How to make hemp heart granola bars

Published May 22, 2020 01:00 p.m. ET
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Hemp hearts are a fantastic ingredient that can be super useful in the kitchen, but one of the best dishes to put them in is one that includes other nutty flavors. Whether you’re looking for some easy breakfast bars to toss together or just an easy way to use up a bag of hemp hearts you have sitting in your kitchen, this granola bar recipe fits the bill.

Why add hemp hearts to your granola bars?

Hemp hearts, like most seeds and nuts, are filled to the brim with proteins and essential fatty acids that are necessary for maintaining a healthy diet. They help to keep you feeling fuller, longer, they taste absolutely delicious, and they complement the natural tastes that you’d expect to find in any regular granola bar, only they’re good for you.

Is there a specific kind that’s needed?

Hemp hearts are sold ready to go after the seeds are hulled, so there is absolutely no waste, and that means that it doesn’t matter which kind you get. Just try to keep in mind that some versions are salted or spiced, which may slightly impact the overall flavor of your breakfast bars, but it shouldn’t be enough to make any significant changes in the long run.

Where to find hemp hearts

Hemp hearts might be relatively new to the scene, but you might be surprised at all the places that carry them these days. You can get hemp hearts from any blunk store, grocer, and most health food shops, and some will even carry them in a ground-up powder, which makes them easier to add to dishes where the texture may be impacted by the addition of seeds, like in baked goods.

Granola bar recipe

This granola bar recipe makes the ultimate breakfast bars thanks to the numerous vitamins, minerals, and proteins that are inside of each and every wholesome ingredient. They are just sweet enough to curve any cravings, give you a boost of energy to get the day started, and they’re so delicious that you might not believe how good they are for you.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Calories: 192

Servings: 12 breakfast bars

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • ½ cup chopped almonds
  • ½ cup hemp hearts
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup cubed unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Tools

  • 9-inch square pan
  • Aluminum foil
  • Cooking spray
  • Pot
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Spatula
  • Saran wrap

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

  2. Use aluminum foil to line a 9-inch square baking pan and then lightly oil it with cooking spray.

  3. Add the chopped almonds and oats to the baking pan, and then cook them in the oven for 5 minutes.

  4. Stir up the nut mixture and then place it back in the oven to bake for another
    5 minutes. Once they are finished, set them aside.

  5. Add the brown sugar, butter, honey, salt, and vanilla to a small pot and allow to melt over medium heat while occasionally stirring, for approximately 5 minutes, or until all of the lumps of butter are gone, and the sugar has completely dissolved.

  6. Pour the toasted oats and the warm butter mixture into a large bowl and combine them thoroughly.

  7. Leave the ingredients to cool for approximately 5 minutes, and then add all but 1 tablespoon of the chocolate chips to the mixture.

  8. Fold the chocolate chips in until they are evenly distributed throughout, and then dump the mixture into the lined baking pan.

  9. Use a spatula to flatten the surface of the granola bars, and to remove any possible air pockets.

  10. Once the surface is flat, use the remaining chocolate chips to decorate the top of the granola layer, and then gently press them in with the spatula, just enough that they hold into place.

  11. Put the granola bar layer in the fridge for at least 6 hours before cutting and serving.

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