Apricot, Coconut & Hemp Protein Bars

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‘If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.’ – Gail Sheehy

The past few months have been marked by rapid change. My growing belly and the increasingly present little person inside it are testament to the physical, we’re doing up the nursery and spending inordinate amounts of time in John Lewis and on Pinterest, but beyond that there’s a change in attitude too. In eight short weeks – give or take, I’m aware most babies have a habit of arriving on their own terms – we’ll be parents to this living, breathing being. Life, as we know it, will never be the same again.   Apricot, Coconut & Pumpkin Seeds

Bringing a new life into the world makes you think pretty carefully about your own. There are a lot of nappies and nursery rhymes and growing to do before he even has to think about this, but I want my baby boy to be happy with his career, to find a balance between work and life that is rewarding and fulfilling and more.  Luke – Carnivorous Husband – has found his completely off-kilter in recent months, and so last week he took the plunge and quit his job to embark on a brand new career path. Slightly scary stuff when our little loaf’s arrival is just around the corner, but also exciting and necessary and right. I’m incredibly proud of him for taking this chance to pursue his dreams and for setting an example to our boy those dreams are there to be followed.Pumpkin seeds, coconut & hemp protein powder

This new career path is sports and nutrition focused, something my protein-loving husband has been passionate about for as long as I’ve known him. You see a lot of cake around here, but behind the scenes we been pack in the healthier snacks as well. Protein pancakes, shakes, bars and balls have all seen their way through our kitchen, so today I’m posting an antidote to last week’s Rye chocolate brownies: a bar packed with protein and good fats that’s as delicious as it is healthy, and super simple to make. So here’s to change, and all the fear, excitement and joy that come with it.Apricot, Coconut & Hemp Protein Bars3

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Apricot, Coconut & Hemp Protein Bars
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Delicious protein-packed snack bars made with unsulphered apricots, coconut and hemp. Pack these into lunchboxes, crumble into yoghurt or even use the mixture as a base for a raw cheesecake. The apricots can be replaced with pitted Medjool dates.
Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 12 bars
  • 160g pumpkin seeds
  • 100g unsweetend dessicated coconut
  • 125g hemp protein powder
  • ½ tsp ground vanilla
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • 20 unsulphered apricots
  • 3 - 4 tbsp coconut oil, room temperature
  1. In a blender, combine the pumpkin seeds, coconut and protein powder, blitzing to a rough powder with a few crunchy chunks. Add the vanilla, cinnamon and salt and blitz again.
  2. Add the apricots and 3 tbsp coconut oil and blend until the mixture comes together into a thick, dry paste that holds together when you press it between your fingers. If it feels a little dry. add the remaining tablespoon of coconut oil and blitz again.
  3. Line a 28 x 18cm baking dish or large loaf tin with baking parchment. Press the mixture into the tin, smoothing the surface flat, then refrigerate for one hour before cutting into bars.
  4. Wrap the individual bars in baking parchment. Will keep in the fridge for around a week.
Adapted from Green Kitchen Stories Raw Hemp Protein Bars.

Apricot, Coconut & Hemp Protein Bars

4 RESPONSES TO Apricot, Coconut & Hemp Protein Bars

  1. First off congratulations on a little someone that will be coming into your life some weeks from now! Exciting and scary I’m sure. At least for me it was. You are right life will never be the same and you will never want it to be. It is the single most satisfying, frustrating, joyful job you’ll ever have! 🙂
    These bars look super healthy and delicious!

  2. April -

    How exciting! And you’re right, things will never be the same from then on out. They’ll be so much better! Babies bring such a fresh perspective on life. The protein bars sound delicious!

  3. 8 weeks! Eeeep! So very excited for you. My little one turns 1 tomorrow and I cannot believe how quickly it has gone. It feels like only yesterday I was writing similar words about having a few weeks left to go.

    Good luck to Mr LL in his new career, if he is anywhere near as driven as you I am sure he will be a great success.

    Rest up and enjoy these last few quiet weeks as a family of 2 xxx

  4. Kirsten -

    Only 8 weeks(ish) to go?! Time really does fly! Best of luck with everything and I hope your little boy doesn’t have to spend too much time in hospital.

    Congrats to Carnivorous Husband! Making such a big decisions always seems difficult and stressful until you do it – but then a big weight is lifted and everything seems possible.

    The protein bars sound delicious too – definitely one to try!

    Have a restful few weeks x

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