Hemp Bars Recipe

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Hemp Bars

From Dorothy McNett's recipes at www.dorothymcnett.com. I created these for a "sort of" nutritious snack that my grandson Dylan and I could make together. Now Dalton loves them, too! And little Dani is always ready tio "make hemp bars"! Shaped like Scottish shortbread, these make great breakfast or afternoon food. Peace and love and good health, too! (I know they should be called Hemp Seed Bars, but it is more fun with the name Hemp Bars!)

3/4 cup unsalted, softened butter
3/4 cup raw sugar
1/2 - 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract, or vanilla bean paste
2 tablespoons orange or carrot juice
1/2 teaspoon semi-coarse sea salt
1/2 cup raisins (or fresh blueberries, or other dried fruits)
1/2 cup hemp seeds or flax seeds
1/3 cup whole grain cereal (wheat and barley cereal)
2 1/4 cups all purpose unbleached flour

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. With electric mixer or sturdy whisk, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add vanilla, juice, and salt and whisk well. Add remaining ingredients, switching to a spoon or spatula, working in all of the flour.
The dough will be stiff. Line baking sheet with a silicone baking mat. Press out the dough with your hands into a circle about 1/2 inch thick. Flute edges with a fork. With a kitchen knife (not a sharp knife as you do not want to cut through the silicone mat) cut into about 16-20 wedges, or to the size that you desire. Spread apart a little, and bake about 30-35 minutes. Cool completely.
As an appetizer or main dish to pair with a green salad, place a nice piece of perfect brie on a beautiful serving platter and top with your choice of a pepper jam or other chutney style topping and arrange the hemp bars around the cheese. To eat, spread a bit of the brie and topping over the hemp bar and WOW!

As a dessert, place a hemp bar on individual serving plates and dollop with a bit of mascarpone or whipped cream and top with blueberries, raspberries or strawberries. If bars are really crispy, sprinkle a bit of sherry or port onto the bar before adding cream and fruit to "soften" them up a bit. YUM!

Recipe created 2007-08-20.

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