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Chocolate Peanut Butter Hemp Bars

I love sharing these bars with friends after a casual dinner, bringing them to parties, or just snacking after a long run. My Chocolate Peanut Butter Hemp Bars are loaded with nutrients, packed with protein, and naturally sweetened—plus they taste amazing.
Prep Time45 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Oil Free, Vegan
Yield: 12 bars
Author: The Local Sprout



  • 1 cup natural creamy peanut butter(or sub other nut/seed butter*)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or sub honey for non-vegan option
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch sea salt omit if your peanut butter is salted
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 2 cup puffed rice cereal

Chocolate Top:


  • Line a loaf pan with parchment paper or lightly grease. Set aside.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine the peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt until smooth and creamy.
  • Gently stir in the hemp seeds and rice cereal until mixture is evenly distributed and very thick.
  • Dump mixture into prepared pan and press firmly to pack bars into a large block. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine the peanut butter and chocolate. Microwave for 1-2 minutes, stirring every 20-30 seconds to ensure mixture does not over cook—you want the chocolate to be creamy and drippy, but not to the point where it begins to thicken.
  • Pour chocolate mixture over top of the rice block. Smooth with a rubber spatula to evenly coat and immediately transfer to freezer.
  • Freeze bars for 30 minutes or until chocolate topping is firm. Carefully cut into equal bars with a sharp knife.
  • Enjoy immediately or store bars in an airtight container in refrigerator or freezer until ready to enjoy.


*I have not tested this recipe with another type of butter so I cannot claim one to work better than another. A friend who tested them with almond butter sent this to me in a text:
“The almond butter ones are good. However they stick to the roof of your mouth a lot and don’t hold together as well….The almond butter tastes “healthier” in way. The peanut butter ones taste more like you’re eating a cookie or candy. “
I think sunbutter would be a great nut-free alternative for this recipe as it has a similar texture to peanut butter.


Serving: 1g | Sodium: 56mg | Sugar: 10.7g | Fiber: 3.2g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Calories: 224kcal | Saturated Fat: 3.3g | Fat: 15g | Protein: 6.5g | Carbohydrates: 16.9g