Raw Hemp Algae Bars (grain/dairy/sugar free, paleo, vegan) | Fresh Planet Flavor

Raw Hemp Algae Bars (grain/dairy/sugar free, paleo, vegan) | Fresh Planet Flavor

I made raw energy bars from algae and hemp. Like a good little hippie. This is the first raw recipe I’ve ever posted to the blog, I think. It isn’t that I don’t eat raw foods regularly, but they’re mostly vegetables foraged hurriedly from the fridge: broccoli florets, rounds of zucchini, baby carrots by the bagful, dripping slices of heirloom tomato. These raw energy bars are something else entirely, of course, and a more satisfying snack. Sweet, with chewiness from the dates and coconut paired with the crunch of pistachios and pumpkin seeds, they’re a little bit crumbly. A little bit sticky.

I suppose I should say a word about the algae, right? Growing up, my mother always tried to sneak more algae into my meals: kelp dusted into stews, blue-green algae capsules in the mornings (she supplements the horses’ feed with it, too). So when I got the inspiration—if you can call it that—to make raw energy bars, and hit on the idea to make them green (my mind works in weird ways, okay?) then algae was the natural addition to achieve a truly unusual hue, plus bump up their nutritional profile significantly. The specific type I used is spirulina, a green-black algae in powder form. It’s an incredibly interesting ingredient with a Wikipedia page that’s a great read. 

Spirulina was a food source for the Aztecs and other Mesoamericans until the 16th century; the harvest from Lake Texcoco and subsequent sale as cakes were described by one of CortĂ©s’ soldiers. The Aztecs called it “techuitlatl”.

Raw Hemp Algae Bars (grain/dairy/sugar free, paleo, vegan) | Fresh Planet FlavorIf you’re wondering, I purchased all of the ingredients for these at Whole Foods (even the hemp hearts!) so there’s a good chance you can source them at your local Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Sprouts or Central Market.

Raw Hemp Algae Bars

Preparation 5 mins 2017-07-25T00:05:00+00:00
Cook Time 60 mins 2017-07-25T01:00:00+00:00
Serves 6     adjust servings

This recipe consists mostly of tossing the ingredients into a food processor, then letting the bars set in the refrigerator. Increase the dates to a whole cup if you like your raw energy bars more sticky than crumbly!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, pulse the ingredients until the mixture is crumbly but beginning to come together.
  2. Press into an 8-inch square cake pan or glass dish.
  3. Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour, then slice and serve.

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Recipe Notes

Will keep for several days if refrigerated in an air-tight container.
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 401kcal Calories from fat 269
% Daily Value
Total Fat 30g 46%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Transfat 0g
Sodium 8mg 0%
Carbohydrate 30g 10%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 21g
Protein 10g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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