lemon-apricot-hemp power bars

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Hello again! How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was relaxing and refreshing which was exactly what I needed. I was in Quebec visiting my grandparents with my mom, and my aunt and uncle were around as well so it was really nice to catch up with everyone and have some quality family time. I really don’t see them enough! They only live 3 hours away but that makes seeing them tricky, especially with everyone’s conflicting schedules. I was really good this weekend too and stuck to my cleanse. I was prepared beforehand with loads of goodies and meals so I never went hungry and even came back with extra food. I even managed to turn down the red wine that was repeatedly offered, which was tough, but I’m glad I stuck to it!

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Made some salads in a jar, inspired by Pinterest! In there are loads of goodies like blueberry-dijon dressing (of my own creation), marinated mushrooms, tomatoes, red pepper, avocado, sprouted quinoa and romaine lettuce! Got me through 2 lunches and man were they filling!

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The rest of the loot (left to right): chia seed porridge with pecan butter and some chopped berries, a banana, lemon-apricot-hemp power bars, sunflower seed hummus and baby carrots (didn’t end up eating), an Asian pear, some hemp seed alfredo sauce with a zucchini to make noodles (didn’t end up eating), salads and kitchari. Also brought Dandy blend, herbal tea and stevia.

So with a little planning ahead I was able to stick to my cleanse 100%, eat healthy and high raw (2 meals and 2 snacks/day!) and didn’t feel deprived. Very successful trip :)

I also took the opportunity to leave my laptop at home which was refreshing. So instead of spending time reading blogs, twitter, Pinterest and Facebook, I spent more time reading and spending time with loved ones. Doing that for a whole weekend is very rare, especially lately and I definitely appreciated not having the distractions!

And now for a recipe! These power pars are great for fuelling a long day or a workout, or just tiding you over until the next meal. They are light tasting, so great for spring and sweet enough that you could eat them as dessert and any sweet craving would be dealt with. They have no added fats or sugars and have tons of protein from the hemp seeds. They’ll actually help keep you full too what with all the fibre from the dates, hemp seeds, cashews and apricots and of course cashews are loaded with healthy fats :). These are best when eaten chilled since they do get softer when left at room temperature. Not a problem really, they still taste good, I just prefer the texture chilled. This make 12 small-sized bars, about 1/2 the size of a regular Larabar, so for a more substantial snack just cut them bigger or eat 2!

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Lemon-Apricot-Hemp Power Bars (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Raw)

Makes 12 small bars.

  • 3/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup shelled hemp seeds
  • 1/2 cup medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup apricots (make sure they aren’t sweetened)
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon

First add the cashews to the food processor and pulse until in small pieces. Add all of the other ingredients and process together until the ingredients get very sticky and form a ball. Line a baking dish with plastic wrap (I used a small lasagne pan, but whatever size you want) and press the mixture into the pan making sure it’s even and well packed. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for about 30 min, until solid. Take out from the freezer and cut into bars. I individually wrapped them for easy snacking. Store in the fridge until ready to eat.

Happy Monday!

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34 thoughts on “lemon-apricot-hemp power bars

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  2. I needed a pickup this afternoon and decided to make these bars. Unbelievably delicious! I had to put them in the freezer so I wouldn’t eat too much.:) Since mine were very sticky I sprinkled the top with more hemp seeds – I liked the extra crunch.

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  5. Great job sticking to the cleanse! The salad in a jar idea is brilliant! They look so pretty too! I’ve only ever dreamed of putting cake in a jar but I guess salad would sit on my thighs a bit better ;)

    Those bars sound phenomenal and lucky for me I have all of those ingredients in my pantry! Well I’d have to switch out cashews but I could make it work. Once I eat my orange coconut bars and lemon coconut hemp bites I’ll have to try this delicious sounding recipe! I love the flavor of apricot :)

    I’m glad you had a nice weekend with your family! I’m jealous of your ability to unplug, I can’t seem to tear myself away! I’ll have to make it a goal for the near future. Can’t wait to see what you have coming up!

    • Aren’t they? I wish I had gotten better pictures of the salads! But I will be doing it again so plenty more opportunity. I love that it showcases all the different ingredients instead of them all getting mixed and hidden.

      You’ll have to let me know if you try them! Yours sound great too- you should probably post a recipe cuz I’d try them ;)

      Unplugging was actually so calming- not having that constant pull really let you relax and get into what I was doing. Not putting my book down to go answer a text was refreshing :) Plus it allowed me to fully spend time with the people I was actually with. I think I’ll try and do it more often!

  6. Good for you for sticking with your cleanse when visiting your family- high five :)

    I love these types of bars- so good for you…and asian pears, my favorite!

    Do you have a recipe for the Hemp Alfredo Sauce, it caught my eye and sounds so amazing

    • Oh it was tricky believe me, especially because wine if oneof my favourites. I’m pretty good at not drinking it, but when it’s right infront of my face, I usually can’t say no! Love the virtual high five :)

      I do in fact have a recipe for that! Check out the previous post ;)

    • I never used to like lemon, but now I am obsessed with lemon flavoured goodies. I don’t know what it is! They are just so fresh!

      And thanks! It was difficult but I knew I’d be disappointed in myself (and that I’d have to fess up here lol) so that was good motivation!

    • I couldn’t agree more with you Jocelyn! I am so tempted to get another one but remember how liberated I felt to toss mine (many years ago now….it was broken)!
      Gabby your bars look as heavenly as your weekend sounds!

        • I totally agree! Unplugging feels heavenly – you are making me crave a weekend at my folks place (they don’t have any w-fi or cell reception at all!) xo!

          • Wow! That is rare these days, but so nice you have somewhere you can go to completely unplug and reconnect. I can’t say I have done it very many times, but I really need to start. I always come out of it so refreshed! I think it’s just hard to make the initial disconnection. After that, I settled right into it :)

    • Thanks! Ya they are genius! Since the leaves are so far away from the dressing, nothing gets soggy! Plus once you have an assembly line going making them all it’s really fast! What would we do without Pinterest? lol

  7. Wow, you did a terrific job sticking to your cleanse! Those salad jars look beautiful, your loot sounds delicious and even leaving your laptop home is a smart idea. :)

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