Hemp seed is an excellent food to incorporate into your diet – they’re rich in healthy fats, minerals and protein. But most importantly, they taste delicious and are an extremely versatile food – it’s incredibly simple to add them into your favourite recipes.

To learn more about why hemp seeds are so great for your health, you can check out our previous blog here.

This week, we’ve decided to share some of our personal favourite hemp seed recipes.

 

Peanut butter and jam smoothie

For all the smoothie lovers out there, hemp seeds are an amazing (and simple) addition to your daily drink.

 

Ingredients

1 cup vanilla almond milk

2 cups fresh strawberries, chopped

½ cup raw cashews, soaked for 2-5 hours

1 ½ cup ice

1 tablespoon peanut butter

1 teaspoon hemp hearts

 

Instructions

Blend and enjoy!

 

Banana hemp seed muffins

Perfect for breakfast, dessert, or an afternoon snack, these muffins are a healthy spin of your favourite comfort food.

 

Ingredients

2 tablespoons ground flax seeds

6 tablespoons warm water

1 cup all-purpose flower

1 teaspoon baking soda

1½ teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup sugar

½ cup coconut oil, melted but not hot

2 ripe bananas, smashed

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ cup hemp hearts

* you can also throw in ½ cup of chocolate chips or chopped walnuts to add flavour!

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Prepare a muffin pan with liners
  2. In a medium bowl, mix ground flax seeds with warm water and set aside
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt
  4. Back in the bowl with the flax seeds; smash the bananas into the flax seeds, add sugar, oil, vanilla extract and mix well
  5. Add the wet ingredients into the dry and mix
  6. Add in the hemp seeds and stir to combine
  7. Scoop into the muffin pan
  8. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until golden on top

 

Creamy hemp pesto sauce

Pesto sauce is an easy way to add an extra twist to your usual dinner staples. Whether you use it to make a pasta dish, spread it on chicken breast or mix it into your cooked veggies, pesto can turn almost any “mundane” meal into something special!

 

Ingredients

1 ½ cups hemp hearts

Juice of 2 fresh lemons

½ cup water

1 cup basil leaves, packed

2 garlic cloves, peeled

½ teaspoon salt

 

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth
  2. Scrape down the sides between blending if necessary
  3. Heat using your stovetop on low if required for your recipe

 

Healthy chocolate protein bites

Looking for a healthier alternative to your typical protein/granola bar? Look no further.

 

Ingredients

* Note, this ingredient list makes 16 bites

1 cup packed pitted Medjool dates

1/4 cup hulled hemp seed

1/4 cup chia seed

1/4 cup sesame seed

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup mini-dark chocolate chips

 

Instructions

  1. Add dates into food processor and process to a paste
  2. Add in the hemp, chia, sesame, cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Process until thoroughly combined. The dough should be sticky when pressed between your fingers. If it’s not sticky enough to shape into balls, add a small amount of water (a teaspoon at a time) and process until it comes together.
  3. Slowly add in mini chocolate chips
  4. Shape mixture into small balls (about 16) and freeze for 20 minutes or so until firm
  5. Store leftovers in the freezer

 

 

Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

Need to satisfy your sweet tooth? Here’s a protein-packed spin on your favourite, classic, chocolate chip cookies!

 

Ingredients

3/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon molasses
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cup whole spelt flour
2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup organic hulled hemp seeds
1/4 cup organic flax seed
1/4 cup organic hemp flour
1/2 cup organic chocolate chips of your choice
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Blend wet ingredients together by hand or with a mixer
  3. Add sugar slowly
  4. In a separate bowl, blend all dry ingredients together
  5. Spoon batter evenly onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
  6. Bake 8 to 10 min, or until golden

 

Have questions about how else you can incorporate hemp into your life? Contact us! We’re happy to help.