No-Bake Hemp & Chia Seed Bars
Recipe type: Snack, Vegetarian
Makes: 16
These bars don’t take advantage of the unique gelling properties of chia, but do take advantage of its nutrition! (Think: fibre, omega-3s and calcium, among other nutrients) To make these vegan, use another liquid sweetener, like agave nectar or corn syrup (maple syrup may be too thin). To make these gluten-free, be sure to purchase certified gluten-free (“pure”) oats.
  • 3 cups (750 mL) quick oats
  • 1 cup (250 mL) unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¾ cup (185 mL) chopped almonds
  • ½ cup (125 mL) hemp hearts
  • ½ cup (125 mL) chia seeds
  • ½ cup (125 mL) dried fruit (cranberries, apricots, raisins, etc, chopped into small pieces if needed)
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) ground flaxseeds
  • ½ cup (125 mL) honey (or other liquid sweetener)
  • ½ cup (125 mL) applesauce
  • ¾ cup (185 mL) almond butter
  • ½ cup (125 mL) coconut oil, melted
  • 1½ tsp (7 mL) vanilla extract
  1. Line a 8 x 8” baking dish with parchment paper, ensuring that the parchment paper hangs over the sides.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, shredded coconut, almonds, hemp hearts, chia seeds, dried fruit and flax. In a medium bowl, stir together honey, applesauce, almond butter, coconut oil and vanilla.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well, using your hands if needed.
  4. Press the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Chill in refrigerator or freezer until firm. Use the parchment paper to lift the squares out of the baking dish. Cut into bars or squares and serve.
Recipe by Vincci Tsui, RD | Calgary Registered Dietitian at