Raw hemp seeds are extremely nutritious as they are a wonderful heart-healthy food that helps improve skin disorders, PMS, menopause, and is also a great plant-based protein. These seeds are from the cannabis plant; hemp seeds have little to none of the psychoactive compound THC found in marijuana. For years these seeds have been used for medicinal purposes. I’ve provided a few simple and delicious raw hemp seed recipes I often create myself below to help you learn the various ways you too can enjoy them.
What Are Hemp Seeds?
Hemp seeds have a light nutty flavor and are very versatile as they can be used in almost any recipe, from homemade smoothies, baked goods, and even these simple recipes I’ve listed below. They provide extra nutrients, making them a great substitute for protein, essential fatty acids (Omega 3 and Omega 6), and other benefits we would normally find in milk and dairy products.
It’s definitely a healthy food to consume every day. However, it is considered to be a healthy high fat that could cause nausea and diarrhea. Eating them in moderation is key. I eat them about 4 times a week just to up my nutritional game.
Difference Between Whole and Shelled Hemp Seeds
Raw hemp seeds can either be whole or shelled (shelled are also called hemp hearts). Whole definitely provides a lot more fiber than the shelled hemp seeds but has a tough crunch that some people do not like. It’s a lot easier to eat the shelled entirely on its own, like unsalted sunflower seeds, or just by placing a couple of tablespoons right into apple sauce, yogurt, or salad than it is to eat whole hemp seeds.
Both whole and shelled hemp seeds provide many essential nutrients, including magnesium, potassium, calcium, zinc, and rich in omega-3, and omega-6, all of which can help improve our energy. They’re also gluten-free, nut-free, and even provide 8 to 10 grams of protein per serving.
I prefer to buy both. As I put whole hemp seeds in smoothie recipes that require blending and the shelled hemp seeds (Hemp Hearts) in baked goods as I prefer not to have a hard crunch in them. Both are considered a superfood, with the main difference is that whole hemp seeds provide 9 grams of fiber per 4 tablespoons, and shelled only provide 1 gram of fiber per 3 tablespoons.
Hemp Hearts (a.k.a. Shelled Hemp Seeds) are what I put into my baked goods or just straight in my salad, oatmeal, or apple sauce.
- Shelled Hemp Seeds (Hemp Hearts)
- Quacker oatmeal
- Chocolate Chips of Choice
- Almond butter or nut butter of choice
- Unsweetened/Sweetened Plain apple sauce
- Real Maple Syrup
Raw Hemp Seed Recipes
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Energy Balls
- Large Mixing Bowl
- Large Mixing Spoon
- Measuring Cup
- Measuring Spoons
- Parchment Paper
- Rectangular Container with Lid
- 1 and 1/2 cups Oatmeal
- 1 cup All-Natural Nut Butter of Choice
- 1/2 cup Hemp Hearts
- 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips of Choice
- 3 to 4 tablespoons Maple Syrup (or sweetener of choice)
- 2 tablespoons Organic Cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons Vanilla Extract (optional)
- Place all of the ingredients into a large bowl.
- Hand mix well with a large spoon.
- Form into 1 inch balls and place on parchment paper in a container with a lid.
- Store in the refrigerator for 30 minutes and serve.
Second Raw Hemp Seed Recipe:
Apple Cinnamon Hemp Seed Recipe
- Small Bowl
- 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1 tbsp shelled hemp seeds (hemp hearts)
- 1 banana chopped
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Add apple sauce (sweetened or unsweetened) to a small or medium-sized bowl.
- Add the hemp seeds (hemp hearts), cut up banana, and cinnamon on top of the apple sauce.
Another great way to consume hemp seeds is in these delicious smoothies I like to make.
If you like to know what Hemp Seeds are the best to buy, here is my full review of the Best Organic Hemp Seeds – Healthy & Affordable!
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I hope you will give one or even all of these hemp seed recipes a try for yourself, and let me know what you think in the comments below.