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Hemp Protein Bars (Vegan)

These hemp protein bars are the perfect on-the-go snack. With no refined sugars or animal products, this hemp bars recipe is gluten free and great for the whole family. 

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All you snack lovers (like myself) can rejoice with today’s hemp seed bars, which happen to be vegan and gluten free.

And you pumpkin lovers can rejoice too. Because these hemp protein bars use a secret pumpkin ingredient.

Let’s normalize eating pumpkin year round, shall we?

For a randomly tested homemade hemp protein bars recipe (with pumpkin), I’m convinced I don’t need to buy evo hemp protein bars anymore. 

Why You’ll Love These Hemp Protein Bars

The whole family will love these hemp protein bars – they’re just so easy and tasty!

  • Great for travel – Many people struggle with healthy, protein-rich snacks when traveling. This is one of those and one of our favorite road trip snacks for kids.
  • Nutritious – These hemp seed bars have pumpkin puree, pumpkin seeds and peanut butter – healthy fats to keep you full and antioxidants, just like these sweet potato oat bars.
  • High in ProteinThree tablespoons of hemp seeds provide about 10 grams of plant protein, which is they they are one of my favorite vegetarian protein sources
  • Fiber Rich – With oats, peanut butter, hemp seeds and pumpkin seeds, these hemp seed bars pack a punch of fiber for health and keeping you full! They also have 6 grams of protein, each.
  • Not overly sweet – If you plan to serve this as a healthy homemade toddler snack, you can opt to reduce the maple syrup, and omit the chocolate chips as well.
StackedHemp Protein Bars with oats in background

How to Use Hemp Seeds in Cooking

Hemp seeds, or hemp hearts (which are shelled hemp seeds), are so versatile and easy to add to literally anything, from salads to oatmeal to bars, which is what we’re doing here.

They are a nutritious rockstar that adds in protein, fiber,

Hemp seeds can up the protein of so many recipes without relying on protein powder, like in my favorite hemp seed granola.

wooden bowl of hemp seeds with spoon

Ingredients For Hemp Seed Bars

To make these hemp seed granola bars, let’s turn to our favorite pantry staples.

Ingredients to make Hemp Seed Bars

These wholesome ingredients come together nicely to make these gluten free pumpkin granola bars. 

While the pumpkin flavor shines, these hemp seed bars can and should be made year round. Kinda like my favorite Pumpkin Seed Granola.

It’s also important to me to introduce my girls to a variety of nutritious ingredients, flavors and textures.

Which is why these healthy pumpkin granola bars are a great option for snack time (because we don’t need to make any more toddler muffins, we’ve aced those time and time again). 

hemp seed bars in baking pan with pumpkin seeds

For another fun twist on healthy granola bars, make sure to give my homemade trail mix bars a try!

How to Make Hemp Seed Protein Bars

These hemp seed protein bars start like many of my favorite quick snack recipes: mix everything together in one bowl.

Make sure to scroll down for the full recipe!

One bowl recipes are the best – You don’t even need a food processor.

And since these pumpkin seed bars are egg-free, feel free to lick the batter as you go along. 

Then, you’ll transfer the batter to your baking sheet and press down firmly. Bake for 20 minutes. 

Ingredients for homemade hemp seed bars mixed in a bowl with oats

This is a tasty, high protein bar recipe without protein powder, as we’re relying on the power of plant proteins, nuts and seeds.

While I love a chewy Quaker granola bar, it doesn’t provide much protein at all, so I wanted this hemp protein bar recipe to be different.

These bars are great for quick energy and also keep you full for a bit of time, which is ideal for that incessant breastfeeding hunger.

Gluten free pumpkin bars overhead shot in baking pan


Do hemp hearts go bad?

Since hemp seeds have healthy fats in them, they can oxidize if not stored properly. Once opened, store in the refrigerator for 9-12 months. If you store in the pantry, the shelf-life decreases exponentially since they will oxidize much quicker.

Can kids eat granola bars with hemp seeds?

Yes, hemp seeds are safe for kids and provide several essential nutrients.

What’s the texture of hemp protein bars?

These hemp hearts granola bars are a little tougher and chewier than your typical granola bar, but the pumpkin puree does make them a bit softer.

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Stacked Vegan Hemp Protein Barsth oats in background
Yield: 10

Hemp Protein Bars

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

These homemade hemp seed bars are the perfect flavorful, on-the-go vegan and gluten-free snack. With no refined sugars, these bars are perfect for before or after a workout and a great family-friendly, kid-friendly snack!



  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease 8x8 pan or line with parchment paper.
  3. 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.
  4. Transfer dough to baking pan and spread evenly over the pan. Press down firmly so it is flat.
  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until edges turn brown.
  6. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes before cutting into bars. These will harden slightly upon cooling.
  7. Top with sea salt and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 218Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 48mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 4gSugar: 11gProtein: 6g

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Now that you know how easy it is to make your own homemade protein bars, I hope these will be a staple in your simple meal prep.

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