Hemp seeds are considered a superfood thanks to their multiple components: one ounce of hemp seeds contains twelve grams of fat, nine grams of protein and two grams of fiber. In addition, it has all the 12 amino acids and the 9essential amino acids, which our bodies can’t produce naturally.
Since hemp has proved to be a great ingredient for foods, in order to deliver our bodies many necessary nutrients, people have started to create recipes with hemp flower, CBD extracts and hemp hearts. A really interesting plate that has caught foodies’ attention is hemp granola. If this surprises you, keep reading to find out how to incorporate hemp hearts to make a delicious granola and have a nutritious breakfast or a simple snack.
Before jumping into the details of hemp granola, we must discuss what hemp hearts are. To put it into simple words, hemp hearts are the chewy and soft center inside the shell of a hemp seed. This makes them ideal for cooking, since they can be easily cooked and mixed with any other ingredients.
Hemp has been known for providing numerous benefits to the mind and body, but it could be said that among all the parts of the plant, hemp seeds are the best ones to use for cooking. Here we list some of the benefits of hemp hearts, besides the ones mentioned above:
- Balanced ratio of omega fatty acids: hemp contains omega-3 and omega-6 acids, which strengthen your immune system.
- High in protein: hemp seeds are considered to be nutritionally superior to chia and flax, making it an ideal vegetable source of protein.
- Contains dietary fiber: you can find 17g of fiber per serving of hemp seeds. This is great to improve your digestive system.
- Fights blood clots: hemp seeds can break down high cholesterol and improve blood circulation in the body.
- Great source of vitamins and minerals: vitamin E, potassium, calcium, iron and zinc are some of the minerals found in hemp seeds.
In terms of flavor, hemp seeds tend to have a nutty taste, while hemp hearts don’t really taste like anything. This makes a better option to use in your recipes, since it won’t add any flavors to the original plate. However, you can find flavored hemp hearts available on the market, as well as toasted hemp seeds.
What is Hemp Granola?
You may know a little bit about oatmeal; considered one of the healthiest grains in the market, this superfood is a must when it comes to granola. It contains fiber and carbs that provide plenty of vitamins and minerals, as well as high levels of protein. Now, imagine mixing two of the most nutritious superfoods available into a single recipe: hemp granola is something you definitely want to try out to improve your digestion and eat healthier.
Hemp Granola Recipe
To make hemp granola, you will need:
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup agave syrup
- ¾ cup raw pecans
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 3-4 Tbsp hemp seeds
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 cup oats
- 1/2 chopped dates
Feel free to add any other ingredient of your preference to make your very own hemp granola.
To begin with the recipe, preheat your oven to 250° F. Then, take all your ingredients except the dates, peanut butter, coconut oil and agave syrup to a food processor and make sure the nuts and seeds are chopped into smaller pieces. Once you are done with this step, take a pot and add the remaining ingredients to mix them. When they are well combined, add the mix to a bowl and stir with the chopped nuts and seeds. Make sure the mix feels thick and it is well combined, then take to a baking sheet and pour the mixture onto the sheet, creating an even layer.
Bake for 20-35 minutes until you see the edges have gained a beautiful golden brown color. Then remove from the oven and let it cool before serving. You can store any leftover in a mason jar in the fridge. It will last almost 14 days, saving you some time and effort for your next breakfast or snack. Eat it with milk, yogurt or even by the handful to enjoy a totally natural plate.
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