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Easy Honey Hemp Bars {gluten-free}

Easy honey hemp bars sparkle with light-as-air puffed brown rice, bits of nutritious flax, sesame, pumpkin, and hemp seeds, plus tangy red goji berries and buttery-rich pecans. That means a whole lot of healthy love.

Easy Honey Hemp Bars

Over the years, Alice Medrich’s beautiful cookbooks have influenced my work as a baker and pastry chef. Several, including her first, Cocolat: Extraordinary Chocolate Desserts, hold places of honor on my office shelf. This recipe comes from Medrich’s marvelous Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-In-Your-Mouth Cookies cookbook.

The cookbook is full of tempting cookies and bars, including a nice selection of whole-grain, wheat-free and/or diary-free recipes. Nourishing gluten-free honey hemp bars hang in the Chewy chapter, though these addictive little munchies could easily go in Crunchy or Crispy


I just can’t leave a perfectly good recipe alone. The original honey hemp bar recipe calls for black (or white or tan) sesame seeds, but I switched in omega-3-rich chia seeds. I like the textural feeling as the chia seeds soften and do their expanding gelatinous thing in my mouth. Robbie, not so much, he votes for sesame seeds in his honey hemp bars.

In addition to the honey, mashed dates help bond these bars together. Chop a super-moist Medjool date, then smoosh it with the back of a knife.  Date paste works too. You can find packages of date paste at Mediterranean grocery stores.

Ingredients for Easy Honey Hemp Bars

The recipe’s ingredient list also calls for dried currants, but in the notes Ms. Medrich suggests an upgrade to red goji berries. Since I happened to have some in the pantry, and since antioxidant-rich goji berries seem to be more and more common bulk bin items, and not just in health food stores, I went with the red. She proposes diced dried apricots as well, or any bits of tasty and colorful fruit.

Medrich’s new cookbook Flavor Flours is also full of wheat-free healthier recipes to try. Do you think the wheat-free recipes in Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy cookie book might have inspired Medrich’s newest cookbook? The title says it–Flavor Flours: A New Way to Bake with Teff, Buckwheat, Sorghum, Other Whole & Ancient Grains, Nuts & Non-Wheat Flours.

Easy Honey Hemp Bars-Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy cookbook

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  • Teri Thomas

    What colorful bars! I can assure these light but tasty treats, will accompany on many spring and summer hikes and mountain bike rides. Reply · 21 April, 2015

  • You’ve inspired me. GREG Reply · 21 April, 2015

  • What a delicious way to eat healthier. Reply · 3 May, 2015

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