!

  82. caroline
    Posted 4 Jul ’14 at 18:47 | #

    I tried these – and love them! I was wondering if you think that the cacao could be swapped for acai-powder instead? So I get some variety :) Cheers!

  83. Tisa
    Posted 14 Jul ’14 at 20:50 | #

    Loved these and will make them again. I am interested in knowing if you have broken down the protein and calorie amount per bar?

  84. Posted 20 Jul ’14 at 14:35 | #

    Jeez, thanks very much for posting this! It is gonna help when I buy Hemp Seed at the store! Fab!

  85. Posted 16 Sep ’14 at 15:50 | #

    Those bars are absolutely fab! We tried them and now it’s the fourth time we’re making it in something like less than 10 days :-) the taste is so good, with the coconut and the cocoa and the fact that they’re not that sweet. We fell totally in love with them so we wanted to thank you and told you we wrote this recipe on our blog :-)

  86. Posted 18 Sep ’14 at 12:50 | #

    Hi there,
    What can you add instead of oats? I am gluten intolerant and I can’t even have gluten free oats, it still doesn’t agree with me.


    • Posted 18 Sep ’14 at 20:31 | #

      Hi, You can use any kinds of rolled flakes like rolled buckwheat flakes or rolled quinoa flakes.

  87. J Bolck
    Posted 3 Oct ’14 at 14:44 | #

    Decided to make these bars after checking your book. Great for my Son!
    But.. Doing something wrong..?
    It is not sticking together as paste , more crumbly like rough sand..
    Blend it longer? Ad something?
    PLEASE help! Thx ;)

    • Posted 3 Oct ’14 at 22:22 | #

      Hi, perhaps you are using the wrong dates. They should be very soft and sticky when you remove the stones. If they are too dry, you can soak them in water for a few hours before mixing them. You can also add a splash of water and a little extra coconut oil if it still feels too dry.
      Good luck!

  88. Amy
    Posted 13 Oct ’14 at 08:04 | #

    This was amazing. Added sesame seeds and dried cranberries into the mix plus extra protein and coca powder :) such a good recipe..everyone should give it go

  89. Renee
    Posted 2 Nov ’14 at 09:52 | #

    I just made these bars and the taste is really good, but they are to sticky and soft to make a bar. It’s just a plate of tasty date cream… what did I do wrong and how to fix it? Thanks so much! Also your book and blog made cooking so much more fun, thanks a lot!

  90. Kirsten
    Posted 15 Jan ’15 at 16:55 | #

    These were magically delicious! I made them last night… so chocolaty and amazing. MMMMM thank you guys for the recipe!

  91. Sine
    Posted 2 Feb ’15 at 22:11 | #

    Just made these! Yum! You make healthy so much fun!! Tusind tak!! X

  92. Posted 17 Feb ’15 at 09:35 | #

    I made the bars last night. They are OK but a far cry from “magically delicious”. Part of that may be down to aesthetics – they look like dirt (perhaps I took the “do not over-process” instruction too far). I also think it’s a little misleading to call them protein bars… I got 16 bars from the batch, each of which has about 170 calories and 7g protein (so about 16% protein). I’m after something with a bit more of a protein punch, preferably raw, ideally with hemp. This recipe was a good starting point, though, and I appreciate the learning experience. :)

  93. Emily
    Posted 13 Jun ’15 at 19:47 | #

    Does anybody happen to know if these would be OK to eat while nursing a newborn? I want to make them for my friend but not sure if hemp is nursing friendly!

  94. Posted 21 Nov ’15 at 21:19 | #

    El pan de queso es entre los platos más deliciosos
    de Brasil, cuyo ingrediente primordial es la harina de
    yuca, mandioca, a la cual llaman polvilho doce y cuya
    elaboración es muy fácil.

  95. Posted 5 May ’16 at 05:32 | #

    This is probably the way to prove that vegetarian cuisine is delicious. And it sure is a lot healthier.

  96. Posted 31 May ’16 at 07:14 | #

    Thanks for sharing this healthy and wonderful receipe….

  97. Fiona
    Posted 13 Jan ’17 at 03:26 | #

    One date contains 16 grams of sugar. There are 20 dates in this recipe which would be 320 grams of sugar. That is equivalent to 80 teaspoons or over a cup and a half of pure sugar. That is a lot of sugar for a healthy recipe. The other ingredients sound great but is there a lower sugar alternative?

    • Marivi
      Posted 19 Aug ’17 at 20:36 | #

      Yes, that’s a whole lot of sugar. But is sugar in dates equivalent in toxicity to processed cane sugar? If this recipe makes 15 bars, and there are 20 dates, then each bar has just over 1 date. That doesn’t seem excessive to me. My 4 yr son can easily snack on 2-3 dates at a time. I’ve made a version of these energy bars and they don’t taste overly sweet, like a typical grocery store granola bar does.

  98. Shib
    Posted 6 May ’17 at 09:25 | #

    i don’t have access to hemp hearts. Can i use only hemp protein powder?

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