You probably already sprinkle Hemp Hearts on your salads and blend them into your smoothies, but did you know you can do so much more with them?
These eight delicious ways to use Hemp Hearts will inspire you to get creative in the kitchen and add Hemp Hearts to all your meals!
1. Nut-Free Spread
You can blend Hemp Hearts with Hemp Oil to make a nut-free Hemp Butter. If you want to sweeten it up you can add maple syrup for Maple Hemp Butter or add cocoa powder for Chocolate Hemp Butter. All three options taste great on toast, as a dip for fruit, or as a peanut butter substitute in your favourite recipes.
2. Oat Replacement
If you don’t want to use oats but want to make some tasty apple crisp, porridge, cookies, or any other recipe that normally uses oats, try replacing them with Hemp Hearts instead! We love this Grain-Free Porridge and these No Bake N’Oatmeal Fudge Bars from Healthful Pursuit.
3. Crusting for Meat & Fish
Instead of using pre-packaged crusted meat and fish, make your own with some spices and Hemp Hearts. It’s simple to do and it adds a nice crunchy texture. Our favourites are Hemp Crusted Salmon and Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets (kids love these!).
4. Creamy Dairy-Free Sauce
If you want to make a creamy salad dressing or pasta sauce but you don’t want to use dairy, blend a few tablespoons of Hemp Hearts into the recipe. We like this Ginger Hemp Dressing from Eating Bird Food and this Avocado Hemp Crema (it’s great on fish tacos!) from HealthNut Nutrition.
5. Dairy-Free Milk
Whether you have a dairy allergy, are vegan, or just prefer non-dairy milk, Hemp Milk is a perfect alternative that goes great in smoothies, cereal, or just on it’s own. You can purchase Hemp Bliss from our website (in Canada only) or if you prefer you can make your own Homemade Hemp Milk
6. Sneak Protein & Omegas into Kids’ Meals
If you have a picky eater that isn’t fond of healthy foods, sneak some Hemp Hearts into their meals! You can add some to any of their favourite foods like smoothies, yogurt, or oatmeal, or bake them into treats like cookies, muffins, or donuts.
7. Homemade Veggie Burgers
Add Hemp Hearts to any homemade veggie burger recipe for a boost of protein and omegas. Try our Hemp Veggie Burgers or these Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers from HealthNut Nutrition. You can also add Hemp Hearts to regular beef or turkey burgers to keep them together instead of breadcrumbs.
8. Nut Substitute
You can use Hemp Hearts instead of nuts in almost any recipe like granola, trail mix, muffins, and more. They’re a great alternative since lots of offices and schools don’t allow nuts in their facility. Try our Sugar-Free Banana Hemp Granola, it’s perfect for breakfast or as a snack!
We hope these ideas get you inspired to start cooking with Hemp Hearts! Which one are you going to try first?