Vegan Hemp Protein Bars

  Apr 1, 2021  |  #Gluten Free

These easy 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. 

Stacked Vegan Hemp Protein Barsth oats in background

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?

I, for one, can’t stop eating them. 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. 

Ingredients For Vegan Hemp Protein Bars

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

  • 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)

Ingredients to make Vegan Pumpkin Bars

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. 

Pan of Homemade Hemp Protein Bars with oats and pumpkin

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. 

Ingredients for homemade hemp protein bars mixed in a bowl

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. 

FAQs 

Are Hemp Seeds High in Protein? Yes! Three tablespoons of hemp seeds provides about 10 grams of plant protein (one of my favorite vegetarian protein sources). 

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

What is the Texture Like? These hemp hearts granola bars are a little tougher and chewier than your typical granola or hemp seed bar.

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.

Gluten free pumpkin bars overhead shot in baking pan

 

Stacked Vegan Hemp Protein Barsth oats in background

Vegan Hemp Protein Bars

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

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

Ingredients

Instructions

  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:
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.

 

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42 responses to “Vegan Hemp Protein Bars

  1. Oh these have such common ingredients, I will definitely pin! I love granola bars, so this is definitely gonna be useful to me when I am looking for snack ideas!
    One granola bar that I was never allowed to have but absolutely loved were the bars that were basically like chocolate bars. You know the ones completely dunked in chocolate with nougat inside? Ugh, those were so darn good. The sweet tooth issue never resolved itself, but at least I don’t eat those kinds of granola bars haha.

  2. I LOVE ice cream cake; I love how you would eat a slice every day. It’s interesting how our diets change over time. 🙂 I’m still an ice cream cake lover. When we were little we used to have those cracker sandwiches from the store with the slightly fakey (I loved it) cheese and peanut butter in others.

    This just sparked a craving for granola bars; now I need to cook up my other pumpkin!

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