hemp + walnut bars smothered in chocolate + sprinkled with bee pollen

so work has been really stressful lately, does that happen to anyone else?

i'm sure it does. 

whenever work is stressful - i end up in my kitchen. it's my end-of-day go-to. what i do when i finally shut off my computer, turn off my phone, turn up the music and create something that tastes good. 

 anyway, this practice has resulted in my freezer being over stocked with raw treats. i like to tell myself that they are quick snacks for morning workouts and evening desserts and climbing dates and last-minute potlucks. but  really it has just resulted in me eating more chocolate.

whatever.

this recipe was inspired by & adapted from one of my new favourite food blogs: WILL FROLIC FOR FOOD, you can get Renee's recipe here (which was adapted from another one of my all time favourite food blogs, Green Kitchen Stories). 

blend

  • 12 pitted medjool dates

in your vitamix until they become a puree. 

add

  • 3/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • pinch of salt

blend again until smooth

add 

  • 1/8 cup chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup roughly chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup hemp hearts

using a spatula, stir the mixture until combined. using the same spatula, scrape the mixture out of the blender into a parchment lined small loaf tin. make sure the entire mixture is stirred before pressing into the pan.

put in the freezer to set. 

meanwhile, melt 

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil 

in a small bowl over a pot with boiling water on the stove.

once the coconut oil is melted add

  • 3 heaping tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 1 heaping tbsp of maple syrup
  • a dash of maca powder **optional
  • a dash of vanilla powder
  • a dash of lucuma powder **optional
  • a dash of salt

stir until combined. do a quick taste test + adjust if necessary.

remove the loaf pan from the freezer and top with chocolate. let set for a couple of minutes before sprinkling with bee pollen and course sea salt.

put the pan back in the freezer until set (about an hour...or more!)

cut into small pieces. 

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