There’s no doubt there are plenty of benefits to hemp seeds, from reducing your risk of heart disease to helping with digestion. However, have you ever considered cooking with hemp? Adding hemp seeds to your meals is a great way to gain those benefits.
There are hundreds of delicious hemp recipes out there just waiting for you to try. Here are five of our favorite ones.
1. Strawberry Banana Hemp Smoothies
Perhaps one of the easiest ways to add hemp to your diet is to include hemp seeds in your daily smoothie. This recipe combines strawberries, bananas, and hemp seeds. It’s the perfect summer smoothie recipe and takes only a few minutes to make!
- 2 cups of hulled strawberries
- 1/2 cup water (filtered)
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons hemp seeds
All you need to do is to place all the ingredients in a blender and then blend it up until smooth. This makes a great breakfast recipe or a mid-afternoon lunch option.
Plus, not only are you gaining the benefits of the fruits, but you’re also seeing the benefits of using hemp products for yourself.
Not a fan of strawberries? You can add hemp to any type of smoothie, from indulgent chocolate to “green” smoothies.
2. Add Hemp to Your Smoothie Bowl
Have you ever heard of a smoothie bowl? The difference between a smoothie and a smoothie bowl is that you can add extra ingredients to your bowl recipes, such as granola and dried fruit.
Here’s how to make a simple hemp smoothie bowl.
- 2 cups fruit (frozen)
- 1 cup milk (or juice)
- 1 teaspoon hemp seeds
Of course, these are the basic ingredients that make the base of the smoothie bowl. You can also add ingredients like protein powder and greens.
Blend your ingredients until smooth, and then transfer back to the bowl. Now you can add your favorite toppings, such as:
- Dried fruit
- Fresh fruit
If you want a thicker smoothie, try adding protein powder or more frozen fruit.
3. Hemp Pasta
That’s right; you can add hemp to your pasta sauce to give your evening meals an extra boost. This recipe for Cauliflower Hemp Alfredo only takes 30 minutes to make.
The recipe uses hemp hearts or hulled hemp seeds, and it’s completely dairy-free!
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 5 cups chopped cauliflower florets
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 cup vegetable broth
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup hulled hemp seeds
- 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- Optional – 1/2 teaspoon tamari
Simply warm up the olive oil using low or medium heat, toss in the garlic, and cook for about 1-2 minutes. Add the cauliflower and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a low boil.
Cover it with a lid for around ten minutes or until the cauliflower is tender. Using a blender, combine lemon juice, nutritional yeast, hemp seeds, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and tamari. Add the cauliflower and broth and blend it all until smooth.
Simmer the sauce on low heat while you prepare the pasta (fettuccine works best).
This recipe makes four servings.
4. Hemp Seed Muffins
Not only can you cook hemp, but you can bake with it too! This healthy recipe for vegan banana muffins is sure to become one of your favorites.
This recipe is a fantastic option if you’re looking for something both gluten-free and dairy-free. It’s also nut-free and vegan. Plus, these muffins are sweetened naturally with bananas and low-glycemic sugar.
Talk about both healthy and delicious! Here’s the recipe from Pure Ella, so you can make it yourself:
- 1 cup light spelt flour (optionally, substitute with all-purpose gluten-free flour)
- 6 tablespoons warm water
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon of fine sea salt
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup hemp hearts
- 2 bananas (very ripe)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Mix the flax seeds with the water in one bowl. In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Add bananas to your first bowl (with the flax seeds) and smash them up. Add your oil, vanilla extract, and sugar and mix it. Combine and mix your dry and wet ingredients.
Mix in the hemp seeds. Add to your muffin pan and bake for around 25-30 minutes.
Pro Tip: Use a toothpick to test your muffins. Insert the toothpick into the middle. It should come out dry, without any batter.
This recipe serves about 10-12 people, making it great for events and parties.
5. Homemade Hemp Milk
Are you looking for dairy-free alternatives to milk? If so, you should give hemp milk a try. Making it is fairly simple, and this is an easy way to add hemp into your diet.
You can drink it, use it in smoothies, and even add it to baked dishes like muffins and other recipes that call for milk. Hemp milk is also great in your morning coffee or tea since it doesn’t separate in hot drinks.
Here’s how to make it for yourself.
- 1 cup shelled hemp seeds
- 4 cups filtered water
That’s it! With just two ingredients, you can make hemp milk. Optionally, you can add sweeteners to your hemp milk for taste.
First, add the hemp seeds and water to a food processor or blender. Blend it until smooth. You can remove the excess seeds with a nut milk bag if necessary.
Pour into a container and refrigerate.
Hemp milk on its own has an earthy, nutty flavor. If you want to add more flavor and a little sweetness, consider adding vanilla, cacao powder, maple syrup, honey, or some dates.
Try Cooking With Hemp
There you have it, five super simple hemp recipes. From pasta to homemade hemp milk, there’s plenty here to try. Any of these recipes are a great way to incorporate hemp into your diet, so try cooking with hemp today!
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