They’re green. They’re lean. They’re also ridiculously delicious. We’re talking spirulina hemp bars, created by Vancouver-based, holistic nutritionist and natural foods chef extraordinaire, Kate Horsman.

“Spirulina what? K, we’ve heard of it perhaps, but what the heck is it? Right? According to Kate, this sea algae is the ‘Muhammad Ali of the plant world’, with a serious punch of health benefits and intense flavour.

Yup, sea algae from the sea. Not only has it been studied to be one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet, it contains as much as 70% protein. In comparison, beef is 22%.

Healthy benefits aside, how does it taste? Well if Kate’s Spirulina bars are any indication – ah-maze! We first discovered these bars while attending a Fitness Nutrition event where Kate was a featured speaker.

One bite in, and we just had (had) to get the recipe!  Designed for sweat-enthusiasts, or those looking for an energizing hit of plant-based protein, healthy carbs and fat, Kate says the first time she made these bars for a bunch of runners, they were devoured as fast as their 10k race splits. That good.

Containing just 8 ingredients – think anti-inflammatory power houses like spirulina, hemp, coconut oil and lightly sweetened with dates, they take next to no time to make and can be enjoyed straight away or stored in the fridge/freezer for later.

Recipe Inspo: Spirulina Hemp Bars For The Win

Ingredients

Ingredients:
* 10 pitted medjool dates
* 1/2 cup hemp hearts
* 1cup Gluten free Oats
* 1/2 cup shredded coconut
* 1 cup almonds*
* 2tsp Spirulina
* 4 Tbls Coconut oil (melted)
* a pinch of himalayan salt
*You can use alternative nuts if preferred.

Optional Cacao Drizzle
* 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
* 1/4 cup cacao powder

Instructions

* Add oil and dates into a high-powered blender, such as a Vitamix.
* On medium speed, blend until everything is well incorporated, forming an awesome piece of green delicious dough.
* In a parchment lined pan, spread and pat down your mixture for easy cutting of the bars.
* For extra tastiness, you can dress these power bars with a drizzle of the cacao and oil whisked together.

Notes

* Refrigerate until solid and enjoy right away, or store in the freezer for longer.

More about Kate:

Kate Horsman is a Holistic Nutritionist and Natural Foods Chef. A born Vancouverite with some worldly experience, including years as a devout Ballet dancer, turned model, turned designer and entrepreneur. Her training is vast, but not nearly as extensive the life lessons she attributes for both finding her purpose, success and healing. “It is our darker shadows that create the most beautiful light.”

A trained Holistic Nutritionist and Natural Foods Chef, Kate works with a variety of clients seeking to improve their health and wellness privately, or through workshops and retreats. Along with creating the most delicious, plant-based foods and recipes, she specializes in Women’s Health, Body Image/Eating Disorders, Plant Based Nutrition and Athletics. For more, visit: www.kateHorsman.com.