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Raspberry Chocolate Hemp Squares

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I co-hosted a party on the weekend with my sweetie to celebrate Spring and more importantly, his birthday! I made a bunch of snacks: beet goat cheese dip, navy bean basil dip, an organic veggie platter and an olive, cheese, grape platter with Mary's Brown Rice Crackers. And for dessert, I made my famous sexy balls, but turned them into squares and sprinkled unsulfured coco flakes on top. And if that wasn't enough, I also made the recipe I'm sharing with you today: Raspberry Chocolate Hemp Squares.

This recipe is from my friend Doug's new raw recipe book called: Eat Raw, Eat Well. These squares are gluten-free, vegan, raw, nutrient-dense and most importantly -- creamy, rich and deeeelicious!

There's a trick to these squares though. I only froze them for about 3-4 hours prior to my party and they needed longer. They tasted delicious scooped into a bowl and enjoyed like pudding. However, I left them in the freezer overnight and they were perfectly formed and incredibly rich and delicious the next day, a 10/10! They remind me of my travels in Italy last year while eating the richest, creamiest chocolate gelato.

Ingredients:

1.5 cups shelled hemp seeds* (soak for 30 minutes, discard water)

2 cups organic raspberries or strawberries (use what is in season if you can)

1/2 cup raw cacao

1/3 cup raw organic agave or maple syrup

1/4 cup filtered water

1/4 cup melted coconut oil (melt over low heat till liquid)

*There are many brands of shelled hemp seeds: Ruth's Soft Hemp, Mum's Original Hemp Hearts, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts -- you can use any one of these. Shelled hemp seeds, soft hemp and hemp hearts are the same thing. The hard outer shell has been removed.

Method: In a blender or food processor, combine hemp seeds, raspberries, cacao powder, agave or maple syrup. Blend under smooth. Add water and coco oil and continue blending until smooth.

Transfer to a baking dish and refrigerate overnight. Sprinkle with raspberries. Cut into squares.

I actually just keep them in the freezer and eat them chilled. I had one for breakfast today, and why not, the good fats and protein in the hemp will keep your belly satisfied for hours. EnJOY!

Be joyous,

Joy

Excerpted from Eat Raw, Eat Well by Douglas McNish © 2012 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved. 

36 Comments
Lesley-Ann O'Shea   •   May 29, 2012

These look gorgeous but one of my children doesnt eat raspberries - can I substitute strawberries?

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Joy McCarthy   •   May 29, 2012

Liz (formerly VeggieGirl)   •   May 29, 2012

Simple, delicious ingredients - another winner!

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Joy McCarthy   •   May 29, 2012

sophie   •   May 29, 2012

hemp seed is different from hemp hearts, right? hemp seeds are the ones with the shell?

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Joy McCarthy   •   May 29, 2012

Leah   •   May 29, 2012

Joy, I don't have any hemp seeds in my house at the moment but I do have hemp hearts - can I use those instead? And if I can, I assume I don't soak them as they don't have a shell like the hemp seeds. Thanks!!!

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Joy McCarthy   •   May 29, 2012

mary   •   May 29, 2012

Hi Joy, this looks delicious.. Have you ever heard of hemp seeds causing digestive issues, i.e smelly flatuence? thanks mary

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Joy McCarthy   •   May 29, 2012

Leah   •   May 30, 2012

Thanks so much, trying these today!

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Jennifer   •   May 31, 2012

Just made these - sooo yummy. This is the best recipe I've tried with hemp seeds. Thank you so much! And I'll have to pick up Doug's book too! :)

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Joy McCarthy   •   June 1, 2012

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iris   •   June 1, 2012

Can I use frozen berries? Does that change any of the recipe amounts?

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Joy McCarthy   •   June 1, 2012

Michelle @ Push.Pump.Progress   •   June 1, 2012

I AM SOOO making this tonight! I just received a bag of hemp hearts from manitoba harvest in the mail, i am doing a review and giveaway next week for them! i am going to mention your blog and recipe in my post! this looks so yummy! and all of the ingrediets fall into my paleo diet. New fan right here :)

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Joy McCarthy   •   June 1, 2012

Kim Mahnke   •   June 1, 2012

Joy I love seeing you on TMS and this recipe looks amazing! If I have cocoa powder can I use instead of raw cacao? Also if I have the hemp hearts do I still need to soak?

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Joy McCarthy   •   June 2, 2012

Raquel   •   June 6, 2012

I made these and they weren't as smooth as in your picture. Not sure what I did wrong. They were kind of crunchy??

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Joy McCarthy   •   June 6, 2012
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Tim Carr   •   June 18, 2012

These look incredible, I can't wait to try them!

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Hilary   •   July 4, 2012

made these last night and had one with my breakfast - they're amazing! i am also going to try and make them in popsicles form for the summer - i think they would be perfect!

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amate   •   July 12, 2012

love your site. can I use hemp protein powder instead of hemp seeds for the raspberry chocolate hemp squares.

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Mia   •   September 6, 2012

Is it ok to keep these out of the fridge for a while? I was thinking of taking them to a picnic.

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Joy McCarthy   •   September 6, 2012

Sarina @ Earthgiven Kitchen   •   November 2, 2012

These look great, thanks for sharing! I wonder if bananas would work for one of my kids who don't eat berries? I would totally eat this for breakfast too!

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Joy McCarthy   •   November 2, 2012

Kiren   •   June 1, 2015

I made these with strawberries on the weekend and I really like them but I find I have to keep them in the freezer. When I took one out and put it in the fridge, it melted into a pudding - not sure if I did something wrong while I was making them??

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Joy McCarthy   •   June 1, 2015

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