Hemp hearts and hemp seeds are becoming more popular. They aren’t just for those in the cannabis community. Many that are adopting healthier lifestyles are also seeing the potential nutrition benefits of hemp seeds and hemp hearts. This is helping them gain popularity. We’ve put together some delicious hemp seed and hemp heart recipes for the whole family to enjoy and hope that you enjoy making them.
Hemp Seeds for Breakfast
Add a little extra protein and fiber to your breakfast with healthy hemp seeds. You may just help yourself make it a little longer in the morning before you need a snack. Some of these fun breakfast options can also be taken with you for a mid-morning snack if you need a little pick-me-up before lunch.
Lemon Poppy Seed and Hemp Seed Muffins
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup lemon yogurt
2 Tbsp. hemp seeds
2 Tbsp. poppy seeds
¾ granulated sugar or sugar substitute
2 large eggs
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking power
Pinch of salt
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 Tbsp. lemon zest
In a bowl, cream your eggs and sugar until fluffy. Add the yogurt and vegetable oil and combine thoroughly. Slowly add the dry ingredients until incorporated. Fold in the poppy seeds, hemp seeds and lemon zest.
Scoop into muffin tin and bake for 20 minutes.
While the muffins bake, combine 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice with 3 Tbsp. of granulated sugar or sugar substitute. When the muffins come out of the oven, poke them with a toothpick several times and spoon some of this mixture over the top for an extra pop of lemon flavor.
If you’d prefer a creamier texture to your muffins, make a loose lemon pastry cream and spoon that over the warm muffins instead.
Hemp Seeds After Dinner
Are you craving something sweet but still want it to have something healthy in it? Try this guilty pleasure with a healthy twist. If you have dietary restrictions, feel free to make the necessary substitutions.
Crunchy Hemp Seed and Pecan Brittle
¼ cup hemp seeds
2 cups toasted pecans
1 cup water
1 Tbsp. salt
4 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 ¼ cup light corn syrup or sugar-free liquid sugar derivative
2 ½ cups sugar or sugar substitute
1 tsp. cinnamon
3 tsp. baking soda
For this recipe you’ll need a candy thermometer and four buttered 15.5 x 10 x 1 sheet pans.
First, start by toasting your pecans until you can smell the flavor and see some of the oils start to make the nuts shine. Toast the nuts in a nonstick pan on the stove top. Keep them moving as much as possible. You can roughly chop the nuts if you’d like.
Now, add the sugar, corn syrup, water, salt and vanilla to a nonstick saucepot. Insert the candy thermometer and turn the heat onto high. Stir and keep an eye on the pan. When the candy thermometer reaches 290 degrees, you’ll add the pecans. Then add the butter and cinnamon. When the mixture reaches 300 degrees, take it off of the heat and toss in the baking soda. Stir continuously for 30 seconds.
Pour one-quarter of the mixture onto each sheet pan and spread with a rubber scraper. Allow the brittle to cool and stretch by hand if you wish.
Hemp Seeds in the Main Course
How do you incorporate the hemp seed into your main course? As a coating, of course. It is important to remember that hemp seeds are best used as a coating on a baked protein. Frying the protein can burn the seeds.
Hemp Seed and Couscous Crusted Fish
4 servings of salmon or a hearty white fish (like halibut or cod)
3 cups couscous
1 bunch of Italian parsley chopped
¼ cup hemp hearts
½ cup golden raisins
Juice of 2 lemons
¼ cup green olives coarsely chopped
¼ cup capers chopped
4 cups water
½ cup olive oil
¼ cup pine nuts toasted and chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Toss all ingredients except the fish, water and couscous in a bowl. Combine and then fold in the couscous. Butter a deep baking dish and add the fish portions. Spoon the couscous mixture over the fish and then add the water. Drizzle with olive oil and bake for 25 minutes.
Tip: Remove the skin from your fish before adding to baking dish. The skin, in this preparation, will be rubbery and not edible.
Decadent Desserts with a Healthy Twist
Is dessert your favorite part of dinner? It doesn’t have to be full of sugar that just causes you to crash later. Give your dark chocolate truffles a healthy kick with a coating of hemp hearts.
Dark Chocolate Truffles with Hemp Heart Coating
½ cup heavy cream
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
8 ounces high quality dark or bittersweet chocolate (at least 70% cacao)
1 cup cocoa powder
½ cup hemp hearts
In a shallow dish, combine the cocoa powder and hemp hearts – set this aside for coating the truffles.
Heat the cream and vanilla together to a simmer. Place chocolate in a separate bowl. Pour the warm cream over the chocolate and stir until completely smooth. Allow the mixture to sit for up to 1 hour to cool. Beat with a mixer until the color lightens. The chocolate should thicken to be moldable into truffle balls. If not, allow it to cool a little more by refrigerating it.
Make tablespoon portioned balls and roll them. It’s best to wear gloves for this as you will get dirty. Place the balls into the cocoa powder and hemp hearts dish and roll to coat.
Place on a nonstick pan or dish and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
If these are being made ahead of time, place the truffles on a parchment lined baking sheet and allow them to sit out for 1 hour before serving.
A Healthy Take Along Snack
Did you know that the hemp seed is quite nutritious? It’s a good source of plant-based protein, fiber, essential vitamins and minerals and also comes along with the added benefit of healthy fats. The extra textural crunch adds more than just a nice nutty surprise in your granola.
Hemp Seed Granola
1 cup hemp seeds
3 cups rolled oats
¾ cup shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
6 Tbsp. dark brown sugar
5 Tbsp. maple syrup
1 cup cashews
1 cup almonds
¾ tsp. salt
1 cup raisins
1 cup dried apricots, chopped
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon organic olive oil hemp CBD oil
1 cup dried apples
In one bowl combine the maple syrup, oil and salt. In another, combine the oats, nuts, brown sugar and coconut. Combine the two bowls and place into a 250 degree preheated oven. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Stir every 15 minutes so that the mixture bakes evenly.
Take the mixture out of the oven and fold in the dried fruit and hemp hearts. Allow to cool or serve immediately. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month in the refrigerator.
Add a dropper of our Vanilla hemp CBD oil to the oats for another layer of flavor.
In the coming weeks we’ll be giving you a few more posts to help you expand your hemp heart and hemp seed recipe collection. They are easy to incorporate into dozens of types of dishes – including beverages. We’ll help you incorporate hemp seeds and hemp hearts into meals throughout the day, including desserts.