Hemp has so much to offer it would be hard to list them all. Not only are they a complete protein (meaning they contain all 9 essential amino acids) but they’re also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. If you’re not into eating salmon (fish in general), these little powerhouse seeds are a great plant-based alternative!
Today, we would like to present some great ideas on how to utilize hemp seed in the most delicious ways possible (besides eating them by themselves)! Below are some tried and true recipies done by the vast majority who have went aheaad and have done the ground work for us. Enjoy!
Breakfast Ideas Using Hemp Seeds
My favorite way to have hemp seeds for breakfast is to just sprinkle some into whatever cereal, granola or whole grain (I love having quinoa or quinoa flakes for breakfast) I’m having for breakfast. Another simple way to get some of those tasty crunchy omega-3 filled hemp seeds for breakfast is to sprinkle them on toast. They’re fantastic on toast with peanut butter (or soy nut butter or almond butter or whatever you use), and I love having toast with a little Earth Balance vegan margarine and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast and hemp seeds for a quick breakfast. It may sound odd, but don’t knock it till you try it! Here’s a few more healthy vegetarian and vegan breakfast recipe ideas to have hemp seeds for breakfast:
Raw trail mix is one of those truly healthy snacks that combines maximum nutrient intake with edible pleasure. This particular recipe uses a few cutting edge raw superfoods such as hemp seeds, goji berries, and mulberries. It may seem quite simple to throw together your own trail mix, but taking a few extra steps can make the all the difference. With a little soaking time, dehydrating time and spices, your trail mix can go from adequate to addictive. Especially if you find a nice raw chocolate bar to cut up and toss in there!
Raw Food Trail Mix With Superfoods
1 cup walnuts
- 1 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup raw buckwheat groats, optional
- 1 cup dried fruit (such as chopped pineapple, blueberries, and cranberries)
- 1/2 cup goji berries
- 1/2 cup raw mulberries
- 1/2 cup deglet dates (pitted and diced)
- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
- Optional: 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Optional: 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
- Optional: Pinch of cayenne
First soak the walnuts, almonds, and buckwheat, if using, for about an hour.
Drain them and rinse well. If desired, chop them into chunks or small pieces.
Next, spread them out on mesh dehydrator trays and dehydrate them at 145°F for 1 to 2 hours or until dry and crunchy. (If you don’t have a dehydrator, this can also be done in the sunlight for a few hours or even in an oven set to a warming temperature of 100°F.)
Place the nuts, buckwheat, and remaining ingredients into a zip-lock or other plastic bag and shake vigorously for a minute to distribute the spices.
Store in an airtight glass jar or container either at a cool room temperature or in the refrigerator.
Raw Hemp Milk Recipe
Try this easy homemade raw vegan hemp milk recipe. Hemp seeds are an ideal superfood for a raw food or vegan diet due to their high protein and essential fatty acid content. This quick and easy recipe for a raw food hemp milk made from hemp seeds can be used over a bowl of fruit, in smoothies and shakes, or enjoyed on its own, just like regular dairy milk or any of your other favorite non-dairy milk substitutes such as soy milk or almond milk.
You can omit the vanilla and sweetener if you prefer an even more nutritious beverage, but the strong flavor of the seeds can be a bit overpowering for some. It’s a bit of an earthy flavor, even for vegans used to drinking different kinds of non-dairy milk substitutes.
- 1/2 cup hemp seeds
- 2 cups water
- 1 Tbsp. agave nectar (raw, or 2 medjool dates)
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- Optional: 1/2 tsp. orange zest
- Optional: 2 Tbsp. raw cacao powder
Place the hemp seeds, water, agave nectar and the vanilla extract in a blender or food processor, and then blend or process all of the ingredients together on high speed for 20 to 30 seconds or until the mixture is completely smooth and creamy.
If you’d like, you can strain the liquid through a cheesecloth to remove the hemp seed particles – this just depends on what you’re doing with your hemp milk and your personal preference.
If you’re cooking with your hemp milk, making a smoothie, or even putting in in your morning cereal, then the extra step of straining is probably not needed, but if you’re drinking your hemp milk straight, or using it to make a hemp milk latte, for example, you’ll probably want to strain your homemade hemp milk through the cheesecloth.
Serve your hemp milk immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Hemp-Meal (Oatmeal)For the Oatmeal
For the toppings
- ½ cup oats
- 3 tbsp. hemp
- 1 ½ tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 ½ cups milk
- ½ tsp. vanilla
- pinch of cinnamon
- 1 tsp. maple syrup
- extra nuts and/or seeds
- pinch of cinnamon
- sprinkle of raw cacao (sifted)
- Add all of the oatmeal ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer and cook for 8-10 minutes.
- Remove from heat, pour into two bowls and serve with additional toppings.