I’ve been outside every day. EVERY DAY. Holy bleep. I need to do that. If not I become a gloomy raincloud that wallows and lays on the kitchen floor listening to depressing stories on the radio and dreading my laundry pile. How gross is that? Spring has sprung and so have I. It feels really really really good. Walks guys. Walks outside. You can hear the birds and smell the earth. And sometimes you see a bunny or a deer. And the sun is warm. And the trees are budding. It’s really really really good. Spring means lots of fun things. Like puppy fever. And spending every spare minute, or hours when the baby goes to bed, looking at puppies on the internet. It’s gotten pretty crazy. I wuv puppies. Not only have I been craving a puppy, but a picnic. My sugar babe’s birthday isn’t until July, but I’m pretty set on having a picnic. I mean what 1 year-old doesn’t want to sit on a blanket on the grass and eat all her favourite foods. Like kalamata olives, blueberries, seaweed snacks, lentils, nut butter and oranges? Like come on.
I made some protein bars, or just snack bars, really. They’ll be perfect for picnics and for our little road trip to the lake this weekend. Also for forest hikes. And hikes not in the forest. They’ll be perfect for Summer, or Sprummer! For all sorts of things. Music festivals anyone??
* Note the baby on the floor in the photos. She likes to hang around my feet these days. Sometimes she grabs on and bites my leg in admiration. But mostly she’s cleaning up the crumbs.
Happy Sprummer erbody. Get outside. And eat snacks.
Hella Happy Hemp Bars
Slightly but hardly adapted by Green Kitchen Stories’ Hemp Protein Bars
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup dried shredded coconut
1/2 cup hemp hearts
1/2 cup hemp protein powder
4 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp bee pollen
20 fresh pitted medjool dates
6 tbsp coconut oil
4 tbsp cacao powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
6 tbsp rolled oats
1. Blend up the pumpkin seeds, coconut, hemp hearts, protein powder, chia and bee pollen in a food processor. Leave it with a little chunk. Then pour that into a bowl.
2. Blend the dates (make sure those pits are out!), coconut oil, cocoa powder and vanilla in the food processor. Add it to the dry mix.
3. Mix and squeeze it all together with your hands, adding the oats as you go. Remind yourself not to eat too much at this point, cause in the end you won’t have many bars. I know it’s hard. It’s really hard.
4. Press it into a pan, mine was 8 x 8. Don’t worry about greasing the pan or using parchment, they come out nicely.
5. Let sit in the fridge for as long as you can wait.
6. Knock them out, cut them up! Or cut them up then knock them out.
*Oh ya! No psychedelic effects homies.