First off, no, consuming hemp seeds will not get you high! The cops won’t come banging down your door looking for your stash of hemp seeds. Yes, hemp and marijuana come from the same species of plant but they are different varieties. Most brands of hemp seeds contain 0% THC (the psychoactive ingredient in Cannabis). Some brands contain a very miniscule amount, but no matter how many hemp seeds you consume, no amount could make you high or give you a positive drug test. OK!? We Cool? Glad we got that out of the way.
It is not just some hippie food. In fact there are many health benefits to adding hemp seeds to your diet. Hemp comes in many forms, hemp seeds, hemp milk, hemp protein powders, etc. It is a very common food amongst vegetarians/vegans because it is a complete protein (which means it has all 20 amino acids, and all 9 essential amino acids that our bodies can’t produce, like what is found in meat, milk and eggs). Three tablespoons of hemp seeds has 11g of protein! It’s also an excellent source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, easily digestible, lowers cholesterol and is a rich source of phytonutrients.
When shopping for shelled hemp seeds look for organic, all natural seeds. I use Hemp Hearts from Healing Source. There are so many ways you can cook with the seeds, add them to your morning smoothie, in your baking, sprinkle on top of salad or oatmeal. They have a great nutty flavour to them. Today, I’m going to share my hemp protein bar recipe and later on I’ll share a recipe for easy, homemade hemp milk!Makes 8 Bars
1 cup oat flour (I used Only Oats – Gluten Free)
1/2 cup shelled hemp seeds
2 scoops protein powder in chocolate or vanilla (I used Plant Fusion – Chocolate)
1/4 cup PB2 or natural peanut butter
1 Tbsp powder Stevia (or sweetener of your choice)
1 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
3/4 cup mashed ripe banana (about 1.5 banana)
1/2 cup liquid egg whites
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, mix your dry ingredients (the first 7 ingredients if using PB2), mix well. In a small bowl, mash your banana and stir in egg whites and vanilla. Add this to the dry ingredients. The batter will be quite thick. You can add a bit of almond milk or water if it is too dry. Spray an 8″ x 8″ baking dish with non-stick spray. Pour/press the mixture into the baking dish and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool and cut into 8 bars. Wrap in cellophane and store in refrigerator. These can also be frozen!
Do you cook with hemp seeds?! What are your favourite things to add them to?
Nutritional info per bar
173 Calories, 14g Carbs, 7g Fat, 13g Protein, 146mg Sodium, 4g Sugar