Superfood Snack Bars

Superfood snack bars

I spent an amazing week last week at the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) World Conference in Berlin, learning more about the form of psychotherapy I use in my sessions, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). As I was away for the week and am currently on a strict elimination diet (more on that soon), I knew I needed something to keep me going in case I couldn’t eat certain meals or just needed a snack.

So I came up with these Superfood Snack Bars. Made with just dates, hemp seeds and coconut and then individually wrapped, they are practical, filling and delicious. My recent discovery is that coconut and vanilla are a match made in tropical heaven – you have to try it to believe me! These bars are also free of dairy, gluten and soy.

What on earth are hemp seeds?

Yes, hemp seeds ARE related to marijuana as their name suggests, but they contain virtually no trace of the psychoactive ingredient!

They are one of the best plant sources of protein, containing all the essential amino acids we need. They also contain both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids and are a good source of magnesium and potassium. The nutrient density of hemp seeds has classified them as superfoods – even though there is no scientifically agreed upon term for this.

You can buy hemp seeds in most organic stores, just make sure you buy them raw and unshelled for this recipe. They are also sometimes called hemp hearts. I usually buy these ones – you can use code WIV403 to get $5-10 off your first order.

Hemp seeds have a rich nutty flavor and slight crunch and can add a milky consistency when blended with water, in a smoothie for example. They are actually one of my favorite superfoods as they are super versatile – you can add them to soups, salads, pesto, risotto, smoothies, in baking etc and easily boost nutrition without changing the taste much.

The other star ingredient here is Medjool dates. Dates are a dried fruit, so the sugar in them is completely natural and they also contain minerals and vitamins such as iron, potassium, calcium, manganese, copper and dietary fiber. Medjool dates are bigger and softer than other dates and work very well as a paste.

In a snack such as this one, they lend sweetness while also holding the bar together. Make sure you have a good food processor (S-blade) to grind dates into a paste as they can get stuck in blenders.

Superfood Snack Bars

200g pitted medjool dates

55g desiccated coconut

55g hemp seeds

1/4 tsp unrefined salt

1/4 tsp vanilla powder

Blend all ingredients in a powerful food processor.

Place the batter on parchment paper and press it into a flat, bar-like shape. You can use another parchment paper on top to help flatten out the dough. Gather the leftover dough and start this process again. Use a knife to cut it into bars the size and thickness you want.

You can wrap the bars individually in parchment/baking paper and take them with you on the go or simply separate them and store them in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week. You can also freeze them so you have them on hand to grab when you need them.Superfood Snack Bars2

Here are a few photos my favorite part of Berlin – Ampelman (the cute traffic light man) + a few photos of the awesome people I met there. Psychologists know how to have fun!

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