Original Recipe from October, 2016. Photos and text updated in March, 2021.
Gooood morning! All you snack lovers (like myself) can rejoice with today’s vegan hemp bars, that happen to be vegan and gluten free.
And you pumpkin lovers can rejoice too. Because these vegan hemp seed bars use a secret pumpkin ingredient. Let’s normalize eating pumpkin year round, shall we?
Ingredients For Vegan Hemp Protein Bars
- Hemp Seeds
- Oats (*make sure to use certified gluten free if you need to)
- 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. These vegan pumpkin bars can and should be made year round, though, like my favorite Pumpkin Peanut Butter Granola.
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).
Over time, I learned how much better I felt with different foods and forms of ingredients. And while I’m a big believer on the “all foods fit” mentality, I do feel better with wholesome ingredients and plant products.
It’s also important to me to introduce my girls to a variety of nutritious ingredients, flavors and textures.
Which is why this vegan pumpkin bars recipe is a great option for snack time (because we don’t need to make anymore toddler muffins, we’ve aced those time and time again).
Say the word “peanut butter” and Camryn will eat anything that comes after it.
Make Vegan Pumpkin Bars
To make these pumpkin protein bars with hemp seeds, mix everything together in one bowl.
One bowl recipes are the best and easiest recipes, aren’t they? You don’t even need a food processor.
And since these hemp protein granola 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.
This is a high protein bar recipe without protein powder, 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.
It’s great for carbohydrates and quick energy, but not so great for keeping me satiated (like when I have constant nursing hunger), which is why I rely on fillers, like hemp seeds, flax seeds and chia seeds often.
My 3 favorite seeds – I use them often to boost the protein in a recipe, like in my homemade protein granola too.
What I love about these vegan hemp bars is that each hemp protein bar offers nearly 7 grams of protein. You could even add chia seeds or flax seeds if you wanted to up the protein content even more. Hemp chia bars sound delicious!
Are These Vegan Hemp Bars Overly Sweet? Maple syrup provides natural sweetness, but these bars aren’t overly sweet. If you like your pumpkin bars sweeter, you can add more maple syrup, or substitute with coconut sugar.
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.
- 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.
You’ll Also Love These 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
- Carrot Cake Energy Bites
- Chocolate Coconut Cream Pudding
What was your favorite granola bar growing up?