Protein Boost Bars + a huge relief

Posted by: on Mar 6, 2013 | 37 Comments

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I am blown away. Honestly. I’m like completely off track due to the massive load of love you all decided so send this way after my last post. To think that news like that opens up hearts, gorgeous congratulating words (..and tear canals) is so extraordinary. From the bottom of my heart (and belly!) THANK YOU. It means more then these limiting words of the earth (and my non native English) can say. Please feel my gratitude shining like the spring sun in your beings. Cuz it is. It just is.

Now what about these fabulous bars? Well, I have heard your prayers for a nut free, delicious, protein heavy and overall boosting bar but it all really came together because of a skiing trip that suddenly happened. I was exhausted and to be honest, kind of low so I took my tired-of-being-home-and-pregnancy-sick-self to Bad Gastein, to the absolutely magical and grand mountains covered in snow. Have you ever felt that high, fresh air flow into your lungs while soaking up the sun and swooshing down the slopes? It feels so raw and real. Mother nature rocks my world (and gives me soar leg muscles). These protein boost bars were very needed during breaks overlooking the grandness of this world and a few days in I finally felt like myself again.

A huge plus was Fabian in his skiing clothes and sun touched face taking on those slopes like a god. H-o-t!

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Fun & Fabulous Facts

Are you in on all the cool stuff about hemp non of which include, erm.. smoking it? Cannabis Sativa is a true power plant and actually one of the earliest domesticated plants known. Of the approximately 2000 varieties, about 90% of them contain very low amounts of THC (the ”drug” substance). I know I have talked about how caring for the bees can save the world but do you know what else can save the world? You guessed it. Hemp! This super cool plant can be used for making textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics and even for construction. Other then that, hemp is insanely nutritious so bring it into your kitchen in the form of oil, hemp hearts, hemp powder and whole hemp seeds. You´ll get some amazing fatty acids, protein (it´s a COMPLETE protein!), fiber, minerals and the list goes on and on. For these bars I have used both hemp hearts and hemp protein powder which means they are so loaded with goodies it’s insane. No more chem & sugar heavy energy bars when you are hitting the gym. This is the real effing deal so say hi to hemp!

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Raw Protein Boost Bars

These are lifesavers (or shall I say muscle & energy savers). Something nurturing to bring to the gym, the alpes, the yoga shala or why not along for a hike or as an afternoon snack on the go. I know you get how versatile these are;) The thing that I wish to highlight is their pure clean power with no preservatives, chemicals or unnecessary sweeteners. Plus they are gluten and nut free, not to mention crazy easy to make and store.

Makes around 10 bars

1 1/3 cup rolled oats
1 1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1.5 cup juicy dates, pitted
5 tbsp hemp protein powder
3 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp dried goji berries
1/2 tsp good quality salt
1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
1 tsp pure vanilla
35 g (1.3 oz) cacao butter (or use coconut oil)

Topping
a large handful of Hemp hearts
the zest of 1 organic lemon
some extra black pepper

Glaze
4 tbsp (heaped) carob powder
4 tbsp (heaped) coconut oil
1/2 tsp pure vanilla

1. Blend the rolled oats and shredded coconut in a high speed blender / food processor until it turns into a flour, add the rest of the ingredients except the goji berries and the cacao butter. Blend until a hard dough is formed.
2. Melt the cacao butter (or coconut oil) carefully over hot water and add it to the blender along with the goji berries. Pulse until all is well combined. Tip: You can also work this mixture with your hands, no blender necessary.
3. Press the mixture evenly into a baking dish covered with either plastic film or baking sheet (so it won’t stick). Sprinkle over the toppings and press them down a bit in the ”dough” using your hands. Let set in the fridge for 20 minutes while making the glaze.

4. Gently melt the coconut oil over hot water, mix with the carob powder and pure vanilla and drizzle over the form of boost bars. Let rest in the fridge for a few more minutes before cutting into desired size. Store in the fridge for no more than 2 weeks or toss them in the freezer, that works really well too.

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I feel restored, boosted and oh so relieved, like the pieces of me that got lost in those foggy weeks of sickness are finding their way back to my center. The mountains helped me tremendously, dancing on tables at the after ski did too but most of all the love that is within this creation, your support being a big part of that. So again, thank you – we sure are blown away and I’m certain mini sprout is too.

What do you do to restore your sparkle and regain strength? Not that you need to feel like a shiny unicorn all the time but you must have some tricks up your sleeve? Let’s hear it in the comments!

°°Elenore°°

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37 Comments

  1. Cathy | The Health Coach Group
    6 mars, 2013

    Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe! I can see it becoming a staple. I will have to trade you my protein bar recipe…it is not as crunchy as this one, but very healthy and rich. I use either hemp or pea protein. I can’t wait to make this one. Congrats on your pregnancy! Hope you are feeling better since your trip! ~Cathy

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    • ElenoreEarth
      6 mars, 2013

      Oh yeah! Gimmie yours asap;) I really like pea protein too so bring it on..
      Thank you so much, Cathy, I am feeling much better and way more relaxed <3 Ahh, those mountains!

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  2. Liz B
    6 mars, 2013

    Am SO making these!!! And you know what.. in place of goji berriers, I’m going to try your super gorgeous Nordic mix!!

    I waas looking for an afternoon snack replacement, and these hit the mark!

    Your trip looks lovely! So pleased you are feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Take care, and lots of love to you and the family xxxx Liz

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    • ElenoreEarth
      16 mars, 2013

      What an awesome idea Liz, now that Fabian has eaten them all I’ll make a new batch too and add some NSM <3 Yay!

      Big love and congratulations to your paper again!

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  3. Jobeenectar
    6 mars, 2013

    Awww such a beautiful read and I’m glad you are feeling rejuvenated! I remember feeling so exhausted in the first months of my pregnancy, but just want to let you know it gets so much easier and when your lil-sprout comes earthside, you will transform into a new emerging being that is even more filled with love than ever! Pregnancy and birth are amazing! I made my ‘lactation bars’ in my last weeks of pregnancy and am so glad I did now having a lil-one on the outside of my belly now for a week! They would be the perfect pregnancy snack too. here’s my recipe lovely! Enjoy every second. Your little sprout is so lucky to be riding in your belly! I cant wait to be back in the kitchen making your bars soon:) I love hemp!
    http://thenectarcafe.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/pregnancy-third-trimester-and-mummas.html
    x x x

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    • ElenoreEarth
      16 mars, 2013

      Oh how I enjoy reading your pregnancy posts + recipes! I pinned the lactation bars which sound so divine! Thank you so much for your caring and supportive words <3 <3 <3

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  4. Amy Jo - Pure and Simple
    6 mars, 2013

    What a great recipe! I’ll be using it to make these for a snack to carry with me on the go. It looks delicious with the dates and goji berries.

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    • ElenoreEarth
      16 mars, 2013

      Great thinking Amy! Good luck and have fun in the kitchen <3

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  5. Kristen - Enjoy This Organic Life
    7 mars, 2013

    Miss Eleanor – I absolutely love your spirit! It is purely infectious – every time I read one of your posts I am filled with such joy. You have such a gift and I am so happy I discovered you on here :)

    I cannot wait to recreate this lovely recipe!! xx

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  6. ola
    7 mars, 2013

    Dear Elenore,
    straight after your post yesterday I prepared something very similar, just a little adjusting ingredients and proportions to my own needs but it came out fantastic! I’m seriously going to it all :) and that lemon zest ending was a perfect match <3 thank you and take care!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      16 mars, 2013

      Brilliant! Yeah, sometimes bar recipes like these takes some adjusting since all ingredients are different. So happy you are pleased!

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  7. Tess Courage
    7 mars, 2013

    Elenor..congrats on your news..these are much needed for me..just recovering from an op and can’t do my normal excersise..made this today(I despise the commercial sugar laden protien bars)please could you tell me if the recipe is 1and a 1/3 cup oats and coconut or a 1/3rd cup…my mixture seemed very crumbly as I used 1 and a 1/3rd cup

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    • Sarah Ann
      11 mars, 2013

      The taste is amazing! But, my bars turned out the same way as Tess. Needless to say they were not very travel friendly this past weekend :(

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      • ElenoreEarth
        16 mars, 2013

        Hi Sarah,
        The trick is to use really really juicy dates and of course all ingredients are different, try adding more dates and oil if needed! Good luck <3

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  8. Sarah B
    8 mars, 2013

    Oh my…SO making these! And putting your superfood mix in with ‘em. That glaze looks divine. Drool. Thanks for the inspiration honey :)

    xo, Sarah B

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  9. Nat @ The Apple Diaries
    12 mars, 2013

    Awesome to see a nut-free protein bar idea!

    Glad you’re feeling better. Hope all is well with mum and baby :)

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  10. Cassandra
    12 mars, 2013

    These are delicious and so filling. My honey-husband took some to eat after his kungfu training and loved them. My three year old son gobbles them up anytime of day. Thankyou and congratulations on growing a little sprout. What a wonderful mama you’ll be!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      16 mars, 2013

      Sweetheart Cassandra! How wonderful to hear that your entire family is munching away on these bars! Fabian sure adored them too;)
      Big big hug!

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  11. Emma
    12 mars, 2013

    Hi Elenore! These are fabulous! I made them with ground up hemp seeds because I didn’t have the powder, and they were still perfect. I love the lemon zest and black peeper topping. I have been trying many of your recipes, and all have made me smile.

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    • ElenoreEarth
      16 mars, 2013

      Oh, Emma! How amazing to hear! …and your words make me smile!

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  12. Johanna Gabriella
    15 mars, 2013

    Wow, du är fantastisk. Varje gång man läser dina inlägg så blir dagen så mycket ljusare. jag behövde det precis just idag. Tack för att du inspirerar världen med din passion och dn vibratiooon!!!!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      16 mars, 2013

      Kära nån! Jag rodnar här borta! Tack, oändligt tack skall du ha för att DU är med och bidrar till Earthsprout med allt vad DU är <3 Mycket kärlek!

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  13. Sue | Eull's Health Coaching
    15 mars, 2013

    These look and sound delicious! I’m definitely going to try this recipe as I’ve been looking for a protein bar that is free of nuts, dairy, and gluten. Love the pictures.

    In Health,

    Sue Eull

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  14. Dolores
    16 mars, 2013

    As a vivid reader, but poor commenter, this time i felt i have to congragulate you to a lot of things:
    Expecting a baby!!!! How great!!!
    The amazing receipe – just tried and works even without hemp… Because…
    I live in Austria :-))))
    And beside of great alps, this is not an organic food headquarter (as i asume you already know ;-)))
    Anyway i feel very charmed you have chosen my homecountry for refreshing your batteries… And with bad gastein you have made a great choice – one of my favorites as well!
    Good luck for the rest of your pregnancy!!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      18 mars, 2013

      How funny! I actually found such a great little organic store/café in Bad Gastein – you should make sure
      to visit that one next time :)

      ..and thanks a million for all of your sweet words! I am happy you decided to write a few lines <3 Makes my heart sing!

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  15. Zoe
    18 mars, 2013

    Oh!! Morning sickness is the worst…great to hear you are starting to feel on top of things.
    These bars are just what I have been looking for in the snack department..I have hemp seeds in the cupboard, do you think I could process them up and use them instead of hemp protein powder??

    Thanks! Zoe

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    • ElenoreEarth
      18 mars, 2013

      Thank you dear one!
      You can definitely do that! Use what you already have – that´s great!

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  16. Amber
    18 mars, 2013

    These are just DIVINE.. I made a batch yesterday and me & my man have nearly munched them all already! After posting the pre-munched evidence on facebook all my friends need the recipe too!! You are just AWESOME Miss EarthSprout :)

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    • ElenoreEarth
      20 mars, 2013

      Lovely Amber! Let’s spread that healthy sparkly love!

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  17. Kylie Franesconi
    19 mars, 2013

    I made these today – UNREAL! They are delicious! I love how they’re nut free so the kids can take them to school too. Thanks so much!

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  18. Kristin
    9 april, 2013

    Elenore, these are just fantastic. I love the crunch and the spice and the sweetness, and what’s best — my kids adore them. So delicious!!!! Thank you so much for coming up with this and sharing it with us. So appreciated. xxKristin

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  19. Ingrid
    1 maj, 2013

    These look great! I have been trying to make protein bars for some weeks now, but somehow I haven’t quite found the right combination of ingredients. Will definitely give these a try. I always keep healthy snacks in my bag when I’m at school, at work or when I go to the gym, and it would be nice if I could make them myself instead of buying expensive bars from the shop all the time. Thanks for the recipe.

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  20. Shilpa
    1 maj, 2013

    Elenore!

    I just made these and they are Ah-ma-zing! Thank you! Thank you! I had some hemp protein powder with quinoa protein, spirulina and goji berries sitting around for awhile as the protein powder was not very tasty.But with your protein boost bar recipe the protein powder is really tasty! I would never have thought that this protein powder could taste so good! Thanks again for such a wonderful recipe.

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