It’s official, my favourite ingredient of 2017 is hemp seed! From hemp milk to hemp pizza crusts, it’s one of the most versatile ingredients . Heat it, grind it, soak it or blend it for so many different day to day recipes. These grainless Cacao Hemp Bliss Bites are a perfect example of how amazing hemp is.
Did I mention they’re only 6 ingredients + gluten free, paleo, vegan, nut free, soy free and refined sugar free! Oh ya, everyone can enjoy!
It would be an understatement to say I’m obsessed and you should be too.
A Few Health Benefits of Hemp Seed
- Easily digested proteins – Unlike meat, eggs and dairy protein, hemp is easily digestible. Hemp seed is a complete protein, making it perfect for snacks and meatless meals!
- Healthy Fats – Hemp seeds contains essential fatty acids – 20 amino acids and also each of the 9 essential amino acids that our bodies cannot produce, like Omega 3 & 6. Since some of these amino acids can’t be produced by the body, they must be ingested by eating a select few foods including nuts and seeds. These essential fatty acids are important for proper heart and brain function.
- Range of essential vitamins and minerals – High in Iron, Zinc, Magnesium, Protein, Vitamin A, D, B (1,2,3,6), E etc. PLUS it’s low in fat, sugar and sodium.
- Allergen friendly – It’s an ingredient we can all enjoy because it’s naturally gluten free, paleo, nut free, soy free and vegan!
Ways to Use Hemp Seed
There are so many ways to use hemp seed. I buy big bags of it from Costco and use it daily.
- Baking – Replace 1/4 flour for an equal amount of hemp seed. I’ve done this for many recipes. You won’t taste it, let alone even know it’s there. It’s never been an issue with how the final recipe turns out! Check out how I utilized this amazing ingredient in Grainless Caramel Apple Peanut Butter Muffins.
- Milk – Can I get a hemp milk over here! People are always saying how we can’t be calling nut and seed milks “MILK” because they don’t contain dairy, but I totally disagree. I stopped drinking cows milk years ago because I began noticing how much better my body feels without it. At first I didn’t love these milks but they’ve grown on me to the point that I prefer non-dairy milks over real milk (that’s a post for another day). Anyways, hemp milk is very easy. All you need is hemp, water and a Nut Milk Bag – my fav is from Ellie’s Best (Use “gg10” at checkout to save 10% on your bag). I just realized I haven’t actually posted a hemp milk recipe yet, even though I make it weekly. I’ll be sure to get one up soon but for now here’s the recipe I started with: Basic Hemp Milk
- Smoothies – Again, extra nutrients and protein is always a plus, but it’s also a great way to thicken smoothies if you don’t want to add a ton of bananas or yogurt.
- Flour – Grind it up and use it as flour! It works really well when combined with flours and starches such as almond and tapioca.
- Oatmeal – Grainless “n-oatmeal” is literally one of the greatest things ever. I used to LOVE oatmeal for breakfast, but being grainless it’s not an option for me. Oats are naturally gluten free, but you have to make sure they’re certified gluten free when purchasing because they are often processed in plants that also manufacture wheat products. Either way oats don’t work well for me. Here’s my go to grainless oatmeal recipe HERE.
- Toppers – Sprinkles it on anything and everything! Hemp essentially has no flavour and minimal texture.
Grainless Cacao Hemp Bliss Balls Recipe:
Prep time: 10 minutes
Set time: 20 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
- 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter or nut butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 1/4 cup hemp seed
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp cacao
- Pinch salt
- 1/3 cup dark chocolate (optional)
- In a pot over the stove top heath sunflower seed butter and maple syrup. Stir together.
- Remove from heat. Add in hemp cinnamon, cacao and salt. Mix well.
- Using your hands roll into 1 tbsp sized balls. They should roll easily – if needed stir in an additional 2-3tbsp of hemp.
- Place each ball on a baking sheet. Freeze for 15 minutes until cooled.
- Remove from freezer and add chocolate drizzle using melted dark chocolate. If you don’t have a piping bag, add the melted chocolate to a ziplock bag and cut off one of the corners. Pipe on chocolate then place back in the fridge for at least 5 minutes
Store bliss balls in the fridge or freezer.