So I was folding laundry last week and I caught the end of Dr. Oz's show. He was talking about healthy snacks. I am always looking for healthy snacks to have available for me and for my kids. So, they talked a lot about unhealthy choices but then he showed a trail mix he had made in ziploc bags that had granola, nuts, seeds and hemp seeds. I had never head of hemp seeds before. Have you??
I quickly looked them up on Amazon and they had tons. I thought it was really strange that I had never seen hemp seeds in any of my health food stores before. I do not think I had ever seen a recipe with nemp seeds in it either!!
So thanks to my Amazon Prime membership, I had my hemp seeds in hand 2 days after watching the show. I bought a 3 pack, hoping we would love these seeds, and 3 bags (8 oz each) was only $9.49 on the subscription rate.
I opened up the bag, and boy was I surprised. I thought these would be more seed like. The seeds alone taste fine, nothing amazing, but these are not meant to be eaten alone. We have so far added them to oatmeal, smoothie and rolled some no bake cookies in them. They add a really nice flavor!
The nutrition facts on the back are really great. It says you only need to eat 3 spoons a day to add a ncie amount of Omega 3s to your diet.
3 Tablespoons are 174 calories and 13 grams of fat, but only 1 gram of staurated fat. Also, 11 grams of protein and lots of great iron, zinc, phosphorous and magnesium levels.
So after making a no bake cookie and rolling them in the seeds with great results I set out to make a hemp seed bread.
The seeds were very hard to take a picture of, this was the best I could get:
The kids all loved it! I will be trying a lot more recipes, and if you try it please leave me a comment below. I would love to hear how you are using hemp seeds in your cooking!
Makes 1 loaf
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup white unbleached flour
1/2 cup hemp seeds raw
1.5 tsp salt
2 tsp agave syrup
1 package of rapid rise yeast
1.5 cups warm water
Combine hemp seeds flours and salt in a large bowl. In a measuring cup combine warm water, yearst and agave. Let proof and stand for at least 5 minutes. If your cup is not nice and frothy at the top, throw it out and start again!
Make a well in the center of the flours bowl. Pour in the yeast mixture and stir until it is starting to turn into a ball of dough. Move the dough to a floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes until dough is smooth(remember the hemp seeds will make the dough look a bit lumpy, this is fine!) Place dough ball in an oiled bowl and cover with a damp cloth and put in a warm place to rise for 2 hours. Dough should double. Deflate dough and shape into a loaf and let rise again 1 hour. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes.