Chocolate Chia Hemp Seed Bars

Chocolate Chia Hemp Seed Bars

These Chewy Chocolate Chia Hemp Heart Bars are dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, vegan, paleo friendly and make a decadent, delicious yet healthy snack!
Course Snacks
Servings 10

Ingredients
  

  • 3 Tablespoons Brown Rice Syrup
  • 4 Tablespoons Coconut Palm Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil divided into 1 and 1/2
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons raw Cacao Powder
  • 1 Cup + 2 Tablespoons Shelled Hemp Seed plus more for garnish
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons Ground Chia Seed/Chia seed meal white or black
  • 2 Tablespoons Dark 80% Chocolate, chopped into very small pieces
  • 1/3 Cup Chocolate Chips naturally sweetened, preferably dark

Instructions
 

  • Line a 20 x 20 cm loaf pan with waxed paper.
  • Place the brown rice syrup, coconut palm sugar, 1 tablespoon of the coconut oil (reserve the other 1/2 tablespoon for the chocolate drizzle), salt and cacao powder in a small saucepan. Whisk together and place the pan on medium heat, whisking occasionally until the coconut palm sugar is dissolved and mixture is just bubbling. Remove from heat.
  • In a large mixing bowl, toss together the Shelled Hemp Seeds and Chia Meal.
  • Pour the sugar mixture over the seeds and mix with a wooden spoon until a stiff dough forms.
  • Let cool for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the chopped bittersweet chocolate to the dough (you may want to coat your hands in a little coconut oil) and carefully knead the chocolate pieces into the dough, trying to evenly distribute them.
  • Press the dough down into the lined pan, pressing to make the top smooth and even.
  • Place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  • While the bars are freezing, place the chocolate chips and remaining 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil in a heat-proof bowl. Place in a bain-maire or water in a pot/pan. Heat on medium, stirring constantly, until the chocolate melts and is smooth. Remove from heat.
  • Remove the bars from the freezer and lift out of the loaf pan by holding the edges of the waxed paper. Place on a work surface and lightly coat a sharp chefs knife with coconut oil.
  • Cut the sheet into 8-10 rectangular bars.
  • Place the bars on a cooling rack and place the cooling rack over a tray.
  • Use a fork or spoon to drizzle the melted chocolate over the bars.
  • While the chocolate is still melted, sprinkle Shelled Hemp Seeds down the center of each bar.
  • Place in the fridge and let firm up for at least 30 minutes.
  • Please in an airtight container and keep in the fridge.
Keyword Bars, chia, shelled hemp seeds
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