We need the maximum nutrients possible from the minimum quantity of food we consume. It is the era of superfoods. Avocado, quinoa, and blueberries are the superfood of yesterday. Today, we need to pay attention to hemp – the most understated and underrated superfood that contains abundant vitamins, essential fatty acids, branched-chain amino acids, and necessary phytocannabinoids that boost our immunity.
It contains a high level of cannabidiol (CBD), which is a potent antioxidant, painkiller, and anti-inflammatory agent. Help contains less than 0.3% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which makes it non-psychoactive.
Here are ten hemp recipes that will get a thumbs up from your workplace as well –
- Salad dressing with hemp oil-infusion
Vegan salad dressings are not as easy to come across in the supermarket, and when you do, they are ready to burn a hole through your pocket. So, here’s a recipe for our favorite salad dressing that you can use on your tomato-avocado salad or fresh green salad.
Add 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard to lemon zest. Mix in 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Grab some dairy-free mayonnaise and whisk in the mixture slowly. Add chopped garlic and a few drops of hemp oil.
- Hemp milk for the family
Avoiding dairy and dairy-based food is critical for anyone with chronic lactose intolerance. You can take out 10 minutes every week to stock up on some easy-to-make hemp milk for yourself and the family.
Add ½ cup of hemp seeds, around 3 cups of water, and a pinch of sea salt to your high-speed blender. You can add either maple syrup or pitted dates for additional sweetness. Blend till the mixture is smooth and nicely thick like real milk. You can add more syrup or dates or vanilla extract.
You can add cacao powder for chocolate milk or fresh berries like strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries for a berry-tasty round of hemp milk! Needless to say, it is also fantastic for making power smoothies and as a replacement of milk in breakfast cereals. You can store it for 5 days, at least.
- Dark chocolate fudge bites
Everything about the name reminds us of the sinfully delicious dark chocolates and fudge balls we used to have as children. However, we now know the importance of eating healthy, so here’s a simpler and healthier version of dark chocolate fudge bites with hemp.
Add a cup of pitted (Medjool) dates to the high-speed blender and pulse till it forms a ball. Scoop the entire mix and clean out the blender. Add 2 cups of raw walnuts to the blender, 6 tablespoons of cacao powder, a pinch of sea salt and 3 tablespoons of hemp seeds. Blend at a moderate speed till the ingredients form a doughy mix. Add more cacao powder and hemp seeds alternatively to adjust the consistency.
Refrigerate for at least 10 mins. Use a clean scoop to scoop out rounded amounts and shape them into smooth balls using your hands. You can roll the balls in cacao powder and hemp seeds, or chopped nuts, although this step is optional. You can store it in the fridge for up to one month.
- 5-ingredient hemp balls
This is a new take on the proverbial 5-ingredient protein ball. We have made the protein ball recipe even more fun and rewarding by including hemp as one of the primary sources of protein. Hemp contains 20 amino acids and consists of over 33% protein.
Add 2/3 cups of hemp seeds, 5 pitted dates, ¼ cup chia seeds, 1 cup nut butter, and around 4 tablespoons of protein powder (flavour of your choice) into the food processor. Mix well till it attains a doughy consistency. Add any ingredient except nut butter to make the consistency thicker. Add protein powder or dates to adjust sweetness.
Scoop out tablespoon like quantities and roll into small balls. Roll the protein balls in more protein powder, cacao powder, or desiccated coconut. Top with a pinch of sea salt for additional flavour. Freeze for 15 minutes before you dig in. You can store them for up to one month in the freezer.
- Berry hempseed pudding
This vegan gluten-free pudding is quickly going to become your household breakfast staple!
To make the berry hempseed pudding, begin by adding 2 ripe bananas, 2 cups berries, and 2 tablespoon almond milk or coconut milk to the food processor. Mix it and then add 2 tablespoons of each hemp seed and chia seeds. Add some cinnamon for flavour and pulse to combine them into a smooth paste.
Scoop them out to serving dishes, cover the dishes, and refrigerate overnight for best results. You can store it in the refrigerator for around 4 days!
- Almond Joy hemp granola bars
Almost all of us have sweet memories involving the Almond Joy bars. So, why not give the old recipe an exciting and sweet twist? Here’s our take on the Almond Joy bar –
Preheat your over to 350-degrees Fahrenheit and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Next, combine 2 cups of rolled oats, 1 cup of almonds, 1 cup coconut (unsweetened), ½ cup hemp seeds, 2 tablespoons cacao powder and ½ tablespoon sea salt in a large bowl. Whisk melted coconut oil (1/3 cups) and honey in a small bowl and pour over the mixed dry ingredients. Stir evenly till everything is coated.
Spread the resulting mix on the cookie sheet and bake for 15-20-minutes. Stop the oven when the granola mix turns golden. Set aside to cool and break it into chunks. Store for up to 1 week as an emergency snack!
- Chocolate hemp cookies
What’s to dislike about chocolate cookies? On top of the old recipe, if someone casually adds hemp, even better! It’s taste and goodness in one package.
Preheat your over to 350-degrees Fahrenheit. In the meantime, measure out 1 cup of hemp flour, include 3 tablespoons of cacao powder, ½ cup hemp seeds, ¼ teaspoon baking soda, and 1/8 teaspoon Himalayan Salt to the processor and blend till it forms a smooth mixture. Add 3 tablespoons of agave, ¼ cup of water and 1/8 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to the mix. Pulse till it forms a sticky “batter.”
Scoop out the batter on the parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Chill before serving the cookies.
- Antioxidant smoothie with hemp seeds
You will forget your Starbucks double pump caramel soy milk salted mocha Frappuccino once you make and taste this antioxidant hemp seed smoothie at home!
Combine 2 small sections of peeled and washed turmeric, 1 tablespoon of freshly chopped mint leaves, 1 tablespoon of freshly chopped holy basil, ½ teaspoon of ginger extract (fresh), 10 whole pitted dates and ½ cup of hemp seeds. Add 3 cups of almond milk (unsweetened) and pulse in the high-speed blender.
Mix the ingredients thoroughly and use a sieve to catch the larger unprocessed chunks. Leave it at room temperature for 10 minutes and watch the color change to a lovely fluorescent green. Always stir to mix the heavier ingredients thoroughly before drinking.
- Delicious coffee smoothie
Coffee and smoothie – the best of both worlds come together in this recipe that also contains hemp seeds. The original recipe calls for chia seeds, so you can choose to replace it or complement it with hemp seeds as well.
You can use 1 cup of cold-brewed coffee and 6-8 pitted dates for sweetness. Use 2 tablespoons hemp seeds, chia seeds, and cashew butter each for the initial mix. Blend it at high speed till absolutely smooth. Next, add 2-3 ice cubes or crushed ice, as per your preference. Blend again till nice thick froth forms on top.
This is also a tasty way to lose weight! For quicker weight loss, add 2 cups of baby spinach during the first round of blending.
- Hemp cream cheese
You can use this cream cheese in standard recipes that call for the use of cream cheese like cheesecakes. This homemade cream cheese has no dairy.
Mix 1 ½ cups of hemp seeds with the zest and juice of 2 limes and add it to the blender with 2 garlic cloves. Blend until completely smooth and thick. Add some sea salt and add water according to your needs. When smooth, add some dill and blend till smooth.
Your hemp-infused cream cheese is ready. Pour into your favorite bowl and enjoy as a spread or dip or a new recipe. You can store it in the fridge for up to 5 days!
Hemp is a power-food that is superb for people of all ages, weights, and profession. Whether you are a pro-lifter trying to increase your protein intake without taking a toll on your renal health, or you are a new vegan looking towards healthy snacking options that don’t add too many calories; hemp-infused recipes can come to your rescue.
All parts of the hemp plant are equally useful with the seeds being the most diverse – you can use them in cooking, baking, blending, and as oil or extract. It is a healthy and economical way to add all the nutrition you need for your daily diet.