Something pretty hilarious happened on Monday night.. in an unexpected turn of events I was on the telly!
Yep, I made my TV debut, talking about hemp protein and getting my face all glittered up! If you’re wondering about the connection between hemp protein and glitter, don’t worry, there isn’t one!
This year I’ve been taking part in a series called Be Fit Bristol Fit.. the lovely people at Troy TV have been following a few Bristolians who are in some way involved in health, sports and fitness, to showcase what this wonderful city has to offer. They approached me, and so far then have filmed me cooking in my kitchen, my little veg patch, and having some sessions with a personal trainer, it’s fun, and is helping me to get over my fear of video and to not take myself so seriously!
So on Monday evening, Made in Bristol TV played my Be Fit Bristol Fit episode and asked me to come into the studio for a chat.. luckily it was so last minute that I didn’t have time to be scared and back out!
I rushed home, showered and whipped up a quick protein bar because they asked me to bring in something to talk about relating to sports nutrition.
And this is how the Hemp and Apricot Energy Bar came into being. There is SO MUCH goodness in this bar. It would be excellent post workout snack to replace glycogen stores, provide good quality plant protein and essential fats to keep blood sugar stable and our support hormones as well as giving the body some antioxidants which are important after working out, as the rate of oxidation is increased.
I really love how this bar turned out. There is something deliciously buttery about the combination of apricots and yummy fatty hemp hearts, and it has a lovely crunchy texture from the cacao nibs, almonds and chia seeds.
I champion hemp at every opportunity so I was thrilled to have a chance to mention with wonders of this plant on LIVE TV (even if it was only for all of 30 seconds!)
Hemp is an excellent source of protein and healthy fats, so I’ve included both the whole ground protein powder and the de-shelled fatty hemp hearts. Hemp is one of the few sources of the easily forgotten fatty acid GLA, which has so many important roles in the body including managing inflammation, nourishing the cardiovascular system, the skin and immune system, its even been shown to slow tumour growth.
Hemp oil played a big part in healing my son Ollie’s, eczema.
Anyhoooooow on with the recipe!
Hemp And Apricot Protein Bars
- 1 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup dates
- 1/2 cup un-sulphered dried apricots
- pinch of salt
- 1 heaped Tbs hemp protein
- 1 tbs coconut oil
- 1 Tbs chia seeds
- 1 Tbs cacao nibs
- 1 Tbsp hemp hearts + more to sprinkle on top.
1. In food processor, process the almonds, dates, apricots, salt and hemp protein until you have a crumbly slightly sticky texture.
2. Add the coconut oil and process again until thoroughly combined.
3. Once you feel you have the right consistency that can be pressed firmly into a tin, add in the cacao nibs, chia seeds and hemp hearts and give it a quick whiz just to combine because its nice to keep this whole to give texture and crunch!
4. Press the mix into a lined bread tin, sprinkle and press in more hemp hearts on the top to make it pretty, and then leave it in the freezer for about half an hour or so to set firm before slicing it up into bars.