Amazing Chia Seeds Recipe You Must Try at Home

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raw hemp chia seeds bars

Raw Hemp and Chia Seeds Protein Bars

Recently I read an interesting recipe about how to prepare raw hemp and chia seeds bar – a healthy and nutrient-dense snack with chia seeds, hemp seeds, oats and half a doezn other helathy ingredients like flax seeds, nut butter, coconut oil, almonds, etc.

I just love this snack. It’s so incredibly delicious – I can eat it all day and still can’t get enough of it.

You might wonder why am I so excited about raw hemp and chia seeds bars?

Well, first of all they are raw, grain-free, dairy-free, contain no refined sugars. Although I am no vegan, it’s good to mention they are gluten-free and can easily be turned into vegan friendly snack.

Sounds good, right? Read more, I promise you it’s gets even better 🙂

What else do you need to know in order to start preparing raw hemp and chia seeds bars right away?

It’s good to know how beneficial they are – loaded with tons of healthy nutrients like proteins, calcium, healthy fats and fiber…
Here are a few interesting facts about some of the main ingredients – hemp, flax and chia seeds, oats, almonds, coconut oil, etc:

  • Chia seeds contain more calcium than milk – they are one of the richest non-diary source of calcium in nature
  • Hemp seeds contain 11 grams of raw vegan protein and 10 essential amino acids
  • Chia seeds contain 11 grams of dietary fiber and 4 grams of high quality protein
  • Both hemp and chia seeds contain healthy omega fatty acids
  • Flax seeds are high in omega-3 essential fatty acid
  • Oats provide fiber, of course
  • Coconut oil contain very high levels of lauric acid – a good and healthy saturated fatty acid

Health Benefits of raw hemp and chia seeds bars

  • Act as all natural appetite suppressant due to hemp and chia seeds, oats as well
  • Lower bad cholesterol due to hemp seeds, oats, almonds and coconut oil
  • Very rich in antioxidants due to all ingredients inside, but mostly due to flax and chia seeds, coconut oil, raw honey, and almonds
  • Cardiovascular benefits, i.e. reduces the risk of heart disease due to almonds, flax and chia seeds

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 (three and a half) cups oats
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup freshly ground flax seeds
  • 3/4 cups freshly ground almonds
  • 1/2 cup organic raw honey (vegans can substitute for other liquid sweetener)
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 3/4 cups almond butter
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation:

First ground the flax seeds into coffee grinder and almonds – in blender or other suitable food processor to get them into small pieces.

In a large bowl mix chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds, oats and almonds.

In medium size bowl mix the liquid ingredients – honey, applesauce, almond butter, coconut oil and vanilla extract.

Stir well all liquid ingredients and add them to the large bowl where all dry ingredients are. Stir well again until you get smooth perfectly combined mixture.

Put the mixture in a square glass baking dish (8 x 8 is perfect) and press if firmly form side to side until you get the layer 1 cm in thickness.

Refrigerate or freeze until mixture gets hard enough to cut with knife.

Once it’s ready you can cut it into even size bars (the recipe allows to be cut in either 12 or 16 bars).

Serving

Keep the raw hamp and chia seeds bars in the refrigerator until serving.
Refrigerating is of great importance for this recipe, otherwise the bars will get soft and lose shape if you leave them at room temperature for too long.

Variations:

The 1/2 cup applesauce can be substituted with fruits like bananas or other sweet seasonal fruits, or with 1 cup of maple syrup, or 1/2 cup raw honey (so you add 1 cup of honey instead of just 1/2).
My favorite variation is the one that include cinnamon:

  • 1 1/2 cups oat
  • 3/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 3/4 cup chia seeds
  • 3/4 cups goji berries
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup Brazil nuts
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • Cinnamon – sprinkle on top

Caloric intake per serving size
Caloric intake per 1 bar of raw hemp and chia seeds bars can vary between 300 to 400 calories, depending on how many even size pieces you’ve cut the frozen mixture – 16 or 12.

Although 400 calories per 1 bar sounds scary – that should not frighten you. Remember, these are all natural and healthy ingredients used to make that small bar – it is a real food that your body craves and will be thankful for.

A single raw hemp and chia seeds bar is high in quality and nutrient density, which means this small bar will nourish you body with high quality nutrients unlike other unhleathy foods with empty calories, that make you gain weight.
You can lower caloric intake per single bar by cutting each bar in 4 smaller pieces, each of them equals about 100 calories.

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