These homemade vegan hemp protein bars are the perfect on-the-go snack. With no refined sugars, this hemp bars recipe is gluten free and great for the whole family.
Original Recipe from October, 2016. Photos and text updated in March, 2019.
Gooood morning! All you snack lovers (like myself) can rejoice with today’s hemp protein bars, that happen to be vegan and gluten free.
And you pumpkin lovers can rejoice too. Because these vegan hemp seed bars are actually vegan pumpkin bars. And they’re so delicious!
I can’t stop eating them. For homemade hemp protein bars with pumpkin, they taste a lot like pumpkin granola bars.
What Do You Need For Vegan Pumpkin Bars?
To make these gluten free dairy free pumpkin pie granola bars, you need a few pantry ingredients.
A reminder to make sure your oats are certified gluten free, if you need them to be.
- Hemp Seeds (I love these)
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Nut Butter
- Pumpkin Puree
- Maple Syrup (my favorite grade A syrup)
- Spices – I used cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice and sea salt
- Chocolate Chips (Enjoy Life are vegan)
These wholesome ingredients come together nicely to make these gluten free pumpkin bars.
I grew up with basically no cares about food or nutrition. As a very active child, I never worried much about what I was putting into my body (until college).
I kid you not, I used to eat a slice of ice cream cake EVERY DAY after school in high school. My mom knew how much I loved it and it would just always be there in the freezer.
I think this plays a role in my relationship with food today because I have no thoughts about food restriction. Nothing was ever off limits so I never had fears around food.
And, to this day, I still have very fond memories of ice cream cake.
But, it’s so nice when a homemade gluten free pumpkin bar recipe tastes delicious with wholesome ingredients, too.
How To Make Vegan Hemp Protein Bars
To make these vegan hemp protein bars, mix everything together in one bowl. These are the best and easiest recipes, aren’t they? You don’t even need a food processor.
And since these hemp seed bars are egg-free, feel free to lick the batter as you go along. I know I sure did.
Then, you’ll transfer the batter to your baking sheet and press down firmly. And, 20 minutes later, you’ll have your hemp protein bars ready to eat.
The protein in this vegan pumpkin bars recipe comes from the oats, pumpkin seeds and hemp seeds. Three tablespoons of hemp seeds provides about 10 grams of plant protein (one of my favorite vegetarian protein sources).
Maple syrup provides natural sweetness, but these bars aren’t overly sweet. If you like your vegan gluten free pumpkin bars sweeter, you can add more maple syrup, or substitute with coconut sugar or brown sugar.
While I love a chewy Quaker granola bar, it doesn’t provide much protein at all. It’s great for carbohydrates and quick energy, but not so great for keeping me satiated (like when I have constant nursing hunger).
A High Protein Hemp Bars Recipe
What I love about these vegan hemp bars is that each hemp protein bar offers nearly 7 grams of protein. These hemp hearts granola bars are a little tougher and chewier than your typical pumpkin bar.
You could even add chia seeds or flax seeds if you wanted to up the protein content even more. Hemp chia bars sound delicious!
I hope you enjoy these vegan pumpkin bars as much as we did. I will warn you that the smell of the dough itself is breathtakingly awesome. And then, prepare for the smell of baked pumpkin to dominate your kitchen.
These gluten free pumpkin bars can and should be made year round, though, like my favorite Triple Pumpkin Peanut Butter Granola.
I love adding a sprinkle of sea salt over these hempseed granola bars while they are cooling. The sea salt is a game changer, in my opinion.
- 2 cups rolled oats
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/8 tsp tsp sea salt plus some for topping
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ cup almond butter or peanut butter
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup + 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life to keep them vegan)
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Grease 8x8 pan or line with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, seeds, salt, spices, almond butter, pumpkin, maple syrup, and vanilla. Mix until fully combined. Fold in chocolate chips last.
- Transfer dough to baking pan and spread evenly over the pan. Press down firmly so it is flat.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until edges turn brown.
- Let cool in pan for 15 minutes before cutting into bars. These will harden slightly upon cooling.
- Top with sea salt and enjoy!
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Enjoy Life Semi-sweet Chocolate Mini Chips, 10 Ounce, Pack of 2
Nutiva Organic, Raw, Shelled Hempseed from non-GMO, Sustainably Farmed Canadian Hemp, 19-ounce
Terrasoul Superfoods Organic Pumpkin Seeds, 2 Lbs - Premium Quality | Fresh | Raw | Unsalted
Coombs Family Farms Maple Syrup, Organic, Grade A, Dark Color, Robust Taste, 32-Ounce Jug
Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 218Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 48mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 4gSugar: 11gProtein: 6g
Now that you know how easy it is to make your own homemade protein bars, I hope these will be a staple in your future meal prep.
More Vegan Snack Recipes
- Peanut Butter Banana Brownies
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites (substitute maple syrup for the honey to keep them vegan)
- Nut Free Protein Bars
- Vegan Pumpkin Blondies
- Chocolate Coconut Cream Pudding
What was your favorite granola bar growing up?