4 Ways to Use Hemp Seeds

4 Ways to Use Hemp Seeds
What’s the 411 on hemp seeds — and why the heck should you be eating them, anyway?! Hemp seeds, also known as hemp hearts when they’re shelled, are one of the most nutritious seeds you can eat. They’re loaded with protein, healthy fats (mainly omega-3s), vitamin E, and minerals like magnesium and zinc. A single tablespoon of hemp seeds contains about 5g of protein, so they’re a great addition to plant-based diets. And they taste good too! They’re deliciously nutty and slightly sweet, with a pleasant crunchy texture. Some compare them to chia seeds or flaxseeds; others say they remind them more of sunflower seeds. Hemp seeds are incredibly small, which makes incorporating them into your diet easy — you can add them to so many different things!

I’ve included some of my favorite ways to use hemp seeds below, but I encourage you all to think outside the box when it comes to using these nutrient powerhouses. The possibilities are endless!

Hemp Seeds in Bars & Baked Goods Hemp seeds are a terrific addition to homemade protein bars, granola bars, and energy balls. But they are also perfect for adding to all kinds of baked goods like breads, muffins, and even cookies! No matter which bar or baked good you add them too, it’s a good thing – they add a nutty little crunch along with a supercharged nutrient boost. Win/win.

Recipes to try:

Hemp Seeds in Salads Hemp seeds are an incredible way to increase the nutrient density of any leafy green salad — sprinkle 3-4 tablespoons of hemp seeds on top of your favorite salad before serving. They’re also perfect for blending into non-dairy salad dressings, as they contribute a beautiful thick creaminess. Hemp seeds also give the dressing a boost in healthy fat, which helps our bodies absorb the fat-soluble vitamins often found in salads, like vitamins A, K, and E.

Recipes to try:

Hemp Seeds in Smoothies Not only do hemp seeds add a protein punch to smoothies along with a serious nutrition boost, but they’ll help give your smoothie a creamy texture when you blend them with your other ingredients. And if you forget to throw them in the blender, garnish your smoothie with a tablespoon of hemp seeds on top! If you’re not a fan of protein powders, hemp hearts are a great alternative because they pack so much protein in such a small amount.

Bonus: You can also make your own homemade milk with hemp seeds — and unlike nut milks, no soaking is needed! Add 1 cup of hemp seeds, 4 cups of filtered water, and a sweetener such as honey, maple syrup, or Stevia to the pitcher of a blender. Puree and strain through cheesecloth or a nut milk bag and discard solids, then refrigerate your hemp milk in an airtight mason jar or pitcher for up to three days. Use your creamy homemade hemp milk in your smoothies just as you would any other milk — or try it with cereal, porridge, or (my favorite) dip cookies into it!

Recipes to try:

Hemp Seeds in Granola & Muesli I love including hemp seeds in granola or muesli recipes to add not only an extra boost of protein, but also a slightly sweet and nutty flavor. Because of hemp seeds’ small size, they’re perfect to throw in along with other standard granola or muesli ingredients — without sacrificing the texture. For a double boost of hemp seed goodness, try soaking your hemp-boosted muesli in a little creamy homemade hemp milk.

Recipes to try:

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts Giveaway

If you’d like to experiment with hemp seeds, we’re giving away an 8-oz bag of Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts over on our Marketplace here! You can enter once a day throughout June.

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McKel Hill

About McKel

McKel is a Registered Dietitian/Health & Wellness Coach and the blogger behind Nutrition Stripped. A self-proclaimed green smoothie connoisseur, foodie, and nutrition science nerd, she has an affinity for plants and avocados.   Read more from McKel →

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Comments

  1. Haidee Harvey-Brown says

    Thankyou…some awesome recipes….Adore hemp seeds….a favourite recipe of mine (although not vegetarian or vegan myself) is this vegan nacho sauce I found some time back….I didn’t have all the exact spices she talks about but I agree with her…it’s amazing!!

  2. Barbara says

    I have read that one should not cook hemp seeds because it ruins the nutrition values. Is this true?

  3. says

    I’ve tried chia, flax, and all other kinds of super foods but not Hemp seeds! Thanks for the guide, I can’t wait to try them now!

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