Hemp Protein Bar Recipe, Calgary Workshop, a New GIVEAWAY, and More!

I'm doing a happy dance today! In addition to sharing recipes (today its a raw vegan hemp protein bar recipe), it thrills me when I can share products that I love, with you - and give someone the chance to win. Today its a reeeeally fabulous one. Speaking of win, Isabelle Martin is the winner of the Singing Bowl Granola - congrats to you, your prize is on its way! And cool little note about that: When I emailed Isabelle to tell her of her win, I asked how she found out about the giveaway - blog? facebook? instagram? etc. She told me that she's been reading my blog since my early days, back when it was called "Adventures of Raw Goddess Heathy"! Isn't that a hoot?! I did a total revamp of the blog several years later and changed my name to Sweetly Raw, and then did another overhaul again 2 years ago. Anyway, I love hearing stories like that 🙂

If you're in the Calgary area, I have a fabulous workshop coming up next month with holistic Nutritionist Amber Romaniuk. We'll be talking about nutrition, positive body image, balance in life and with your diet (and why you don't need to be raw or vegan to be healthy), and will also be doing some raw food recipe demos and samples. You can see more info and register HERE. We hope to see you there for this fun afternoon!

Today's post is all about HEMP...

GIVEAWAY

My friends at Planet Hemp are giving one of my lucky readers this huge bundle (enter below).

Here's what the winner will receive:

A bag of their Maple Cinnamon Hemp Protein Powder. This is a blend of 4 ingredients: pure hemp protein powder, alfalfa powder, maple powder, and cinnamon!

A bag of their Cacao Heaven hemp squares. These are really good. They're kind of like a chewy raw brownie - not too sweet. It makes a great "pick me up"!

A bag of their Forbidden Fruit squares. These are my favourite (hubby's favourite too). They're light and crunchy, just sweet enough - but not too sweet. See the ingredients here.

A bottle of hemp oil AND a bag of hemp seeds!

To ENTER the giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment below telling me what your favourite way to eat hemp is? (I love to sprinkle hemp seeds on my salads and smoothies, plus use them in desserts.)
  2. For a BONUS entry: "Like" Sweetly Raw Desserts on Facebook (then write "Liked SRD" in the comment section below for it to be counted).
  3. For another BONUS entry "Like" Planet Hemp on Facebook (then write "Liked Planet Hemp" in the comment section below).

This contest is only open to Canadians and will be open until Sunday March 26th and then a random winner will be chosen! Good luck 🙂

NOTE: this contest is now closed. Congratulations Jordann Catherine, I hope you enjoy the Hemp Planet bundle.

I used Planet Hemp's maple cinnamon protein powder to make these protein bars but you can try any protein powder of your choice.

Raw Vegan Hemp Protein Bars

These are NUT-FREE so they're a great option for those who can't eat nuts. Alternatively, you could use almond butter in place of the tahini.

1 cup hemp seeds

1/2 cup maple cinnamon hemp protein powder (or powder of choice)

1/2 cup shredded coconut

2/3 cup pitted packed dates, chopped

1/2 cup melted coconut butter

4 tablespoons tahini

3 tablespoons warm water

Grind the hemp seeds, protein powder, coconut, and dates in a food processor. Add the coconut butter, tahini, and water. Process until combined. Press the mixture into the bottom of a parchment paper lined 8x8" or 9x9" pan. Place in the freezer for at least 2 hours, or until firm. Slice into bars.

The coconut drizzle is optional but a nice little addition.

Coconut Drizzle

2 tablespoons melted coconut butter

1 tablespoon melted coconut oil

3-4 tablespoons water

Whisk all ingredients together starting with 2 tablespoons of water and adding enough while whisking to create a smooth consistency. Drizzle over the sliced bars. Place into the freezer for a few minutes for it to harden.

 

For the past 5 days I've been in Kelowna, BC visiting one of my very best friends, Nicole. If you're a long time reader you've seen her on the blog before! I also taught a class at Gratitude Cafe while I was there. We both really needed a "girls weekend" and I couldn't have asked for a better time. We had a blast! We visited 7 wineries in 2 days - Kelowna is in the Okanagan, the wine belt of Canada. It probably take a month to visit all the wineries the area has to offer!

In addition to the wineries, we went out for lunch several times, took a spin class that Nicole teaches, went out for dinner, went shopping, made peanut butter power balls, went for a hike to the lake one, cooked (and I showed her how to make eggplant lasagna, raw cheddar dip, and cashew alfredo sauce with spaghetti squash), walked around downtown, made raw chocolate almond butter balls and more!

You know those friends who you can be yourself around?! Nicole is one of those friends. We can be our silly selves with each other.

Here are the raw almond butter balls I made at Nicole's. Basically I made my peanut butter ball recipe using raw almond butter and they turned out SO great!

I also taught a raw food class at Gratitude Cafe in Kelowna which was so much fun! We made fully loaded fajitas and ice cream sundaes! I shared all of these on my instastories(along with the rest of my trip) be sure to connect with me @sweetlyraw .

Nicole and I went back to Gratitude Cafe for lunch today. I had the cashew curry kelp noodle chow mein and Nicole had the avocado pesto zucchini cannelloni. We loved it!

And be sure to check out my Calgary workshop and join us for a fun and informative day!

Have a great week :)))

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86 Comments
  1. Harmony
    March 22, 2017 at 04:36
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    I like to put it in my salads and I feed it to my birds. They love it!

    • sweet_raw
      March 22, 2017 at 17:59
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      Ah yes good birdie food too!!

  2. March 22, 2017 at 04:56
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    My favorite way to eat hemp is to sprinkle hemp seeds on everything from steamed greens (especially spinach) to homemade pizzas, veggie burgers - the possibilities are truly endless.

  3. March 22, 2017 at 04:58
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    OOPS! Ignore my comment - I'm dumb and missed the Canadian requirement the first time around, hahaha. Sorry! Love your protein bar recipe and fabulous trip recap! Great company, activities, and food.

    • sweet_raw
      March 22, 2017 at 18:00
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      Haha thats ok! I loved reading your answer :)))

  4. Kristy E.
    March 22, 2017 at 04:58
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    I love to add hemp to my.smoothies and no bake oat balls.

  5. Kristy E.
    March 22, 2017 at 04:59
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    Liked SRD 😊

  6. March 22, 2017 at 06:56
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    Lovely giveaway, Heather, I wish I lived in Canada ;). I love hemp seeds especially in desserts, with carob powder, but your bars look so good, thanks for sharing the recipe, would love to try them!

    • sweet_raw
      March 22, 2017 at 18:01
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      Thanks Natalia! Oh yes hemp and carob do work well together!

  7. Gail
    March 22, 2017 at 10:02
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    Liked SRD

  8. Gail Taylor
    March 22, 2017 at 12:36
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    I love the addition of hemp seeds on my cereal, in my muffins or in my fruit salad. Another great protein boost.

  9. Tracy Burns
    March 22, 2017 at 15:01
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    My favorite way to use hemp seeds are in homemade protein bars. Plus I've started making my own hemp milk!

  10. Deb
    March 22, 2017 at 16:07
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    I like to use hemp seeds in salad, smoothies and in my granola

  11. Deb
    March 22, 2017 at 16:09
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    Liked Sweetly Raw Desserts on Facebook

  12. Deb
    March 22, 2017 at 16:10
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    Liked Planet Hemp

  13. stacey bradford
    March 22, 2017 at 16:32
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    I like hemp mixed in chocolate! Yummy! "Liked SRD" & "Liked Planet Hemp" (Hope this is the band?!)

  14. March 22, 2017 at 17:02
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    Oh what a delicious give away! Hemp is in my top three foods of all time. I love using hemp basically on top of anything but I really love putting a spoonful into blended elixirs for extra creaminess and nutrients. Also making a basil hemp pesto is divine!

    • sweet_raw
      March 22, 2017 at 18:02
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      Yumm yes hemp pesto is fabulous!!!

  15. Jordann
    March 22, 2017 at 19:41
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    Ooh new hemp products to try! Awesome giveaway! My favourite way to use hemp seeds lately is either in raw crackers (dehydrated) with veggies; and to make hemp milk. My daughter likes to eat them plain by the spoonful 😋

  16. Jordann
    March 22, 2017 at 19:41
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    Liked SRD on Facebook 👍🏽

  17. Jordann
    March 22, 2017 at 19:42
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    Liked Planet Hemp on Facebook too 👌🏽

  18. Amy Heffernan
    March 22, 2017 at 20:38
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    I’ve been topping my oatmeal with them. YUM YUM! Love them this way!! Thanks Liked SRD Liked Planet Hemp Email--> amyjaneheffernan@gmail.com

  19. March 22, 2017 at 20:48
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    Hemp seeds in a chocolate vegan smoothie!

  20. March 22, 2017 at 22:17
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    My favorite way to eat hemp is in smoothies AND in homemade granola.

  21. March 23, 2017 at 00:55
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    I like to make raw bars with them, too! with peanut butter, sunflower seeds, vanilla, dates, salt, etc!!

    • sweet_raw
      March 23, 2017 at 03:02
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      Yummmy!!!

  22. March 23, 2017 at 00:57
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    I use them on my salads and sometimes on pasta. I also enjoy just a straight-up spoonful! :)

  23. Cydni
    March 23, 2017 at 04:37
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    I've never tried this brand before but everything looks so yummy! I love to add hemp seeds to my smoothies.

  24. Marguerite
    March 23, 2017 at 05:52
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    I add hemp to my daily smoothie and sprinkle it onto salads.

  25. Marguerite
    March 23, 2017 at 05:56
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    Liked SRD

  26. Marguerite
    March 23, 2017 at 05:58
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    Liked Planet Hemp

  27. Vanessa S.
    March 23, 2017 at 15:26
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    Mmmm these protein bars look so good! I love sprinkling hemp seeds on my smoothie and oatmeal bowls, as well as salads! I'd love to try using them in protein bars or balls! Liked SRD :)

    • Vanessa S.
      March 23, 2017 at 15:27
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      Oh and those Planet Hemp products look amazing!!

  28. Lynda
    March 23, 2017 at 16:37
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    Besides sprinkling them on everything, and adding to baked goods and smoothies, they're great to take along and sprinkle on top of restaurant meals.

  29. Christine Murray
    March 23, 2017 at 16:43
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    I have never tried them. Would love to try. They sound yummy.

  30. marissa
    March 23, 2017 at 18:24
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    I like to add it to my protein smoothies!

  31. Angela B
    March 23, 2017 at 19:52
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    Liked SRD

  32. Angela B
    March 23, 2017 at 19:53
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    My favourite way is on my smoothie bowls.

  33. March 23, 2017 at 20:06
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    Made this recipe this evening, but adding some carob: so good! Thank you, Heather, will post it soon <3

    • sweet_raw
      March 23, 2017 at 22:04
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      Awesome Natalia! Can't wait to see your pic and I love the addition of carob powder :))

  34. Gail
    March 23, 2017 at 23:41
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    Liked Planet Hemp on FB.

  35. Maria
    March 23, 2017 at 23:56
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    i just grab a spoon and dig into the bag

  36. Maria
    March 23, 2017 at 23:58
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    liked SRD

  37. Maria
    March 24, 2017 at 00:00
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    liked Planet Hemp

  38. March 24, 2017 at 03:30
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    I like hemps seeds with smoothies , on bars , on desserts , on kale chips .... on everything they taste so well plus you can use it in salty or sweet dishes. Love you recipes <3

    • sweet_raw
      March 24, 2017 at 16:36
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      All great ideas! And thank you, I'm glad you enjoy the recipes :))

  39. Liz Forrest
    March 24, 2017 at 03:31
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    I like making hemp milk and warm elixirs with it! xo

  40. Jenny P
    March 24, 2017 at 03:44
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    I love using hemp oil in my salad dressings and it's the only facial moisturiser I use! I liked SRD and planet hemp on Facebook:)

    • sweet_raw
      March 24, 2017 at 16:36
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      Wow I've never thought to use it as a moisturizer!! Good idea!

  41. Isabelle Martin
    March 24, 2017 at 16:39
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    Hi Heather, I LOVE me some hempseeds in desserts (like ''Hempnut Cookbook's Hip2Hemp Snack Bars'' with rolled oats, shelled hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, pecans, cinnamon, rice syrup, hemp seed oil & vanilla extract) but would like to include them in ''salty'' recipes in a creative way. Like in a vegetarian pâté. Any suggestions?

    • sweet_raw
      March 25, 2017 at 16:35
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      Those bars sound awesome Isabelle! Hemp seeds are great in pesto!!! You can also sub them into pates - the flavor can be strong so I like to also use another nut/seed as well. :))

  42. March 24, 2017 at 17:19
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    Love these home made protein bars, so much good stuff in them. I always look at tge grocery store while waiting to pay for groceries all the protein bars available, but never buy them because there are so many ingredients that I can't even pronounce let alone know what they are. Your protein vars would be a great snack for those if us who work quite physically throughout the day. Live Kelowna and all those fabulous wineries. Fibally here is to good friends who bless our lives! Cheers! Loreto@SugarLoveSpices

    • sweet_raw
      March 24, 2017 at 19:54
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      Thanks Loreto! I totally agree that 99% of the protein bars at the store are filled with junk! We need better options! Do you live in Kelowna? Have a great weekend :))

  43. March 25, 2017 at 00:14
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    I love hemp hearts sprinkled on my smoothie bowls! Such powerful bits.

  44. John Rokas
    March 26, 2017 at 05:45
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    I put it on my grain bowl everyday and my smoothies. Joh Rokas

  45. John Rokas
    March 26, 2017 at 05:47
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    ''LIKED PLANETB HEMP''

  46. John Rokas
    March 26, 2017 at 05:48
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    ''LIKED PLANET HEMP''

  47. Tina
    March 26, 2017 at 15:43
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    I love hemp seeds, I usually put them in salads or yogurt. It adds a nutty flavor. I would love to try making with them!!!

    • Tina
      March 26, 2017 at 15:44
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      I'm not from Canada though, but I love your blog!

      • sweet_raw
        March 26, 2017 at 16:27
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        Thanks Tina! :)) Where are you from?

  48. Allison
    March 26, 2017 at 15:46
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    I love to top my quinoa bowls with hemp seeds. Thanks again for the workout at Gratitude! Liked SRD

  49. Teresa Calouche
    March 26, 2017 at 17:12
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    I love hemp in smoothies or just sprinkled on top after blending for added crunch! I also love to use hemp oil in salad dressings with lemon or apple cider- the flavor is so distinct and yummy!

  50. Crystal Bonnet
    March 26, 2017 at 17:13
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    I LOVE using hemp seeds to make creamy dressings and even put hemp oil on my face as a moisturizer!

    • sweet_raw
      March 27, 2017 at 01:13
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      I love that you put hemp oil on as a moisturizer!! Someone else said the same thing and Ive never thought to do it - I do with coconut oil so why havent i thought of hemp oil too?! lol

  51. Crystal Bonnet
    March 26, 2017 at 17:13
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    Liked SRD!

  52. Teresa Calouche
    March 26, 2017 at 17:14
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    'Liked 'SRD and Planet Raw!

    • Teresa Calouche
      March 26, 2017 at 17:18
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      Oops i meant Planet Hemp!:D

  53. Crystal Bonnet
    March 26, 2017 at 17:14
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    Liked planet hemp!

  54. Maaike Van den Broeck
    March 26, 2017 at 20:55
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    I'm all about putting hemp seeds in my smoothies and salads! Simple way to add extra protein :)

  55. Debbie Kirk
    March 26, 2017 at 23:15
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    I like to put on top of yogurt

  56. Jen
    March 26, 2017 at 23:20
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    I like to make homemade hempseed milk and also sprinkle them into smoothies!

  57. Laura Moser
    March 27, 2017 at 21:04
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    tossing it in my salad! Liked SRD Liked Planet Hemp

  58. Monique
    April 4, 2017 at 23:15
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    I love mixing it with chia seed, and sprinkling on top of plain yogurt with fresh fruit. A little drizzle of maple syrup over all is also very nice!

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